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52:1 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.
52:2 Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.
52:3 For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money.
52:4 For thus saith the Lord GOD, My people went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.
52:5 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.
52:6 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.
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! 52:8 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.
52:9 Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.
52:10 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.
52:11 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.
52:12 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.
52:13 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.
52:14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: 52:15 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.


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Everything King James Bible:Isaiah
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Isaiah
Book: Isaiah
Chapter: 52

Overview:
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.

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