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Isaiah 52

New Int. Readers Version

1 Wake up! Zion, wake up! Dress yourself with strength as if it were your clothes. Holy city of Jerusalem, put on your clothes of glory. Those who haven't been circumcised will never enter you again. Neither will those who are “unclean.” 2 Get up, Jerusalem! Shake off your dust. Take your place on your throne. Captured people of Zion, remove the chains from your neck. 3 The Lord says, “When you were sold as slaves, no one paid anything for you. Now no one will pay any money to set you free.” 4 The Lord and King continues, “Long ago my people went down to Egypt. They lived there for a while. Later, Assyria crushed them without any reason. 5 “Now look at what has happened to them,” announces the Lord. “Once again my people have been taken away. And no one paid anything for them. Those who rule over them brag about it,” announces the Lord. “All day long without stopping, people speak evil things against my name. 6 So the day will come when my people will really know the meaning of my name. They will know what kind of God I am. They will know that I told them ahead of time they would return to their land. They will know that it was I.” 7 What a beautiful sight it is to see messengers coming with good news! How beautiful to see them coming down from the mountains with a message about peace! How wonderful it is when they bring the good news that we are saved! How wonderful when they say to Zion, “Your God rules!” 8 Listen! Those on guard duty are shouting out the message. With their own eyes they see the Lord returning to Zion. So they shout with joy. 9 Burst into songs of joy together, you broken‑down buildings in Jerusalem. The Lord has comforted his people. He has set Jerusalem free. 10 The Lord will use the power of his holy arm to save his people. All of the nations will see him do it. Everyone from one end of the earth to the other will see it. 11 You who carry the articles that belong to the Lord's temple, leave Babylon! Leave it! Get out of there! Don't touch anything that isn't pure and clean. Come out of Babylon and be pure. 12 But this time you won't have to leave in a hurry. You won't have to rush away. The Lord will go ahead of you and lead you. The God of Israel will follow behind you and guard you. 13 The Lord says, “My servant will act wisely and accomplish his task. He will be highly honored. He will be greatly respected. 14 Many people were shocked when they saw him. He was so scarred that he did not look like a man at all. His body was so twisted that he did not look like a human being anymore. 15 But many nations will be surprised when they see what he has done. Kings will be so amazed that they will not be able to say anything. They will understand things they were never told about. They will know the meaning of things they never heard about.”

Isaiah 52

English Standard Version

1 Awake, awake, put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; for there shall no more come into you the uncircumcised and the unclean. (Ex 28:2; Ex 28:40; Ne 11:1; Isa 35:8; Isa 48:2; Isa 51:17; Isa 60:21; Joe 3:17; Zec 3:1; Re 21:27) 2 Shake yourself from the dust and arise; be seated, O Jerusalem; loose the bonds from your neck, O captive daughter of Zion. (Isa 51:14; Isa 51:23) 3 For thus says the Lord: “You were sold for nothing, and you shall be redeemed without money.” (Isa 45:13; Isa 50:1; 1Pe 1:18) 4 For thus says the Lord God: “My people went down at the first into Egypt to sojourn there, and the Assyrian oppressed them for nothing.[1] (Ge 46:6) 5 Now therefore what have I here,” declares the Lord, “seeing that my people are taken away for nothing? Their rulers wail,” declares the Lord, “and continually all the day my name is despised. (Eze 36:20; Eze 36:23; Ro 2:24) 6 Therefore my people shall know my name. Therefore in that day they shall know that it is I who speak; here I am.” (Isa 49:26) 7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” (Isa 40:9; Na 1:15; Ro 10:15) 8 The voice of your watchmen—they lift up their voice; together they sing for joy; for eye to eye they see the return of the Lord to Zion. (Isa 33:17; Isa 33:22; Isa 62:6; 1Co 13:12; 1Jo 3:2; Re 22:4) 9 Break forth together into singing, you waste places of Jerusalem, for the Lord has comforted his people; he has redeemed Jerusalem. (Ps 98:4; Isa 40:1; Isa 51:3; Isa 51:12; Isa 58:12) 10 The Lord has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. (Ps 98:3; Isa 51:9; Lu 3:6) 11 Depart, depart, go out from there; touch no unclean thing; go out from the midst of her; purify yourselves, you who bear the vessels of the Lord. (Ezr 1:7; Isa 48:20; Jer 50:8; Jer 51:6; Jer 51:45; Zec 2:6; 2Co 6:17; Re 18:4) 12 For you shall not go out in haste, and you shall not go in flight, for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard. (Ex 12:11; Ex 12:33; Ex 12:39; Ex 14:19; Isa 58:8; Mic 2:13) 13 Behold, my servant shall act wisely;[2] he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted. (Isa 42:1) 14 As many were astonished at you— his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind— (Isa 53:2) 15 so shall he sprinkle[3] many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths because of him, for that which has not been told them they see, and that which they have not heard they understand. (Le 4:6; Le 4:17; Isa 49:7; Isa 49:23; Ro 15:21; Ro 16:25)