Isaiah 49

1 Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; aThe LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. 2 And he hath made bmy mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; 3 And said unto me, cThou art my servant, O Israel, din whom I will be glorified. 4 eThen I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my work with my God.

5 And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength. 6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a flight to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

7 Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee. 8 Thus saith the LORD, gIn an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; 9 That thou mayest say hto the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places. 10 They shall not ihunger nor thirst; jneither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them kshall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them. 11 And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted. 12 Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.

13 Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted. 14 But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. 15 mCan a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, lyet will I not forget thee. 16 Behold, nI have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. 17 Thy children shall make haste; thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee.

18 Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the LORD, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, oas with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth. 19 For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, pshall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants, and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away. 20 The children which thou shalt have, qafter thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell. 21 Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing rI have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where had they been? 22 Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders. 23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and slick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for tthey shall not be ashamed that wait for me.

24 uShall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered? 25 But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children. 26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own vblood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh wshall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

Cross Ref
1aJer 1:5
Mat 1:20
Luk 1:15
2bHos 6:5
3cZec 3:8
dMat 17:17
Joh 13:31
4eEze 3:19
6fLuk 2:32
Isa 9:2
8gPsa 69:13
9hIsa 42:7
Zec 9:12
10iPsa 22:26
Joh 6:35
Rev 7:16
jPsa 121:6
kPsa 23:2
15lRom 11:29
mPsa 103:13
16nExo 13:9
SS 8:6
Zec 2:8
18oPro 17:6
19pIsa 54:1-2
Zec 2:4
20qMat 3:9
Rom 11:11
21rJer 31:15
Gen 42:13
23sPsa 72:9
Mic 7:17
tPsa 34:22
Rom 5:5
24uMat 12:29
Luk 11:21
26vRev 14:20
wPsa 9:16
Isa 43:3