Isaiah 52

Awake, awake, Zion,
clothe yourself with strength!
Put on your garments of splendour,
Jerusalem, the holy city.
The uncircumcised and defiled
will not enter you again.
Shake off your dust;
rise up, sit enthroned, Jerusalem.
Free yourself from the chains on your neck,
Daughter Zion, now a captive.

For this is what the  Lord says:

‘You were sold for nothing,
and without money you will be redeemed.’

For this is what the Sovereign  Lord says:

‘At first my people went down to Egypt to live;
lately, Assyria has oppressed them.

‘And now what do I have here?’ declares the  Lord.

‘For my people have been taken away for nothing,
and those who rule them mock,’
Dead Sea Scrolls and Vulgate; Masoretic Text wail

declares the  Lord. ‘And all day long
my name is constantly blasphemed.
Therefore my people will know my name;
therefore in that day they will know
that it is I who foretold it.
Yes, it is I.’
How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
‘Your God reigns!’
Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices;
together they shout for joy.
When the  Lord returns to Zion,
they will see it with their own eyes.
Burst into songs of joy together,
you ruins of Jerusalem,
for the  Lord has comforted his people,
he has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The  Lord will lay bare his holy arm
in the sight of all the nations,
and all the ends of the earth will see
the salvation of our God.
11 Depart, depart, go out from there!
Touch no unclean thing!
Come out from it and be pure,
you who carry the articles of the  Lord’s house.
12 But you will not leave in haste
or go in flight;
for the  Lord will go before you,
the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

The suffering and glory of the servant

13 See, my servant will act wisely;
Or will prosper

he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.
14 Just as there were many who were appalled at him
Hebrew you

his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being
and his form marred beyond human likeness –
15 so he will sprinkle many nations,
Or so will many nations be amazed at him (see also Septuagint)

and kings will shut their mouths because of him.
For what they were not told, they will see,
and what they have not heard, they will understand.
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