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. 2 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. 3 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.” 4 This is what the Lord God says: “First my people went down to Egypt to live. Later Assyria ·made them slaves [oppressed them].
5 “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. 6 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].”
7 ·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].” 8 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]. 9 ·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.”
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