but with lasting devotion I will have compassion on you,”
says your protector, 3 the Lord.
when I vowed that the waters of Noah’s flood 5 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 6 be displaced,”
says the Lord, the one who has compassion on you.
1 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.”
2 tn Heb “I hid my face from you.”
4 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.
5 tn Heb “the waters of Noah” (so NAB, NIV, NRSV).
6 tn Heb “peace” (so many English versions); NLT “of blessing.”