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Isaiah 51

12 "I, yes I, am the one who comforts you.
  So why are you afraid of mere humans,
  who wither like the grass and disappear?
13 Yet you have forgotten the LORD, your Creator,
  the one who stretched out the sky like a canopy
  and laid the foundations of the earth.
Will you remain in constant dread of human oppressors?
  Will you continue to fear the anger of your enemies?
Where is their fury and anger now?
  It is gone!
14 Soon all you captives will be released!
  Imprisonment, starvation, and death will not be your fate!
15 For I am the LORD your God,
  who stirs up the sea, causing its waves to roar.
  My name is the LORD of Heaven's Armies.
16 And I have put my words in your mouth
  and hidden you safely in my hand.
I stretched out* the sky like a canopy
  and laid the foundations of the earth.
I am the one who says to Israel,
  'You are my people!'"

17 Wake up, wake up, O Jerusalem!
  You have drunk the cup of the LORD's fury.
You have drunk the cup of terror,
  tipping out its last drops.
18 Not one of your children is left alive
  to take your hand and guide you.
19 These two calamities have fallen on you:
  desolation and destruction, famine and war.
And who is left to sympathize with you?
  Who is left to comfort you?*
20 For your children have fainted and lie in the streets,
  helpless as antelopes caught in a net.
The LORD has poured out his fury;
  God has rebuked them.

21 But now listen to this, you afflicted ones
  who sit in a drunken stupor,
  though not from drinking wine.
22 This is what the Sovereign LORD,
  your God and Defender, says:
"See, I have taken the terrible cup from your hands.
  You will drink no more of my fury.
23 Instead, I will hand that cup to your tormentors,
  those who said, 'We will trample you into the dust
  and walk on your backs.'"

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51:16 As in Syriac version (see also 51:13); Hebrew reads planted.
51:19 As in Dead Sea Scrolls and Greek, Latin, and Syriac versions; Masoretic Text reads How can I comfort you?

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