Bishops' Bible

Isaiah 52

Christ persuadeth the Church to believe his free redemption,

Isaiah 52:1 Vp Sion, vp, take thy strength vnto thee, put on thyne honest rayment O Hierusalem, thou holy citie: for from this tyme foorth there shall no vncircumcised nor vncleane person come in thee. Isaiah 52:2 Shake thee from the dust, arise and stande vp O Hierusalem: Plucke out thy necke from the bonde, O thou captiue daughter Sion. Isaiah 52:3 For thus saith the Lorde: ye are solde for naught, therfore shal ye be redeemed also without any money. Isaiah 52:4 For thus saith the Lorde God: My people went downe afore tyme into Egypt, there to be straungers, and the kyng of the Assyrians oppressed them without any cause. Isaiah 52:5 And nowe, what profite is it to me saith the Lorde? that my people is freely caryed away, & brought into heauinesse by their rulers, and my name euer styll blasphemed saith the Lorde. Isaiah 52:6 But that my people may knowe my name, I my selfe wyll speake in that day, Beholde here am I.

to receive the ministers thereof,

Isaiah 52:7 O howe beautifull are the feete of the embassadour that bryngeth the message from the mountayne and proclaymeth peace? that bryngeth the good tidinges, and preacheth health, and saith vnto Sion, Thy God is the kyng. Isaiah 52:8 Thy watchmen shall lyft vp their voyce, with loude voyce they shall reioyce together: for they shall see plainly when the Lorde shall conuert Sion.

to joy in the power thereof,

Isaiah 52:9 Be glad O thou desolate Hierusalem, and reioyce together: for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath deliuered Hierusalem. Isaiah 52:10 The Lorde hath made bare his holy arme, and shewed it foorth in the syght of all the gentiles, and all the endes of the earth hath seene the sauyng health of our God.

and to free themselves from bondage.

Isaiah 52:11 Away, away, get you out from hence, and touche no vncleane thyng: Go out from among such, and be cleane that beare the vessell of the Lorde. Isaiah 52:12 For ye shall not escape by runnyng, nor by fleeyng away: but the Lorde shall go before you, and the God of Israel shall gather you together.

Christ's Kingdom shall be exalted.

Isaiah 52:13 Beholde my seruaunt shal deale prosperously, therfore shal he be magnified, exalted, and greatly honoured. Isaiah 52:14 Lyke as the multitude shall wonder vpon hym, because his face shalbe so defourmed and not as mans face, his beautie like no man: Isaiah 52:15 Euen so shall the multitude of the gentiles speake of him, and kynges shall shut their mouthes before hym: for they haue seene that which was not tolde to them, and haue vnderstande that wherof they had not hearde.

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