Yahweh Redeems Zion
1Awake! Awake; put on your strength, Zion!
Put on the garments of your beauty, Jerusalem, holy city!#Literally “city of the holiness”
For the uncircumcised and the unclean shall not continue to#Literally “do again he shall” enter you any longer.
2Shake yourself free from the dust! Rise up; sit, Jerusalem!
Free yourselves 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 to Egypt in the beginning, to dwell as aliens there, and Assyria oppressed him without cause.#Literally “in nothing” 5And now what do I have here?”declares#Literally “declaration of” Yahweh, “for my people is taken without cause. Its rulers howl,” declares#Literally “declaration of” Yahweh—“and my name is reviled continually, all day. 6Therefore my people shall know my name, therefore in that day, that I am the one who speaks. Here am I.”#Literally “Look at me”
7How delightful on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news,
who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns as a king.”
8The voices#Hebrew “voice” of your watchmen! They lift up their voices;#Hebrew “voice”
together they sing for joy;
for they clearly#Literally “eye in eye “ see Yahweh’s return to Zion.
9Break forth,
sing for joy together, ruins of Jerusalem,
for Yahweh has comforted his people;
he has redeemed Jerusalem.
10Yahweh has bared his holy arm#Literally “the arm of his holiness” to the eyes of all the nations,
and all the ends#Hebrew “end” of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
11Depart, depart, go out from there! You must not touch any unclean thing.
Go out from the midst of it, keep clean, you who carry the vessels of Yahweh.
12For you shall not go out in haste,
and you shall not go in flight,
for Yahweh is going before you,
and your rear guard is the God of Israel.
The Servant’s Suffering and Exaltation
13Look, my servant shall achieve success;
he shall be exalted,
and he shall be lifted up,
and he shall be very high.
14Just as many were appalled at you—
such was his appearance beyond human disfigurement,
and his form beyond the sons of mankind—
15so he shall sprinkle many nations;
because of him, kings shall shut their mouths.#Hebrew “mouth”
For they shall see what has not been told them,
and they shall consider with full attention what they have not heard.