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Jerusalem Is Assured of Help


Take courage, O Jerusalem,

for the one who named you will comfort you.


Wretched will be those who mistreated you

and who rejoiced at your fall.


Wretched will be the cities that your children served as slaves;

wretched will be the city that received your offspring.


For just as she rejoiced at your fall

and was glad for your ruin,

so she will be grieved at her own desolation.


I will take away her pride in her great population,

and her insolence will be turned to grief.


For fire will come upon her from the Everlasting for many days,

and for a long time she will be inhabited by demons.



Look toward the east, O Jerusalem,

and see the joy that is coming to you from God.


Look, your children are coming, whom you sent away;

they are coming, gathered from east and west,

at the word of the Holy One,

rejoicing in the glory of God.



Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction, O Jerusalem,

and put on forever the beauty of the glory from God.


Put on the robe of the righteousness that comes from God;

put on your head the diadem of the glory of the Everlasting;


for God will show your splendor everywhere under heaven.


For God will give you evermore the name,

“Righteous Peace, Godly Glory.”



Arise, O Jerusalem, stand upon the height;

look toward the east,

and see your children gathered from west and east

at the word of the Holy One,

rejoicing that God has remembered them.


For they went out from you on foot,

led away by their enemies;

but God will bring them back to you,

carried in glory, as on a royal throne.


For God has ordered that every high mountain and the everlasting hills be made low

and the valleys filled up, to make level ground,

so that Israel may walk safely in the glory of God.


The woods and every fragrant tree

have shaded Israel at God’s command.


For God will lead Israel with joy,

in the light of his glory,

with the mercy and righteousness that come from him.

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The commentary does not cover Baruch 4:30-5:9.