Zion’s New Identity
1For the sake of Zion I will not be silent,
and for the sake of Jerusalem I will not maintain a quiet attitude,
until her righteousness goes out like the bright light,
and her salvation burns like a torch.
2And the nations shall see your righteousness,
and all the kings your glory,
and you will be called#Literally “it shall be called to you” a new name
that the mouth of Yahweh will designate.
3And you shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of Yahweh,
and a headband of royalty in the hand of your God.
4It shall no longer be said of you, “Forsaken,”
and it shall no longer be said of your land, “Desolation!”
but you will#Literally “to you it shall” be called “My Delight Is In Her,”
and your land, “Married,”
for Yahweh delights in you,
and your land shall be married.
5For as a young man marries a virgin,
so shall your sons marry you,
and as is the joy of the bridegroom over the bride,
so shall your God rejoice over you.
6I have appointed watchmen upon your walls, Jerusalem;
all day and all night they shall never be silent.
You who profess Yahweh have no rest.
7And you must not give him rest until he establishes,
and until he makes#Literally “places” Jerusalem an object of praise#Literally “a praise” in the earth.
8Yahweh has sworn by his right hand,
and by his mighty arm,#Literally “the arm of his might”
“Surely I will never again give your grain as food to your enemies,#Literally “those who are hostile to you”
and surely foreigners#Literally “sons of a foreign country” shall not drink your new wine at which you have labored.”
9But those who gather it shall eat it, and they shall praise Yahweh,
and those who gather it shall drink it in my holy courts.#Literally “the courts of my holiness”
10Pass through, pass through the gates!
Make the way clear for#Literally “of” the people!
Pile up, pile up the highway; clear it of stones!#Hebrew “stone”
Lift up an ensign over the peoples!
11Look! Yahweh has proclaimed to the end of the earth:
Say to daughter Zion, “Look, your salvation is coming!
Look, his reward is with him,
and his reward before him.
12And they shall call them “The Holy People,#Literally “People of the Holiness” The Redeemed Of Yahweh,”
and you#Literally “to you it” shall be called “Sought After, A City Is Not Forsaken.”
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