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TitleIsaiah 52
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsParry, Donald W.
Book TitleThe Book of Isaiah: A New Translation (Preliminary Edition)
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
CitySpringville, UT
KeywordsBible; Isaiah (Book); Isaiah (Prophet); Old Testament

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Zion Will Return and Be Redeemed in the Last Days (52:1–12)

The Lord

52 1Awake, awake! Put on your strength, O Zion;
put on your glorious garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city,

for the uncircumcised
and the unclean will no longer come into you.

2Shake yourself from the dust; arise, sit down, O Jerusalem;
loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion.


3For thus says the LORD,

The Lord

“You were sold for nothing,
and you will be redeemed without money.”


4For thus says the Lord,

The Lord

“At first My people went down to Egypt to live there, and the Assyrian oppressed them without cause. 5And now, what have I here,”


declares the LORD,

The Lord

“that My people are taken away for nothing? They that rule over them make them to wail,”


declares the LORD,

The Lord

“and My name continually, all day, is despised.
6Therefore my people will know My name; [yea][1], in that day that [they will know that][2], it is I who speaks, ‘Here I am.’”


7[And then will they say][3],

God’s covenant people

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good tidings [unto them],
who announces peace,
who brings good tidings [unto them] of good,
who announces salvation,
who says to Zion,


‘Your God reigns!’”


8Your watchmen will lift up their voice;
with the voice together will they sing gladly:
for they will see eye to eye, when the LORD returns to Zion.
9Break forth, sing together, O ruins of Jerusalem:

for the LORD has comforted His people;
He has redeemed Jerusalem.

10The LORD has made bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations,
and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God.


go out from there; touch not that which is unclean.
Go out from her midst. Be clean, you who bear the vessels of the LORD.

12For you will not go out with haste,
nor will you go by flight;

for the LORD will go before you,
and the God of Israel will be Your rearguard.


The Suffering of the Servant (52:13–15)

The Lord

13Behold, My servant will act wisely;

He will be exalted
and lifted up
and be very high.

14So many were astonished at You—

so, His appearance was disfigured[4] more than any man,
and His form more than the children of a human.

15So will He [gather][5] many nations; the kings will shut their mouths because of Him:

for that which had not been told them, they will see;
and that which they have not heard, they will consider.


[1] From JST.

[2] From JST and 2 Nephi 20:39.

[3] Bracketed words in verse 7 are from JST and 3 Nephi 20:40.

[4] The Hebrew word mischat, translated “disfigured,” is rare in the Hebrew Bible. It refers to Jesus Christ’s disfigurement after he wore the crown of thorns, was beaten and hit in the face (Matthew 26:67; 27:30), suffered for about three hours in Gethsemane, and experienced the cruelty of the cross. No individual, ever, in eternity, had suffered in such an extreme manner. Thus, Isaiah prophesied, “His appearance was disfigured more than any man, and His form more than the children of a human” (emphasis added). DSS Isaiah possibly reads, “I have anointed his appearance,” but this reading is incorrect.

[5] JST 52:15 reads “gather.”


Scripture Reference

Isaiah 52:1