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New Living Translation

Isaiah 62:1–5

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Isaiah’s Prayer for Jerusalem

Because I love Zion,

I will not keep still.

Because my heart yearns for Jerusalem,

I cannot remain silent.

I will not stop praying for her

until her righteousness shines like the dawn,

and her salvation blazes like a burning torch.

The nations will see your righteousness.

World leaders will be blinded by your glory.

And you will be given a new name

by the Lord’s own mouth.

The Lord will hold you in his hand for all to see—

a splendid crown in the hand of God.

Never again will you be called “The Forsaken City”*

or “The Desolate Land.”*

Your new name will be “The City of God’s Delight”*

and “The Bride of God,”*

for the Lord delights in you

and will claim you as his bride.

Your children will commit themselves to you, O Jerusalem,

just as a young man commits himself to his bride.

Then God will rejoice over you

as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride.

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62:4a Hebrew Azubah, which means “forsaken.”

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62:4b Hebrew Shemamah, which means “desolate.”

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62:4c Hebrew Hephzibah, which means “my delight is in her.”

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62:4d Hebrew Beulah, which means “married.”