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Isaiah 52 New Century Version (NCV)

Jerusalem Will Be Saved

52 Wake up, wake up, Jerusalem! Become strong!
Be beautiful again,
    holy city of Jerusalem.
The people who do not worship God and who are not pure
    will not enter you again.
Jerusalem, you once were a prisoner.
    Now shake off the dust and stand up.
Jerusalem, you once were a prisoner.
    Now free yourself from the chains around your neck.
This is what the Lord says:
“You were not sold for a price,
    so you will be saved without cost.”
This is what the Lord God says:
“First my people went down to Egypt to live.
    Later Assyria made them slaves.

“Now see what has happened,” says the Lord.
    “Another nation has taken away my people for nothing.
This nation who rules them makes fun of me,” says the Lord.
    “All day long they speak against me.
This has happened so my people will know who I am,
    and so, on that future day, they will know
that I am the one speaking to them.
    It will really be me.”

How beautiful is the person
    who comes over the mountains to bring good news,
who announces peace
    and brings good news,
    who announces salvation
and says to Jerusalem,
    “Your God is King.”
Listen! Your guards are shouting.
    They are all shouting for joy!
They all will see with their own eyes
    when the Lord returns to Jerusalem.
Jerusalem, your buildings are destroyed now,
    but shout and rejoice together,
because the Lord has comforted his people.
    He has saved Jerusalem.
10 The Lord will show his holy power
    to all the nations.
Then everyone on earth
    will see the salvation of our God.

11 You people, leave, leave; get out of Babylon!
    Touch nothing that is unclean.
You men who carry the Lord’s things used in worship,
    leave there and make yourselves pure.
12 You will not be forced to leave Babylon quickly;
    you will not be forced to run away,
because the Lord will go before you,
    and the God of Israel will guard you from behind.

The Lord’s Suffering Servant

13 The Lord says, “See, my servant will act wisely.
    People will greatly honor and respect him.
14 Many people were shocked when they saw him.
    His appearance was so damaged he did not look like a man;
    his form was so changed they could barely tell he was human.
15 But now he will surprise many nations.
    Kings will be amazed and shut their mouths.
They will see things they had not been told about him,
    and they will understand things they had not heard.”

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Isaiah 52 New International Version (NIV)

52 Awake, awake, Zion,
    clothe yourself with strength!
Put on your garments of splendor,
    Jerusalem, the holy city.
The uncircumcised and defiled
    will not enter you again.
Shake off your dust;
    rise up, sit enthroned, Jerusalem.
Free yourself from the chains on your neck,
    Daughter Zion, now a captive.

For this is what the Lord says:

“You were sold for nothing,
    and without money you will be redeemed.

For this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“At first my people went down to Egypt to live;
    lately, Assyria has oppressed them.

“And now what do I have here?” declares the Lord.

“For my people have been taken away for nothing,
    and those who rule them mock,[a]
declares the Lord.
“And all day long
    my name is constantly blasphemed.
Therefore my people will know my name;
    therefore in that day they will know
that it is I who foretold it.
    Yes, it is I.”

How beautiful on the mountains
    are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
    who bring good tidings,
    who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
    “Your God reigns!”
Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices;
    together they shout for joy.
When the Lord returns to Zion,
    they will see it with their own eyes.
Burst into songs of joy together,
    you ruins of Jerusalem,
for the Lord has comforted his people,
    he has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The Lord will lay bare his holy arm
    in the sight of all the nations,
and all the ends of the earth will see
    the salvation of our God.

11 Depart, depart, go out from there!
    Touch no unclean thing!
Come out from it and be pure,
    you who carry the articles of the Lord’s house.
12 But you will not leave in haste
    or go in flight;
for the Lord will go before you,
    the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

The Suffering and Glory of the Servant

13 See, my servant will act wisely[b];
    he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.
14 Just as there were many who were appalled at him[c]
    his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being
    and his form marred beyond human likeness
15 so he will sprinkle many nations,[d]
    and kings will shut their mouths because of him.
For what they were not told, they will see,
    and what they have not heard, they will understand.


  1. Isaiah 52:5 Dead Sea Scrolls and Vulgate; Masoretic Text wail
  2. Isaiah 52:13 Or will prosper
  3. Isaiah 52:14 Hebrew you
  4. Isaiah 52:15 Or so will many nations be amazed at him (see also Septuagint)
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