Isaiah 52

The Lord's Coming Salvation

1 c Awake, awake,
put on your strength, O Zion;
d put on your beautiful garments,
O Jerusalem, e the holy city;
f for there shall no more come into you
the uncircumcised and the unclean.
2 g Shake yourself from the dust and arise;
be seated, O Jerusalem;
h loose the bonds from your neck,
O captive daughter of Zion.

3 For thus says the Lord: i "You were sold for nothing, and j you shall be redeemed without money." 4 For thus says the Lord God: k "My people went down at the first into Egypt to sojourn there, and the Assyrian oppressed them for nothing. 5 Now therefore what have I here," declares the Lord, "seeing that my people are taken away for nothing? Their rulers wail," declares the Lord, "and l continually all the day my name is despised. 6 Therefore my people shall know my name. m Therefore in that day they shall know that it is I who speak; here am I."

7 n How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings good news,
who publishes peace, o who brings good news of happiness,
who publishes salvation,
who says to Zion, "Your God reigns."
8 The voice of p your watchmen - they lift up their voice;
together they sing for joy;
q for eye to eye they see
the return of the Lord to Zion.
9 r Break forth together into singing,
s you waste places of Jerusalem,
for t the Lord has comforted his people;
he has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 u The Lord has bared his holy arm
before the eyes of all the nations,
v and all the ends of the earth shall see
the salvation of our God.

11 w Depart, depart, go out from there;
touch no unclean thing;
go out from the midst of her; purify yourselves,
x you who bear the vessels of the Lord.
12 For you shall not y go out in haste,
and you shall not go in flight,
z for the Lord will go before you,
a and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

He Was Wounded for Our Transgressions

13 Behold, b my servant shall act wisely; 1
he shall be high and lifted up,
and shall be exalted.
14 As many were astonished at you -
c his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance,
and his form beyond that of the children of mankind -
15 so d shall he sprinkle 2 many nations;
e kings shall shut their mouths because of him;
f for that which has not been told them they see,
and that which they have not heard they understand.

  1. Cross References
    Isaiah 51:17
    Wake yourself, wake yourself, stand up, O Jerusalem, you who have drunk from the hand of the Lord the cup of his wrath, who have drunk to the dregs the bowl, the cup of staggering.
  2. Cross References
    Exodus 28:2
    And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty.
    Exodus 28:40
    For Aaron's sons you shall make coats and sashes and caps. You shall make them for glory and beauty.
    Zechariah 3:1 - 4
    Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him.
  3. Cross References
    Isaiah 48:2
    For they call themselves after the holy city, and stay themselves on the God of Israel; the Lord of hosts is his name.
    Nehemiah 11:1
    Now the leaders of the people lived in Jerusalem. And the rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of ten to live in Jerusalem the holy city, while nine out of ten remained in the other towns.
  4. Cross References
    Isaiah 60:21
    Your people shall all be righteous; they shall possess the land forever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I might be glorified.
    Joel 3:17
    So you shall know that I am the Lord your God, who dwells in Zion, my holy mountain. And Jerusalem shall be holy, and strangers shall never again pass through it.
    Isaiah 35:8
    And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way; even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.
    Revelation 21:27
    But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life.
  5. Cross References
    Isaiah 51:23
    And I will put it into the hand of your tormentors, who have said to you, 'Bow down, that we may pass over'; and you have made your back like the ground and like the street for them to pass over.
  6. Cross References
    Isaiah 51:14
    He who is bowed down shall speedily be released; he shall not die and go down to the pit, neither shall his bread be lacking.
  7. Cross References
    Isaiah 45:13
    I have stirred him up in righteousness, and I will make all his ways level; he shall build my city and set my exiles free, not for price or reward," says the Lord of hosts.
    Isaiah 50:1
    Thus says the Lord : "Where is your mother's certificate of divorce, with which I sent her away? Or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities you were sold, and for your transgressions your mother was sent away.
  8. Cross References
    1 Peter 1:18
    Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold.
  9. Cross References
    Genesis 46:6
    They also took their livestock and their goods, which they had gained in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob and all his offspring with him.
  10. Cross References
    Romans 2:24
    For, as it is written, "The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.
    Ezekiel 36:20
    But when they came to the nations, wherever they came, they profaned my holy name, in that people said of them, 'These are the people of the Lord, and yet they had to go out of his land.
    Ezekiel 36:23
    And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Lord God, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes.
  11. Cross References
    Isaiah 49:26
    I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh, and they shall be drunk with their own blood as with wine. Then all flesh shall know that I am the Lord your Savior, and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
  12. Cross References
    Nahum 1:15
    Behold, upon the mountains, the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace! Keep your feasts, O Judah; fulfill your vows, for never again shall the worthless pass through you; he is utterly cut off.
    Romans 10:15
    And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!
  13. Cross References
    Isaiah 40:9
    Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, "Behold your God!
  14. Cross References
    Isaiah 62:6
    On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night they shall never be silent. You who put the Lord in remembrance, take no rest.
  15. Cross References
    Isaiah 33:17
    Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty; they will see a land that stretches afar.
    Isaiah 33:22
    For the Lord is our judge; the Lord is our lawgiver; the Lord is our king; he will save us.
    1 Corinthians 13:12
    For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
    1 John 3:2
    Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
    Revelation 22:4
    They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.
  16. Cross References
    Psalms 98:4
    Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
  17. Cross References
    Isaiah 58:12
    And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in.
  18. Cross References
    Isaiah 40:1
    Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
    Isaiah 51:3
    For the Lord comforts Zion; he comforts all her waste places and makes her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the Lord ; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song.
    Isaiah 51:12
    I, I am he who comforts you; who are you that you are afraid of man who dies, of the son of man who is made like grass.
  19. Cross References
    Isaiah 51:9
    Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord ; awake, as in days of old, the generations of long ago. Was it not you who cut Rahab in pieces, who pierced the dragon?
  20. Cross References
    Psalms 98:3
    He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
    Luke 3:6
    And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'
  21. Cross References
    Isaiah 48:20
    Go out from Babylon, flee from Chaldea, declare...
    Jeremiah 50:8
    Flee from the midst of Babylon, and go out of t...
    Jeremiah 51:6
    Flee from the midst of Babylon; let every one s...
    Jeremiah 51:45
    Go out of the midst of her, my people! Let ever...
    Zechariah 2:6 - 7
    Up! Up! Flee from the land of the north, declar...
    2 Corinthians 6:17
    Therefore go out from their midst, and be separ...
    Revelation 18:4
    Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, ...
  22. Cross References
    Ezra 1:7 - 11
    Cyrus the king also brought out the vessels of the house of the Lord that Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem and placed in the house of his gods.
  23. Cross References
    Exodus 12:11
    In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord 's Passover.
    Exodus 12:33
    The Egyptians were urgent with the people to send them out of the land in haste. For they said, "We shall all be dead.
    Exodus 12:39
    And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough that they had brought out of Egypt, for it was not leavened, because they were thrust out of Egypt and could not wait, nor had they prepared any provisions for themselves.
  24. Cross References
    Micah 2:13
    He who opens the breach goes up before them; they break through and pass the gate, going out by it. Their king passes on before them, the Lord at their head.
    Exodus 14:19
    Then the angel of God who was going before the host of Israel moved and went behind them, and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them.
  25. Cross References
    Isaiah 58:8
    Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
  26. Cross References
    Isaiah 42:1
    Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.
  27. Cross References
    Isaiah 53:2 - 3
    For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.
  28. Cross References
    Leviticus 4:6
    And the priest shall dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle part of the blood seven times before the Lord in front of the veil of the sanctuary.
    Leviticus 4:17
    And the priest shall dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle it seven times before the Lord in front of the veil.
  29. Cross References
    Isaiah 49:7
    Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nation, the servant of rulers: "Kings shall see and arise; princes, and they shall prostrate themselves; because of the Lord, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.
    Isaiah 49:23
    Kings shall be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. With their faces to the ground they shall bow down to you, and lick the dust of your feet. Then you will know that I am the Lord ; those who wait for me shall not be put to shame.
  30. Cross References
    Romans 15:21
    But as it is written, "Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.
    Romans 16:25
    Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages
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