Isaiah 66:7-10; Micah 4:10

Rejoice with Jerusalem

nBefore she was in labor

she gave birth;

before her pain came upon her

she delivered a son.

Who has heard such a thing?

Who has seen such things?

Shall a land be born in one day?

Shall a nation be brought forth in one moment?

For nas soon as Zion was in labor

she brought forth her children.

Shall I bring to the point of birth and not cause to bring forth?

says the Lord;

shall I, who cause to bring forth, shut the womb?

says your God.

10  oRejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her,

all you who love her;

rejoice with her in joy,

all you who mourn over her;


10  eWrithe and groan,1 O daughter of Zion,

like a woman in labor,

for fnow you shall go out from the city

and dwell in the open country;

you gshall go to Babylon.

There you shall be rescued;

hthere the Lord will redeem you

from the hand of your enemies.