Bible: Isaiah 52
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
“You were sold for nothing,
and you will not be redeemed for money.”
52:4 For this is what the sovereign
“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
“Indeed my people have been carried away for nothing,
those who rule over them taunt,” 5 says the
“and my name is constantly slandered 6 all day long.
52:6 For this reason my people will know my name,
‘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
52:9 In unison give a joyful shout,
O ruins of Jerusalem!
he protects 13 Jerusalem.
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
52:12 Yet do not depart quickly
or leave in a panic. 19
the God of Israel is your rear guard.
The Lord Will Vindicate His Servant
52:13 “Look, 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
52:15 his form was so marred he no longer looked human 25 –
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.