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1 Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.

2 Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.

3 For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money.

4 For thus saith the Lord GOD, My people went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.

5 Now therefore, what have I here, saith the LORD, that my people is taken away for nought? they that rule over them make them to howl, saith the LORD; and my name continually every day is blasphemed.

6 Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I.

7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!

8 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion.

9 Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.

10 The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

11 Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.

12 For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rereward.

13 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.

14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:

15 So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.

Commentary for Isaiah 52

The welcome news of Christ's kingdom. (1-12) The humiliation of the Messiah. (13-15)1-12 The gospel proclaims liberty to those bound with fears. Let those weary and heavy laden under the burden of sin, find relief in Christ, shake themselves from the dust of their doubts and fears, and loose themselves from those bands. The price paid by the Redeemer for our salvation, was not silver or gold, or corruptible things, but his own precious blood. Considering the freeness of this salvation, and how hurtful to temporal comfort sins are, we shall more value the redemption which is in Christ. Do we seek victory over every sin, recollecting that the glory of God requires holiness in every follower of Christ? The good news is, that the Lord Jesus reigns. Christ himself brought these tidings first. His ministers proclaim these good tidings: keeping themselves clean from the pollutions of the world, they are beautiful to those to whom they are sent. Zion's watchmen could scarcely discern any thing of God's favour through the dark cloud of their afflictions; but now the cloud is scattered, they shall plainly see the performance. Zion's waste places shall then rejoice; all the world will have the benefit. This is applied to our salvation by Christ. Babylon is no place for Israelites. And it is a call to all in the bondage of sin and Satan, to use the liberty Christ has proclaimed. They were to go with diligent haste, not to lose time nor linger; but they were not to go with distrustful haste. Those in the way of duty, are under God's special protection; and he that believes this, will not hasten for fear.

13-15 Here begins that wonderful, minute, and faithful description of the office, character, and glory of the Messiah, which has struck conviction to many of the most hardened unbelievers. Christ is Wisdom itself; in the work of our redemption there appeared the wisdom of God in a mystery. Those that saw him, said, Surely never man looked so miserable: never was sorrow like unto his sorrow. But God highly exalted him. That shall be discovered by the gospel of Christ, which could never be told in any other way. And Christ having once shed his blood for sinners, its power still continues. May all opposers see the wisdom of ceasing from their opposition, and be made partakers of the blood of sprinkling, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost; obeying him, and praising his salvation.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Isaiah 52

  • Stephen B.
    As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:

    This is Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, God the Son himself. What verse 14 is saying is that He did not resemble a man because of his torture. That is how much He loves us.
  • Steve morrow
    ISAIAH 52:7 HOW BEAUTIFUL UPON THE MOUNTAINS ARE THE FEET OF HIM THAT BRINGETH GOOD TIDINGS THAT PUBLISHETH PEACE THAT BRINGETH GOOD TIDINGS OF GOOD THAT PUBLISHETH SALVATION THAT SAITH UNTO ZION THY GOD REIGNETH *** PSALM 119:59 I THOUGHT ON MY WAYS AND TURNED MY FEET UNTO THY TESTIMONIES *** PSALM 36:11 LET NOT THE FOOT OF PRIDE COME AGAINST ME AND LET NOT THE HAND OF THE WICKED REMOVE ME
  • A disciple
    "The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God." The word spoken by the LORD when He came down to see the city and the tower, must be completely filled up; and then shall the end come: and every eye shall see Him, and the whole earth shall wail because of Him. Then shall Israel be converted and know the LORD!
  • Bruce
    Aavtar: 60 years ago churches had revivals in barns,tents,people out and about preaching the gospel,knocking on doors.They have at least 3 services a week. At the same time TV was catching on.Laws being passed
    Today most churches are dead just one big social club. They say this is the US,we don't get persecuted. If they confess Christ before man,they would be persecuted, JUDGMENT IS COMING
  • A disciple
    Aavtar Singh; What you say is so true and powerful, but I'm afraid that the vast multitudes in the West have no idea nor any desire to know the horrible reality of the nature of the world we live in. Most can only relate to what you say as if it were far away from ever touching them; so they can't be bothered with it. Many use ignorance and indifference to deceive themselves about what faith is.
  • Aavtar Singh
    Political laws n powers along with zealots from the mus lim communitities stops many from sharing n preaching the good news. But it is not so in the US or Europe yet many in these parts are moving away from church of Christ. Its can b confusing to those of us who live in a distant continent where death by the mu slims for preaching or sharing is real.
  • A disciple
    Brianna vs. 7; In context to the rest of this chapter, we carry the words of redemption and restoration to a world that cannot yet see it to so. The Spirit by which we live and speak and conduct our lives, is given into our hearts from above, for the very purpose of giving hope to all who are lost here below. We are Ambassadors of Christ, charged with His Words and His Business, while we are here.
  • Brianna vs. 7
    We should welcome those who are preaching about the good news of God's kingdom. This was a commandment from Jesus to do so, and today very few are meeting that call to action. Being able to boldly proclaim the good news is a feature of God's people. Who are going and preaching about the Bible?

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Isaiah says what parts of the body are beautiful of those that bring good news?
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