Isaiah 1

1The a  vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem b  in the days of c  Uzziah, d  Jotham, e  Ahaz, and f  Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

The Wickedness of Judah

2 g  Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O h  earth;
for the  Lord has spoken:
Children
Or Sons; also verse 4
j  have I reared and brought up,
but they have rebelled against me.
3The ox k  knows its owner,
and the donkey its master’s crib,
but Israel does l  not know,
my people do not understand.”
4 Ah, sinful nation,
a people laden with iniquity,
m  offspring of evildoers,
children who deal corruptly!
They have forsaken the  Lord,
they have n  despised o  the Holy One of Israel,
they are utterly p  estranged.
5 Why will you still be q  struck down?
Why will you r  continue to rebel?
The whole head is sick,
and the whole heart faint.
6 s  From the sole of the foot even to the head,
there is no soundness in it,
but bruises and sores
and raw wounds;
they are t  not pressed out or bound up
or softened with oil.
7 u  Your country lies desolate;
your cities are burned with fire;
in your very presence
foreigners devour your land;
it is desolate, as overthrown by foreigners.
8And v  the daughter of Zion is left
like a w  booth in a vineyard,
like a lodge in a cucumber field,
like a besieged city.
9 x  If the  Lord of hosts
had not left us y  a few survivors,
we should have been like z  Sodom,
and become like aa  Gomorrah.
10 Hear the word of the  Lord,
you rulers of ab , , ac  Sodom!
Give ear to the teaching
Or law
of our God,
you people of ae  Gomorrah!
11 af  What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices?
says the  Lord;
I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
and the fat of well-fed beasts;
I do not delight in the blood of bulls,
or of lambs, or of goats.
12 “When you come to ag  appear before me,
who has required of you
this trampling of my courts?
13Bring no more vain offerings;
incense is an abomination to me.
ah  New moon and Sabbath and the ai  calling of convocations
I cannot endure aj  iniquity and ak  solemn assembly.
14Your al  new moons and your appointed feasts
my soul hates;
they have become a burden to me;
I am weary of bearing them.
15When you am  spread out your hands,
I will hide my eyes from you;
an  even though you make many prayers,
I will not listen;
ao  your hands are full of blood.
16 ap  Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes;
aq  cease to do evil,
17learn to do good;
ar  seek justice,
correct oppression;
as  bring justice to the fatherless,
plead the widow’s cause.
18 Come now, at  let us reason
Or dispute
together
, says the  Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as av  white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.
19 aw  If you are willing and obedient,
you shall eat the good of the land;
20but if you refuse and rebel,
you shall be eaten by the sword;
ax  for the mouth of the  Lord has spoken.”

The Unfaithful City

21 How the faithful city
ay  has become a whore,
Or  become unchaste

ba  she who was full of justice!
Righteousness lodged in her,
but now murderers.
22 bb  Your silver has become dross,
your best wine mixed with water.
23Your princes are rebels
and companions of thieves.
Everyone bc  loves a bribe
and runs after gifts.
bd  They do not bring justice to the fatherless,
and the widow’s cause does not come to them.
24 Therefore the be  Lord declares,
the  Lord of hosts,
the bf  Mighty One of Israel:
Ah, I will get relief from my enemies
bg  and avenge myself on my foes.
25 bh  I will turn my hand against you
and will smelt away your bi  dross as with lye
and remove all your alloy.
26And I will restore your judges bj  as at the first,
and your counselors as at the beginning.
Afterward bk  you shall be called the city of righteousness,
the faithful city.”
27 bl  Zion shall be redeemed by justice,
and those in her who repent, by righteousness.
28 bm  But rebels and sinners shall be broken together,
and those who forsake the  Lord shall be consumed.
29 bn  For they
Some Hebrew manuscripts you
shall be ashamed of bp  the oaks
that you desired;
and you shall blush for bq  the gardens
that you have chosen.
30For you shall be br  like an oak
whose leaf withers,
and like a garden without water.
31And the strong shall become bs  tinder,
and his work a spark,
and both of them shall burn together,
with bt  none to quench them.
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