I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; And forgettest the LORD thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor? The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail. But I am the LORD thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: The LORD of hosts is his name. And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.
Jehovah speaks a message of comfort to those who fear the tyrant, whether Nebuchadnezzar in that day or the man of sin in the future. They should fear the LORD who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth; then they would lose their fear of frail man. The captive exile will be loosed, that they should not die in the pit, and that their bread should not fail. These captives were loosed at that time by Cyrus, and will be loosed by the Messiah at His appearing in glory. Jehovah will hide His people with the shadow of His hand and He will put His words in their mouth so that they might be His missionaries to the world.