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Isaiah 54:6-10

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54:6 “Indeed, the Lord will call you back

like a wife who has been abandoned and suffers from depression, 1 

like a young wife when she has been rejected,” says your God.

54:7 “For a short time I abandoned 2  you,

but with great compassion I will gather you.

54:8 In a burst 3  of anger I rejected you 4  momentarily,

but with lasting devotion I will have compassion on you,”

says your protector, 5  the Lord.

54:9 “As far as I am concerned, this is like in Noah’s time, 6 

when I vowed that the waters of Noah’s flood 7  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 8  be displaced,”

says the Lord, the one who has compassion on you.

1 tn Heb “like a woman abandoned and grieved in spirit.”

2 tn Or “forsook” (NASB).

3 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.”

4 tn Heb “I hid my face from you.”

5 tn Or “redeemer.” See the note at 41:14.

6 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.

7 tn Heb “the waters of Noah” (so NAB, NIV, NRSV).

8 tn Heb “peace” (so many English versions); NLT “of blessing.”



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