12 “I, even I, am He who comforts you. Who are you that you are afraid of man who dies And of the son of man who is made like grass, 13 That you have forgotten the Lord your Maker, Who stretched out the heavens And laid the foundations of the earth, That you fear continually all day long because of the fury of the oppressor, As he makes ready to destroy? But where is the fury of the oppressor?
14 The [a]exile will soon be set free, and will not die in the dungeon, nor will his bread be lacking.15 For I am the Lord your God, who stirs up the sea and its waves roar (the Lord of hosts is His name).16 I have put My words in your mouth and have covered you with the shadow of My hand, to [b]establish the heavens, to found the earth, and to say to Zion, ‘You are My people.’”
17 Rouse yourself! Rouse yourself! Arise, O Jerusalem, You who have drunk from the Lord’s hand the cup of His anger; The [c]chalice of reeling you have [d]drained to the dregs. 18 There is none to guide her among all the sons she has borne, Nor is there one to take her by the hand among all the sons she has reared. 19 These two things have befallen you; Who will mourn for you? The devastation and destruction, famine and sword; How shall I comfort you? 20 Your sons have fainted, They lie helpless at the head of every street, Like an antelope in a net, Full of the wrath of the Lord, The rebuke of your God.
21 Therefore, please hear this, you afflicted, Who are drunk, but not with wine: 22 Thus says your Lord, the Lord, even your God Who contends for His people, “Behold, I have taken out of your hand the cup of reeling, The [e]chalice of My anger; You will never drink it again. 23 “I will put it into the hand of your tormentors, Who have said to [f]you, ‘Lie down that we may walk over you.’ You have even made your back like the ground And like the street for those who walk over it.”
Cheer for Prostrate Zion
52 Awake, awake, Clothe yourself in your strength, O Zion; Clothe yourself in your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; For the uncircumcised and the unclean Will no longer come into you. 2 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 the Lord, “You were sold for nothing and you will be redeemed without money.”4 For thus says the Lord [g]God, “My people went down at the first into Egypt to reside there; then the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.5 Now therefore, what do I have here,” declares the Lord, “seeing that My people have been taken away without cause?” Again the Lord 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 brings good news, Who announces [h]peace And brings good news of [i]happiness, Who announces salvation, And says to Zion, “Your God [j]reigns!” 8 Listen! Your watchmen lift up theirvoices, They shout joyfully together; For they will see [k]with their own eyes When the Lord restores Zion. 9 Break forth, shout joyfully together, You waste places of Jerusalem; For the Lord has comforted His people, He has redeemed Jerusalem. 10 The Lord has bared His holy arm In the sight of all the nations, [l]That all the ends of the earth may see The salvation of our God.
11 Depart, depart, go out from there, Touch nothing unclean; Go out of the midst of her, purify yourselves, You who carry the vessels of the Lord. 12 But you will not go out in haste, Nor will you go [m]as fugitives; For the Lord will go before you, And the God of Israel will be your rear guard.
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