The Free Offer of Mercy
1 "Ho! Every one who thirsts, R2265 come to the waters;
And you who have no R2266 money F764 come, buy and eat.
Come, buy wine R2267 and milk
Without R2268 money and without cost.
2 "Why do you spend F765 money for what is not R2269 bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat R2270 what is good,
And delight R2271 yourself in abundance.
3 "Incline R2272 your ear and come to Me.
Listen, that you F766 may live; R2273
And I will make an R2274 everlasting covenant with you,
According to the faithful R2275 mercies shown F767 to David.
4 "Behold, I have made him R2276 a witness to the peoples,
A leader R2277 and commander for the peoples.
5 "Behold, you will call a nation R2278 you do not know,
And a nation which knows you not will run R2279 to you,
Because of the LORD your God, even the Holy One of Israel;
For He has glorified R2280 you."
6 Seek R2281 the LORD while He may be found;
Call R2282 upon Him while He is near.
7 Let R2283 the wicked forsake his way
And the unrighteous man his thoughts; R2284
And let him return R2285 to the LORD,
And He will have compassion R2286 on him,
And to our God,
For He will abundantly R2287 pardon.
8 "For My thoughts are not your R2288 thoughts,
Nor are your R2289 ways My ways," declares the LORD.
9 "For as R2290 the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
10 "For as the rain R2291 and the snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth
And making it bear and sprout,
And furnishing seed R2292 to the sower and bread to the eater;
11 So will My word R2293 be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not R2294 return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing R2295 what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
12 "For you will go out with joy R2296
And be led forth with peace; R2297
The mountains R2298 and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you,
And all the trees R2299 of the field will clap their hands.
13 "Instead of the thorn R2300 bush the cypress R2301 will come up,
And instead of the nettle R2302 the myrtle will come up,
And it F768 will be a memorial R2303 F769 to the LORD,
For an everlasting sign R2304 which will R2305 not be cut off."
F764: Lit silver
F765: Lit weigh out silver
F766: Lit your soul
F767: Lit of David
F768: I.e. the transformation of the desert
F769: Lit name
R2265: Psalms 42:1,2; 63:1; 143:6; Isaiah 41:17; 44:3; John 4:14; 7:37; Revelation 21:6
R2266: Lamentations 5:4
R2267: Song of Solomon 5:1; Joel 3:18
R2268: Hosea 14:4; Matthew 10:8
R2269: Ecclesiastes 6:2; Hosea 8:7
R2270: Psalms 22:26; Isaiah 1:19; 62:8,9
R2271: Isaiah 25:6; Jeremiah 31:14
R2272: Isaiah 51:4
R2273: Leviticus 18:5; Romans 10:5
R2274: Isaiah 61:8
R2275: Acts 13:34
R2276: Psalms 18:43; Jeremiah 30:9; Hosea 3:5
R2277: Ezekiel 34:24; 37:24,25; Daniel 9:25; Micah 5:2
R2278: Isaiah 45:14,22-24; 49:6,12,23
R2279: Zechariah 8:22
R2280: Isaiah 60:9
R2281: Psalms 32:6; Isaiah 45:19,22; 49:8; Amos 5:6
R2282: Isaiah 58:9; 65:24
R2283: Isaiah 1:16,19; 58:6
R2284: Isaiah 32:7; 59:7
R2285: Isaiah 31:6; 44:22
R2286: Isaiah 14:1; 54:8,10
R2287: Isaiah 1:18; 40:2; 43:25; 44:22
R2288: Isaiah 65:2; 66:18
R2289: Isaiah 53:6
R2290: Psalms 103:11
R2291: Isaiah 30:23
R2292: 2 Corinthians 9:10
R2293: Isaiah 45:23; Matthew 24:35
R2294: Isaiah 44:26; 59:21
R2295: Isaiah 46:10; 53:10
R2296: Psalms 105:43; Isaiah 51:11; 52:9
R2297: Isaiah 54:10,13; Jeremiah 29:11
R2298: Isaiah 44:23; 49:13
R2299: 1 Chronicles 16:33
R2300: Isaiah 7:19
R2301: Isaiah 60:13
R2302: Isaiah 5:6; 7:24; 32:13
R2303: Isaiah 63:12,14; Jeremiah 33:9
R2304: Isaiah 19:20
R2305: Isaiah 56:5