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Fourth Reading for Easter Sunday

Isaiah 54:5-14

For the Easter Vigil

Summary: The LORD compares His relationship with His people to a marital bond, promising to bring them back with great compassion after a brief period of abandonment. He assures them of His unshakable love and peace, promising prosperity and security, symbolized by precious stones and an environment free from fear or harm.

Everlasting Love and Restoration

The One who has become your husband is your Maker; his name is the LORD of hosts; your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, called God of all the earth.

The LORD calls you back, like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit, a wife married in youth and then cast off, says your God.

For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with great tenderness I will take you back.

In an outburst of wrath, for a moment I hid my face from you; but with enduring love I take pity on you, says the LORD, your redeemer.

This is for me like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah should never again deluge the earth; so I have sworn not to be angry with you, or to rebuke you.

Though the mountains leave their place and the hills be shaken, my love shall never leave you nor my covenant of peace be shaken, says the LORD, who has mercy on you.

O afflicted one, storm-battered and unconsoled, I lay your pavements in carnelians, and your foundations in sapphires; I will make your battlements of rubies, your gates of carbuncles, and all your walls of precious stones.

All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children.

In justice shall you be established, far from the fear of oppression, where destruction cannot come near you.

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