Isaiah 52 (Common English Bible)

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Awake, holy Zion

1 Awake, awake, put on your strength, Zion! Put on your splendid clothing, Jerusalem, you holy city; for the uncircumcised and unclean will no longer come into you. 2 Shake the dust off yourself; rise up; sit enthroned, Jerusalem. Loose the bonds from your neck, captive Daughter Zion! 3 The LORD proclaims: You were sold for nothing, and you will be redeemed without money. 4 The LORD God proclaims: Long ago my people went down to reside in Egypt. Moreover, Assyria has oppressed them without cause. 5 And now what have I here? says the LORD. My people are taken away for nothing. Their rulers wail, says the LORD, and continually all day long my name is despised. 6 Therefore, my people will know my name on that day; I'm the one who promises it; I'm here.

Your God rules

7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of a messenger who proclaims peace, who brings good news, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God rules!" 8 Listen! Your lookouts lift their voice; they sing out together! Right before their eyes they see the LORD returning to Zion. 9 Break into song together, you ruins of Jerusalem! The LORD has comforted his people and has redeemed Jerusalem. 10 The LORD has bared his holy arm in view of all the nations; all the ends of the earth have seen our God's victory. 11 Depart! Depart! Go out from there! Unclean! Don't touch! Get out of that place; purify yourselves, carriers of the LORD's equipment! 12 You won't go out in a rush, nor will you run away, because the one going before you is the LORD; your rear guard is the God of Israel.

Suffering servant

13 Look, my servant will succeed. He will be exalted and lifted very high. 14 Just as many were appalled by you, he too appeared disfigured, inhuman, his appearance unlike that of mortals. 15 But he will astonisha many nations. Kings will be silenced because of him, because they will see what they haven't seen before; what they haven't heard before, they will ponder.
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