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The Lord Gives Zion a New Name

62 The Lord says, “For the good of Zion I will not keep silent.
    For Jerusalem’s benefit I will not remain quiet.
I will not keep silent until what I will do for them
    shines like the sunrise.
I will not remain quiet until they are saved
    and shine like a blazing torch.
Jerusalem, the nations will see
    that I have made everything right for you.
    All their kings will see your glory.
You will be called by a new name.
    I myself will give it to you.
You will be like a glorious crown in my strong hand.
    You will be like a royal crown in my powerful hand.
People will not call you Deserted anymore.
    They will no longer name your land Empty.
Instead, you will be called One the Lord Delights In.
    Your land will be named Married One.
That’s because the Lord will take delight in you.
    And your land will be married.
As a young man marries a young woman,
    so your Builder will marry you.
As a groom is happy with his bride,
    so your God will be full of joy over you.”

Jerusalem, I have stationed guards on your walls.
    They must never be silent day or night.
You who call out to the Lord
    must not give yourselves any rest.
And don’t give him any rest
    until he makes Jerusalem secure.
Don’t give him any peace
    until people all over the earth praise that city.

The Lord has made a promise.
    He has lifted up his right hand and mighty arm.
He has promised, “I will never give your grain
    to your enemies for food again.
Outsiders will never again drink the fresh wine
    you have worked so hard for.
Instead, those who gather the grain will eat it themselves.
    And they will praise me.
Those who gather grapes to make the wine will enjoy it.
    They will drink it in the courtyards of my temple.”

10 Go out through your gates, people of Jerusalem! Go out!
    Prepare the way for the rest of your people to return.
Build up the road! Build it up!
    Remove the stones.
Raise a banner over the city
    for the nations to see.

11 The Lord has announced a message
    from one end of the earth to the other.
He has said, “Tell the people of Zion,
    ‘Look! Your Savior is coming!
He is bringing his people back as his reward.
    He has won the battle over their enemies.’ ”
12 They will be called the Holy People.
    They will be called the People the Lord Set Free.
And Jerusalem will be named the City the Lord Cares About.
    It will be named the City No Longer Deserted.

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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