Isaiah 49:14-26 The LORD Would Remember Zion.
Zion, the LORD’s covenanted people, felt abandoned and forgotten (v. 14 Cf. 40:27), but the LORD assured them that they were not forgotten by him (v. 15 Cf. Ps. 103:13; Mal. 3:17). He himself inscribed them on the palms of his hands, and he guarded their walls as a watchman against their enemies – a possible allusion to governance by the law (v. 16 Cf. Ex. 13:9; Hag. 2:23). Their enemies would flee from them, as their sons return in strength in burgeoning numbers, including from the Gentiles (vv. 17-22 Cf. 54:1-3; 60:4; Zech. 10:10; Mt. 3:9; Jn. 4:35; Rom. 11:11). The LORD, through an oath, would also cause the kings of the nations to serve him and his people (vv. 23-24), and he would contend with those who contend with his people (vv. 25-26a). All people would know that the LORD was the Saviour and Redeemer of his people (v. 26b).