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Isaiah 52

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LII
1Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion!
Put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem! the holy city;
For there shall no more come unto thee the uncircumcised, and the unclean.
2Shake thyself from the dust, arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem!
Loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion!
3For thus saith Jehovah:
For nought have ye been sold,
And not with money shall ye be ransomed,
4For thus saith the Lord Jehovah:
My people went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there;
And the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.
5And now, what have I to do here, saith Jehovah,
Seeing that my people is taken away for nought?
They that rule over them howl, saith Jehovah,
And continually, every day, is my name blasphemed.
6Therefore my people shall know my name;
Therefore they shall know in that day
That I am He that doth speak: behold, it is I.
7How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings,
That publisheth peace, that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation;
That saith unto Zion: Thy God reigneth!
8The voice of thy watchmen! they lift up the voice; they shout for joy together:
For they shall see eye to eye,
When Jehovah restoreth Zion.
9Break out into singing, shout for joy together,
Ye waste places of Jerusalem!
For Jehovah hath comforted his people,
He hath redeemed Jerusalem.
10 Jehovah hath made bare his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations;
And all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
11Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence;
Touch no unclean thing:
Go ye out from the midst of her;
Be ye clean, ye that bear the vessels of Jehovah!
12For ye shall not go out with haste,
Nor march along by flight;
For Jehovah will go before you,
And the God of Israel shall bring up your rear.
13Behold! my servant shall prosper;
He shall be exalted, and extolled, and be very high.
14As many were astonished at thee,
(His visage was disfigured more than any man,
And his form more than the sons of men:)
15So shall he sprinkle many nations:
Kings shall shut their mouths on account of him;
For what had not been told them, they shall see;
And what they had not heard, they shall perceive.

Isaiah 52

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Jerusalem Can Celebrate
1 # Rev 21.2,27. Jerusalem, wake up!
Stand up and be strong.
Holy city of Zion,
dress in your best clothes.
Those foreigners who ruined
your sacred city
won't bother you again.
2Zion, rise from the dirt!
Free yourself from the rope
around your neck.
Suffering Will End
3The Lord says:
My people, you were sold,
but not for money;
now you will be set free,
but not for a payment.
4Long ago you went to Egypt
where you lived
as foreigners.
Then Assyria was cruel to you,
5 # Ro 2.24. and now another nation#52.5 another nation: Babylonia.
has taken you prisoner
for no reason at all.
Your leaders groan with pain,#52.5 groan with pain: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
and day after day
my own name is cursed.
6My people, you will learn
who I am and who is speaking
because I am here.
A Message of Hope for Jerusalem
7 # Nh 1.15; Ro 10.15; Eph 6.15. What a beautiful sight!
On the mountains a messenger
announces to Jerusalem,
“Good news! You're saved.
There will be peace.
Your God is now King.”
8Everyone on guard duty,
sing and celebrate!
Look! You can see the Lord
returning to Zion.
9Jerusalem, rise from the ruins!
Join in the singing.
The Lord has given comfort
to his people;
he comes to your rescue.
10The Lord has shown all nations
his mighty strength;
now everyone will see
the saving power of our God.
A Command To Leave Babylon
11 # 2 Co 6.17. Leave the city of Babylon!
Don't touch anything filthy.
Wash yourselves. Be ready
to carry back everything sacred
that belongs to the Lord.
12You won't need to run.
No one is chasing you.
The Lord God of Israel
will lead and protect you
from enemy attacks.
The Suffering Servant
13The Lord says:
My servant will succeed!
He will be given great praise
and the highest honors.
14Many were horrified
at what happened to him.#52.14 him: One ancient translation; Hebrew “you.”
But everyone who saw him
was even more horrified
because he suffered until
he no longer looked human.#52.14 human: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 14.
15 # Ro 15.21. My servant will make
nations worthy to worship me;#52.15 My … me: Hebrew; one ancient translation “The nations will be amazed at him.”
kings will be silent
as they bow in wonder.#52.15 kings … wonder: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
They will see and think about
things they have never seen
or thought about before.