The Lord Takes Delight in Zion
1 “For the sake of Zion I will not be silent;
for the sake of Jerusalem1 I will not be quiet, until her vindication shines brightly2
and her deliverance burns like a torch.”
2 Nations will see your vindication,
and all kings your splendor.
You will be called by a new name
that the Lord himself will give you.3
3 You will be a majestic crown in the hand of the Lord,
a royal turban in the hand of your God.
4 You will no longer be called, “Abandoned,”
and your land will no longer be called “Desolate.”
Indeed,4 you will be called “My Delight is in Her,”5 and your land “Married.”6
For the Lord will take delight in you,
and your land will be married to him.7
5 As a young man marries a young woman,
so your sons8 will marry you.
As a bridegroom rejoices over a bride,
so your God will rejoice over you.
6 I9 post watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they should keep praying all day and all night.10 You who pray to11 the Lord, don’t be silent! 7 Don’t allow him to rest until he reestablishes Jerusalem,12 until he makes Jerusalem the pride13 of the earth.
8 The Lord swears an oath by his right hand,
“I will never again give your grain
to your enemies as food,
and foreigners will not drink your wine,
which you worked hard to produce.
9 But those who harvest the grain15 will eat it,
and will praise the Lord.
Those who pick the grapes will drink the wine16
in the courts of my holy sanctuary.”
10 Come through! Come through the gates!
Prepare the way for the people!
Build it! Build the roadway!
Remove the stones!
Lift a signal flag for the nations!
11 Look, the Lord announces to the entire earth:17
“Say to Daughter Zion,
‘Look, your deliverer comes!
Look, his reward is with him
and his reward goes before him!’”18
12 They will be called, “The Holy People,
the Ones Protected19 by the Lord.”
You will be called, “Sought After,
City Not Abandoned.”