Rejoice with Jerusalem
n "Before she was in labor
she gave birth;
before her pain came upon her
she delivered a son.
Who has heard such a thing?
Who has seen such things?
Shall a land be born in one day?
Shall a nation be brought forth in one moment?
For n as soon as Zion was in labor
she brought forth her children.
Shall I bring to the point of birth and not cause to bring forth?"
says the Lord;
"shall I, who cause to bring forth, shut the womb?"
says your God.
o "Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her,
all you who love her;
rejoice with her in joy,
all you who mourn over her;
that you may nurse and be satisfied
from her consoling breast;
that you may drink deeply with delight
from her glorious abundance."
For thus says the Lord:
p "Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river,
and the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream;
and q you shall nurse, you shall be carried upon her hip,
and bounced upon her knees.
As one whom his mother comforts,
so r I will comfort you;
you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.
You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice;
s your bones shall flourish like the grass;
and t the hand of the Lord shall be known to his servants,
and he shall show his indignation against his enemies.
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
They will be dismayed: pangs and agony will seize them; they will be in anguish like a woman in labor. They will look aghast at one another; their faces will be aflame.
Before she was in labor she gave birth; before her pain came upon her she delivered a son.
I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in my people; no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping and the cry of distress.
Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.
You shall suck the milk of nations; you shall nurse at the breast of kings; and you shall know that I, the Lord, am your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
I, I am he who comforts you; who are you that you are afraid of man who dies, of the son of man who is made like grass.
And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on our way, since we had told the king, "The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him.
Then we departed from the river Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, to go to Jerusalem. The hand of our God was on us, and he delivered us from the hand of the enemy and from ambushes by the way.