Isaiah 51:17-52:12

  1. Consider the seeming hopeless of Zion’s condition in 51:17-20, 23.
    How and why does God promise to act on her behalf (51:22; 52:3-6)?
    What must she herself do (52:1, 2)?
    What message has this for a backsliding Christians? Cf. 1 John 1:9.
  2. Let your imagination picture the joy of Zion described in 52:7-12.
    What application does the apostle Paul make of this passage in Rom. 10:14, 15 and 2 Cor. 6:17?


  1. 51:23. An allusion to the picture of making captives lie face downward on the ground, and using their backs as a road to walk on.
  2. 52:8. ‘with their own eyes’: i.e., face to face. This is how they will see the Lord when he returns to Zion