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Yeshayah/Isaiah 51:12 - 52:12

Chapter 51

12 It is I, I am He Who comforts you; who are you that you should be afraid of a man who shall die and of the son of man who shall be set as grass?  13 And you have forgotten Hashem, your Maker, Who spread out the heavens and Who set the base of the earth; yet you are continually in terror, the whole day, of the oppressor's fury as if he were preparing to destroy; where then shall be the oppressor's fury?  14 The wanderer shall be soon released, and shall not die in the pit, nor shall his bread be lacking.  15 And I am Hashem, your God, Who stirs up the sea and its waves rage — Hashem, Master of Legions, is His Name.  16 And I have placed My words in your mouth, and with the shade of My hand have I covered you, to implant the heavens and to set a base for the earth and to say unto Zion, "You are My people!"

17 Awaken yourself! Awaken yourself! Arise, O Jerusalem, you who have drunk from the hand of Hashem the cup of His fury, the phial of the cup of stupefaction have you drunk, have you drained.  18 There is no guide for her among all the children she has borne; there is no one holding her hand among all the children she has reared.  19 Two [are the calamities] that have befallen you; who will bewail you? The plunder and the breakage, the hunger and the sword; with whom shall I comfort you?  20 Your children have fainted, they lie at the head of all streets like a netted wild ox; they are full with Hashem's fury, with your God's rebuke.  21 Therefore, listen now to this, O afflicted one, drunk, but not with wine.

22 Thus said your Lord, Hashem, and your God Who will contend for His people - Behold! I have taken from your hand the cup of stupefaction, the phial of the cup of My fury; no longer shall you drink from it again.  23 But I will put it into the hand of your tormentors, who have said to you, "Prostrate yourself, that we may step over you," who set your body as the ground and as the street for wayfarers.

Chapter 52

1 Wake up! Wake up! Don your strength, O Zion, don the garments of your splendor, O Jerusalem, the Holy City, for no longer shall there enter into you any uncircumcised or contaminated person.  2 Shake the dust from yourself, arise, enthrone yourself, O Jerusalem; undo the straps on your neck, O captive daughter of Zion.

3 For thus said Hashem - Without price were you sold, so you shall not be redeemed with money.

4 For thus said my Lord, Hashem/Elohim - Egypt! My people went down at first to sojourn there, and Assyria oppressed them without cause.  5 And now, what do I have here — the word of Hashem — that My people was purchased without price; those who rule over him praise themselves — the word of Hashem — and continuously, all day, My Name is blasphemed.  6 Therefore, My people shall know My Name — therefore, on that day — for I am the One Who speaks, here I am.

7 How beautiful ascending the mountains are the footsteps of the herald making heard, "Peace!" heralding, "Good!" making heard, "Salvation!" saying unto Zion, "Your God has reigned!"  8 The voice of your lookouts, they have raised a voice, together shall they sing glad song, for every eye shall see when Hashem returns to Jerusalem.  9 Burst forth in joy, sing glad song together, O ruins of Jerusalem, for Hashem shall comfort His people; He has redeemed Jerusalem.  10 Hashem has bared His holy arm to the eyes of the nations, and all ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

11 Turn away! Turn away! Go forth from there! A contaminated person shall you not touch! Go forth from within it! Cleanse yourselves, O bearers of the vessels of Hashem.  12 But it is not in haste that you shall go forth; nor shall you go in flight; for Hashem shall go before you, and the God of Israel shall be your rear guard.


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