New Living Translation

Isaiah 52

Deliverance for Jerusalem

1Wake up, wake up, O Zion!
    Clothe yourself with strength.
Put on your beautiful clothes, O holy city of Jerusalem,
    for unclean and godless people will enter your gates no longer.
Rise from the dust, O Jerusalem.
    Sit in a place of honor.
Remove the chains of slavery from your neck,
    O captive daughter of Zion.
For this is what the Lord says:
“When I sold you into exile,
    I received no payment.
Now I can redeem you
    without having to pay for you.”

This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Long ago my people chose to live in Egypt. Now they are oppressed by Assyria. What is this?” asks the Lord. “Why are my people enslaved again? Those who rule them shout in exultation.[a] My name is blasphemed all day long.[b] But I will reveal my name to my people, and they will come to know its power. Then at last they will recognize that I am the one who speaks to them.”

How beautiful on the mountains
    are the feet of the messenger who brings good news,
the good news of peace and salvation,
    the news that the God of Israel[c] reigns!
The watchmen shout and sing with joy,
    for before their very eyes
    they see the Lord returning to Jerusalem.[d]
Let the ruins of Jerusalem break into joyful song,
    for the Lord has comforted his people.
    He has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The Lord has demonstrated his holy power
    before the eyes of all the nations.
All the ends of the earth will see
    the victory of our God.

11 Get out! Get out and leave your captivity,
    where everything you touch is unclean.
Get out of there and purify yourselves,
    you who carry home the sacred objects of the Lord.
12 You will not leave in a hurry,
    running for your lives.
For the Lord will go ahead of you;
    yes, the God of Israel will protect you from behind.

The Lord’s Suffering Servant

13 See, my servant will prosper;
    he will be highly exalted.
14 But many were amazed when they saw him.[e]
    His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human,
    and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man.
15 And he will startle[f] many nations.
    Kings will stand speechless in his presence.
For they will see what they had not been told;
    they will understand what they had not heard about.[g]

Notas al pie

  1. 52:5a As in Dead Sea Scrolls; Masoretic Text reads Those who rule them wail.
  2. 52:5b Greek version reads The Gentiles continually blaspheme my name because of you. Compare Rom 2:24.
  3. 52:7 Hebrew of Zion.
  4. 52:8 Hebrew to Zion.
  5. 52:14 As in Syriac version; Hebrew reads you.
  6. 52:15a Or cleanse.
  7. 52:15b Greek version reads Those who have never been told about him will see, / and those who have never heard of him will understand. Compare Rom 15:21.

New International Reader's Version

Isaiah 52

1Wake up! Zion, wake up!
    Dress yourself with strength as if it were your clothes.
Holy city of Jerusalem,
    put on your clothes of glory.
Those who haven’t been circumcised will never enter you again.
    Neither will those who are “unclean.”
Get up, Jerusalem! Shake off your dust.
    Take your place on your throne.
Captured people of Zion,
    remove the chains from your neck.

The Lord says,

“When you were sold as slaves, no one paid anything for you.
    Now no one will pay any money to set you free.”

The Lord and King continues,

“Long ago my people went down to Egypt.
    They lived there for a while.
    Later, Assyria crushed them without any reason.

“Now look at what has happened to them,” announces the Lord.

“Once again my people have been taken away.
    And no one paid anything for them.
Those who rule over them brag about it,”
    announces the Lord.
“All day long without stopping,
    people speak evil things against my name.
So the day will come when my people will really know the meaning of my name.
    They will know what kind of God I am.
They will know that I told them ahead of time they would return to their land.
    They will know that it was I.”

What a beautiful sight it is
    to see messengers coming with good news!
How beautiful to see them coming down from the mountains
    with a message about peace!
How wonderful it is when they bring the good news
    that we are saved!
How wonderful when they say to Zion,
    “Your God rules!”
Listen! Those on guard duty are shouting out the message.
    With their own eyes
they see the Lord returning to Zion.
    So they shout for joy.
Burst into songs of joy together,
    you broken-down buildings in Jerusalem.
The Lord has comforted his people.
    He has set Jerusalem free.
10 The Lord will use the power of his holy arm to save his people.
    All the nations will see him do it.
    Everyone from one end of the earth to the other will see it.

11 You who carry the objects that belong to the Lord’s temple, leave Babylon!
    Leave it! Get out of there!
Don’t touch anything that isn’t pure and “clean.”
    Come out of Babylon and be pure.
12 But this time you won’t have to leave in a hurry.
    You won’t have to rush away.
The Lord will go ahead of you and lead you.
    The God of Israel will follow behind you and guard you.

The Suffering and Glory of the Lord’s Servant

13 The Lord says, “My servant will act wisely and accomplish his task.
    He will be highly honored. He will be greatly respected.
14 Many people were shocked when they saw him.
    He was so scarred that he no longer looked like a person.
    His body was so twisted that he did not look like a human being anymore.
15 But many nations will be surprised when they see what he has done.
    Kings will be so amazed that they will not be able to say anything.
They will understand things they were never told.
    They will know the meaning of things they never heard.”