Isaiah 1-3

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Isaiah 1

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.


2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for Yahweh has spoken: I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. 3 The ox knows his owner, and the ass his master’s crib; but Israel does not know, my people does not consider. 4 Ah sinful nation, a people loaded with iniquity, a seed of evil-doers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken Yahweh, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are estranged and gone backward. 5 Why will you be still stricken, that you revolt more and more? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. 6 From the sole of the foot even to the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and fresh stripes: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with oil. 7 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 strangers. 8 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. 9 Except Yahweh of hosts had left to us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, we should have been like Gomorrah.


10 Hear the word of Yahweh, you rulers of Sodom; give ear to the law of our Elohim, you people of Gomorrah. 11 What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says Yahweh: I have had enough 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. 12 When you come to appear before me, who has required this at your hand, to trample my courts? 13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination to me; newmoon and sabbath, the calling of assemblies,I cannot endure iniquity along with the solemn meeting. 14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hates; they are a trouble to me; I am weary of bearing them. 15 And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; yes, when you make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. 16 Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil; 17 learn to do well; seek justice, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.


18 Come now, and let us reason together, says Yahweh: though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land: 20 but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured with the sword; for the mouth of Yahweh has spoken it.


21 How has the faithful city become a harlot! She that was full of justice! Righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers. 22 Your silver has become dross, your wine mixed with water. 23 Your princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves; every one loves bribes, and follows after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither does the cause of the widow come to them.

24 Therefore says the Sovereign Yahweh of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease myself of my adversaries, and avenge myself of my enemies; 25 and I will turn my hand upon you, and thoroughly purge away your dross, and will take away all your tin; 26 and I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning: afterward you shall be called The city of righteousness, a faithful town. 27 Zion shall be redeemed with justice, and her converts with righteousness. 28 But the destruction of transgressors and sinners shall be together, and they that forsake Yahweh shall be consumed. 29 For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which you have desired, and you shall be confounded for the gardens that you have chosen. 30 For you shall be as an oak whose leaf fades, and as a garden that has no water. 31 And the strong shall be as tow, and his work as a spark; and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.



Isaiah 2

The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 2 And it shall come to pass in the latter days, that the mountain of Yahweh’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. 3 And many peoples shall go and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh, to the house of the Elohim of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem. 4 And he will judge between the nations, and will decide concerning many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.


5 O house of Jacob, come, and let us walk in the light of Yahweh. 6 For you have forsaken your people the house of Jacob, because they are filled with customs from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they strike hands with the children of foreigners. 7 And their land is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures; their land also is full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots. 8 Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made. 9 And the mean man is bowed down, and the great man is brought low: therefore forgive them not. 10 Enter into the rock, and hide in the dust, from before the terror of Yahweh, and from the glory of his majesty. 11 The lofty looks of man shall be brought low, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and Yahweh alone shall be exalted in that day.


12 For there shall be a day of Yahweh of hosts upon all that is proud and haughty, and upon all that is lifted up; and it shall be brought low: 13 and upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan, 14 and upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up, 15 and upon every lofty tower, and upon every fortified wall, 16 and upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant imagery. 17 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be brought low; and Yahweh alone shall be exalted in that day. 18 And the idols shall utterly pass away. 19 And men shall go into the caves of the rocks, and into the holes of the earth, from before the terror of Yahweh, and from the glory of his majesty, when he arises to shake mightily the earth. 20 In that day men shall cast away their idols of silver, and their idols of gold, which have been made for them to worship, to the moles and to the bats; 21 to go into the caverns of the rocks, and into the clefts of the ragged rocks, from before the terror of Yahweh, and from the glory of his majesty, when he arises to shake mightily the earth. 22 Cease from man, whose breath is in his nostrils; for in what is he to be accounted of?



Isaiah 3

For, behold, the sovereign, Yahweh of hosts, does take away from Jerusalem and from Judah stay and staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water: 2 the mighty man, and the man of war; the judge, and the prophet, and the diviner, and the elder; 3 the captain of fifty, and the honorable man, and the counselor, and the expert artificer, and the skilful enchanter. 4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them. 5 And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbor: the child shall behave himself proudly against the old man, and the base against the honorable. 6 When a man shall take hold of his brother in the house of his father, saying, You have clothing, you be our ruler, and let this ruin be under your hand; 7 in that day he shall lift up his voice, saying, I will not be a heater: for in my house is neither bread nor clothing: you shall not make me ruler of the people. 8 For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah has fallen; because their tongue and their doings are against Yahweh, to provoke the eyes of his glory. 9 The show of their countenance does witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe to their soul! For they have done evil to themselves. 10 Say to the righteous, that it shall be well with him; for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. 11 Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him; for what his hands have done shall be done to him. 12 As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they that lead you cause you to err, and destroy the way of your paths.


13 Yahweh stands up to contend, and stands to judge the peoples. 14 Yahweh will enter into judgment with the elders of his people, and the princes of it: It is you that have eaten up the vineyard; the plunder of the poor is in your houses: 15 what do you mean that you crush my people, and grind the face of the poor, says the sovereign, Yahweh of hosts?


16 Moreover Yahweh said, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with outstretched necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet; 17 therefore Yahweh will strike with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and Yahweh will lay bare their secret parts. 18 In that day Yahweh will take away the beauty of their anklets, and the headbands, and the crescents; 19 the pendants, and the bracelets, and the mufflers; 20 the headdresses, and the ankle chains, and the sashes, and the perfume boxes, and the amulets; 21 the rings, and the nose jewels; 22 the festival robes, and the mantles, and the shawls, and the satchels; 23 the hand-mirrors, and the fine linen, and the turbans, and the veils. 24 And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet spices there shall be rottenness; and instead of a girdle, a rope; and instead of well set hair, baldness; and instead of a robe, a girding of sackcloth: branding instead of beauty. 25 Your men shall fall by the sword, and your mighty in the war. 26 And her gates shall lament and mourn: and she shall be desolate and sit upon the ground.


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