|Isaiah 54 |
1 "Rejoice, O barren, you who did not bear [children]. Break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who did not labor in childbirth. For the desolate one has more [spiritual] children than she who has a husband," says the LORD.
2 Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your habitations; do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes.
3 For you will spread out on the right hand and on the left; and your seed [offspring] will inherit the nations [Gentiles], and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
4 Fear not, for you will not be ashamed; neither will you be confounded, for you will not be put to shame; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and will not remember the reproach of your widowhood any more.
5 For your Maker is your husband, the LORD of hosts is his name; and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel. He is called The God of the whole earth.
6 For the LORD has called you like a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth when you were rejected, says your God.
7 For a brief moment I have forsaken you; but with great mercies I will gather you.
8 In a little wrath I hid my face from you for a moment; but with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you," says the LORD your Redeemer.
9 "For this is like the waters of Noah to me. For as I have sworn that the waters of Noah would no more cover the earth, so have I sworn that I would not be angry with you or rebuke you.
10 For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but my kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall my covenant of peace be removed, says the LORD who has mercy on you.
11 O you afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted; behold, I will set your stones with colorful gems and lay your foundations with sapphires.
12 And I will make your windows of rubies, and your gates of garnets, and all your walls of precious stones.
13 And all your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children.
14 In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and you shall be far from terror, for it shall not come near you.
15 If anyone dares to challenge you, it will not be from my doing. Whoever tries to challenge you shall fall.
16 Behold, I have created the artisan who blows the coals in the fire and brings forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the destroyer to destroy.
17 No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall refute. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD,1 and this is their righteousness which is from me," says the LORD.
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1 Because the Lord speaks through his servants, by his Spririt within them, obviously no one can win an argument with the Lord, (see a few of George Fox's recorded disputes ). And those who plot to harm the servants of the Lord are often destroyed; there were so many opponents of the early Quakers strangely destroyed, a book was printed detailing their deaths. For a sample of the Lord's retribution against the persecutors of his servants, see: The Strange Deaths of Persecutors.
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