Ye Isles, hearken unto me, and take heed ye people from far: The Lord hath called me from my birth, and made mention of my name from my mothers womb: he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword, under the shadow of his hand hath he defended me, and hid me in his quiver, as a good arrow, and said unto me: Thou art my servant Israel, I will be honored in thee. Then answered I: I shall lese my labor, I shall spend my strength in vain. Nevertheless, I will commit my cause and my work unto the Lord my God. And now saith the Lord, even he that fashioned me from my mothers womb to be his servant, that I may bring Jacob again unto him: Howbeit, Israel shall not be not gathered unto him again. In whose sight I am great, which also is my Lord, my God and my strength. Let it be but a small thing, that thou art my servant, to set up the kindreds of Jacob, and to restore the destruction of Israel: If I make thee not also the light of the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my health unto the end of the world.
Moreover, thus saith the Lord the *avenger and holy one of Israel, because of the abhorring and despising among the Gentiles, concerning the servant of all them that bear rule: Kings and princes shall see, and arise and worship, because of the Lord that he is faithful: and because of the holy one of Israel, which hath chosen thee.
And thus saith the Lord: In the time appointed will I be present with thee. And in the hour of health will I help thee, and deliver thee. I will make thee a pledge for the people, so that thou shalt help up the earth again, and challenge again the scattered heritages: That thou mayest say to the prisoners: go forth, and to them that are in darkness: come into the light, that they may feed in the high ways, and get their living in all places. There shall neither hunger nor thirst, heat nor Sun hurt them. For he that favoreth them shall lead them, and give them drink of the spring wells. I will make ways upon all my mountains, and my foot paths shall be exalted. And behold, they shall come from far: lo, some from the north and west, some from the *south. Rejoice ye heavens, and sing praises thou earth: Talk of joy ye hills, for God will comfort his people, and have mercy upon his, that be in trouble.
Then shall Sion say: God hath forsaken me, and the Lord hath forgotten me. Doth a wife forget the child of her womb, and the son who she hath born? And though she forget, yet will not I forget thee. Behold, I have written thee up upon my hands, thy walls are ever in my sight. They that have broken thee down, shall make haste to build thee up again: and they that made thee waste shall dwell in thee. Lift up thine eyes, and look about thee: all these shall gather them together, and come to thee. As truly as I live ( saith the Lord ) thou shalt put them all upon thee, as an apparel, and gird them to thee, as an bride doth her jewels. As for thy land that layeth desolate, wasted and destroyed: it shall be too narrow for them, that shall dwell in it. And they that would devour thee, shall be far away. Then the child whom the barren shall bring forth unto thee, shall say in thine ear: This place is too narrow, sit near together, that I may have some room. Then shall thou think to thyself: Who hath begotten me these? seeing I am barren and alone, a captive and an out cast? And who hath nourished them up for me? I am desolate and alone, but from whence come these?
And therefore thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I will stretch out mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my token to the people. They shall bring thy sons in their laps, and carry thy daughters unto thee upon their shoulders. For kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and Queens shall be thy nursing mothers. They shall fall before thee with their faces flat upon the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet: that thou mayest know, how that I am the Lord. And who so putteth his trust in me, shall not be confounded. Who so spoileth the giant of his *praye? or who taketh the prisoners from the mighty? And therefore thus saith the Lord: The prisoners shall be taken from the giant, and the spoil delivered from the violent: for I will magnify thy cause against thine adversaries, and save thy sons. And feed thine enemies with their own flesh, and make them drink of their own blood, as of sweet wine. And all flesh shall know ( O Jacob ) that I am the Lord thy Saviour, a strong avenger.