1 Wake up! Wake up!
Clothe yourself with strength, O Zion!
Put on your beautiful clothes,
For uncircumcised and unclean pagans
will no longer invade you.
Get up, captive3 Jerusalem!
Take off the iron chains around your neck,
O captive daughter Zion!
3 For this is what the Lord says:
“You were sold for nothing,
and you will not be redeemed for money.”
4 For this is what the sovereign Lord says:
“In the beginning my people went to live temporarily in Egypt;
Assyria oppressed them for no good reason.
5 And now, what do we have here?”4 says the Lord.
“Indeed my people have been carried away for nothing,
those who rule over them taunt,”5 says the Lord, “and my name is constantly slandered6 all day long.
6 For this reason my people will know my name,
for this reason they will know7 at that time8 that I am the one who says,
‘Here I am.’”
7 How delightful it is to see approaching over the mountains9
the feet of a messenger who announces peace,
a messenger who brings good news, who announces deliverance,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”10 8 Listen,11 your watchmen shout;
in unison they shout for joy,
for they see with their very own eyes12
the Lord’s return to Zion.
9 In unison give a joyful shout,
O ruins of Jerusalem!
For the Lord consoles his people;
10 The Lord reveals14 his royal power15
in the sight of all the nations;
11 Leave! Leave! Get out of there!
Don’t touch anything unclean!
Get out of it!
Stay pure, you who carry the Lord’s holy items!18
12 Yet do not depart quickly
For the Lord goes before you;
the God of Israel is your rear guard.
The Lord Will Vindicate His Servant
13 “Look, my servant will succeed!20 He will be elevated, lifted high, and greatly exalted21 – 14 (just as many were horrified by the sight of you)22 he was so disfigured23 he no longer looked like a man;24 15 his form was so marred he no longer looked human25 – so now26 he will startle27 many nations. Kings will be shocked by his exaltation,28
for they will witness something unannounced to them,
and they will understand something they had not heard about.