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 1 “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness,

 you who seek Yahweh:

 look to the rock you were cut from,

 and to the hold of the pit you were dug from.


 2 Look to Abraham your father

 and to Sarah who bore you;

 for when he was but one I called him,

 and I blessed him and made him many.


 3 For Yahweh will comfort Zion;

 he will comfort all her waste places

 and will make her wilderness like Eden

 and her desert like the garden of Yahweh;

 joy and gladness will be found in it,

 thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.


Attend to me, my people,

 and give ear to me, my nation;

 for a law will go out from me,

 and I will establish my justice

 for a light of the peoples.


 5 My righteousness is near,

 my salvation is gone forth

 and my arms will judge the peoples;

 the islands will wait for me,

 and on my arm they will trust.


 6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens

 and look on the earth beneath;

 for the heavens will vanish away like smoke

 and the earth will grow old like a garment;

 and those who dwell in it will die in the same way:

 but my salvation will be forever,

 and my righteousness will not be abolished.


Listen to me, you who know righteousness,

 the people in whose heart is my law;

 do not fear the reproach of men,

 neither be dismayed at their insults.


 8 For the moth will eat them up like a garment,

 and the worm will eat them like wool;

 but my righteousness will be forever,

 and my salvation to all generations.”


Awake, awake,

 put on strength, arm of Yahweh;

 awake, as in the days of old,

 the generations of ancient times.

 Isn’t it you who cut Rahab in pieces,

 who pierced the monster?


 10 Isn’t it you who dried up the sea,

 the waters of the great deep,

 who made the depths of the sea a way

 for the redeemed to pass over?


 11 And the ransomed of Yahweh will return

 and will come to Zion with singing,

 and everlasting joy will be on their heads.

 Joy and gladness will overtake them.

 Sorrow and sighing will flee away.


“I, even I, am he who comforts you;

 who are you, that you are afraid of man who will die,

 and of the son of man who will be made as grass,


 13 and have forgotten Yahweh your Maker

 who stretched forth the heavens

 and laid the foundations of the earth,

 and fear continually all the day

 because of the fury of the oppressor

 when he makes ready to destroy?

 And where is the fury of the oppressor?


 14 The captive exile will speedily be freed,

 and he will not die and go down into the pit,

 neither will his bread fail.


 15 For I am Yahweh your God,

 who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar;

 Yahweh of Armies is his name.


 16 I have put my words in your mouth

 and have covered you in the shadow of my hand,

 that I may plant the heavens

 and lay the foundations of the earth,

 and tell Zion, ‘You are my people.’”


Wake yourself, wake yourself;

 stand up, O Jerusalem,

 you who have drunk from the hand of Yahweh

 the cup of his wrath;

 you who have drunk to the dregs the bowl,

 the cup that causes people to stagger.


 18 There is none to guide her

 among all the sons whom she has brought forth;

 neither is there any who takes her by the hand

 among all the sons who she has brought up.


 19 These two things have happened to you.

 Who will bemoan you?

 Desolation and destruction

 and the famine and the sword;

 how will I comfort you?


 20 Your sons have fainted,

 they lie at the head of all the streets

 as an antelope in a net;

 they are full of the wrath of Yahweh,

 the rebuke of your God.


Therefore hear now this, you afflicted,

 and drunken, but not with wine:


 22 This is what your Lord Yahweh,

 and your God who pleads

 the cause of his people, says:

 “Behold, I have taken out of your hand

 the cup of staggering,

 even the bowl of the cup of my wrath;

 you will no more drink it again:


 23 and I will put it into the hand of those who afflict you,

 who have said to your soul,

 ‘Bow down, that we may walk over you,’

 and you have laid your back as the ground

 and as the street to those who walk over.”


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