April 6 - Isaiah 52.1-12

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Jerusalem Can Celebrate

Isaiah 52 Jerusalem, wake up! Stand up and be strong.
Holy city of Zion, dress in your best clothes.
Those foreigners who ruined your sacred city
won't bother you again.
2Zion, rise from the dirt!
Free yourself from the rope around your neck.

Suffering Will End

3The LORD says:
My people, you were sold, but not for money;
now you will be set free, but not for a payment.
4Long ago you went to Egypt
where you lived as foreigners.
Then Assyria was cruel to you,
5and now another nation has taken you prisoner
for no reason at all.
Your leaders groan with pain,
and day after day my own name is cursed.
6My people, you will learn who I am and who is speaking
because I am here.

A Message of Hope for Jerusalem

7What a beautiful sight!
On the mountains a messenger announces to Jerusalem,
"Good news! You're saved. There will be peace.
Your God is now King."
8Everyone on guard duty, sing and celebrate!
Look! You can see the LORD returning to Zion.
9Jerusalem, rise from the ruins! Join in the singing.
The LORD has given comfort to his people;
he comes to your rescue.
10The LORD has shown all nations his mighty strength;
now everyone will see the saving power of our God.

A Command To Leave Babylon

11Leave the city of Babylon!
Don't touch anything filthy. Wash yourselves.
Be ready to carry back everything sacred
that belongs to the LORD.
12You won't need to run. No one is chasing you.
The LORD God of Israel will lead and protect you
from enemy attacks.

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