52 Awake, awake,
put on your strength, O Zion!
Put on your beautiful garments,
O Jerusalem, the holy city;
for the uncircumcised and the unclean
shall enter you no more.
O captivea Jerusalem;
loose the bonds from your neck,
O captive daughter Zion!
3 For thus says the Lord: You were sold for nothing, and you shall be redeemed without money. 4 For thus says the Lord God: Long ago, my people went down into Egypt to reside there as aliens; the Assyrian, too, has oppressed them without cause. 5 Now therefore what am I doing here, says the Lord, seeing that my people are taken away without cause? Their rulers howl, says the Lord, and continually, all day long, my name is despised. 6 Therefore my people shall know my name; therefore in that day they shall know that it is I who speak; here am I.
are the feet of the messenger who announces peace,
who brings good news,
who announces salvation,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
together they sing for joy;
for in plain sight they see
the return of the Lord to Zion.
you ruins of Jerusalem;
for the Lord has comforted his people,
he has redeemed Jerusalem.
before the eyes of all the nations;
and all the ends of the earth shall see
the salvation of our God.
Touch no unclean thing;
go out from the midst of it, purify yourselves,
you who carry the vessels of the Lord.
and you shall not go in flight;
for the Lord will go before you,
and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.
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