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Isaiah 52

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 1 "Awake, awake, put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city. For from this time forward the uncircumcised and the unclean shall no more come into you.

 2 Shake yourself from the dust, arise; sit down, O Jerusalem. Loose yourself from the chains around your neck, O captive daughter of Zion.

 3 For thus say the LORD, You have sold yourselves for nothing, and you shall be redeemed without money.'

 4 For thus says the Lord GOD, My people went down at first into Egypt to live there; and 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 make them wail,' says the LORD; 'and my name is blasphemed 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 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good tidings, who publishes peace, who brings good tidings of good, who publishes salvation; who says to Zion, 'Your God reigns!'

 8 Your watchmen shall lift up the voice; with their voices they shall sing together for they shall see with their own eyes when the LORD brings Zion again.

 9 Break forth into joy, sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem! For the LORD has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem.

 10 The LORD has made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

 11 Depart, depart , go out from there, touch no unclean thing; go you out of the midst of her, be clean you who bear the vessels of the LORD.

 12 For you shall not go out with haste, nor by flight for the LORD will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your reward.

 13 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently. He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high;

 14 (just as many were horrified by the sight of you); he was so disfigured [that] he no longer looked like a man; [Some translations are: his appearance was marred more than any man, and his form more than any man. As soon as Jesus was flogged, (we don't know how many lashes he took), and sentenced to be crucified by Pilate, he was handed over to the Roman guard, who then called together the entire Roman cohort or garrison to beat Jesus. They stripped him of his clothing, put on him a purple robe, a crown of thorns, and then they mocked him, spit on him, and beat him so much that his face and body did not look like a man any longer.]

 15 So shall he startle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths at him for they shall see what had not been told them, and they shall consider what they had not heard."


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