Isaiah 52

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The Lord's Coming Salvation

1 1Awake, awake, put on your strength, O Zion; 2put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, 3the holy city; 4for there shall no more come into you the uncircumcised and the unclean.
2 5Shake yourself from the dust and arise; be seated, O Jerusalem; 6loose the bonds from your neck, O captive daughter of Zion.
3 For thus says the LORD: 7"You were sold for nothing, and 8you shall be redeemed without money."
4 For thus says the Lord GOD: 9"My people went down at the first into Egypt to sojourn there, and the Assyrian oppressed them for nothing.
5 Now therefore what have I here," declares the LORD, "seeing that my people are taken away for nothing? Their rulers wail," declares the LORD, "and 10continually all the day my name is despised.
6 Therefore my people shall know my name. 11Therefore in that day they shall know that it is I who speak; here am I."
7 12How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, 13who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns."
8 The voice of 14your watchmen--they lift up their voice; together they sing for joy; 15for eye to eye they see the return of the LORD to Zion.
9 16Break forth together into singing, 17you waste places of Jerusalem, for 18the LORD has comforted his people; he has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 19The LORD has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations, 20and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
11 21Depart, depart, go out from there; touch no unclean thing; go out from the midst of her; purify yourselves, 22you who bear the vessels of the LORD.
12 For you shall not 23go out in haste, and you shall not go in flight, 24for the LORD will go before you, 25and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

He Was Wounded for Our Transgressions

13 Behold, 26my servant shall act wisely;[a] he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted.
14 As many were astonished at you-- 27his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind--
15 so 28shall he sprinkle[b] many nations; 29kings shall shut their mouths because of him; 30for that which has not been told them they see, and that which they have not heard they understand.

Isaiah 52 Commentary

Chapter 52

The welcome news of Christ's kingdom. (1-12) The humiliation of the Messiah. (13-15)

Verses 1-12 The gospel proclaims liberty to those bound with fears. Let those weary and heavy laden under the burden of sin, find relief in Christ, shake themselves from the dust of their doubts and fears, and loose themselves from those bands. The price paid by the Redeemer for our salvation, was not silver or gold, or corruptible things, but his own precious blood. Considering the freeness of this salvation, and how hurtful to temporal comfort sins are, we shall more value the redemption which is in Christ. Do we seek victory over every sin, recollecting that the glory of God requires holiness in every follower of Christ? The good news is, that the Lord Jesus reigns. Christ himself brought these tidings first. His ministers proclaim these good tidings: keeping themselves clean from the pollutions of the world, they are beautiful to those to whom they are sent. Zion's watchmen could scarcely discern any thing of God's favour through the dark cloud of their afflictions; but now the cloud is scattered, they shall plainly see the performance. Zion's waste places shall then rejoice; all the world will have the benefit. This is applied to our salvation by Christ. Babylon is no place for Israelites. And it is a call to all in the bondage of sin and Satan, to use the liberty Christ has proclaimed. They were to go with diligent haste, not to lose time nor linger; but they were not to go with distrustful haste. Those in the way of duty, are under God's special protection; and he that believes this, will not hasten for fear.

Verses 13-15 Here begins that wonderful, minute, and faithful description of the office, character, and glory of the Messiah, which has struck conviction to many of the most hardened unbelievers. Christ is Wisdom itself; in the work of our redemption there appeared the wisdom of God in a mystery. Those that saw him, said, Surely never man looked so miserable: never was sorrow like unto his sorrow. But God highly exalted him. That shall be discovered by the gospel of Christ, which could never be told in any other way. And Christ having once shed his blood for sinners, its power still continues. May all opposers see the wisdom of ceasing from their opposition, and be made partakers of the blood of sprinkling, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost; obeying him, and praising his salvation.

Cross References 30

  • 1. Isaiah 51:17
  • 2. [Exodus 28:2, 40]; See Zechariah 3:1-4
  • 3. Isaiah 48:2; Nehemiah 11:1
  • 4. Isaiah 60:21; Joel 3:17; [Isaiah 35:8; Revelation 21:27]
  • 5. [Isaiah 51:23]
  • 6. Isaiah 51:14
  • 7. Isaiah 45:13; Isaiah 50:1
  • 8. [1 Peter 1:18]
  • 9. Genesis 46:6
  • 10. Cited Romans 2:24; [Ezekiel 36:20, 23]
  • 11. [Isaiah 49:26]
  • 12. Nahum 1:15; Cited Romans 10:15
  • 13. Isaiah 40:9
  • 14. See Isaiah 62:6
  • 15. [Isaiah 33:17, 22; 1 Corinthians 13:12; 1 John 3:2; Revelation 22:4]
  • 16. Psalms 98:4
  • 17. Isaiah 58:12
  • 18. Isaiah 40:1; Isaiah 51:3, 12
  • 19. See Isaiah 51:9
  • 20. Psalms 98:3; [Luke 3:6]
  • 21. Isaiah 48:20; Jeremiah 50:8; Jeremiah 51:6, 45; Zechariah 2:6, 7; Cited 2 Corinthians 6:17; [Revelation 18:4]
  • 22. See Ezra 1:7-11
  • 23. [Ex. 12:11, 33, 39]
  • 24. Micah 2:13; [Exodus 14:19]
  • 25. [Isaiah 58:8]
  • 26. See Isaiah 42:1
  • 27. [Isaiah 53:2, 3]
  • 28. Leviticus 4:6, 17
  • 29. Isaiah 49:7, 23
  • 30. Cited Romans 15:21; [Romans 16:25]

Footnotes 2

Chapter Summary


This chapter is a prophecy of the glorious state of the church in the latter day, typified by the deliverance of the Jews from Babylon. The church, under the names of Zion and Jerusalem, is exhorted to awake and clothe herself with strength, and with beautiful garments, to shake off her dust, and loose her bands, since she should become a pure and separate people, Isa 52:1,2 and whereas the Lord's people had been afflicted formerly by the Egyptians, and more lately by the Assyrians, a free redemption is promised them; and the rather they might expect it, since the Lord was no gainer by their affliction, but a loser in his name and honour, as well as they distressed, Isa 52:3-5. And it is suggested, that the knowledge of the Lord should be spread, the good tidings of peace and salvation be delightfully published, and that the ministers of the Gospel should have clear light, and be harmonious and unanimous in the publishing of it, Isa 52:6-8. Upon which the waste places of Jerusalem are called upon to rejoice, both because of the restoration of the Jews, and the conversion of the Gentiles, Isa 2:9,10. And the people of God are called to go out of Babylon, the manner of their departure is directed, and something said for their encouragement, Isa 52:11,12. And the chapter is concluded with some account of the Messiah, of his humiliation and exaltation, and of his work and office, Isa 52:13-15, and which are enlarged upon in the next chapter, which ought properly to begin with these last verses.

Isaiah 52 Commentaries

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