12 “I, I am the One who comforts you.
Who are you that you should fear man,
who dies, or a son of man,
who is given up like grass?”
13 But you forgot Adonai your Maker,
who stretched out the heavens
and laid the foundations of the earth.
Are you in constant dread all day
because of the fury of the oppressor
as he makes ready to destroy?
But where is the fury of the oppressor?
14 Soon one bowed down will be released.
He will not die and go to the Pit,
nor will his bread be lacking.
15 “For I am Adonai your God,
who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—
Adonai-Tzva’ot is His Name.
16 I have put My words in your mouth,
and covered you with the shadow of My hand—
I who set the heavens in place,
who laid the foundations of the earth,
and say to Zion, ‘You are My people.’”
17 Awake, awake!
Stand up, Jerusalem!
From Adonai’s hand you have drunk the cup of His fury,
the chalice of reeling
that you have drained to the dregs.
18 There is none to guide her
among all the sons she has borne,
nor is there one to take her by the hand
among all the sons she has raised.
19 These two things have befallen you
—who will mourn for you?—
devastation and destruction, famine and the sword.
How will I comfort you?
20 Your sons have fainted.
They lie at every street corner,
like an antelope in a net.
They are full of Adonai’s fury,
the rebuke of your God.
21 Therefore hear this, you who are afflicted,
who are drunk, but not with wine.
22 Thus says your Lord, Adonai your God who defends His people:
“Behold, I have taken from your hand the cup of reeling,
the bowl of My wrath.
You will never drink it again.
23 Then I will put it into the hand of your tormentors,
who said to you, ‘Lie down, so we may walk over you.’
You have made your back like the ground
and like a street for passersby.
Ma Navu: The Song of Salvation
52 Awake, awake!
Clothe yourself in your strength, Zion!
Clothe yourself in beautiful garments, Jerusalem, the holy city,
for the uncircumcised and the unclean
will never invade you again.
2 Shake off the dust and arise!
Be enthroned, Jerusalem.
Loose the bonds off your neck,
captive Daughter of Zion.
3 For thus says Adonai:
“You were sold for nothing.
So you will be redeemed without silver.”
4 For thus says Adonai Elohim:
“At first My people went down to Egypt to reside there,
then the Assyrian oppressed them for nothing.
5 “Now therefore, what do I have here?”
—it is a declaration of Adonai—
“My people are taken away for nothing?
Its rulers wail”
—it is Adonai’s declaration—
“and My Name is continually blasphemed all day long.[a]
6 Therefore My people will know My Name.
Therefore in that day,
I am the One who will be saying, ‘Hineni!’”
7 How beautiful on the mountains are
the feet of him who brings good news,
who announces shalom,
who brings good news of happiness,[b]
who announces salvation,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
8 The voice of your watchmen—they will lift up their voices.
Together they are shouting for joy!
For they will see eye to eye
when Adonai returns to Zion.
9 Break forth in joy, sing together,
you ruins of Jerusalem,
for Adonai has comforted His people.
He has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 Adonai has bared His holy arm
before the eyes of all the nations.
All the ends of the earth will see
the salvation of our God.[c]
11 Leave, leave! Get out of there!
Touch no unclean thing.
Go out of her midst. Purify yourselves,
you who carry the vessels of Adonai.
12 For you will not go out in haste,
nor will you go in flight,
for Adonai will go before you,
and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.