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Isaiah 49:21-22

וְאָמַרְתְּ בִּלְבָבֵךְ
מִי יָֽלַד־ לִי אֶת־ אֵלֶּה
וַֽאֲנִי שְׁכוּלָה וְגַלְמוּדָה
גֹּלָה ׀ וְסוּרָה
וְאֵלֶּה מִי גִדֵּל הֵן
אֲנִי נִשְׁאַרְתִּי לְבַדִּי
אֵלֶּה אֵיפֹה הֵֽם:

Then you will say in your heart:
“Who has given me these?
I had lost my children and was childless,
Exiled and wandering to and fro.
Who has brought these up?
Behold, I was left alone;
From where have these come?”


Isaiah 54:1-8


רָנִּי עֲקָרָה
לֹא יָלָדָה
פִּצְחִי רִנָּה
וְצַהֲלִי לֹא־ חָלָה
כִּי־ רַבִּים בְּנֵי־ שׁוֹמֵמָה
מִבְּנֵי בְעוּלָה
אָמַר יְהֹוָה:
הַרְחִיבִי ׀ מְקוֹם אָהֳלֵךְ
וִירִיעוֹת מִשְׁכְּנוֹתַיִךְ
יַטּוּ אַל־ תַּחְשׂכִי
הַאֲרִיכִי מֵיתָרַיִךְ
וִיתֵדֹתַיִךְ חַזֵּקִי:
כִּי־ יָמִין וּשְׂמֹאול תִּפְרֹצִי
וְזַרְעֵךְ גּוֹיִם יִירָשׁ
וְעָרִים נְשַׁמּוֹת יוֹשִׁיבוּ:
בְּרֶגַע קָטֹן עֲזַבְתִּיךְ
וּבְרַחֲמִים גְּדֹלִים אֲקַבְּצֵךְ:
בְּשֶׁצֶף קֶצֶף
הִסְתַּרְתִּי פָנַי
רֶגַע מִמֵּךְ
וּבְחֶסֶד עוֹלָם
אָמַר גֹּאֲלֵךְ

Sing, O barren one,
who has not given birth.
Break into song, and cry aloud,
You who have never been in labour;
For the children of the abandoned are more numerous
Than the children of the married wife, says God.
Enlarge the place of your tent,
And stretch out the curtains of your habitations;
Do not hesitate;
Lengthen your cords and secure your tent pegs.
For you will expand abroad to the right and to the left,
Until your descendants possess the nations
And populate the desolate cities.
…For a brief moment I forsook you,
But I will gather you with great compassion.
In an outburst of wrath,
For a moment
I hid My face from you;
But with everlasting kindness
I will have compassion on you,
Says God, your Redeemer.

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