Awake, awake! Put on your strength, O Zion; Put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city! For the uncircumcised and the unclean Shall no longer come to you. Shake yourself from the dust, arise; Sit down, O Jerusalem! Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion! For thus says the Lord:
“You have sold yourselves for nothing, And you shall be redeemed without money.” For thus says the Lord God: “My people went down at first Into Egypt to dwell there;
Then the Assyrian oppressed them without cause. Now therefore, what have I here,” says the Lord, “That My people are taken away for nothing? Those who rule over them make them wail,” says the Lord, „And My name is blasphemed continually every day. Therefore My people shall know My name; Therefore they shall know in that day
That I am He who speaks: ‘Behold, it is I.’ ” How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
Whenever you see the children of God impoverished, weak, bound, and enslaved, they have forgotten, or they are not fully aware of the power of God available to them. And this most times happens when they have been enticed by what the world offers like Samson. When this happens their enemy shaves their hair and thereby weakens and enslaves them. The cry of the Spirit of God here is, Awake! Put on your strength, as a mighty man shake yourself from the dust. Arise!