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Isaiah 52 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Deliverance for Jerusalem
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 52:1 - Wake up, wake up, O Zion!
Clothe yourself with strength.
Put on your beautiful clothes, O holy city of Jerusalem,
for unclean and godless people will enter your gates no longer.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 52:2 - Rise from the dust, O Jerusalem.
Sit in a place of honor.
Remove the chains of slavery from your neck,
O captive daughter of Zion.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 52:3 - For this is what the LORD says:
“When I sold you into exile,
I received no payment.
Now I can redeem you
without having to pay for you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 52:4 - This is what the Sovereign LORD says: “Long ago my people chose to live in Egypt. Now they are oppressed by Assyria.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 52:5 - What is this?” asks the LORD. “Why are my people enslaved again? Those who rule them shout in exultation. My name is blasphemed all day long.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 52:6 - But I will reveal my name to my people, and they will come to know its power. Then at last they will recognize that I am the one who speaks to them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 52:7 - How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of the messenger who brings good news,
the good news of peace and salvation,
the news that the God of Israel[fn] reigns!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 52:8 - The watchmen shout and sing with joy,
for before their very eyes
they see the LORD returning to Jerusalem.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 52:9 - Let the ruins of Jerusalem break into joyful song,
for the LORD has comforted his people.
He has redeemed Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 52:10 - The LORD has demonstrated his holy power
before the eyes of all the nations.
All the ends of the earth will see
the victory of our God.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 52:11 - Get out! Get out and leave your captivity,
where everything you touch is unclean.
Get out of there and purify yourselves,
you who carry home the sacred objects of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 52:12 - You will not leave in a hurry,
running for your lives.
For the LORD will go ahead of you;
yes, the God of Israel will protect you from behind.
The LORD’s Suffering Servant
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 52:13 - See, my servant will prosper;
he will be highly exalted.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 52:14 - But many were amazed when they saw him.[fn]
His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human,
and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 52:15 - And he will startle[fn] many nations.
Kings will stand speechless in his presence.
For they will see what they had not been told;
they will understand what they had not heard about.[fn]
NLT Footnotes
Greek version reads The Gentiles continually blaspheme my name because of you. Compare Rom 2:24.
Hebrew of Zion.
Hebrew to Zion.
As in Syriac version; Hebrew reads you.
Or cleanse.
Greek version reads Those who have never been told about him will see, / and those who have never heard of him will understand. Compare Rom 15:21.

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