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New Jerusalem: A City Full of Goodness

62 I love Zion,
    so I will continue to speak for her.
I love Jerusalem,
    so I will not stop speaking.
I will speak until goodness[a] shines like a bright light,
    until salvation burns bright like a flame.
Then all nations will see your goodness.
    All kings will see your honor.
Then you will have a new name
    that the Lord himself will give you.
You will be like a beautiful crown that the Lord holds up,
    like a king’s crown in the hand of your God.
You will never again be called ‘The People God Left.’
    Your land will never again be called ‘The Land God Destroyed.’
You will be called ‘The People God Loves.’
    Your land will be called ‘God’s Bride,’
because the Lord loves you,
    and your land will be his.[b]
As a young man takes a bride and she belongs to him,
    so your land will belong to your children.[c]
As a man is happy with his new wife,
    so your God will be happy with you.

Jerusalem, I put guards on your walls.
    They will not be silent.
    They will keep praying day and night.

Guards, keep praying to the Lord.
    Remind him of his promise.
    Don’t ever stop praying.
Don’t give him any rest until he rebuilds Jerusalem
    and makes it a place that everyone on earth will praise.

The Lord made a promise and guaranteed it by his own power.
    And he will use that power to keep his promise.
The Lord said, “I promise that I will never again give your food to your enemies.
    I promise that they will never again take the wine you make.
Whoever gathers the food will eat it and praise the Lord.
    Whoever gathers the grape will drink the wine in the courtyards of my Temple.”

10 Come through the gates!
    Clear the way for the people!
Prepare the road!
    Move all the stones off the road!
Raise a flag as a sign for the nations!

11 Listen, the Lord is speaking
    to all the faraway lands:
“Tell the people of Zion,
    ‘Look, your Savior is coming.
He is bringing your reward to you.
    He is bringing it with him.’”
12 His people will be called “The Holy People,”
    “The Saved People of the Lord.”
And you, Jerusalem, will be called “The City God Wants,”
    “The City God Is With.”

Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 62:1 goodness Or “victory.”
  2. Isaiah 62:4 your land … his Or “He will marry your land.” This is a wordplay. The Hebrew word also means “He will be the lord of the land.”
  3. Isaiah 62:5 your land … children Or “Your builders will marry you.”

Zion’s New Name

62 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,(A)
    for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet,
till her vindication(B) shines out like the dawn,(C)
    her salvation(D) like a blazing torch.
The nations(E) will see your vindication,
    and all kings your glory;
you will be called by a new name(F)
    that the mouth of the Lord will bestow.
You will be a crown(G) of splendor in the Lord’s hand,
    a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
No longer will they call you Deserted,(H)
    or name your land Desolate.(I)
But you will be called Hephzibah,[a](J)
    and your land Beulah[b];
for the Lord will take delight(K) in you,
    and your land will be married.(L)
As a young man marries a young woman,
    so will your Builder marry you;
as a bridegroom(M) rejoices over his bride,
    so will your God rejoice(N) over you.

I have posted watchmen(O) on your walls, Jerusalem;
    they will never be silent day or night.
You who call on the Lord,
    give yourselves no rest,(P)
and give him no rest(Q) till he establishes Jerusalem
    and makes her the praise(R) of the earth.

The Lord has sworn(S) by his right hand
    and by his mighty arm:
“Never again will I give your grain(T)
    as food for your enemies,
and never again will foreigners drink the new wine
    for which you have toiled;
but those who harvest it will eat(U) it
    and praise the Lord,(V)
and those who gather the grapes will drink it
    in the courts of my sanctuary.”(W)

10 Pass through, pass through the gates!(X)
    Prepare the way for the people.
Build up, build up the highway!(Y)
    Remove the stones.
Raise a banner(Z) for the nations.

11 The Lord has made proclamation
    to the ends of the earth:(AA)
“Say to Daughter Zion,(AB)
    ‘See, your Savior comes!(AC)
See, his reward is with him,
    and his recompense accompanies him.’”(AD)
12 They will be called(AE) the Holy People,(AF)
    the Redeemed(AG) of the Lord;
and you will be called Sought After,
    the City No Longer Deserted.(AH)

Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 62:4 Hephzibah means my delight is in her.
  2. Isaiah 62:4 Beulah means married.

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