1Awake, awake, put on your strength, Zion; put on your beautiful
garments, Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come
into you the uncircumcised and the unclean.
2Shake yourself from the
dust; arise, sit on your throne, Jerusalem: loose yourself from the
bonds of your neck, captive daughter of Zion.
3For thus says Yahweh,
You were sold for nothing; and you shall be redeemed without money.
4For thus says the Lord Yahweh, My people went down at the first into
Egypt to sojourn there: and the Assyrian has oppressed them without cause.
5Now therefore, what do I here, says Yahweh, seeing that my people is
taken away for nothing? those who rule over them do howl, says Yahweh, and my
name continually all the day is blasphemed.
6Therefore my people shall
know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he who
does speak; behold, it is I.
7How beautiful on the mountains are the feet
of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of
good, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, Your God reigns!
voice of your watchmen! they lift up the voice, together do they sing; for
they shall see eye to eye, when Yahweh returns to Zion.
9Break forth into
joy, sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem; for Yahweh has
comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem.
10Yahweh has made bare
his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth
have seen the salvation of our God.
11Depart you, depart you,
go you out from there, touch no unclean thing; go you out of the
midst of her; cleanse yourselves, you who bear the vessels of Yahweh.
12For you shall not go out in haste, neither shall you go by
flight: for Yahweh will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your
13Behold, my servant shall deal wisely, he shall be exalted and
lifted up, and shall be very high.
14Like as many were astonished at you
(his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons
15so shall he sprinkle many nations; kings shall shut their
mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that
which they had not heard shall they understand.