- THE 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 Judah.
- Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth, for the LORD hath spoken: Children I have reared, and brought up, and they have rebelled against Me.
- The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master"s crib;
but Israel doth not know, My people doth not consider.
- Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evil-doers, children that deal corruptly;
they have forsaken the LORD, they have contemned the Holy One of Israel, they are turned away backward.
- On what part will ye yet be stricken, seeing ye stray away more and more?
The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint;
- From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it;
but wounds, and bruises, and festering sores: they have not been pressed, neither bound up, neither mollified with oil.
- Your country is desolate;
your cities are burned with fire;
your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by floods.
- And the daughter of Zion is left as a booth in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.
- Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, we should have been like unto Gomorrah.
- Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom;
give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.
- To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto Me?
saith the LORD;
I am full 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.
- When ye come to appear before Me, who hath required this at your hand, to trample My courts?
- Bring no more vain oblations;
it is an offering of abomination unto Me;
new moon and sabbath, the holding of convocations - I cannot endure iniquity along with the solemn assembly.
- Your new moons and your appointed seasons My soul hateth;
they are a burden unto Me;
I am weary to bear them.
- And 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.
- Wash you, make you clean, put away the evil of your doings from before Mine eyes, cease to do evil;
- Learn to do well;
seek justice, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
- Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD;
though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
- If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land;
- But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword;
for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken.
- How is the faithful city become a harlot!
She that was full of justice, righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers.
- Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water.
- Thy 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.
- Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel: Ah, I will ease Me of Mine adversaries, and avenge Me of Mine enemies;
- And I will turn My hand upon thee, and purge away thy dross as with lye, and will take away all thine alloy;
- And 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, the faithful city.
- Zion shall be redeemed with justice, and they that return of her with righteousness.
- But the destruction of the transgressors and the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed.
- For they shall be ashamed of the terebinths which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen.
- For ye shall be as a terebinth whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.
- And the strong shall be as tow, and his work as a spark;
and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.