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 [a]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 [b]peace And brings good news of [c]happiness, Who announces salvation, And says to Zion, “Your God [d]reigns!” 8 Listen! Your watchmen lift up theirvoices, They shout joyfully together; For they will see [e]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, [f]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 [g]as fugitives; For the Lord will go before you, And the God of Israel will be your rear guard.
The Exalted Servant
13 Behold, My servant will prosper, He will be high and lifted up and [h]greatly exalted. 14 Just as many were astonished at you, My people, So His appearance was marred more than any man And His form more than the sons of men. 15 Thus He will sprinkle many nations, Kings will shut their mouths on account of Him; For what had not been told them they will see, And what they had not heard they will understand.
The Suffering Servant
53 Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 2 For He grew up before Him like a tender [i]shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should [j]be attracted to Him. 3 He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of [k]sorrows and acquainted with [l]grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
4 Surely our [m]griefs He Himself bore, And our [n]sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, [o]Smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But He was [p]pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our [q]well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. 6 All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all To [r]fall on Him.
7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment He was taken away; And as for His generation, who considered That He was cut off out of the land of the [s]living For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due? 9 His grave was assigned with wicked men, Yet He was with a rich man in His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.
10 But the Lord was pleased To crush Him, [t]putting Him to grief; If [u]He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His[v]offspring, He will prolong His days, And the [w]good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand. 11 As a result of the [x]anguish of His soul, He will see [y]it and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, As He will bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out [z]Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.
The Fertility of Zion
54 “Shout for joy, O barren one, you who have borne no child; Break forth into joyful shouting and cry aloud, you who have not travailed; For the sons of the desolate one will bemore numerous Than the sons of the married woman,” says the Lord. 2 “Enlarge the place of your tent; [aa]Stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, spare not; Lengthen your cords And strengthen your pegs. 3 “For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left. And your [ab]descendants will possess nations And will resettle the desolate cities.
4 “Fear not, for you will not be put to shame; And do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced; But you will forget the shame of your youth, And the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more. 5 “For your husband is your Maker, Whose name is the Lord of hosts; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, Who is called the God of all the earth. 6 “For the Lord has called you, Like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit, Even like a wife of one’s youth when she is rejected,” Says your God. 7 “[ac]For a brief moment I forsook you, But with great compassion I will gather you. 8 “In an [ad]outburst of anger I hid My face from you for a moment, But with everlasting lovingkindness I will have compassion on you,” Says the Lord your Redeemer.
9 “For [ae]this is like the days of Noah to Me, When I swore that the waters of Noah Would not [af]flood the earth again; So I have sworn that I will not be angry with you Nor will I rebuke you. 10 “For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, But My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, And My covenant of peace will not be shaken,” Says the Lord who has compassion on you.
11 “O afflicted one, storm-tossed, andnot comforted, Behold, I will set your stones in antimony, And your foundations I will lay in [ag]sapphires. 12 “Moreover, I will make your battlements of [ah]rubies, And your gates of [ai]crystal, And your entire [aj]wall of precious stones. 13 “All your sons will be [ak]taught of the Lord; And the well-being of your sons will be great. 14 “In righteousness you will be established; You will be far from oppression, for you will not fear; And from terror, for it will not come near you. 15 “If anyone fiercely assails you it will not be from Me. Whoever assails you will fall because of you. 16 “Behold, I Myself have created the smith who blows the fire of coals And brings out a weapon for its work; And I have created the destroyer to ruin. 17 “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that [al]accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the Lord.
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