Gaebelein's Annotated Bible
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.CHAPTER 52
Zion Awakening and the Coming of the Lord
(It is unfortunate that Isaiah 52:1-12 is detached from chapter 51 and that the last 3 verses of chapter 52 are detached from the chapter which follows. The correct division is Isaiah 51:1-23; Isaiah 52:12, Isaiah 52:13-15; Isaiah 53:1-12.)
1. Zion called to awake (Isaiah 52:1-5) 2. “In that day” Behold it is I (Isaiah 52:6) 3. The results of the return of Jehovah (Isaiah 52:7-12) 4. The Servant’s suffering and glory (Isaiah 52:13-15)The last paragraph of chapter 51 gives the divine declaration that the suffering and affliction of Israel is to end. “Behold I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again” (Isaiah 51:22). Now Zion assured of the end of suffering is called upon to awaken and put on beautiful garments. She is to arise from the dust. Such is the glorious future of Jerusalem. Isaiah 52:7-12 reveal the blessed results of the Coming of the Lord. Then it shall be said, “Thy God reigneth.” Then and not before “all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God” (Isaiah 52:10).