1For Zion's sake I will not keep silent,
And for Jerusalem's sake I will not keep quiet,
Until her (A)righteousness goes forth like brightness,
And her (B)salvation like a torch that is burning.
2The (C)nations will see your righteousness,
And all kings your glory;
And you will be called by a new (D)name
Which the mouth of the LORD will designate.
3You will also be a (E)crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD,
And a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
4It will no longer be said to you, "(F)Forsaken,"
Nor to your land will it any longer be said, "Desolate";
But you will be called, "My delight is in her,"
And your land, "(G)Married";
For the (H)LORD delights in you,
And to Him your land will be married.
5For as a young man marries a virgin,
So your sons will marry you;
And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
So your (I)God will rejoice over you.
6On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed (J)watchmen;
All day and all night they will never keep silent
You who (K)remind the LORD, take no rest for yourselves;
7And (L)give Him no rest until He establishes
And makes (M)Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
8(N)The LORD has sworn by His right hand and by His strong arm,
"I will (O)never again give your grain as food for your enemies;
Nor will foreigners drink your new wine for which you have labored."
9But those who (P)garner it will eat it and praise the LORD;
And those who gather it will drink it in the courts of My sanctuary.
10Go through, (Q)go through the gates,
Clear the way for the people;
(R)Build up, build up the (S)highway,
Remove the stones, lift up a (T)standard over the peoples.
11Behold, the LORD has proclaimed to the (U)end of the earth,
(V)Say to the daughter of Zion, "Lo, your (W)salvation comes;
(X)Behold His reward is with Him, and His recompense before Him."
12And they will call them, "(Y)The holy people,
The (Z)redeemed of the LORD";
And you will be called, "Sought out, a city (AA)not forsaken."
1Now in those days a decree went out from (A)Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of (B)all [a]the inhabited earth.2This was the first census taken while [b]Quirinius was governor of (C)Syria. 3And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. 4Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because (D)he was of the house and family of David, 5in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. 6While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. 7And she (E)gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. 8In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And (F)an angel of the Lord suddenly (G)stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. 10But the angel said to them, "(H)Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11for today in the city of David there has been born for you a (I)Savior, who is [c](J)Christ (K)the Lord. 12"(L)This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." 13And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,