Bible: Isaiah 52-53

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.”

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