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TitleIsaiah 54
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsParry, Donald W.
Book TitleThe Book of Isaiah: A New Translation (Preliminary Edition)
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
CitySpringville, UT
KeywordsBible; Isaiah (Book); Isaiah (Prophet); Old Testament

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Zion and Her Stakes Established in the Last Days (54:1–17)

The Lord

54 1“Sing gladly, O barren[1] one, who has not given birth;
break forth into singing and cry aloud, who did not labor with child;

for more are the children of the desolate
than the children of the married wife,”


says the LORD.

The Lord

4Fear not, for you will not be ashamed;
and be not confounded, for you will not be put to shame;

for you will forget the shame of your youth,
and you will not remember the dishonor of your widowhood anymore.

5For Your Maker is your Husband; the LORD of Hosts is His name,
and your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, the God of the whole earth, will He be called.

6For the LORD has called you, as a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit,
and a wife of youth, when you were refused,”


says your God.

The Lord

7“For a small moment, I forsook you,
but with great mercies, I will gather you.

8In a flood of wrath I hid my face from you for a moment,
but with everlasting loving-kindness I will have compassion on you,”


says the LORD your Redeemer.

The Lord

9“For this to Me like the waters of Noah,
for I swore that the waters of Noah should no longer go over the earth;
so, I swore that I would not be angry with you nor rebuke you.

10For the mountains will depart,
and the hills will totter,

but My loving-kindness will not depart from you,
nor will the covenant of My [people][2] totter,”


says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

The Lord

11“O afflicted female,
tossed with tempest, not comforted!

Behold, I will set your stones with antimony,
and lay your foundations with sapphires[3],

12and make your battlements of rubies,
and your gates of beryl,
and all your walls of precious stones.”


13And all your children will be taught of the LORD,
and great will be the peace of your children.

14In righteousness you will be established.
Keep far from oppression, for you will not fear,
and from terror, for it will not come near you.


15“Behold, if anyone will surely stir up strife [against you][4], it is not of Me;
whoever will stir up strife against you will fall for your sake.

16Behold, I have created the smith that blows the fire of coals
and who brings forth a tool for his work;
and I have created the destroyer to destroy.

17No weapon that is formed against you will prosper,
and every tongue that will rise against you in judgment you will declare guilty.

This is the inheritance of the servants of the LORD,
and their righteousness is of Me,”


declares the LORD.


[1] In the Hebrew, many of the grammatical forms in this chapter are feminine, referring to Lady Zion, though these forms are lost in the translation.

[2] JST 54:10 attests “people” rather than “peace.”

[3] Hebrew sappir may be a sapphire or lapis lazuli—the Hebrew word is rare and difficult to translate.

[4] From JST and 3 Nephi 22:15.


Scripture Reference

Isaiah 54:1