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Isaiah 52 Expanded Bible (EXB)

Jerusalem Will Be Saved

52 Wake up, wake up, ·Jerusalem [L Zion; C the location of the Temple]! ·Become strong [L Clothe yourself with/Put on strength]!

·Be beautiful again [L Put on beautiful/glorious clothes],
    holy city of Jerusalem.
The ·people who do not worship God and who are not pure [L uncircumcised and defiled/unclean]
    will not enter you again.
Jerusalem, ·you once were a prisoner [or be enthroned/seated].
    Now shake off the dust and ·stand up [arise].
·Jerusalem, you once were a prisoner [L Captive daughter of Zion,].
    Now free yourself from the chains around your neck.
This is what the Lord says:
“You were ·not sold for a price [L sold for nothing],
    so you will be ·saved [redeemed] without cost.”
This is what the Lord God says:
“First my people went down to Egypt to live.
Later Assyria ·made them slaves [oppressed them].

“Now ·see what has happened [what do I have here…?],” says the Lord.
    “Another nation has taken away my people for nothing.
Those who rule them ·make fun of me [mock; taunt][a],” says the Lord.
    “All day long they ·speak against [slander; blaspheme] me.
This has happened so my people will know ·who I am [L my name],
    and so, ·on that future [L in that] day, they will know
that I am the one speaking to them.
    ·It will really be me [L Look/T Behold, I].”

·How beautiful [or How beautiful on the mountains] ·is the person [L are the feet of him]
    who ·comes over the mountains to bring [or brings] good news,
who announces peace
    and brings good news,
    who announces salvation [Nah. 1:15]
and says to ·Jerusalem [L Zion; v. 1],
    “Your God ·is King [or reigns].”
Listen! Your ·guards [watchmen] ·are shouting [raise their voices].
    They are all shouting [L together] for joy!
They all will see ·with their own eyes [right in front of their eyes; L eye in eye]
    when the Lord returns to ·Jerusalem [L Zion; v. 1].
·Jerusalem, although your buildings are destroyed now [L You ruins of Jerusalem],
    shout and rejoice together,
because the Lord has comforted his people.
    He has ·saved [redeemed] Jerusalem.
10 The Lord ·will show his holy power [flexes his holy muscles; L bared his holy arm]
    ·to [L to the eyes of] all the nations.
Then ·everyone on [L all the ends of the] earth
    will see the salvation of our God.

11 You people, leave, leave; get out ·of Babylon [L from there]!
    Touch nothing that is ·unclean [defiled].
You who carry the ·Lord’s things used in worship [articles/vessels of the Lord],
    leave there and make yourselves pure.
12 You will not ·be forced to leave Babylon quickly [leave in haste];
    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 [be your rear guard].

The Lord’s Suffering Servant

13 The Lord says, “See, my servant will ·act wisely [or have success].
    ·People will greatly honor and respect him [He will be raised and exalted; C 52:13—53:12 is the fourth of four “servant songs” in Isaiah; see 42:1].
14 Many people were ·shocked [astonished; appalled] when they saw him.
    His appearance was so ·damaged [disfigured; marred] he did not look like a man;
    his form ·was so changed they could barely tell he was human [L beyond the sons of man/children of humanity].
15 But now he will ·surprise [startle; or sprinkle; C as the blood of a sacrifice sprinkled on the altar; Lev. 4:6, 17] many nations.
    Kings will ·be amazed [L shut their mouths because of him].
They will see things they had not been ·told about him [L told],
    and they will understand things they had not heard.”


  1. Isaiah 52:5 taunt The Dead Sea Scrolls read “wail.”
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