The Word of God: Isaiah 49:13-23 – December 28, 2019

13Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; 
     break forth, O mountains, into singing! 
For the LORD has comforted his people, 
     and will have compassion on his suffering ones.

14But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me, 
     my Lord has forgotten me.” 
sup>15Can a woman forget her nursing child, 
     or show no compassion for the child of her womb? 
Even these may forget, 
     yet I will not forget you. 
16See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands; 
     your walls are continually before me. 
17Your builders outdo your destroyers, 
     and those who laid you waste go away from you. 
18Lift up your eyes all around and see; 
     they all gather, they come to you. 
As I live, says the LORD, 
     you shall put all of them on like an ornament, 
     and like a bride you shall bind them on.

19Surely your waste and your desolate places 
     and your devastated land — 
surely now you will be too crowded for your inhabitants, 
     and those who swallowed you up will be far away. 
20The children born in the time of your bereavement 
     will yet say in your hearing: 
“The place is too crowded for me; 
     make room for me to settle.” 
21Then you will say in your heart, 
     “Who has borne me these? 
I was bereaved and barren, 
     exiled and put away — 
     so who has reared these? 
I was left all alone — 
     where then have these come from?”

22Thus says the Lord GOD: 
I will soon lift up my hand to the nations, 
     and raise my signal to the peoples; 
and they shall bring your sons in their bosom, 
     and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders. 
23Kings shall be your foster fathers, 
     and their queens your nursing mothers. 
With their faces to the ground they shall bow down to you, 
     and lick the dust of your feet. 
Then you will know that I am the LORD; 
     those who wait for me shall not be put to shame.

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