1 1The 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
2Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for Jehovah hath spoken:
I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.
3The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib; but
Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.
4Ah sinful nation, a
people laden with iniquity, a seed of evil-doers, children that deal
corruptly! they have forsaken Jehovah, they have despised the Holy One of
Israel, they are estranged and gone backward.
5Why will ye be
still stricken, that ye revolt more and more? the whole head is sick, and the
whole heart faint.
6From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is
no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and fresh stripes: they
have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with oil.
country is desolate; your cities are burned with fire; your land, strangers
devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.
8And the daughter of Zion is left as a booth in a vineyard, as a lodge in
a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.
9Except Jehovah of hosts had
left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, we should
have been like unto Gomorrah.
10Hear the word of Jehovah, ye rulers of
Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.
unto me is the multitude of your sacrifices? saith Jehovah: I have had enough
of the burnt-offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not
in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he-goats.
12When ye come to
appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to trample my courts?
13Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; new
moon and sabbath, the calling of assemblies,- I cannot away with iniquity and
the solemn meeting.
14Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul
hateth; they are a trouble unto me; I am weary of bearing them.
when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you; yea, when ye
make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes;
cease to do evil;
17learn to do well; seek justice, relieve the
oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
18Come now, and let
us reason together, saith Jehovah: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall
be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
19If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
20but if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword; for
the mouth of Jehovah hath spoken it.
21How is the faithful city become a
harlot! she that was full of justice! righteousness lodged in her, but now
22Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water.
23Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves; every one loveth
bribes, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither
doth the cause of the widow come unto them.
24Therefore saith the Lord,
Jehovah of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine
adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies;
25and I will turn my hand
upon thee, and thoroughly purge away thy dross, and will take away all thy
26and I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors
as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called The city of
righteousness, a faithful town.
27Zion shall be redeemed with justice,
and her converts with righteousness.
28But the destruction of
transgressors and sinners shall be together, and they that forsake Jehovah
shall be consumed.
29For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have
desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen.
30For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath
31And the strong shall be as tow, and his work as a spark; and
they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.