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Isaiah 52-53 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

52 “Wake up, wake up;
put on your strength, Zion!
Put on your beautiful garments,
Jerusalem, the Holy City!
For the uncircumcised and the unclean
will no longer enter you.
Stand up, shake the dust off yourself!
Take your seat, Jerusalem.
Remove the bonds[a] from your neck,
captive Daughter Zion.”
For this is what the Lord says:
“You were sold for nothing,
and you will be redeemed without silver.”
For this is what the Lord God says:
“At first My people went down to Egypt to live there,
then Assyria oppressed them without cause.[b]
So now what have I here”—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
“that My people are taken away for nothing?
Its rulers wail”—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
“and My name is continually blasphemed all day long.
Therefore My people will know My name;
therefore they will know on that day
that I am He who says:
Here I am.”

How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of the herald,
who proclaims peace,
who brings news of good things,
who proclaims salvation,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
The voices of your watchmen
they lift up their voices,
shouting for joy together;
for every eye will see
when the Lord returns to Zion.
Be joyful, rejoice together,
you ruins of Jerusalem!
For the Lord has comforted His people;
He has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The Lord has displayed His holy arm
in the sight of all the nations;
all the ends of the earth will see
the salvation of our God.

11 Leave, leave, go out from there!
Do not touch anything unclean;
go out from her, purify yourselves,
you who carry the vessels of the Lord.
12 For you will not leave in a hurry,
and you will not have to take flight;
because the Lord is going before you,
and the God of Israel is your rear guard.

The Servant’s Suffering and Exaltation

13 See, My Servant[c] will act wisely;[d]
He will be raised and lifted up and greatly exalted.
14 Just as many were appalled at You[e]
His appearance was so disfigured
that He did not look like a man,
and His form did not resemble a human being—
15 so He will sprinkle[f][g] many nations.[h]
Kings will shut their mouths because of Him,
For they will see what had not been told them,
and they will understand what they had not heard.

53 Who has believed what we have heard?[i]
And who has the arm of the Lord been revealed to?
He grew up before Him like a young plant
and like a root out of dry ground.
He didn’t have an impressive form
or majesty that we should look at Him,
no appearance that we should desire Him.
He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of suffering who knew what sickness was.
He was like someone people turned away from;[j]
He was despised, and we didn’t value Him.

Yet He Himself bore our sicknesses,
and He carried our pains;
but we in turn regarded Him stricken,
struck down by God, and afflicted.
But He was pierced because of our transgressions,
crushed because of our iniquities;
punishment for our peace was on Him,
and we are healed by His wounds.
We all went astray like sheep;
we all have turned to our own way;
and the Lord has punished Him
for[k] the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet He did not open His mouth.
Like a lamb led to the slaughter
and like a sheep silent before her shearers,
He did not open His mouth.
He was taken away because of oppression and judgment;
and who considered His fate?[l]
For He was cut off from the land of the living;
He was struck because of my people’s rebellion.
They[m] made His grave with the wicked
and with a rich man at His death,
although He had done no violence
and had not spoken deceitfully.

10 Yet the Lord was pleased to crush Him severely.[n]
When[o] You make Him a restitution offering,
He will see His seed, He will prolong His days,
and by His hand, the Lord’s pleasure will be accomplished.
11 He will see it[p] out of His anguish,
and He will be satisfied with His knowledge.
My righteous Servant will justify many,
and He will carry their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give Him[q] the many as a portion,
and He will receive[r] the mighty as spoil,
because He submitted Himself to death,
and was counted among the rebels;
yet He bore the sin of many
and interceded for the rebels.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 52:2 Alt Hb tradition reads The bonds are removed
  2. Isaiah 52:4 Or them at last, or them for nothing
  3. Isaiah 52:13 Tg adds the Messiah
  4. Isaiah 52:13 Or will be successful
  5. Isaiah 52:14 Some Hb mss, Syr, Tg read Him
  6. Isaiah 52:15 Or startle
  7. Isaiah 52:15 As the blood of a sacrifice is sprinkled on the altar on behalf of the people
  8. Isaiah 52:15 LXX reads so many nations will marvel at Him
  9. Isaiah 53:1 Or believed our report
  10. Isaiah 53:3 Lit And like a hiding of faces from Him
  11. Isaiah 53:6 Or has placed on Him; lit with
  12. Isaiah 53:8 Or and as for His generation, who considered [Him]?
  13. Isaiah 53:9 DSS; MT reads He
  14. Isaiah 53:10 Or Him; He made Him sick.
  15. Isaiah 53:10 Or If
  16. Isaiah 53:11 DSS, LXX read see light
  17. Isaiah 53:12 Or Him with
  18. Isaiah 53:12 Or receive with

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