Isaiah 55-57

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Isaiah 55

Ho, every one that thirsts, come to the waters, and he that has no money; come, buy, and eat; yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2 Why do you spend money for that which is not bread? And your labor for that which satisfies not? Listen diligently to me, and eat that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. 3 Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, and your soul shall live: and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. 4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander to the peoples. 5 Behold, you shall call a nation that you know not; and a nation that knew not you shall run to you, because of Yahweh your Elohim, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he has glorified you.


6 Seek Yahweh while he may be found; call upon him while he is near: 7 let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to Yahweh, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our Elohim, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says Yahweh. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For as the rain comes down and the snow from heaven, and returns not there, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, and gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater; 11 so shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing to which I sent it. 12 For you shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree; and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to Yahweh for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.



Isaiah 56

In this manner says Yahweh, Keep justice, and do righteousness; for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. 2 Blessed is the man that does this, and the son of man that holds it fast; that keeps the sabbath from profaning it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil. 3 Neither let the foreigner, that has joined himself to Yahweh, speak, saying, Yahweh will surely separate me from his people; neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. 4 For thus says Yahweh of the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and hold fast my covenant: 5 To them will I give in my house and within my walls a memorial and a name better than of sons and of daughters; I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.


6 Also the foreigners that join themselves to Yahweh, to minister to him, and to love the name of Yahweh, to be his servants, every one that keeps the sabbath from profaning it, and holds fast my covenant; 7 even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt-offerings and the sacrifices shall be accepted upon my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. 8 The Sovereign Yahweh, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, says, Yet will I gather others to him, besides his own that are gathered.


9 All you beasts of the field, come to devour, even all you beasts in the forest. 10 His watchmen are blind, they are all without knowledge; they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber. 11 Yes, the dogs are greedy, they can never have enough; and these are shepherds that cannot understand: they have all turned to their own way, each one to his gain, from every quarter. 12 Come, I will bring wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and tomorrow shall be as this day, a day great beyond measure.



Isaiah 57

The righteous perishes, and no man lays it to heart; and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come. 2 He enters into peace; they rest in their beds, each one that walks in his uprightness.


3 But draw near here, you sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the harlot. 4 Against whom do you sport yourselves? Against whom do you make a wide mouth, and put out the tongue? Are you not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood, 5 you that inflame yourselves with idols among the oaks, under every green tree; that kill the children in the valleys, under the clefts of the rocks? 6 Among the smooth stones of the valley is your portion; they, they are your lot; even to them have you poured a drink-offering, you have offered an oblation. Shall I be appeased for these things? 7 Upon a high and lofty mountain have you set your bed; there also went you up to offer sacrifice. 8 And behind the doors and the posts have you set up your memorial: for you have uncovered yourself to another than me, and have gone up; you have enlarged your bed, and made a covenant with them; you loved their bed where you saw it. 9 And you went to the king with oil, and did increase your perfumes, and did send your ambassadors far off, and did debase yourself even to Sheol. 10 You were wearied with the length of your way; yet said you not, It is in vain: you did find a quickening of your strength; therefore you were not faint.


11 And of whom have you been afraid and in fear, that you lie, and have not remembered me, nor laid it to your heart? Have not I held my peace even of long time, and you fear me not? 12 I will declare your righteousness; and as for your works, they shall not profit you. 13 When you cry, let them that you have gathered deliver you; but the wind shall take them, a breath shall carry them all away: but he that takes refuge in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain.


14 And he will say, Cast up, cast up, prepare the way, take up the stumbling-block out of the way of my people. 15 For thus says the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite. 16 For I will not contend forever, neither will I be always angry; for the spirit would faint before me, and the souls that I have made. 17 For the iniquity of his covetousness was I angry, and struck him; I hid my face and was angry; and he went on backsliding in the way of his heart. 18 I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts to him and to his mourners. 19 I create the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace, to him that is far off and to him that is near, says Yahweh; and I will heal him. 20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea; for it cannot rest, and its waters cast up mire and dirt. 21 There is no peace, says my Elohim, to the wicked.

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