- The Uision of Isaiah the sonne of Amoz, which hee sawe concerning Iudah and Ierusalem, in the dayes of Uzziah, Iotham, Ahaz, & Hezekiah kings of Iudah.
- Heare, O heauens, and giue eare, O earth: for the Lord hath spoken;
I haue nourished and brought vp children, and they haue rebelled against me.
- The oxe knoweth his owner, and the asse his masters cribbe: but Israel doeth not know, my people doeth not consider.
- Ah sinnefull nation, a people laden with iniquitie, a seede of euill doers, children that are corrupters: they haue forsaken the Lord, they haue prouoked the Holy one of Israel vnto anger, they are gone away backward.
- Why should yee be stricken any more?
yee will reuolt more and more: the whole head is sicke, and the whole heart faint.
- From the sole of the foote, euen vnto the head, there is no soundnesse in it;
but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they haue not beene closed, neither bound vp, neither mollified with oyntment.
- Your countrey is desolate, your cities are burnt with fire: your land, strangers deuoure it in your presence, and it is desolate as ouerthrowen by strangers.
- And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged citie.
- Except the Lord of hostes had left vnto vs a very small remnant, we should haue beene as Sodom, and we should haue bene like vnto Gomorrah.
- Heare the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom, giue eare vnto the Law of our God, yee people of Gomorrah.
- To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices vnto me, sayth the Lord?
I am full of the burnt offerings of rammes, and the fat of fedde beasts, and I delight not in the blood of bullockes, or of lambes, or of hee goates.
- When ye come to appeare before mee, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?
- Bring no more vaine oblations, incense is an abomination vnto me: the new Moones, and Sabbaths, the calling of assemblies I cannot away with;
it is iniquitie, euen the solemne meeting.
- Your new Moones, and your appointed Feasts my soule hateth: they are a trouble vnto me, I am weary to beare them.
- And when ye spread foorth your handes, I will hide mine eyes from you;
yea, when yee make many prayers I will not heare: your hands are full of blood.
- Wash yee, make you cleane, put away the euill of your doings from before mine eyes, cease to doe euill,
- Learne to doe well, seeke iudgement, relieue the oppressed, iudge the fatherlesse, plead for the widow.
- Come now and let vs reason together, saith the Lord: though your sinnes be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they be red like crimsin, they shall be as wooll.
- If yee be willing and obedient, yee shall eate the good of the land.
- But if yee refuse and rebell, yee shalbe deuoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
- Howe is the faithfull citie become an harlot?
it was full of iudgement, righteousnesse lodged in it;
but now murtherers.
- Thy siluer is become drosse, thy wine mixt with water.
- Thy princes are rebellious and companions of theeues: euery one loueth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they iudge not the fatherlesse, neither doth the cause of the widowe come vnto them.
- Therefore, saith the Lord, the Lord of hostes, the mighty one of Israel;
Ah, I will ease me of mine aduersaries, and auenge me of mine enemies.
- And I will turne my hand vpon thee, and purely purge away thy drosse, and take away all thy tinne.
- And I will restore thy iudges as at the first, and thy counsellers as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called the citie of righteousnesse, the faithfull citie.
- Zion shall be redeemed with iudgement, and her conuerts with righteousnesse.
- And the destruction of the transgressours and of the sinners shall be together: and they that forsake the Lord shall be consumed.
- For they shall be ashamed of the okes which yee haue desired, and yee shalbe confounded for the gardens that yee haue chosen.
- For yee shall be as an oke whose leafe fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.
- And the strong shall be as towe, and the maker of it as a sparke, and they shall both burne together, and none shall quench them.