Hear the word of Jehovah,
you who are vigilant for his word:
Your brethren who abhor you,
and exclude you because of my name, say,
Let Jehovah manifest his glory,
that we may see cause for your joy!
But it is they who shall suffer shame.
Hark, a tumult from the city, a noise from the temple!
It is the voice of Jehovah
paying his enemies what is due them.
Before she is in labor, she gives birth;
before her ordeal overtakes her, she delivers a son!
Who has heard the like,
or who has seen such things?
Can the earth labor but a day
and a nation be born at once?
For as soon as she was in labor,
Zion gave birth to her children.
Shall I bring to a crisis and not bring on birth?
When it is I who cause the birth,
shall I hinder it? says your God.
Woe to those in conflict with their Maker,
mere shards of earthenware pottery!
As though the clay were to say to him who molds it,
What are you doing?
Your hands have no skill for the work!
Woe to those who say to their Father,
What have you begotten?
or to the Woman, What have you borne?
Thus says Jehovah,
the Holy One of Israel, their Maker:
Will you ask me for signs concerning my children,
or dictate to me about the deeds of my hands?
It is I who made the earth
and created man upon it;
I with my hand suspended the heavens,
appointing all their host.
It is I who rightfully raise him up,
who facilitate his every step;
he will rebuild my city and set free my exiles
without price or bribe, says Jehovah of Hosts.
(Isaiah Institute Translation—IsaiahExplained.com)