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54.1–17 : Apostrophe to Zion.

1–3 :

A major motif in chs 40–66 is Jerusalem/Zion as mother of a dispersed and depressed family, and as a woman destined no longer to be forsaken, bereaved, or infertile ( 49.14–21,22,25; 51.17–20; 52.1–2,7–10; 60.1–22; 62.1–12; 66.7–11 ). Jerusalem, represented as a tent, reminiscent of the tent in the wilderness, will be repopulated together with the other Judean cities.

4–8 :

After the separation of the exile, there will be a spousal reconciliation between the LORD and Jerusalem (cf. Hos 1–3 ).

9–10 :

Exile in Babylon is compared with the great flood (Gen 6–9 ) and the new order envisaged by the prophet with the promise made to all humanity, a promise confirmed by oath, after the water subsided (Gen 8.21–22; 9.8–11 ). The covenant of peace (cf. 55.3; Ezek 34.25 ) signifies God's commitment to his people's well‐being.

11–13a :

The new Jerusalem is adorned with precious stones and gems by builders supernaturally instructed; cf. Ezek 28.13–19 . Christian apocalyptic literature draws on this imagery to describe the new Jerusalem (Rev 21.18–21 ).

17b :

The future Jerusalem will be confided to the servants of the LORD. The mention of this faithful segment of the people serves as a point of transition to the last section of the book (cf. 56.6; 63.17; 65.8–9,13–16; 66.14 ). Opinions are divided as to whether the second part of the book (Second Isaiah) ends with ch 54 or ch 55 .

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