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Isaiah 54:1-6

Spread Out! Think Big!

1-6"Sing, barren woman, who has never had a baby.

Fill the air with song, you who've never experienced childbirth!

You're ending up with far more children

than all those childbearing women." God says so!

"Clear lots of ground for your tents!

Make your tents large. Spread out! Think big!

Use plenty of rope,

drive the tent pegs deep.

You're going to need lots of elbow room

for your growing family.

You're going to take over whole nations;

you're going to resettle abandoned cities.

Don't be afraid—you're not going to be embarrassed.

Don't hold back—you're not going to come up short.

You'll forget all about the humiliations of your youth,

and the indignities of being a widow will fade from memory.

For your Maker is your bridegroom,

his name, God-of-the-Angel-Armies!

Your Redeemer is The Holy of Israel,

known as God of the whole earth.

You were like an abandoned wife, devastated with grief,

and God welcomed you back,

Like a woman married young

and then left," says your God.

7-8Your Redeemer God says:

"I left you, but only for a moment.

Now, with enormous compassion, I'm bringing you back.

In an outburst of anger I turned my back on you—

but only for a moment.

It's with lasting love

that I'm tenderly caring for you.