Isaiah’s Prayer for Jerusalem
1Because I love Zion,
I will not keep still.
Because my heart yearns for Jerusalem,
I cannot remain silent.
I will not stop praying for her
until her righteousness shines like the dawn,
and her salvation blazes like a burning torch.
2The nations will see your righteousness.
World leaders will be blinded by your glory.
And you will be given a new name
by the lord’s own mouth.
3The lord will hold you in his hand for all to see—
a splendid crown in the hand of God.
4Never again will you be called “The Forsaken City”# Hebrew Azubah, which means “forsaken.”
or “The Desolate Land.”# Hebrew Shemamah, which means “desolate.”
Your new name will be “The City of God’s Delight”# Hebrew Hephzibah, which means “my delight is in her.”
and “The Bride of God,”# Hebrew Beulah, which means “married.”
for the lord delights in you
and will claim you as his bride.
5Your children will commit themselves to you, O Jerusalem,
just as a young man commits himself to his bride.
Then God will rejoice over you
as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride.
6O Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen on your walls;
they will pray day and night, continually.
Take no rest, all you who pray to the lord.
7Give the lord no rest until he completes his work,
until he makes Jerusalem the pride of the earth.
8The lord has sworn to Jerusalem by his own strength:
“I will never again hand you over to your enemies.
Never again will foreign warriors come
and take away your grain and new wine.
9You raised the grain, and you will eat it,
praising the lord.
Within the courtyards of the Temple,
you yourselves will drink the wine you have pressed.”
10Go out through the gates!
Prepare the highway for my people to return!
Smooth out the road; pull out the boulders;
raise a flag for all the nations to see.
11The lord has sent this message to every land:
“Tell the people of Israel,# Hebrew Tell the daughter of Zion.
‘Look, your Savior is coming.
See, he brings his reward with him as he comes.’”
12They will be called “The Holy People”
and “The People Redeemed by the lord.”
And Jerusalem will be known as “The Desirable Place”
and “The City No Longer Forsaken.”