Isaiah 62

1“I love Zion, so I will continue to speak for her. I love Jerusalem, so I will not stop speaking. I will speak until goodness shines like a bright light. I will speak until salvation burns bright like a flame. 2Then all nations will see your goodness. All kings will see your honor. Then you will have a new name. The Lord himself will give you that new name. 3The Lord will be very proud of you. You will be like a beautiful crown in the Lord’s hand. 4You will never again be called 'The People that God had Left.’ Your land will never again be called 'The Land that God Destroyed.’ You will be called 'The People God Loves.’ Your land will be called 'God’s Bride.’ Why? Because the Lord loves you. And your land will belong to him. 5When a young man loves a woman, he marries her, and she becomes his wife. In the same way, your land will belong to your children. A man is very happy with his new wife. In the same way, your God will be very happy with you.” 6“Jerusalem, I put guards ˻(prophets)˼ on your walls. Those guards will not be silent. They will keep praying day and night.” Guards, you must keep praying to the Lord. You must make him remember his promise. Don’t ever stop praying. 7You must pray to the Lord until he makes Jerusalem a city that people on earth will praise. 8The Lord made a promise. The Lord used his own power as proof. And the Lord will use his power to keep that promise. The Lord said, ”I promise that I will never again give your food to your enemies. I promise that your enemies will never again take the wine that you make. 9The person that gathers food will eat it, and that person will praise the Lord. The person that gathers the grapes, will drink the wine ˻from those grapes˼. All these things will happen in my holy land.” 10Come through the gates! Make the way clear for the people! Prepare the road! Move all the stones off the road! Raise the flag as a sign for the people! 11Listen, the Lord is speaking to all the faraway lands: “Tell the people of Zion: Look, your Savior is coming. He is bringing your reward to you. He is bringing that reward with him.” 12His people will be called: ”The Holy People,” ”The Saved People of the Lord.” And Jerusalem will be called: ”The City God Wants,” ”The City God Is With.”

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