Isaiah 52

1Wake up! Wake up Zion! Dress yourself! Put on your strength! Holy Jerusalem, stand up! People that have not agreed to follow God will not enter you again. Those people are not pure and clean. 2Shake off the dust! Put on your wonderful clothes! Jerusalem, Daughter of Zion, you were a prisoner. But now, free yourself from the chains that are around your neck! 3The Lord says, ”You were not sold for money. So I will not use money to make you free.” 4The Lord my Master says, “My people first went down to Egypt to stay—˻and then they became slaves˼. Later, Assyria made them slaves. 5Now look what has happened! Another nation has taken my people. That country did not pay to take my people. This nation rules my people and laughs at them. Those people always say bad things about me.” 6The Lord says, “˻This has happened˼ so my people will learn about me. My people will know who I am. My people will know my name, and they will know that I Am He is speaking to them.” 7It is a wonderful thing to see a messenger come over the hills with good news. It is wonderful to hear a messenger announce, “There is peace! We have been saved! Your God is king!” 8The city guards begin shouting. They are all rejoicing together! Why? Because every one of them sees the Lord returning to Zion. 9Jerusalem, your destroyed buildings will be happy again. You will all rejoice together. Why? Because the Lord will be kind to Jerusalem. The Lord will rescue his people. 10The Lord will show his holy strength to all the nations. All the faraway countries will see how God saves his people. 11You people should leave Babylon! Leave that place! ˻Priests,˼ you carry the things that are used in worship. So make yourselves pure. Don’t touch anything that is not pure. 12You will leave Babylon. But they will not force you to leave in a hurry. You will not be forced to run away. You will walk out, ˻and the Lord will walk with you˼. The Lord will be in front of you, and the God of Israel will be behind you. 13“Look at my Servant. He will be very successful. He will be very important. ˻In the future˼ people will honor and respect him. 14“But many people were shocked when they saw my Servant. He was hurt so badly that they could hardly recognize him as a man. 15But even more people will be amazed. Kings will look at him, amazed, and not say a word. Those people did not hear the story about my Servant—they saw what happened. They did not hear that story, but they understood.”

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