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God Redeems Jerusalem

52 Awake, awake!

Put on your strength, O Zion;

Put on your beautiful garments,

O Jerusalem, the holy city!

For the uncircumcised aand the unclean

Shall no longer come to you.

2 bShake yourself from the dust, arise;

Sit down, O Jerusalem!

cLoose yourself from the bonds of your neck,

O captive daughter of Zion!

For thus says the Lord:

d“You have sold yourselves for nothing,

And you shall be redeemed ewithout money.”

4 For thus says the Lord God:

“My people went down at first

Into fEgypt to 1dwell there;

Then the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.

5 Now therefore, what have I here,” says the Lord,

“That My people are taken away for nothing?

Those who rule over them

2Make them wail,” says the Lord,

“And My name is gblasphemed continually every day.

6 Therefore My people shall know My name;

Therefore they shall know in that day

That I am He who speaks:

‘Behold, it is I.’ ”

7 hHow beautiful upon the mountains

Are the feet of him who brings good news,

Who proclaims peace,

Who brings glad tidings of good things,

Who proclaims salvation,

Who says to Zion,

i“Your God reigns!”

8 Your watchmen shall lift up their voices,

With their voices they shall sing together;

For they shall see eye to eye

When the Lord brings back Zion.

9 Break forth into joy, sing together,

You waste places of Jerusalem!

For the Lord has comforted His people,

He has redeemed Jerusalem.

10 jThe Lord has 3made bare His holy arm

In the eyes of kall the nations;

And all the ends of the earth shall see

The salvation of our God.

11 lDepart! Depart! Go out from there,

Touch no unclean thing;

Go out from the midst of her,

mBe clean,

You who bear the vessels of the Lord.

12 For nyou shall not go out with haste,

Nor go by flight;

oFor the Lord will go before you,

pAnd the God of Israel will be your rear guard.


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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