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Isaiah 54:6-8 New English Translation (NET Bible)

“Indeed, the Lord will call you back
like a wife who has been abandoned and suffers from depression,[a]
like a young wife when she has been rejected,” says your God.
“For a short time I abandoned[b] you,
but with great compassion I will gather you.
In a burst[c] of anger I rejected you[d] momentarily,
but with lasting devotion I will have compassion on you,”
says your Protector,[e] the Lord.


  1. Isaiah 54:6 tn Heb “like a woman abandoned and grieved in spirit.”
  2. Isaiah 54:7 tn Or “forsook” (NASB).
  3. Isaiah 54:8 tn According to BDB 1009 s.v. שֶׁטֶף the noun שֶׁצֶף here is an alternate form of שֶׁטֶף (shetef, “flood”). Some relate the word to an alleged Akkadian cognate meaning “strength.”
  4. Isaiah 54:8 tn Heb “I hid my face from you.”
  5. Isaiah 54:8 tn Or “redeemer.” See the note at 41:14.
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Isaiah 54:6-8 New International Version (NIV)

The Lord will call you back
    as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit—
a wife who married young,
    only to be rejected,” says your God.
“For a brief moment I abandoned you,
    but with deep compassion I will bring you back.
In a surge of anger
    I hid my face from you for a moment,
but with everlasting kindness
    I will have compassion on you,”
    says the Lord your Redeemer.

New International Version (NIV)

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