“Before she was in labor pains, she gave birth;
Before her pangs came, she delivered a male child. 8
Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things?
Can a land be brought forth through labor pains in one day?
Can a nation be born all at once?
As soon as Zion was in labor pains, she also gave birth to her sons. 9
Shall I bring to the point of breaking forth and not cause birth?” says Yahweh.
“Or shall I who causes birth shut the womb?” says your God.
Joy in Jerusalem’s Future10
“Be glad with Jerusalem and rejoice for her, all you who love her;
Be exceedingly joyful with her, all you who mourn over her, 11
That you may nurse and be satisfied with her comforting breasts,
That you may suck and be delighted with her bountiful bosom.” 12
For thus says Yahweh, “Behold, I stretch out peace to her like a river,
And the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream;
And you will be nursed; you will be carried on the hip and played with on the knees. 13
As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you;
And you will be comforted in Jerusalem.” 14
Then you will see this, and your heart will be joyful,
And your bones will flourish like the new grass;
And the hand of Yahweh will be made known to His slaves,
But He will be indignant toward His enemies.