Isaiah 62

1 I will not be quiet, on behalf of Zion. On behalf of Jerusalem, I will not stay quiet. I will be like that until her righteousness shines out like the dawn. She will be so safe that everybody will see it clearly.

2 Then, the people in every country will see your righteousness and every king will see your glory. And they will call you by a new name. The mouth of the Lord will give it to you.

3 And you will be like a beautiful crown in the Lord's hand. In the hand of your God you will be like what a king wears on his head.

4 They will not call you ‘Alone’ again. The name of your country will not be ‘Empty, Sandy Place’. But they will call you ‘Beautiful’ and they will call your country ‘Married’.

5 As a young man marries a young woman, so your sons will marry you. As a man at his marriage is happy with his new wife, so your God will be happy with you.

62:5‘your sons’ means the people who live in Jerusalem.

6 I have put people on your walls, Jerusalem, to keep them safe. They will not be quiet, during all the day and during all the night. You people who remember the Lord, do not rest.

7 And do not let the Lord rest, until he has built Jerusalem again. He will make Jerusalem the place that all the people in the world praise. Do not let him rest until he does that.

8 The Lord has promised these things. He will do them with his right hand and with his strong arm.

· ‘I will never give your grain to your enemies for food again.

· And never again will foreigners drink the new wine that you have worked carefully to make.’

9 ‘But the people who pick your grain will eat it. Then they will praise the Lord. And those people who pick the grapes will drink (the wine). They will drink it in the yards that are round about my temple.’

10 Pass through, pass through the gates. Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the road on higher ground. Remove the stones. Lift up a sign for the people from foreign countries.

11 Look! The Lord has said this to the parts of the earth that are a long way from here. ‘Say to the people of Zion, “Look! The man who will make you safe is coming! Look! His gifts are with him! He is bringing with him what he will give back to you.” ’

12 Their name will the Holy People. They are the people whom the Lord has redeemed. And people will call you by these names: ‘The People that Somebody Looked For’ and ‘The City that Nobody Keeps Away From’.