|Isaiah 1 |
1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
2 "Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth for the LORD has spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.
3 The ox knows his owner, and the ass his master's crib; but Israel does not know, and my people do not consider.
4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters. They have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel to anger, they have gone away backward.
5 Why should you be stricken any more? You will revolt more and more. The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.
6 From the sole of the foot even to the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, bruises, and putrefying sores; they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.
7 Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire; your land is devoured by strangers in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.
8 And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, like a hut in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.
9 Unless the LORD of hosts had left to us a very small remnant, we would have been as Sodom, and we should have been as Gomorrah."
10 Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom; give ear to the law of our God, you people of Gomorrah.
11 "What is the purpose of the multitude of your sacrifices to me?" says the Lord, "I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I do not delight in the blood of bullocks, lambs, or of he-goats.
12 When you come to appear before me, who has required this at your hand, to tread my courts?
13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination to me; the new moons and sabbaths and the calling of assemblies I cannot stand; away with them, it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.
14 My soul hates your new moons and your appointed feasts; they are a trouble to me; I am tired of putting up with them.
15 And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you. Yes, when you say many prayers, I will not hear because your hands are full of blood.
16 Wash yourself, make yourself clean; put away the evil of your deeds from before my eyes. Cease doing evil!
17 Learn to do well! Seek justice, relieve the oppressed, defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.
18 Come now, and let us reason together," says the Lord, "though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as white wool."
19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land.
20 But if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured with the sword for the mouth of the LORD has spoken it.
21 How the faithful city has become an harlot! It was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it, but now murderers.
22 Your silver has become dross; your is wine mixed with water.
23 Your princes are rebellious and companions of thieves. Everyone loves bribes, and seeks rewards. They do not judge for the fatherless, neither do they heed the cause of the widow."
24 Therefore says the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel: "Ah, I will ease myself of my adversaries and avenge myself of my enemies.
25 And I will turn my hand upon you, and purely purge away your dross, and take away all your tin.
26 And I will restore your judges as they were at the first, and restore your counselors as they were at the beginning; and afterwards you shall be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city.
27 Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.
28 And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and those who forsake the LORD shall be consumed.
29 For they shall be ashamed of the oaks [with idols among] that you have desired, and you shall be confounded for the gardens [with idols] that you have chosen.
30 For you shall be as an oak, whose leaf fades, and as a garden that has no water.
31 And the strong shall be tinder, and the maker of it as a spark; and they shall both burn together, and no one shall quench them."