Isaiah 1 1 I am Isaiah, the son of Amoz. And this is the message[A] that I was given about Judah and Jerusalem when Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah were the kings of Judah:[B] A Guilty Nation 2The LORD has said, “Listen, heaven and earth! The children I raised have turned against me. 3Oxen and donkeys know who owns and feeds them, but my people won't ever learn.” 4Israel, you are a sinful nation loaded down with guilt. You are wicked and corrupt and have turned from the LORD, the holy God of Israel. 5Why be punished more? Why not give up your sin? Your head is badly bruised, and you are weak all over. 6From your head to your toes there isn't a healthy spot. Bruises, cuts, and open sores go without care or oil to ease the pain. A Country in Ruins 7Your country lies in ruins; your towns are in ashes. Foreigners and strangers take and destroy your land while you watch. 8Enemies surround Jerusalem, alone like a hut in a vineyard[C] or in a cucumber field. 9 Zion would have disappeared like Sodom and Gomorrah,[D] if the LORD All-Powerful had not let a few of its people survive. Justice, Not Sacrifices 10You are no better than the leaders and people of Sodom and Gomorrah! So listen to the LORD God: 11 “Your sacrifices mean nothing to me. I am sick of your offerings of rams and choice cattle; I don't like the blood of bulls or lambs or goats. 12“Who asked you to bring all this when you come to worship me? Stay out of my temple! 13Your sacrifices are worthless, and your incense disgusting. I can't stand the evil you do on your New Moon Festivals or on your Sabbaths and other times of worship. 14I hate your New Moon Festivals and all others as well. They are a heavy burden I am tired of carrying. 15“No matter how much you pray, I won't listen. You are too violent. 16Wash yourselves clean! I hate your filthy deeds. Stop doing wrong 17and learn to live right. See that justice is done. Defend widows and orphans and help the oppressed.”[E] An Invitation from the LORD 18I, the LORD, invite you to come and talk it over. Your sins are scarlet red, but they will be whiter than snow or wool. 19If you willingly obey me, the best crops in the land will be yours. 20But if you turn against me, your enemies will kill you. I, the LORD, have spoken. The LORD Condemns Jerusalem 21Jerusalem, you are like an unfaithful wife. Once your judges were honest and your people lived right; now you are a city full of murderers. 22Your silver is fake, and your wine is watered down. 23Your leaders have rejected me to become friends of crooks; your rulers are looking for gifts and bribes. Widows and orphans never get a fair trial. 24I am the LORD All-Powerful, the mighty ruler of Israel, and I make you a promise: You are now my enemy, and I will show my anger by taking revenge on you. 25I will punish you terribly and burn away everything that makes you unfit to worship me. 26Jerusalem, I will choose judges and advisors like those you had before. Your new name will be “Justice and Faithfulness.” The LORD Will Save Jerusalem 27Jerusalem, you will be saved by showing justice;[F] Zion's people who turn to me will be saved by doing right. 28But those rebellious sinners who turn against me, the LORD, will all disappear. 29You will be made ashamed of those groves of trees where you worshiped idols. 30You will be like a grove of trees dying in a drought. 31Your strongest leaders will be like dry wood set on fire by their idols.[G] No one will be able to help, as they all go up in flames.
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