Wake up, wake up, O Zion! Clothe yourselves with strength. Put on your beautiful clothes, O holy city of Jerusalem, for unclean and godless people will no longer enter your gates.
Rise from the dust, O Jerusalem. Remove the slave bands from your neck, O captive daughter of Zion.
For this is what the LORD says: "When I sold you into exile, I received no payment. Now I can redeem you without paying for you."
This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "Long ago my people went to live as resident foreigners in Egypt. Now they have been oppressed without cause by Assyria.
And now, what is this?" asks the LORD. "Why are my people enslaved again? Those who rule them shout in exultation. My name is being blasphemed all day long.
But I will reveal my name to my people, and they will come to know its power. Then at last they will recognize that it is I who speaks to them."
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)