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Isaiah 52

Hope for Captive Zion

Awake, awake,
Clothe yourself in your strength, O Zion;
Clothe yourself in your glorious garments,
O Jerusalem, the holy city;
For the uncircumcised and the unclean
Will no longer come into you.
Shake yourself from the dust, rise up,
O captive Jerusalem;
Loose yourself from the chains around your neck,
O captive daughter of Zion.
3 For thus says Yahweh, “You were sold for nothing, and you will be redeemed without money.” 4 For thus says Lord Yahweh, “My people went down at the first into Egypt to sojourn there; then the Assyrian oppressed them without cause. 5 So now, what do I have here,” declares Yahweh, “since My people have been taken away for nothing?” Yahweh declares, “Those who rule over them howl, and My name is continually blasphemed all day long. 6 Therefore My people shall know My name; therefore in that day I am the one who is speaking, ‘Here I am.’” 7
How lovely on the mountains
Are the feet of him who proclaims good news,
Who announces peace
And proclaims good news of good things,
Who announces salvation,
And says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
The voice of Your watchmen! They lift up their voices;
They shout joyfully together;
For they will see with their own eyes
When Yahweh returns to Zion.
Break forth, shout joyfully together,
You waste places of Jerusalem;
For Yahweh has comforted His people;
He has redeemed Jerusalem.
Yahweh has bared His holy arm
In the sight of all the nations,
That all the ends of the earth may see
The salvation of our God.

Depart, depart, go out from there,
Touch nothing unclean;
Go out of the midst of her, purify yourselves,
You who carry the vessels of Yahweh.
But you will not go out in haste,
Nor will you go as those who flee;
For Yahweh will go before you,
And the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

The Exalted Servant

Behold, My Servant will prosper;
He will be high and lifted up and greatly exalted.
Just as many were appalled at you, My people,
So His appearance was marred more than any man
And His form more than the sons of men.
Thus He will sprinkle many nations,
Kings will shut their mouths on account of Him;
For what had not been told them they will see,
And what they had not heard they will understand.