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Isaiah 52:1-12 (New American Standard)

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Cheer for Prostrate Zion

1 1Awake, awake, Clothe yourself in your strength, O Zion; Clothe yourself in your 2beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the 3holy city; For the uncircumcised and the 4unclean Will no longer come into you. 2 Shake yourself 5from the dust, 6rise up, O captive Jerusalem; 7Loose yourself from the chains around your neck, O captive daughter of Zion. 3 For thus says the LORD, "You were 8sold for nothing and you will be 9redeemed 10without money." 4 For thus says the Lord aGOD, "My people 11went 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 12name is continually blasphemed all day long. 6 "Therefore My people shall 13know 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 14good news, Who announces bpeace And brings good news of chappiness, Who announces salvation, And says to Zion, "Your 15God dreigns!" 8 Listen! Your watchmen lift up their 16voices, They shout joyfully together; For they will see ewith their own eyes When the LORD restores Zion. 9 17Break forth, shout joyfully together, You 18waste places of Jerusalem; For the LORD has comforted His people, He has 19redeemed Jerusalem. 10 The LORD has bared His holy 20arm In the sight of all the nations, fThat 21all the ends of the earth may see The salvation of our God. 11 22Depart, depart, go out from there, 23Touch nothing unclean; Go out of the midst of her, 24purify yourselves, You who carry the vessels of the LORD. 12 But you will not go out in 25haste, Nor will you go gas fugitives; For the 26LORD will go before you, And 27the God of Israel will be your rear guard.
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