The Wickedness of Judah

Isaiah 1

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.

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