Bible: Isa 52-55

52:1 Wake up! Wake up!

Clothe yourself with strength, O Zion!

Put on your beautiful clothes,

O Jerusalem, 1  holy city!

For uncircumcised and unclean pagans

will no longer invade you.

52:2 Shake off the dirt! 2 

Get up, captive 3  Jerusalem!

Take off the iron chains around your neck,

O captive daughter Zion!

52:3 For this is what the Lord says:

“You were sold for nothing,

and you will not be redeemed for money.”

52:4 For this is what the sovereign Lord says:

“In the beginning my people went to live temporarily in Egypt;

Assyria oppressed them for no good reason.

52:5 And now, what do we have here?” 4  says the Lord.

“Indeed my people have been carried away for nothing,

those who rule over them taunt,” 5  says the Lord,

“and my name is constantly slandered 6  all day long.

52:6 For this reason my people will know my name,

for this reason they will know 7  at that time 8  that I am the one who says,

Here I am.’

52:7 How delightful it is to see approaching over the mountains 9 

the feet of a messenger who announces peace,

a messenger who brings good news, who announces deliverance,

who says to Zion, “Your God reigns! 10 

52:8 Listen, 11  your watchmen shout;

in unison they shout for joy,

for they see with their very own eyes 12 

the Lord’s return to Zion.

52:9 In unison give a joyful shout,

O ruins of Jerusalem!

For the Lord consoles his people;

he protects 13  Jerusalem.

52:10 The Lord reveals 14  his royal power 15 

in the sight of all the nations;

the entire 16  earth sees

our God deliver. 17 

52:11 Leave! Leave! Get out of there!

Don’t touch anything unclean!

Get out of it!

Stay pure, you who carry the Lord’s holy items! 18 

52:12 Yet do not depart quickly

or leave in a panic. 19 

For the Lord goes before you;

the God of Israel is your rear guard.

The Lord Will Vindicate His Servant

52:13Look, my servant will succeed! 20 

He will be elevated, lifted high, and greatly exalted 21 

52:14 (just as many were horrified by the sight of you) 22 

he was so disfigured 23  he no longer looked like a man; 24 

52:15 his form was so marred he no longer looked human 25 

so now 26  he will startle 27  many nations.

Kings will be shocked by his exaltation, 28 

for they will witness something unannounced to them,

and they will understand something they had not heard about.

53:1 Who would have believed 29  what we 30  just heard? 31 

When 32  was the Lord’s power 33  revealed through him?

53:2 He sprouted up like a twig before God, 34 

like a root out of parched soil; 35 

he had no stately form or majesty that might catch our attention, 36 

no special appearance that we should want to follow him. 37 

53:3 He was despised and rejected by people, 38 

one who experienced pain and was acquainted with illness;

people hid their faces from him; 39 

he was despised, and we considered him insignificant. 40 

53:4 But he lifted up our illnesses,

he carried our pain; 41 

even though we thought he was being punished,

attacked by God, and afflicted for something he had done. 42 

53:5 He was wounded because of 43  our rebellious deeds,

crushed because of our sins;

he endured punishment that made us well; 44 

because of his wounds we have been healed. 45 

53:6 All of us had wandered off like sheep;

each of us had strayed off on his own path,

but the Lord caused the sin of all of us to attack him. 46 

53:7 He was treated harshly and afflicted, 47 

but he did not even open his mouth.

Like a lamb led to the slaughtering block,

like a sheep silent before her shearers,

he did not even open his mouth. 48 

53:8 He was led away after an unjust trial 49 

but who even cared? 50 

Indeed, he was cut off from the land of the living; 51 

because of the rebellion of his own 52  people he was wounded.

53:9 They intended to bury him with criminals, 53 

but he ended up in a rich man’s tomb, 54 

because 55  he had committed no violent deeds,

nor had he spoken deceitfully.

53:10 Though the Lord desired to crush him and make him ill,

once restitution is made, 56 

he will see descendants and enjoy long life, 57 

and the Lord’s purpose will be accomplished through him.

53:11 Having suffered, he will reflect on his work,

he will be satisfied when he understands what he has done. 58 

“My servant 59  will acquit many, 60 

for he carried their sins. 61 

53:12 So I will assign him a portion with the multitudes, 62 

he will divide the spoils of victory with the powerful, 63 

because he willingly submitted 64  to death

and was numbered with the rebels,

when he lifted up the sin of many

and intervened 65  on behalf of the rebels.”

Zion Will Be Secure

54:1Shout for joy, O barren one who has not given birth!

Give a joyful shout and cry out, you who have not been in labor!

For the children of the desolate one are more numerous

than the children of the married woman,” says the Lord.

54:2 Make your tent larger,

stretch your tent curtains farther out! 66 

Spare no effort,

lengthen your ropes,

and pound your stakes deep. 67 

54:3 For you will spread out to the right and to the left;

your children will conquer 68  nations

and will resettle desolate cities.

54:4 Don’t be afraid, for you will not be put to shame!

Don’t be intimidated, 69  for you will not be humiliated!

You will forget about the shame you experienced in your youth;

you will no longer remember the disgrace of your abandonment. 70 

54:5 For your husband is the one who made you –

the Lord who commands armies is his name.

He is your protector, 71  the Holy One of Israel. 72 

He is called “God of the entire earth.”

54:6Indeed, the Lord will call you back

like a wife who has been abandoned and suffers from depression, 73 

like a young wife when she has been rejected,” says your God.

54:7For a short time I abandoned 74  you,

but with great compassion I will gather you.

54:8 In a burst 75  of anger I rejected you 76  momentarily,

but with lasting devotion I will have compassion on you,”

says your protector, 77  the Lord.

54:9As far as I am concerned, this is like in Noah’s time, 78 

when I vowed that the waters of Noah’s flood 79  would never again cover the earth.

In the same way I have vowed that I will not be angry at you or shout at you.

54:10 Even if the mountains are removed

and the hills displaced,

my devotion will not be removed from you,

nor will my covenant of friendship 80  be displaced,”

says the Lord, the one who has compassion on you.

54:11O afflicted one, driven away, 81  and unconsoled!

Look, I am about to set your stones in antimony

and I lay your foundation with lapis-lazuli.

54:12 I will make your pinnacles out of gems, 82 

your gates out of beryl, 83 

and your outer wall 84  out of beautiful 85  stones.

54:13 All your children will be followers of the Lord,

and your children will enjoy great prosperity. 86 

54:14 You will be reestablished when I vindicate you. 87 

You will not experience oppression; 88 

indeed, you will not be afraid.

You will not be terrified, 89 

for nothing frightening 90  will come near you.

54:15 If anyone dares to 91  challenge you, it will not be my doing!

Whoever tries to challenge you will be defeated. 92 

54:16 Look, I create the craftsman,

who fans the coals into a fire

and forges a weapon. 93 

I create the destroyer so he might devastate.

54:17 No weapon forged to be used against you will succeed;

you will refute everyone who tries to accuse you. 94 

This is what the Lord will do for his servants

I will vindicate them,” 95 

says the Lord.

The Lord Gives an Invitation

55:1Hey, 96  all who are thirsty, come to the water!

You who have no money, come!

Buy and eat!

Come! Buy wine and milk

without money and without cost! 97 

55:2 Why pay money for something that will not nourish you? 98 

Why spend 99  your hard-earned money 100  on something that will not satisfy?

Listen carefully 101  to me and eat what is nourishing! 102 

Enjoy fine food! 103 

55:3 Pay attention and come to me!

Listen, so you can live! 104 

Then I will make an unconditional covenantal promise to 105  you,

just like the reliable covenantal promises I made to David. 106 

55:4 Look, I made him a witness to nations, 107 

a ruler and commander of nations.”

55:5 Look, you will summon nations 108  you did not previously know;

nations 109  that did not previously know you will run to you,

because of the Lord your God,

the Holy One of Israel, 110 

for he bestows honor on you.

55:6 Seek the Lord while he makes himself available; 111 

call to him while he is nearby!

55:7 The wicked need to abandon their lifestyle 112 

and sinful people their plans. 113 

They should return 114  to the Lord, and he will show mercy to them, 115 

and to their God, for he will freely forgive them. 116 

55:8Indeed, 117  my plans 118  are not like 119  your plans,

and my deeds 120  are not like 121  your deeds,

55:9 for just as the sky 122  is higher than the earth,

so my deeds 123  are superior to 124  your deeds

and my plans 125  superior to your plans.

55:10 126 

The rain and snow fall from the sky

and do not return,

but instead water the earth

and make it produce and yield crops,

and provide seed for the planter and food for those who must eat.

55:11 In the same way, the promise that I make

does not return to me, having accomplished nothing. 127 

No, it is realized as I desire

and is fulfilled as I intend.” 128 

55:12 Indeed you will go out with joy;

you will be led along in peace;

the mountains and hills will give a joyful shout before you,

and all the trees in the field will clap their hands.

55:13 Evergreens will grow in place of thorn bushes,

firs will grow in place of nettles;

they will be a monument to the Lord, 129 

a permanent reminder that will remain. 130 

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