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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 52

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Let Zion Rejoice

1Awake, awake! Put on your strength, O Zion; Put on your glorious garments, O Jerusalem, holy city. No longer shall the uncircumcised or the unclean enter you. 2Shake off the dust, ascend to the throne, Jerusalem; Loose the bonds from your neck, O captive daughter Zion! 3For thus says the LORD You were sold for nothing, and without money you shall be redeemed. 4Thus says the Lord GOD: To Egypt in the beginning my people went down, to sojourn there; Assyria, too, oppressed them for nought. 5But now, what am I to do here? says the LORD My people have been taken away without redress; their rulers make a boast of it, says the LORD; all the day my name is constantly reviled. 6Therefore on that day my people shall know my renown, that it is I who have foretold it. Here I am! 7How beautiful upon the mountains* are the feet of him who brings glad tidings, Announcing peace, bearing good news, announcing salvation, and saying to Zion, “Your God is King!” m Is 40, 9; Rom 10, 15 . 8Hark! Your watchmen raise a cry, together they shout for joy, For they see directly, before their eyes, the LORD restoring Zion. n 1 Is 62, 6 . 9Break out together in song, O ruins of Jerusalem! For the LORD comforts his people, he redeems Jerusalem. 10The LORD has bared his holy arm in the sight of all the nations; All the ends of the earth will behold the salvation of our God.

11Depart, depart, come forth from there, touch nothing unclean! Out from there!* Purify yourselves, you who carry the vessels of the LORD 12Yet not in fearful haste will you come out, nor leave in headlong flight, For the LORD comes before you, and your rear guard is the God of Israel. o Ex 12, 11 .

Suffering and Triumph of the Servant of the Lord*

13See, my servant shall prosper, he shall be raised high and greatly exalted. 14Even as many were amazed at him— so marred was his look beyond that of man, and his appearance beyond that of mortals— p Ps 69, 8 . 15So shall he startle many nations, because of him kings shall stand speechless; For those who have not been told shall see, those who have not heard shall ponder it. q Mi 7, 16 .

Notes:

m: Is 40, 9; Rom 10, 15 .

n: 1 Is 62, 6 .

o: Ex 12, 11 .

p: Ps 69, 8 .

q: Mi 7, 16 .

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