Shame, No Longer a Chain
"Do not be afraid;
You will not be put to shame.
Do not fear disgrace;
You will not be humiliated.
You will forget
The shame of your youth
And remember no more
The reproach of your widowhood.
For your Maker is your husband-
The LORD Almighty is his name-
The Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer;
He is called the God of all the earth.
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.
"To me this is like the days of Noah,
When I swore that the waters of Noah
Would never again cover the earth.
So now have I sworn not to be angry with you, never to rebuke you again.
Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed,
Yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
Nor my covenant of peace be removed,'
Says the LORD, who has compassion on you.
Lashed by storms
And not comforted,
I will rebuild you with stones
With lapis lazuli.
I will make your battlements of rubies,
Your gates of sparkling jewels.
And all your walls of precious stones.
All your children will be taught by the lord
And great will be their peace.
In righteousness you will be established:
Tyranny will be far from you;
You will have nothing to fear.
Terror will be far removed;
It will not come near you.
If anyone does attack you,
It will not be my doing;
Whoever attacks you
Will surrender to you.
"See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame
And forges a weapon fit for its work.
And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc;
No weapon forged against you will prevail and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD And this is their vindication from me,"