Wake up! Wake up!
Clothe yourself with strength, O Zion!
Put on your beautiful clothes,
O Jerusalem, holy city.
For uncircumcised and unclean pagans
will no longer invade you.
2 Shake off the dirt![a]
Get up, captive[b] Jerusalem.
Take off the iron chains around your neck,
O captive daughter Zion.
3 For this is what the Lord says:
“You were sold for nothing,
and you will not be redeemed for money.”
4 For this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“In the beginning my people went to live temporarily in Egypt;
Assyria oppressed them for no good reason.
5 And now, what do we have here?”[c] says the Lord.
“Indeed my people have been carried away for nothing,
those who rule over them taunt,”[d] says the Lord,
“and my name is constantly slandered[e] all day long.
6 For this reason my people will know my name;
for this reason they will know[f] at that time[g] that I am the one who says,
‘Here I am.’”
7 How delightful it is to see approaching over the mountains[h]
the feet of a messenger who announces peace,
a messenger who brings good news, who announces deliverance,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”[i]
8 Listen,[j] your watchmen shout;
in unison they shout for joy,
for they see with their very own eyes[k]
the Lord’s return to Zion.
9 In unison give a joyful shout,
O ruins of Jerusalem!
For the Lord consoles his people;
he protects[l] Jerusalem.
10 The Lord reveals[m] his royal power[n]
in the sight of all the nations;
the entire[o] earth sees
our God deliver.[p]
11 Leave! Leave! Get out of there!
Don’t touch anything unclean!
Get out of it!
Stay pure, you who carry the Lord’s holy items.[q]
12 Yet do not depart quickly
or leave in a panic.[r]
For the Lord goes before you;
the God of Israel is your rear guard.
13 Look, my servant will succeed![s]
He will be elevated, lifted high, and greatly exalted[t]—
14 (just as many were horrified by the sight of you)[u]
he was so disfigured[v] he no longer looked like a man;[w]
his form was so marred he no longer looked human[x]—
15 so now[y] he will startle[z] many nations.
Kings will be shocked by his exaltation,[aa]
for they will witness something unannounced to them,
and they will understand something they had not heard about.
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