Bible: Isaiah 52:7-15

52:7 How delightful it is to see approaching over the mountains 1 

the feet of a messenger who announces peace,

a messenger who brings good news, who announces deliverance,

who says to Zion, “Your God reigns! 2 

52:8 Listen, 3  your watchmen shout;

in unison they shout for joy,

for they see with their very own eyes 4 

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 5  Jerusalem.

52:10 The Lord reveals 6  his royal power 7 

in the sight of all the nations;

the entire 8  earth sees

our God deliver. 9 

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! 10 

52:12 Yet do not depart quickly

or leave in a panic. 11 

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! 12 

He will be elevated, lifted high, and greatly exalted 13 

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

he was so disfigured 15  he no longer looked like a man; 16 

52:15 his form was so marred he no longer looked human 17 

so now 18  he will startle 19  many nations.

Kings will be shocked by his exaltation, 20 

for they will witness something unannounced to them,

and they will understand something they had not heard about.

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