52:1 Wake up! Wake up!
Clothe yourself with strength, O Zion!
Put on your beautiful clothes,
O Jerusalem, 1 holy city!
For uncircumcised and unclean pagans
will no longer invade you.
Get up, captive 3 Jerusalem!
Take off the iron chains around your neck,
O captive daughter Zion!
52:3 For this is what the Lord says:
“You were sold for nothing,
and you will not be redeemed for money.”
52:4 For this is what the sovereign Lord says:
“In the beginning my people went to live temporarily in Egypt;
Assyria oppressed them for no good reason.
“Indeed my people have been carried away for nothing,
those who rule over them taunt,” 5 says the Lord,
“and my name is constantly slandered 6 all day long.
52:6 For this reason my people will know my name,
‘Here I am.’”
the feet of a messenger who announces peace,
a messenger who brings good news, who announces deliverance,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” 10
in unison they shout for joy,
for they see with their very own eyes 12
the Lord’s return to Zion.
52:9 In unison give a joyful shout,
O ruins of Jerusalem!
For the Lord consoles his people;
he protects 13 Jerusalem.
in the sight of all the nations;
the entire 16 earth sees
our God deliver. 17
52:11 Leave! Leave! Get out of there!
Don’t touch anything unclean!
Get out of it!
Stay pure, you who carry the Lord’s holy items! 18
52:12 Yet do not depart quickly
or leave in a panic. 19
For the Lord goes before you;
the God of Israel is your rear guard.
2 tn Heb “Shake yourself free from the dirt.”
3 tc The Hebrew text has שְּׂבִי (shÿvi), which some understand as a feminine singular imperative from יָשַׁב (yashav, “sit”). The LXX, Vulgate, Syriac, and the Targum support the MT reading (the Qumran scroll 1QIsaa does indirectly). Some interpret this to mean “take your throne”: The Lord exhorts Jerusalem to get up from the dirt and sit, probably with the idea of sitting in a place of honor (J. N. Oswalt, Isaiah [NICOT], 2:361). However, the form is likely a corruption of שְׁבִיָּה (shÿviyyah, “captive”), which appears in the parallel line.
4 tn Heb “and now what [following the marginal reading (Qere)] to me here?”
5 tn The verb appears to be a Hiphil form from the root יָלַל (yalal, “howl”), perhaps here in the sense of “mock.” Some emend the form to יְהוֹלָּלוֹ (yÿhollalo) and understand a Polel form of the root הָלַל meaning here “mock, taunt.”
6 tn The verb is apparently a Hitpolal form (with assimilated tav, ת) from the root נָאַץ (na’ats), but GKC 151-52 §55.b explains it as a mixed form, combining Pual and Hitpolel readings.
7 tn The verb is understood by ellipsis (note the preceding line).
8 tn Heb “in that day” (so KJV, NASB, NIV, NRSV).
9 tn Heb “How delightful on the mountains.”
10 tn Or “has become king.” When a new king was enthroned, his followers would give this shout. For other examples of this enthronement formula (Qal perfect 3rd person masculine singular מָלַךְ [malakh], followed by the name of the king), see 2 Sam 15:10; 1 Kgs 1:11, 13, 18; 2 Kgs 9:13. The Lord is an eternal king, but here he is pictured as a victorious warrior who establishes his rule from Zion.
11 tn קוֹל (qol, “voice”) is used at the beginning of the verse as an interjection.
12 tn Heb “eye in eye”; KJV, ASV “eye to eye”; NAB “directly, before their eyes.”
14 tn Heb “lays bare”; NLT “will demonstrate.”
15 tn Heb “his holy arm.” This is a metonymy for his power.
16 tn Heb “the remote regions,” which here stand for the extremities and everything in between.
17 tn Heb “the deliverance of our God.” “God” is a subjective genitive here.
18 tn Heb “the vessels of the Lord” (so KJV, NAB).
19 tn Heb “or go in flight”; NAB “leave in headlong flight.”