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Passage Lookup: Isaiah 49

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Isaiah 49:1
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Listen(a) to me, you islands;(b) hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born(c) the Lord called(d) me; from my mother's womb he has spoken my name.(e)
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Isaiah 49:2
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He made my mouth(f) like a sharpened sword,(g) in the shadow of his hand(h) he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow(i) and concealed me in his quiver.
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Isaiah 49:3
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He said to me, "You are my servant,(j) Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.(k)"
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Isaiah 49:4
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But I said, "I have labored in vain;(l) I have spent my strength for nothing at all. Yet what is due me is in the Lord 's hand,(m) and my reward(n) is with my God."(o)
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Isaiah 49:5
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And now the Lord says— he who formed me in the womb(p) to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel(q) to himself, for I am[a] honored(r) in the eyes of the Lord and my God has been my strength(s)
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Isaiah 49:6
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he says: "It is too small a thing for you to be my servant(t) to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept.(u) I will also make you a light(v) for the Gentiles,(w) that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth."(x)
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Isaiah 49:7
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This is what the Lord says— the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel(y)— to him who was despised(z) and abhorred by the nation, to the servant of rulers: "Kings(aa) will see you and stand up, princes will see and bow down,(ab) because of the Lord , who is faithful,(ac) the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen(ad) you."
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Isaiah 49:8
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This is what the Lord says: "In the time of my favor(ae) I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you;(af) I will keep(ag) you and will make you to be a covenant for the people,(ah) to restore the land(ai) and to reassign its desolate inheritances,(aj)
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Isaiah 49:9
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to say to the captives,(ak) ‘Come out,' and to those in darkness,(al) ‘Be free!' "They will feed beside the roads and find pasture on every barren hill.(am)
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Isaiah 49:10
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They will neither hunger nor thirst,(an) nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them.(ao) He who has compassion(ap) on them will guide(aq) them and lead them beside springs(ar) of water.
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Isaiah 49:11
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I will turn all my mountains into roads, and my highways(as) will be raised up.(at)
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Isaiah 49:12
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See, they will come from afar(au)— some from the north, some from the west,(av) some from the region of Aswan.[b]"
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Isaiah 49:13
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Shout for joy,(aw) you heavens; rejoice, you earth;(ax) burst into song, you mountains!(ay) For the Lord comforts(az) his people and will have compassion(ba) on his afflicted ones.(bb)
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Isaiah 49:14
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But Zion(bc) said, "The Lord has forsaken(bd) me, the Lord has forgotten me."
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Isaiah 49:15
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"Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child(be) she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!(bf)
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Isaiah 49:16
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See, I have engraved(bg) you on the palms of my hands; your walls(bh) are ever before me.
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Isaiah 49:17
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Your children hasten back, and those who laid you waste(bi) depart from you.
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Isaiah 49:18
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Lift up your eyes and look around; all your children gather(bj) and come to you. As surely as I live,(bk)" declares the Lord , "you will wear(bl) them all as ornaments; you will put them on, like a bride.
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Isaiah 49:19
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"Though you were ruined and made desolate(bm) and your land laid waste,(bn) now you will be too small for your people,(bo) and those who devoured(bp) you will be far away.
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Isaiah 49:20
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The children born during your bereavement will yet say in your hearing, ‘This place is too small for us; give us more space to live in.'(bq)
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Isaiah 49:21
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Then you will say in your heart, ‘Who bore me these?(br) I was bereaved(bs) and barren; I was exiled and rejected.(bt) Who brought these(bu) up? I was left(bv) all alone,(bw) but these—where have they come from?'"
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Isaiah 49:22
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This is what the Sovereign Lord (bx) says: "See, I will beckon to the nations, I will lift up my banner(by) to the peoples; they will bring(bz) your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their hips.(ca)
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Isaiah 49:23
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Kings(cb) will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers.(cc) They will bow down(cd) before you with their faces to the ground; they will lick the dust(ce) at your feet. Then you will know that I am the Lord ;(cf) those who hope(cg) in me will not be disappointed.(ch)"
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Isaiah 49:24
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Can plunder be taken from warriors,(ci) or captives be rescued from the fierce[c]?
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Isaiah 49:25
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But this is what the Lord says: "Yes, captives(cj) will be taken from warriors,(ck) and plunder retrieved from the fierce;(cl) I will contend with those who contend with you,(cm) and your children I will save.(cn)
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Isaiah 49:26
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I will make your oppressors(co) eat(cp) their own flesh; they will be drunk on their own blood,(cq) as with wine. Then all mankind will know(cr) that I, the Lord , am your Savior,(cs) your Redeemer,(ct) the Mighty One of Jacob.(cu)"
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