Leaving Babylon (Isa 52:11-52:12)

“Depart!

Depart!

Go out from there!

Touch no unclean thing!

Go out from the midst of it!

Purify yourselves!

You who carry

The vessels of Yahweh!

You shall not go out in haste.

You shall not go in flight.

Yahweh will go before you.

The God of Israel

Will be your rear guard.”

Second Isaiah wants the Israelites to depart from Babylon. However, they were not to touch any unclean things. They were to purify themselves, especially if they were going to carry the sacred vessels of Yahweh. They were not to leave in a hurry or flee Babylon. Yahweh would be before them, and at the same time, the God of Israel would be their rear guard.