Sing Out, You!

Isaiah 54:1-10 (NRSV)

54:1 “Sing, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud,
you who have not been in labor!
For the children of the desolate one will be more than the children of her who is married,” says the Lord.
“Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out;
do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes. 
For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left, and your offspring will possess the nations
and will people the desolate cities.

My version, adapted from the Hebrew Interlinear (online)—

Sing out, you! You barren one,

you never-birthing one!

Burst out and make noise, you!  

Who never struggled in birth-pains—

So many more are children of the abandoned one

than there are children of the one who belongs,

says Yahweh.

Widen out, you!

Stretch out your tent-place and house-walls!

You dare not hold back!

Lengthen your tent ropes and pound in your stakes!

Make room!

To your right and to your left

break out!

So your children

can belong in a foreign land,

and make desolate towns into home.


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