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Jehovah’s Witnesses

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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Isaiah 52:1-15

52  Wake up, wake up, put on your strength,+ O Zion! Put on your beautiful garments,+ O Jerusalem, the holy city!+ For no more will there come again into you the uncircumcised and unclean one.+  Shake yourself free from the dust,+ rise up, take a seat, O Jerusalem. Loosen for yourself the bands on your neck, O captive daughter of Zion.+  For this is what Jehovah has said: “It was for nothing that YOU people were sold,+ and it will be without money that YOU will be repurchased.”+  For this is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has said: “It was to Egypt that my people went down in the first instance to reside there as aliens;+ and without cause As·syr′i·a, for its part, oppressed them.”  “And now, what interest do I have here?” is the utterance of Jehovah. “For my people were taken for nothing.+ The very ones ruling over them kept howling,”*+ is the utterance of Jehovah, “and constantly, all day long, my name was being treated with disrespect.+  For that reason my people will know my name,+ even for that reason in that day, because I am the One that is speaking.+ Look! It is I.”  How comely upon the mountains are the feet+ of the one bringing good news,+ the one publishing peace,+ the one bringing good news of something better,+ the one publishing salvation,+ the one saying to Zion: “Your God* has become king!”+  Listen!* Your* own watchmen+ have raised [their] voice.+ In unison they keep crying out joyfully; for it will be eye into eye+ that they will see when Jehovah gathers back Zion.+  Become cheerful, cry out joyfully in unison, YOU devastated places of Jerusalem,+ for Jehovah has comforted his people;+ he has repurchased Jerusalem.+ 10  Jehovah has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations;+ and all the ends of the earth must see the salvation of our God.+ 11  Turn away, turn away, get out of there,+ touch nothing unclean;+ get out from the midst of her,+ keep yourselves clean, YOU who are carrying the utensils of Jehovah.+ 12  For YOU people will get out in no panic, and YOU will go in no flight.+ For Jehovah will be going even before YOU,+ and the God of Israel will be YOUR rear guard.*+ 13  Look! My servant+ will act with insight.+ He will be in high station and will certainly be elevated and exalted very much.+ 14  To the extent that many have stared at him* in amazement+—so much was the disfigurement as respects his appearance+ more than that of any other man* and as respects his stately form+ more than that of the sons of mankind* 15  he will likewise startle many nations.+ At him kings will shut their mouth,+ because what had not been recounted to them they will actually see, and to what they had not heard they must turn their consideration.+

Footnotes

Or, “kept making [them] howl.”
“Your God.” Heb., ʼElo·ha′yikh.
Lit., “The voice of.”
“Your,” fem. sing., referring to “Zion.”
“Be your rear guard.” Lit., “be gathering you up.”
“Him,” TSy; 1QIsaMLXXVg, “you.”
“Than . . . man.” Heb., me·ʼish′.
Or, “earthling man.” Heb., ʼa·dham′.