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The Vindication of Jerusalem

62 “And[a] I won’t remain silent,[b]
    and for Jerusalem’s sake I won’t stay quiet,
until her vindication shines out like brightness,
    and her salvation like a burning torch.
The nations will see your vindication,
    and all the kings your glory;
and people will call you[c] by a new name
    that the mouth of the Lord will bestow.
You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand,
    and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
And[d] you’ll no longer be called ‘Deserted,’
    and your land will no longer be called ‘Desolate’;
but people will call you[e] ‘Hephzibah,’[f]
    and your land ‘Beulah’[g]
for the Lord will take delight in you,
    and your land will be married.”

“For just as[h] a young man marries a maiden,
    so your sons will marry you;
and just as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride,
    so your God will rejoice over you.

“Upon your walls, Jerusalem,
    I have posted watchmen;
all day and all night
    they won’t[i] remain silent.
You who make mention of the Lord,
    take no rest,
and give him no rest
    until he prepares, establishes[j] and makes Jerusalem
        a song of praise throughout the earth.

“The Lord has sworn by his right hand
    and by his mighty arm:[k]
‘I will never again give your grain[l]
    as food for your enemies;
never[m] again will foreigners drink your new wine
    for which you have toiled;
but surely[n] those who harvest it will eat it
    and praise the name of[o] the Lord,
and those who gather it will drink it
    in the courts of my sanctuary,’ says your God.”[p]

The Coming of God to Reign

10 “Pass through[q] the gates!
    prepare the way for the people!
Build up! Build up the highway!
    Clear it of stumbling stones,[r]
        speak among the peoples.[s]
11 Here is the Lord!
    Proclaim[t] to the ends[u] of the earth,
say to the inhabitants[v] of Zion:
    ‘See, your salvation is coming!
See, his reward is with him,
    and his recompenses are[w] before him.’
12 People will call them, ‘The Holy People,’
    ‘The Redeemed of the Lord’;
and they will call you,[x] ‘Sought After,’
    ‘The City Not Deserted.’”


  1. Isaiah 62:1 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read And for Zion’s sake
  2. Isaiah 62:1 1QIsaa and MT use different Hebrew verbs for silent
  3. Isaiah 62:2 So 1QIsaa; MT reads and you will be called; LXX reads he will call you
  4. Isaiah 62:4 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT lacks And
  5. Isaiah 62:4 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT lacks will call you
  6. Isaiah 62:4 The Heb. word Hephzibah means My Delight is in Her
  7. Isaiah 62:4 The Heb. word Beulah means Married
  8. Isaiah 62:5 So 1QIsaa LXX; 1QIsab MT lack For just as
  9. Isaiah 62:6 So 1QIsaa 1QIsab; MT LXX read never
  10. Isaiah 62:7 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT LXX read he establishes
  11. Isaiah 62:8 I.e. the Messiah
  12. Isaiah 62:8 So 1QIsaa 1QIsab; MT reads I will never give your grain again
  13. Isaiah 62:8 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT LXX read and never
  14. Isaiah 62:9 So 1QIsaa LXX; 1QIsab MT lack but surely
  15. Isaiah 62:9 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT LXX lack the name of
  16. Isaiah 62:9 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT LXX lack says your God
  17. Isaiah 62:10 So 1QIsaa LXX; 1QIsab MT read Pass through! Pass through
  18. Isaiah 62:10 So 1QIsaa; cf. Isa 8:14; 1QIsab MT LXX read of stones
  19. Isaiah 62:10 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT LXX read raise a banner over the peoples
  20. Isaiah 62:11 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT LXX read See, the Lord has proclaimed
  21. Isaiah 62:11 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT LXX read end
  22. Isaiah 62:11 Lit. daughter
  23. Isaiah 62:11 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT read recompense is; 1QIsab MT LXX read work is
  24. Isaiah 62:12 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT LXX read you will be called