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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!
d“You have sold yourselves for nothing,
And you shall be redeemed ewithout money.”
“My people went down at first
Then the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.
“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.
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!”
With their voices they shall sing together;
For they shall see eye to eye
When the Lord brings back Zion.
You waste places of Jerusalem!
For the Lord has comforted His people,
He has redeemed Jerusalem.
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,
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.
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