(14) Zion says, “The LORD has forsaken me, My Lord has forgotten me.” (15) Can a woman forget her baby, Or disown the child of her womb? Though she might forget, I never could forget you. (16) See, I have engraved you On the palms of My hands, Your walls are ever before Me. (17) Swiftly your children are coming; Those who ravaged and ruined you shall leave you. (18) Look up all around you and see: They are all assembled, are come to you! As I live —declares the LORD— You shall don them all like jewels, Deck yourself with them like a bride. (19) As for your ruins and desolate places And your land laid waste— You shall soon be crowded with settlers, While destroyers stay far from you. (20) The children you thought you had lost Shall yet say in your hearing, “The place is too crowded for me; Make room for me to settle.” (21) And you will say to yourself, “Who bore these for me When I was bereaved and barren, Exiled and disdained— By whom, then, were these reared? I was left all alone— And where have these been?” (22) Thus said the Lord GOD: I will raise My hand to nations And lift up My ensign to peoples; And they shall bring your sons in their bosoms, And carry your daughters on their backs. (23) Kings shall tend your children, Their queens shall serve you as nurses. They shall bow to you, face to the ground, And lick the dust of your feet. And you shall know that I am the LORD— Those who trust in Me shall not be shamed. (24) Can spoil be taken from a warrior, Or captives retrieved from a victor? (25) Yet thus said the LORD: Captives shall be taken from a warrior And spoil shall be retrieved from a tyrant; For I will contend with your adversaries, And I will deliver your children. (26) I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh, They shall be drunk with their own blood as with wine. And all mankind shall know That I the LORD am your Savior, The Mighty One of Jacob, your Redeemer.