Isaiah 52:10-12

10 1The LORD has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations, 2and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
11 3Depart, depart, go out from there; touch no unclean thing; go out from the midst of her; purify yourselves, 4you who bear the vessels of the LORD.
12 For you shall not 5go out in haste, and you shall not go in flight, 6for the LORD will go before you, 7and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

Isaiah 52:10-12 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO ISAIAH 52

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 52:10-12 In-Context

8 The voice of your watchmen--they lift up their voice; together they sing for joy; for eye to eye they see the return of the LORD to Zion.
9 Break forth together into singing, you waste places of Jerusalem, for the LORD has comforted his people; he has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The LORD has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
11 Depart, depart, go out from there; touch no unclean thing; go out from the midst of her; purify yourselves, you who bear the vessels of the LORD.
12 For you shall not go out in haste, and you shall not go in flight, for the LORD will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.
13 Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted.
14 As many were astonished at you-- his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind--

Cross References 7

  • 1. See Isaiah 51:9
  • 2. Psalms 98:3; [Luke 3:6]
  • 3. Isaiah 48:20; Jeremiah 50:8; Jeremiah 51:6, 45; Zechariah 2:6, 7; Cited 2 Corinthians 6:17; [Revelation 18:4]
  • 4. See Ezra 1:7-11
  • 5. [Ex. 12:11, 33, 39]
  • 6. Micah 2:13; [Exodus 14:19]
  • 7. [Isaiah 58:8]
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