49:14 “Zion said, ‘The Lord has abandoned me,
the sovereign master 1 has forgotten me.’
Can she withhold compassion from the child she has borne? 3
Even if mothers 4 were to forget,
I could never forget you! 5
your walls are constantly before me.
49:17 Your children hurry back,
while those who destroyed and devastated you depart.
All of them gather to you.
As surely as I live,” says the Lord,
“you will certainly wear all of them like jewelry;
you will put them on as if you were a bride.
49:19 Yes, your land lies in ruins;
it is desolate and devastated. 8
But now you will be too small to hold your residents,
and those who devoured you will be far away.
49:20 Yet the children born during your time of bereavement
will say within your hearing,
‘This place is too cramped for us, 9
make room for us so we can live here.’ 10
‘Who bore these children for me?
I was bereaved and barren,
dismissed and divorced. 12
Who raised these children?
Look, I was left all alone;
where did these children come from?’”
[49:15] 5 sn The argument of v. 15 seems to develop as follows: The Lord has an innate attachment to Zion, just like a mother does for her infant child. But even if mothers were to suddenly abandon their children, the Lord would never forsake Zion. In other words, the Lord’s attachment to Zion is like a mother’s attachment to her infant child, but even stronger.