Rejoice, O earth!
Let the mountains give a joyful shout!
For the Lord consoles his people
and shows compassion to the 2 oppressed.
49:14 “Zion said, ‘The Lord has abandoned me,
the sovereign master 3 has forgotten me.’
Can she withhold compassion from the child she has borne? 5
Even if mothers 6 were to forget,
I could never forget you! 7
your walls are constantly before me.
49:17 Your children hurry back,
while those who destroyed and devastated you depart.
All of them gather to you.
As surely as I live,” says the Lord,
“you will certainly wear all of them like jewelry;
you will put them on as if you were a bride.
49:19 Yes, your land lies in ruins;
it is desolate and devastated. 10
But now you will be too small to hold your residents,
and those who devoured you will be far away.
49:20 Yet the children born during your time of bereavement
will say within your hearing,
‘This place is too cramped for us, 11
make room for us so we can live here.’ 12
‘Who bore these children for me?
I was bereaved and barren,
dismissed and divorced. 14
Who raised these children?
Look, I was left all alone;
where did these children come from?’”
49:22 This is what the sovereign Lord says:
“Look I will raise my hand to the nations;
I will raise my signal flag to the peoples.
They will bring your sons in their arms
and carry your daughters on their shoulders.
their princesses will nurse your children. 16
With their faces to the ground they will bow down to you
and they will lick the dirt on 17 your feet.
Then you will recognize that I am the Lord;
those who wait patiently for me are not put to shame.
49:24 Can spoils be taken from a warrior,
or captives be rescued from a conqueror? 18
49:25 Indeed,” says the Lord,
“captives will be taken from a warrior;
spoils will be rescued from a conqueror.
I will oppose your adversary
and I will rescue your children.
49:26 I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh;
they will get drunk on their own blood, as if it were wine. 19
Then all humankind 20 will recognize that
I am the Lord, your deliverer,
1 tn Or “O heavens.” The Hebrew term שָׁמַיִם (shamayim) may be translated “heavens” or “sky” depending on the context.
2 tn Heb “his” (so KJV, NAB, NASB, NIV, NRSV).
3 tn The Hebrew term translated “sovereign master” here is אֲדֹנָי (’adonay).
4 tn Heb “her suckling”; NASB “her nursing child.”
5 tn Heb “so as not to have compassion on the son of her womb?”
6 tn Heb “these” (so ASV, NASB).
7 sn The argument of v. 15 seems to develop as follows: The Lord has an innate attachment to Zion, just like a mother does for her infant child. But even if mothers were to suddenly abandon their children, the Lord would never forsake Zion. In other words, the Lord’s attachment to Zion is like a mother’s attachment to her infant child, but even stronger.
8 tn Heb “you.” Here the pronoun is put by metonymy for the person’s name.
9 tn Heb “Lift up around your eyes and see.”
10 tn Heb “Indeed your ruins and your desolate places, and the land of your destruction.” This statement is abruptly terminated in the Hebrew text and left incomplete.
11 tn Heb “me.” The singular is collective.
12 tn Heb “draw near to me so I can dwell.”
13 tn Heb “and you will say in your heart.”
14 tn Or “exiled and thrust away”; NIV “exiled and rejected.”
16 tn Heb “you.” See the preceding note.
17 tn Or “at your feet” (NAB, NIV); NLT “from your feet.”
19 sn Verse 26a depicts siege warfare and bloody defeat. The besieged enemy will be so starved they will their own flesh. The bloodstained bodies lying on the blood-soaked battle site will look as if they collapsed in drunkenness.
20 tn Heb “flesh” (so KJV, NASB).