Isaiah Chapter 52  PDF  MSWord

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1Awake, awake, put on your strength, O Zion! Put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; for the uncircumcised and the unclean will come into you no more.
  2Shake yourself from the dust! Arise! Sit down, Jerusalem! Loose the bonds from your neck, captive Daughter Zion!
  3For this is what Yahweh says: “You sold yourselves for nothing, and without money you will be redeemed.”
  4For this is what the Lord Yahweh says, “My people went down at the first into Egypt to live there; then the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.
  5And now, what am I to do here,” says Yahweh, “seeing that my people are taken away for nothing? Those who rule over them mock,” says Yahweh, “and my name is treated with contempt all day long.
  6For this reason my people will know my name. For this reason they will know in that Day that I am he who speaks; behold, it is I.”
  7How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings good news of good, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
  8The voice of your watchmen! They lift up the voice; together they shout for joy, for they will see eye to eye when Yahweh returns to Zion.
  9Break forth into joy, sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem, for Yahweh has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem.
  10Yahweh has made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
  11Depart, depart, go out from there, touch no unclean thing! Go out of the middle of her! Cleanse yourselves, you who carry the articles of Yahweh.
  12For you will not go out in haste, nor will you go by flight, for Yahweh will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.
  13Behold, my servant acts wisely; he is high, and has been lifted up and exalted.
  14Just as many were astonished at you (his appearance—so marred by man, and his form more than the sons of men),
  15so now he will sprinkle many nations. Kings shut their mouths on account of him, for they saw what had not been told to them, and what they had not heard they have understood.

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