1:26 I will reestablish honest judges as in former times,
wise advisers as in earlier days. 1
Then you will be called, ‘The Just City,
32:5 A fool will no longer be called honorable;
a deceiver will no longer be called principled.
35:8 A thoroughfare will be there –
it will be called the Way of Holiness. 2
The unclean will not travel on it;
it is reserved for those authorized to use it 3 –
fools 4 will not stray into it.
62:4 You will no longer be called, “Abandoned,”
and your land will no longer be called “Desolate.”
and your land “Married.” 7
For the Lord will take delight in you,
and your land will be married to him. 8
62:12 They will be called, “The Holy People,
the Ones Protected 9 by the Lord.”
You will be called, “Sought After,
City Not Abandoned.”
1 tn Heb “I will restore your judges as in the beginning; and your counselors as in the beginning.” In this context, where social injustice and legal corruption are denounced (see v. 23), the “judges” are probably government officials responsible for making legal decisions, while the “advisers” are probably officials who helped the king establish policies. Both offices are also mentioned in 3:2.
2 tc The Hebrew text reads literally, “and there will be there a road and a way, and the Way of Holiness it will be called.” וְדֶרֶךְ (vÿderekh, “and a/the way”) is accidentally duplicated; the Qumran scroll 1QIsaa does not reflect the repetition of the phrase.
3 tn The precise meaning of this line is uncertain. The text reads literally “and it is for them, the one who walks [on the] way.” In this context those authorized to use the Way of Holiness would be morally upright people who are the recipients of God’s deliverance, in contrast to the morally impure and foolish who are excluded from the new covenant community.
4 tn In this context “fools” are those who are morally corrupt, not those with limited intellectual capacity.
5 tn Or “for”; KJV, NAB, NASB, NIV, NRSV “but.”
6 tn Hebrew חֶפְצִי־בָהּ (kheftsi-vah), traditionally transliterated “Hephzibah” (so KJV, ASV, NIV).
7 tn Hebrew בְּעוּלָה (bÿ’ulah), traditionally transliterated “Beulah” (so KJV, ASV, NIV).
8 tn That is, the land will be restored to the Lord’s favor and once again enjoy his blessing and protection. To indicate the land’s relationship to the Lord, the words “to him” have been supplied at the end of the clause.
9 tn Or “the redeemed of the Lord” (KJV, NAB).