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Isaiah 1 1 These visions concerning Judah and Jerusalem came to Isaiah son of Amoz during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah--all kings of Judah.
Isaiah 1 2 Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth! This is what the LORD says: "The children I raised and cared for have turned against me.
Isaiah 1 3 Even the animals--the donkey and the ox--know their owner and appreciate his care, but not my people Israel. No matter what I do for them, they still do not understand."
Isaiah 1 4 Oh, what a sinful nation they are! They are loaded down with a burden of guilt. They are evil and corrupt children who have turned away from the LORD. They have despised the Holy One of Israel, cutting themselves off from his help.
Isaiah 1 5 Why do you continue to invite punishment? Must you rebel forever? Your head is injured, and your heart is sick.
Isaiah 1 6 You are sick from head to foot--covered with bruises, welts, and infected wounds--without any ointments or bandages.
Isaiah 1 7 Your country lies in ruins, and your cities are burned. As you watch, foreigners plunder your fields and destroy everything they see.
Isaiah 1 8 Jerusalem stands abandoned like a watchman's shelter in a vineyard or field after the harvest is over. It is as helpless as a city under siege.
Isaiah 1 9 If the LORD Almighty had not spared a few of us, we would have been wiped out as completely as Sodom and Gomorrah.
Isaiah 1 10 Listen to the LORD, you leaders of Israel! Listen to the law of our God, people of Israel. You act just like the rulers and people of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Isaiah 1 11 "I am sick of your sacrifices," says the LORD. "Don't bring me any more burnt offerings! I don't want the fat from your rams or other animals. I don't want to see the blood from your offerings of bulls and rams and goats.
Isaiah 1 12 Why do you keep parading through my courts with your worthless sacrifices?
Isaiah 1 13 The incense you bring me is a stench in my nostrils! Your celebrations of the new moon and the Sabbath day, and your special days for fasting--even your most pious meetings--are all sinful and false. I want nothing more to do with them.
Isaiah 1 14 I hate all your festivals and sacrifices. I cannot stand the sight of them!
Isaiah 1 15 From now on, when you lift up your hands in prayer, I will refuse to look. Even though you offer many prayers, I will not listen. For your hands are covered with the blood of your innocent victims.
Isaiah 1 16 Wash yourselves and be clean! Let me no longer see your evil deeds. Give up your wicked ways.
Isaiah 1 17 Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the orphan. Fight for the rights of widows.
Isaiah 1 18 "Come now, let us argue this out," says the LORD. "No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you as white as wool.
Isaiah 1 19 If you will only obey me and let me help you, then you will have plenty to eat.
Isaiah 1 20 But if you keep turning away and refusing to listen, you will be destroyed by your enemies. I, the LORD, have spoken!"
Isaiah 1 21 See how Jerusalem, once so faithful, has become a prostitute. Once the home of justice and righteousness, she is now filled with murderers.
Isaiah 1 22 Once like pure silver, you have become like worthless slag. Once so pure, you are now like watered-down wine.
Isaiah 1 23 Your leaders are rebels, the companions of thieves. All of them take bribes and refuse to defend the orphans and the widows.
Isaiah 1 24 Therefore, the Lord, the LORD Almighty, the Mighty One of Israel, says, "I will pour out my fury on you, my enemies!
Isaiah 1 25 I will turn against you. I will melt you down and skim off your slag. I will remove all your impurities.
Isaiah 1 26 Afterward I will give you good judges and wise counselors like the ones you used to have. Then Jerusalem will again be called the Home of Justice and the Faithful City."
Isaiah 1 27 Because the LORD is just and righteous, the repentant people of Jerusalem will be redeemed.
Isaiah 1 28 But all sinners will be completely destroyed, for they refuse to come to the LORD.
Isaiah 1 29 Shame will cover you when you think of the times you offered sacrifices to idols in your groves of sacred oaks. You will blush when you think of all the sins you committed in your sacred gardens.
Isaiah 1 30 You will wither away like an oak or garden without water.
Isaiah 1 31 The strongest among you will disappear like burning straw. Your evil deeds are the spark that will set the straw on fire, and no one will be able to put it out.
Isaiah 2 1 This is another vision that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:
Isaiah 2 2 In the last days, the Temple of the LORD in Jerusalem will become the most important place on earth. People from all over the world will go there to worship.
Isaiah 2 3 Many nations will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the Temple of the God of Israel. There he will teach us his ways, so that we may obey him." For in those days the LORD's teaching and his word will go out from Jerusalem.
Isaiah 2 4 The LORD will settle international disputes. All the nations will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. All wars will stop, and military training will come to an end.
Isaiah 2 5 Come, people of Israel, let us walk in the light of the LORD!
Isaiah 2 6 The LORD has rejected the people of Israel because they have made alliances with foreigners from the East who practice magic and divination, just like the Philistines.
Isaiah 2 7 Israel has vast treasures of silver and gold and many horses and chariots.
Isaiah 2 8 The land is filled with idols. The people bow down and worship these things they have made.
Isaiah 2 9 So now everyone will be humbled and brought low. The LORD cannot simply ignore their sins!
Isaiah 2 10 Crawl into caves in the rocks. Hide from the terror of the LORD and the glory of his majesty.
Isaiah 2 11 The day is coming when your pride will be brought low and the LORD alone will be exalted.
Isaiah 2 12 In that day the LORD Almighty will punish the proud, bringing them down to the dust.
Isaiah 2 13 He will cut down the tall cedars of Lebanon and the mighty oaks of Bashan.
Isaiah 2 14 He will level the high mountains and hills.
Isaiah 2 15 He will break down every high tower and wall.
Isaiah 2 16 He will destroy the great trading ships and all the small boats in the harbor.
Isaiah 2 17 The arrogance of all people will be brought low. Their pride will lie in the dust. The LORD alone will be exalted!
Isaiah 2 18 Idols will be utterly abolished and destroyed.
Isaiah 2 19 When the LORD rises to shake the earth, his enemies will crawl with fear into holes in the ground. They will hide in caves in the rocks from the terror of the LORD and the glory of his majesty.
Isaiah 2 20 They will abandon their gold and silver idols to the moles and bats.
Isaiah 2 21 They will crawl into caverns and hide among the jagged rocks at the tops of cliffs. In this way, they will try to escape the terror of the LORD and the glory of his majesty as he rises to shake the earth.
Isaiah 2 22 Stop putting your trust in mere humans. They are as frail as breath. How can they be of help to anyone?
Isaiah 3 1 The Lord, the LORD Almighty, will cut off the supplies of food and water from Jerusalem and Judah.
Isaiah 3 2 He will destroy all the nation's leaders--the heroes, soldiers, judges, prophets, diviners, elders,
Isaiah 3 3 army officers, honorable citizens, advisers, skilled magicians, and expert enchanters.
Isaiah 3 4 Then he will appoint children to rule over them, and anarchy will prevail.
Isaiah 3 5 People will take advantage of each other--man against man, neighbor fighting neighbor. Young people will revolt against authority, and nobodies will sneer at honorable people.
Isaiah 3 6 In those days a man will say to his brother, "Since you have a cloak, you be our leader! Take charge of this heap of ruins!"
Isaiah 3 7 "No!" he will reply. "I can't help. I don't have any extra food or clothes. Don't ask me to get involved!"
Isaiah 3 8 Judah and Jerusalem will lie in ruins because they speak out against the LORD and refuse to obey him. They have offended his glorious presence among them.
Isaiah 3 9 The very look on their faces gives them away and displays their guilt. They sin openly like the people of Sodom. They are not one bit ashamed. How terrible it will be for them! They have brought about their own destruction.
Isaiah 3 10 But all will be well for those who are godly. Tell them, "You will receive a wonderful reward!"
Isaiah 3 11 But say to the wicked, "Your destruction is sure. You, too, will get what you deserve. Your well-earned punishment is on the way."
Isaiah 3 12 Children oppress my people, and women rule over them. O my people, can't you see what fools your rulers are? They are leading you down a pretty garden path to destruction.
Isaiah 3 13 The LORD takes his place in court. He is the great prosecuting attorney, presenting his case against his people!
Isaiah 3 14 The leaders and the princes will be the first to feel the LORD's judgment. "You have ruined Israel, which is my vineyard. You have taken advantage of the poor, filling your barns with grain extorted from helpless people.
Isaiah 3 15 How dare you grind my people into the dust like that!" demands the Lord, the LORD Almighty.
Isaiah 3 16 Next the LORD will judge the women of Jerusalem, who walk around with their noses in the air, with tinkling ornaments on their ankles. Their eyes rove among the crowds, flirting with the men.
Isaiah 3 17 The Lord will send a plague of scabs to ornament their heads. Yes, the LORD will make them bald for all to see!
Isaiah 3 18 The Lord will strip away their artful beauty--their ornaments, headbands, and crescent necklaces;
Isaiah 3 19 their earrings, bracelets, and veils of shimmering gauze.
Isaiah 3 20 Gone will be their scarves, ankle chains, sashes, perfumes, and charms;
Isaiah 3 21 their rings, jewels,
Isaiah 3 22 party clothes, gowns, capes, and purses;
Isaiah 3 23 their mirrors, linen garments, head ornaments, and shawls.
Isaiah 3 24 Instead of smelling of sweet perfume, they will stink. They will wear ropes for sashes, and their well-set hair will fall out. They will wear rough sackcloth instead of rich robes. Their beauty will be gone. Only shame will be left to them.
Isaiah 3 25 The men of the city will die in battle.
Isaiah 3 26 The gates of Jerusalem will weep and mourn. The city will be like a ravaged woman, huddled on the ground.
Isaiah 4 1 In that day few men will be left alive. Seven women will fight over each of them and say, "Let us all marry you! We will provide our own food and clothing. Only let us be called by your name so we won't be mocked as old maids."
Isaiah 4 2 But in the future, Israel--the branch of the LORD--will be lush and beautiful, and the fruit of the land will be the pride of its people.
Isaiah 4 3 All those whose names are written down, who have survived the destruction of Jerusalem, will be a holy people.
Isaiah 4 4 The Lord will wash the moral filth from the women of Jerusalem. He will cleanse Jerusalem of its bloodstains by a spirit of judgment that burns like fire.
Isaiah 4 5 Then the LORD will provide shade for Jerusalem and all who assemble there. There will be a canopy of smoke and cloud throughout the day and clouds of fire at night, covering the glorious land.
Isaiah 4 6 It will be a shelter from daytime heat and a hiding place from storms and rain.
Isaiah 5 1 Now I will sing a song for the one I love about his vineyard: My beloved has a vineyard on a rich and fertile hill.
Isaiah 5 2 He plowed the land, cleared its stones, and planted it with choice vines. In the middle he built a watchtower and carved a winepress in the nearby rocks. Then he waited for a harvest of sweet grapes, but the grapes that grew were wild and sour.
Isaiah 5 3 "Now, you people of Jerusalem and Judah, you have heard the case; you be the judges.
Isaiah 5 4 What more could I have done to cultivate a rich harvest? Why did my vineyard give me wild grapes when I expected sweet ones?
Isaiah 5 5 Now this is what I am going to do to my vineyard: I will tear down its fences and let it be destroyed. I will break down its walls and let the animals trample it.
Isaiah 5 6 I will make it a wild place. I will not prune the vines or hoe the ground. I will let it be overgrown with briers and thorns. I will command the clouds to drop no more rain on it."
Isaiah 5 7 This is the story of the LORD's people. They are the vineyard of the LORD Almighty. Israel and Judah are his pleasant garden. He expected them to yield a crop of justice, but instead he found bloodshed. He expected to find righteousness, but instead he heard cries of oppression.
Isaiah 5 8 Destruction is certain for you who buy up property so others have no place to live. Your homes are built on great estates so you can be alone in the land.
Isaiah 5 9 But the LORD Almighty has sealed your awful fate. With my own ears I heard him say, "Many beautiful homes will stand deserted, the owners dead or gone.
Isaiah 5 10 Ten acres of vineyard will not produce even six gallons of wine. Ten measures of seed will yield only one measure of grain."
Isaiah 5 11 Destruction is certain for you who get up early to begin long drinking bouts that last late into the night.
Isaiah 5 12 You furnish lovely music and wine at your grand parties; the harps, lyres, tambourines, and flutes are superb! But you never think about the LORD or notice what he is doing.
Isaiah 5 13 So I will send my people into exile far away because they do not know me. The great and honored among them will starve, and the common people will die of thirst.
Isaiah 5 14 The grave is licking its chops in anticipation of Jerusalem, this delicious morsel. Her great and lowly will be swallowed up, with all her drunken crowds.
Isaiah 5 15 In that day the arrogant will be brought down to the dust; the proud will be humbled.
Isaiah 5 16 But the LORD Almighty is exalted by his justice. The holiness of God is displayed by his righteousness.
Isaiah 5 17 In those days flocks will feed among the ruins; lambs and kids will pasture there.
Isaiah 5 18 Destruction is certain for those who drag their sins behind them, tied with cords of falsehood.
Isaiah 5 19 They even mock the Holy One of Israel and say, "Hurry up and do something! Quick, show us what you can do. We want to see what you have planned."
Isaiah 5 20 Destruction is certain for those who say that evil is good and good is evil; that dark is light and light is dark; that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.
Isaiah 5 21 Destruction is certain for those who think they are wise and consider themselves to be clever.
Isaiah 5 22 Destruction is certain for those who are heroes when it comes to drinking, who boast about all the liquor they can hold.
Isaiah 5 23 They take bribes to pervert justice. They let the wicked go free while punishing the innocent.
Isaiah 5 24 Therefore, they will all disappear like burning straw. Their roots will rot and their flowers wither, for they have rejected the law of the LORD Almighty. They have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
Isaiah 5 25 That is why the anger of the LORD burns against his people. That is why he has raised his fist to crush them. The hills tremble, and the rotting bodies of his people are thrown as garbage into the streets. But even then the LORD's anger will not be satisfied. His fist is still poised to strike!
Isaiah 5 26 He will send a signal to the nations far away. He will whistle to those at the ends of the earth, and they will come racing toward Jerusalem.
Isaiah 5 27 They will not get tired or stumble. They will run without stopping for rest or sleep. Not a belt will be loose, not a sandal thong broken.
Isaiah 5 28 Their arrows will be sharp and their bows ready for battle. Sparks will fly from their horses' hooves as the wheels of their chariots spin like the wind.
Isaiah 5 29 Roaring like lions, they will pounce on their prey. They will seize my people and carry them off into captivity, and no one will be there to rescue them.
Isaiah 5 30 The enemy nations will growl over their victims like the roaring of the sea. A cloud of darkness and sorrow will hover over Israel. The clouds will blot out the light.
Isaiah 6 1 In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple.
Isaiah 6 2 Hovering around him were mighty seraphim, each with six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with the remaining two they flew.
Isaiah 6 3 In a great chorus they sang, "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty! The whole earth is filled with his glory!"
Isaiah 6 4 The glorious singing shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire sanctuary was filled with smoke.
Isaiah 6 5 Then I said, "My destruction is sealed, for I am a sinful man and a member of a sinful race. Yet I have seen the King, the LORD Almighty!"
Isaiah 6 6 Then one of the seraphim flew over to the altar, and he picked up a burning coal with a pair of tongs.
Isaiah 6 7 He touched my lips with it and said, "See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven."
Isaiah 6 8 Then I heard the Lord asking, "Whom should I send as a messenger to my people? Who will go for us?" And I said, "Lord, I'll go! Send me."
Isaiah 6 9 And he said, "Yes, go. But tell my people this: `You will hear my words, but you will not understand. You will see what I do, but you will not perceive its meaning.'
Isaiah 6 10 Harden the hearts of these people. Close their ears, and shut their eyes. That way, they will not see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn to me for healing."
Isaiah 6 11 Then I said, "Lord, how long must I do this?" And he replied, "Until their cities are destroyed, with no one left in them. Until their houses are deserted and the whole country is an utter wasteland.
Isaiah 6 12 Do not stop until the LORD has sent everyone away to distant lands and the entire land of Israel lies deserted.
Isaiah 6 13 Even if only a tenth--a remnant--survive, it will be invaded again and burned. Israel will remain a stump, like a tree that is cut down, but the stump will be a holy seed that will grow again."
Isaiah 7 1 During the reign of Ahaz son of Jotham and grandson of Uzziah, Jerusalem was attacked by King Rezin of Aram and King Pekah of Israel, the son of Remaliah. The city withstood the attack, however, and was not taken.
Isaiah 7 2 The news had come to the royal court: "Aram is allied with Israel against us!" So the hearts of the king and his people trembled with fear, just as trees shake in a storm.
Isaiah 7 3 Then the LORD said to Isaiah, "Go out to meet King Ahaz, you and your son Shear-jashub. You will find the king at the end of the aqueduct that feeds water into the upper pool, near the road leading to the field where cloth is bleached.
Isaiah 7 4 Tell him to stop worrying. Tell him he doesn't need to fear the fierce anger of those two burned-out embers, King Rezin of Aram and Pekah son of Remaliah.
Isaiah 7 5 "Yes, the kings of Aram and Israel are coming against you. They are saying,
Isaiah 7 6 `We will invade Judah and throw its people into panic. Then we will fight our way into Jerusalem and install the son of Tabeel as Judah's king.'
Isaiah 7 7 "But this is what the Sovereign LORD says: This invasion will never happen,
Isaiah 7 8 because Aram is no stronger than its capital, Damascus. And Damascus is no stronger than its king, Rezin. As for Israel, within sixty-five years it will be crushed and completely destroyed.
Isaiah 7 9 Israel is no stronger than its capital, Samaria. And Samaria is no stronger than its king, Pekah son of Remaliah. You do not believe me? If you want me to protect you, learn to believe what I say."
Isaiah 7 10 Not long after this, the LORD sent this message to King Ahaz:
Isaiah 7 11 "Ask me for a sign, Ahaz, to prove that I will crush your enemies as I have promised. Ask for anything you like, and make it as difficult as you want."
Isaiah 7 12 But the king refused. "No," he said, "I wouldn't test the LORD like that."
Isaiah 7 13 Then Isaiah said, "Listen well, you royal family of David! You aren't satisfied to exhaust my patience. You exhaust the patience of God as well!
Isaiah 7 14 All right then, the Lord himself will choose the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel--`God is with us.'
Isaiah 7 15 By the time this child is old enough to eat curds and honey, he will know enough to choose what is right and reject what is wrong.
Isaiah 7 16 But before he knows right from wrong, the two kings you fear so much--the kings of Israel and Aram--will both be dead.
Isaiah 7 17 "The LORD will bring a terrible curse on you, your nation, and your family. You will soon experience greater terror than has been known in all the years since Solomon's empire was divided into Israel and Judah. The mighty king of Assyria will come with his great army!"
Isaiah 7 18 In that day the LORD will whistle for the army of Upper Egypt and for the army of Assyria. They will swarm around you like flies. Like bees, they will sting and kill.
Isaiah 7 19 They will come in vast hordes, spreading across the whole land. They will settle in the fertile areas and also in the desolate valleys, caves, and thorny places.
Isaiah 7 20 In that day the Lord will take this "razor"--these Assyrians you have hired to protect you--and use it to shave off everything: your land, your crops, and your people.
Isaiah 7 21 When they finally stop plundering, a farmer will be fortunate to have a cow and two sheep left.
Isaiah 7 22 The few people still left in the land will live on curds and wild honey because that is all the land will produce.
Isaiah 7 23 In that day the lush vineyards, now worth as much as a thousand pieces of silver, will become patches of briers and thorns.
Isaiah 7 24 The entire land will be one vast brier patch, a hunting ground overrun by wildlife.
Isaiah 7 25 No one will go to the fertile hillsides where the gardens once grew, for briers and thorns will cover them. Cattle, sheep, and goats will graze there.