1 Jerusalem, take off the clothes you have worn in your mourning and distress, and put on the eternal splendor of God's glory. 1
2 Put around you the cloak of God's righteousness. Place on your head the crown of the glory of the Eternal God.
3 God will show your splendor to every nation on earth.
4 Forever he will say to you: "Your security comes from your righteousness, and your splendor from your devotion to me."
5 Get up, Jerusalem, stand on the mountaintop; see where God, the Holy One, is bringing your children together from the east and from the west. They are rejoicing that God has remembered them.
6 Jerusalem, your children were led away by their enemies; they left you on foot, but God is bringing them back to you, carried in royal splendor.
7 God has commanded that every high mountain and the everlasting hills shall be made low; he has commanded that the valleys shall be filled and the ground leveled, so that the people of Israel may come safely home in the glory of God.
8 At the command of God, forests of fragrant trees will spring up to provide shade for the people of Israel.
9 God will lead Israel home. They will return with great joy, guided by his mercy and righteousness, surrounded by the light of his glorious presence.