54:1 “Shout for joy, O barren one who has not given birth!
Give a joyful shout and cry out, you who have not been in labor!
For the children of the desolate one are more numerous
than the children of the married woman,” says the Lord.
54:2 Make your tent larger,
stretch your tent curtains farther out! 1
Spare no effort,
lengthen your ropes,
and pound your stakes deep. 2
54:3 For you will spread out to the right and to the left;
your children will conquer 3 nations
and will resettle desolate cities.
54:4 Don’t be afraid, for you will not be put to shame!
Don’t be intimidated, 4 for you will not be humiliated!
You will forget about the shame you experienced in your youth;
you will no longer remember the disgrace of your abandonment. 5
54:5 For your husband is the one who made you –
the Lord who commands armies is his name.
He is called “God of the entire earth.”
54:6 “Indeed, the Lord will call you back
like a wife who has been abandoned and suffers from depression, 8
like a young wife when she has been rejected,” says your God.
but with great compassion I will gather you.
but with lasting devotion I will have compassion on you,”
says your protector, 12 the Lord.
when I vowed that the waters of Noah’s flood 14 would never again cover the earth.
In the same way I have vowed that I will not be angry at you or shout at you.
54:10 Even if the mountains are removed
and the hills displaced,
my devotion will not be removed from you,
nor will my covenant of friendship 15 be displaced,”
says the Lord, the one who has compassion on you.
Look, I am about to set your stones in antimony
and I lay your foundation with lapis-lazuli.
your gates out of beryl, 18
54:13 All your children will be followers of the Lord,
and your children will enjoy great prosperity. 21
You will not experience oppression; 23
indeed, you will not be afraid.
You will not be terrified, 24
for nothing frightening 25 will come near you.
Whoever tries to challenge you will be defeated. 27
54:16 Look, I create the craftsman,
who fans the coals into a fire
and forges a weapon. 28
I create the destroyer so he might devastate.
1 tn Heb “the curtains of our dwelling places let them stretch out.”
2 tn Heb “your stakes strengthen.”
3 tn Or “take possession of”; NAB “shall dispossess.”
4 tn Or “embarrassed”; NASB “humiliated…disgraced.”
5 tn Another option is to translate, “the disgrace of our widowhood” (so NRSV). However, the following context (vv. 6-7) refers to Zion’s husband, the Lord, abandoning her, not dying. This suggests that an אַלְמָנָה (’almanah) was a woman who had lost her husband, whether by death or abandonment.
8 tn Heb “like a woman abandoned and grieved in spirit.”
9 tn Or “forsook” (NASB).
10 tn According to BDB 1009 s.v. שֶׁטֶף the noun שֶׁצֶף here is an alternate form of שֶׁטֶף (shetef, “flood”). Some relate the word to an alleged Akkadian cognate meaning “strength.”
11 tn Heb “I hid my face from you.”
13 tc The Hebrew text reads literally, “For [or “indeed”] the waters of Noah [is] this to me.” כִּי־מֵי (ki-me, “for the waters of”) should be emended to כְּמֵי (kÿmey, “like the days of”), which is supported by the Qumran scroll 1QIsaa and all the ancient versions except LXX.
14 tn Heb “the waters of Noah” (so NAB, NIV, NRSV).
15 tn Heb “peace” (so many English versions); NLT “of blessing.”
16 tn Or, more literally, “windblown, storm tossed.”
17 tn Perhaps, “rubies” (so ASV, NAB, NIV, NRSV, NLT).
18 tn On the meaning of אֶקְדָּח (’eqdakh), which occurs only here, see HALOT 82 s.v.
19 tn Heb “border” (so ASV); NASB “your entire wall.”
20 tn Heb “delightful”; KJV “pleasant.”
21 tn Heb “and great [will be] the peace of your sons.”
22 tn Heb “in righteousness [or “vindication”] you will be established.” The precise meaning of צְדָקָה (tsÿdaqah) here is uncertain. It could mean “righteousness, justice,” indicating that the city will be a center for justice. But the context focuses on deliverance, suggesting that the term means “deliverance, vindication” here.
23 tn Heb “Be far from oppression!” The imperative is used here in a rhetorical manner to express certainty and assurance. See GKC 324 §110.c.
24 tn Heb “from terror.” The rhetorical command, “be far” is understood by ellipsis here. Note the preceding context.
25 tn Heb “it,” i.e., the “terror” just mentioned.
26 tn The infinitive absolute precedes the finite verb here for emphasis.
27 tn Heb “will fall over you.” The expression נָפַל עַל (nafal ’al) can mean “attack,” but here it means “fall over to,” i.e., “surrender to.”
28 tn Heb “who brings out an implement for his work.”