Isaiah 1

The Wickedness of Judah

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

2 c 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 d The ox knows its owner
And the donkey its master's 1 crib;
But Israel e does not know,
My people do not 2 consider."

4 Alas, sinful nation,
A people 3 laden with iniquity,
f A 4 brood of evildoers,
Children who are corrupters!
They have forsaken the LORD,
They have provoked to anger
The Holy One of Israel,
They have turned away backward.

5 g Why should you be stricken again?
You will revolt more and more.
The whole head is sick,
And the whole heart faints.
6 From the sole of the foot even to the head,
There is no soundness in it,
But wounds and bruises and putrefying sores;
They have not been closed or bound up,
Or soothed with ointment.

7 h Your country is desolate,
Your cities are burned with fire;
Strangers devour your land in your presence;
And it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.
8 So the daughter of Zion is left i as a 5 booth in a vineyard,
As a hut in a garden of cucumbers,
j As a besieged city.

9 k Unless the LORD of hosts
Had left to us a very small remnant,
We would have become like l Sodom,
We would have been made like Gomorrah.

10 Hear the word of the LORD,
You rulers m of Sodom;
Give ear to the law of our God,
You people of Gomorrah:
11 "To what purpose is the multitude of your n sacrifices to Me?"
Says the LORD.
"I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
And the fat of fed cattle.
I do not delight in the blood of bulls,
Or of lambs or goats.

12 "When you come o to appear before Me,
Who has required this from your hand,
To trample My courts?
13 Bring no more p futile 6 sacrifices;
Incense is an abomination to Me.
The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and q the calling of assemblies -
I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting.
14 Your r New Moons and your s appointed feasts
My soul hates;
They are a trouble to Me,
I am weary of bearing them.
15 t When you 7 spread out your hands,
I will hide My eyes from you;
u Even though you make many prayers,
I will not hear.
Your hands are full of 8 blood.
16 "Wash v yourselves, make yourselves clean;
Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes.
w Cease to do evil,
17 Learn to do good;
Seek justice,
Rebuke 9 the oppressor;
10 Defend the fatherless,
Plead for the widow.

18 "Come now, and let us x reason together,"
Says the LORD,
"Though your sins are like scarlet,
y They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as 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 by the sword";
z For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

The Unfaithful City

21 a How the faithful city has become a 11 harlot!
It was full of justice;
Righteousness lodged in it,
But now b murderers.
22 c Your silver has become dross,
Your wine mixed with water.
23 d Your princes are rebellious,
And e companions of thieves;
f Everyone loves bribes,
And follows after rewards.
They g do not defend the fatherless,
Nor does the cause of the widow come before them.

24 Therefore the Lord says,
The LORD of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel,
"Ah, h I will 12 rid Myself of My adversaries,
And 13 take vengeance on My enemies.
25 I will turn My hand against you,
And i thoroughly 14 purge away your dross,
And take away all your alloy.
26 I will restore your judges j as at the first,
And your counselors as at the beginning.
Afterward k you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city."

27 Zion shall be redeemed with justice,
And her 15 penitents with righteousness.
28 The l destruction of transgressors and of sinners shall be together,
And those who forsake the LORD shall be consumed.
29 For 16 they shall be ashamed of the 17 terebinth trees
Which you have desired;
And you shall be embarrassed because of the gardens
Which you have chosen.
30 For you shall be as a terebinth whose leaf fades,
And as a garden that has no water.
31 m The strong shall be as tinder,
And the work of it as a spark;
Both will burn together,
And no one shall n quench them.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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