Isaiah 62
Jerusalem will be saved
1Jerusalem, I will speak up
for your good.
I will never be silent
till you are safe and secure,
sparkling like a flame.
2Your great victory will be seen
by every nation and king;
the LORD will even give you
a new name.
3You will be a glorious crown,
a royal headband,
for the LORD your God.
4Your name will no longer be
“Deserted and Childless”,
but “Happily Married”.
You will please the LORD;
your country
will be his bride.
5Your people will take the land,#62.5 Your…land: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
just as a young man
takes a bride.
The LORD will be pleased
because of you,
just as a husband is pleased
with his bride.
6Jerusalem, on your walls
I have stationed guards,
whose duty it is
to speak out day and night,
without resting.
They must remind the LORD
7and not let him rest
till he makes Jerusalem strong
and famous everywhere.
8The LORD has given his word
and made this promise:
“Never again will I give
to your enemies
the grain and grapes
for which you struggled.
9As surely as you harvest
your grain and grapes,
you will eat your bread
with thankful hearts,
and you will drink your wine
in my temple.”
10People of Jerusalem,
open your gates!
Repair the road to the city
and clear it of stones;
raise a banner to help
the nations find their way.
11Here is what the LORD has said#Is 40.10; Rev 22.12.
for all the earth to hear:
“Soon I will come to save
the city of Zion,
and to reward you.
12Then you will be called,
‘The LORD's Own People,
The Ones He Rescued!’
Your city will be known
as a good place to live
and a city full of people.”