Rebellion of God's People
1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz concerning Judah R1 and Jerusalem, which he saw during the reigns F1 of Uzziah, R2 Jotham, R3 Ahaz R4 and Hezekiah, R5 kings of Judah.
2 Listen, R6 O heavens, and hear, O earth; R7
For the LORD speaks,
"Sons R8 I have reared and brought up,
But they have revolted R9 against Me.
3 "An ox knows its owner,
And a donkey its master's manger,
But Israel does R10 not know,
My people do R11 not understand."
4 Alas, sinful nation,
People weighed down with iniquity,
Offspring R12 F2 of evildoers,
Sons who act R13 corruptly!
They have abandoned R14 the LORD,
They have despised R15 the Holy One of Israel,
They have turned away from F3 Him.
5 Where will you be stricken again,
As you continue R16 in your rebellion?
The whole head is sick R17
And the whole heart is faint.
6 From R18 the sole of the foot even to the head
There is nothing R19 sound in it,
Only bruises, welts and raw wounds,
Not R20 pressed out or bandaged,
Nor softened with oil.
7 Your land R21 is desolate,
Your cities are burned with fire,
Your fields--strangers are devouring them in your presence;
It is desolation, as overthrown by strangers.
8 The daughter of Zion is left like a shelter in a vineyard,
Like a watchman's hut in a cucumber field, like a besieged city.
9 Unless R22 the LORD of hosts
Had left us a few survivors, R23
We would be like Sodom, R24
We would be like Gomorrah.
God Has Had Enough
10 Hear the R25 word of the LORD,
You rulers of Sodom; R26
Give ear to the instruction of our God,
You people of Gomorrah.
11 "What R27 are your multiplied sacrifices to Me?"
Says the LORD.
"I have F4 had enough of burnt offerings of rams
And the fat of fed cattle;
And I take no pleasure in the blood of bulls, lambs or goats.
12 "When you come to R28 appear before Me,
Who requires of F5 you this trampling of My courts?
13 "Bring your worthless offerings no longer,
Incense R29 is an abomination to Me.
New R30 moon and sabbath, the calling R31 of assemblies--
I cannot endure R32 iniquity and the solemn assembly.
14 "I hate your new moon festivals and your appointed R33 feasts,
They have become a burden to Me;
I am weary R34 of bearing them.
15 "So when you spread R35 out your hands in prayer,
I R36 will hide My eyes from you;
Yes, even though you multiply R37 prayers,
I will not listen.
Your R38 hands are covered F6 with blood.
16 "Wash R39 yourselves, make R40 yourselves clean;
Remove R41 the evil of your deeds from My sight.
Cease R42 to do evil,
17 Learn to do good;
Seek R43 justice,
Reprove the ruthless,
Defend R44 F7 the orphan,
Plead for the widow.
"Let Us Reason"
18 "Come now, and let R45 us reason together,"
Says the LORD,
"Though R46 your sins are as scarlet,
They will be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They will be like wool.
19 "If R47 you consent and obey,
You will eat R48 the best of the land;
20 "But if you refuse and rebel,
You will be devoured R49 by the sword."
Truly, the R50 mouth of the LORD has spoken.
Zion Corrupted, to be Redeemed
21 How the faithful city has become a harlot, R51
She who was full of justice!
Righteousness once lodged in her,
But now murderers.
22 Your silver has become dross,
Your drink diluted with water.
23 Your rulers R52 are rebels
And companions of thieves;
Everyone loves R53 a bribe
And chases after rewards.
They do R54 not defend F8 the orphan, F9
Nor does the widow's plea come before them.
24 Therefore the Lord GOD F10 of hosts,
The Mighty R55 One of Israel, declares,
"Ah, I will be relieved of My adversaries
And avenge R56 Myself on My foes.
25 "I will also turn My hand against you,
And will smelt R57 away your dross as with lye
And will remove all your alloy.
26 "Then I will restore your judges R58 as at the first,
And your counselors as at the beginning;
After that you will be called the city R59 of righteousness,
A faithful city."
27 Zion will be redeemed R60 with justice
And her repentant F11 ones with righteousness.
28 But transgressors F12 and sinners will be crushed R61 together,
And those who forsake the LORD will come to an end.
29 Surely you F13 will be ashamed of the oaks R62 F14 which you have desired,
And you will be embarrassed at the gardens R63 which you have chosen.
30 For you will be like an oak F15 whose leaf R64 fades away
Or as a garden that has no water.
31 The strong man will become tinder,
His work also a spark.
Thus they shall both burn R65 together
And there will be none R66 to quench them.
F1: Lit days
F2: Lit Seed
F3: Lit backward
F4: Or am sated with
F5: Lit of your hand
F6: Lit full of
F7: Or Vindicate the fatherless
F8: Or vindicate
F9: Or fatherless
F10: Hebrew YHWH, usually rendered L\ORD/
F11: Or returnees
F12: Lit crushing of transgressors and sinners shall be together
F13: So with some mss; M.T. they
F14: Or terebinths
F15: Or terebinth
R1: Isaiah 2:1; 40:9
R2: 2 Kings 15:1-7,13; 2 Chronicles 26:1-23
R3: 2 Kings 15:32-38; 2 Chronicles 27:1-9
R4: 2 Kings 16:1-20; 2 Chronicles 28:1-27; Isaiah 7:1
R5: 2 Kings 18:1-20:21; 2 Chronicles 29:1-32:33
R6: Deuteronomy 32:1
R7: Micah 1:2
R8: Jeremiah 3:22
R9: Isaiah 30:1,9; 65:2
R10: Jeremiah 9:3,6
R11: Isaiah 44:18
R12: Isaiah 14:20
R13: Nehemiah 1:7
R14: Isaiah 1:28
R15: Isaiah 5:24
R16: Isaiah 31:6
R17: Isaiah 33:24; Ezekiel 34:4,16
R18: Job 1:2:7
R19: Psalms 38:3
R20: Jeremiah 8:22
R21: Leviticus 26:33; Jeremiah 44:6
R22: Romans 9:29
R23: Isaiah 10:20-22; 11:11,16; 37:4,31,32; 46:3
R24: Genesis 19:24
R25: Isaiah 8:20; 28:14
R26: Isaiah 3:9; Ezekiel 16:49; Romans 9:29; Revelation 11:8
R27: Psalms 50:8; Jeremiah 6:20; Amos 5:21,22; Malachi 1:10
R28: Exodus 23:17
R29: Isaiah 66:3
R30: 1 Chronicles 23:31
R31: Exodus 12:16
R32: Jeremiah 7:9,10
R33: Isaiah 29:1,2
R34: Isaiah 7:13; 43:24
R35: 1 Kings 8:22; Lamentations 1:17
R36: Isaiah 8:17; 59:2
R37: Micah 3:4
R38: Isaiah 59:3
R39: Psalms 26:6
R40: Isaiah 52:11
R41: Isaiah 55:7
R42: Jeremiah 25:5
R43: Jeremiah 22:3; Zephaniah 2:3
R44: Psalms 82:3
R45: Isaiah 41:1,21; 43:26; Micah 6:2
R46: Psalms 51:7; Isaiah 43:25; 44:22; Revelation 7:14
R47: Deuteronomy 28:1; 30:15,16
R48: Isaiah 55:2
R49: Isaiah 3:25; 65:12
R50: Isaiah 40:5; 58:14; Micah 4:4; Titus 1:2
R51: Isaiah 57:3-9; Jeremiah 2:20
R52: Hosea 5:10; Micah 7:3
R53: Exodus 23:8; Micah 7:3
R54: Isaiah 10:2; Jeremiah 5:28; Ezekiel 22:7; Zechariah 7:10
R55: Psalms 132:2; Isaiah 49:26; 60:16
R56: Deuteronomy 28:63; Isaiah 35:4; 59:18; 61:2; 63:4
R57: Ezekiel 22:19-22; Malachi 3:3
R58: Isaiah 60:17
R59: Isaiah 33:5; 60:14; 62:1,2; Zechariah 8:3
R60: Isaiah 35:9f; 62:12; 63:4
R61: Psalms 9:5; Isaiah 66:24; 2 Thessalonians 1:8,9
R62: Isaiah 57:5
R63: Isaiah 65:3; 66:17
R64: Isaiah 64:6
R65: Isaiah 5:24; 9:19; 26:11; 33:11-14
R66: Isaiah 66:24; Matthew 3:12; Mark 9:43