Isaiah 1 NIV

1 The vision1 concerning Judah and Jerusalem2 that Isaiah son of Amoz saw3 during the reigns of Uzziah,4 Jotham,5 Ahaz6 and Hezekiah,7 kings of Judah.

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A Rebellious Nation

2 Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth!8 For the LORD has spoken:9 "I reared children10 and brought them up, but they have rebelled11 against me.

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3 The ox knows12 his master, the donkey his owner's manger,13 but Israel does not know,14 my people do not understand.15"

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4 Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded with guilt,16 a brood of evildoers,17 children given to corruption!18 They have forsaken19 the LORD; they have spurned the Holy One20 of Israel and turned their backs21 on him.

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5 Why should you be beaten22 anymore? Why do you persist23 in rebellion?24 Your whole head is injured, your whole heart25 afflicted.26

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6 From the sole of your foot to the top of your head27 there is no soundness28-- only wounds and welts29 and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged30 or soothed with oil.31

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7 Your country is desolate,32 your cities burned with fire;33 your fields are being stripped by foreigners34 right before you, laid waste as when overthrown by strangers.35

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8 The Daughter of Zion36 is left37 like a shelter in a vineyard, like a hut38 in a field of melons, like a city under siege.

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9 Unless the LORD Almighty had left us some survivors,39 we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah.40

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10 Hear the word of the LORD,41 you rulers of Sodom;42 listen to the law43 of our God, you people of Gomorrah!44

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11 "The multitude of your sacrifices-- what are they to me?" says the LORD. "I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals;45 I have no pleasure46 in the blood of bulls47 and lambs and goats.48

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12 When you come to appear before me, who has asked this of you,49 this trampling of my courts?

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13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings!50 Your incense51 is detestable52 to me. New Moons,53 Sabbaths and convocations54-- I cannot bear your evil assemblies.

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14 Your New Moon55 festivals and your appointed feasts56 my soul hates.57 They have become a burden to me;58 I am weary59 of bearing them.
15 When you spread out your hands60 in prayer, I will hide61 my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen.62 Your hands63 are full of blood;64

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16 wash65 and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight!66 Stop doing wrong,67

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17 learn to do right!68 Seek justice,69 encourage the oppressed.a70 Defend the cause of the fatherless,71 plead the case of the widow.72

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    • a 1:17 - Or "/ rebuke the oppressor"
      18 "Come now, let us reason together,"73 says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;74 though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.75

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      19 If you are willing and obedient,76 you will eat the best from the land;77

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      20 but if you resist and rebel,78 you will be devoured by the sword."79 For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.80

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      21 See how the faithful city has become a harlot!81 She once was full of justice; righteousness82 used to dwell in her-- but now murderers!83

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      22 Your silver has become dross,84 your choice wine is diluted with water.

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      23 Your rulers are rebels,85 companions of thieves;86 they all love bribes87 and chase after gifts. They do not defend the cause of the fatherless; the widow's case does not come before them.88

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      24 Therefore the Lord, the LORD Almighty, the Mighty One89 of Israel, declares: "Ah, I will get relief from my foes and avenge90 myself on my enemies.91

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      25 I will turn my hand against you;92 I will thoroughly purge93 away your dross94 and remove all your impurities.95

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      26 I will restore your judges as in days of old,96 your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you will be called97 the City of Righteousness,98 the Faithful City.99"

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      27 Zion will be redeemed with justice, her penitent100 ones with righteousness.101

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      28 But rebels and sinners102 will both be broken, and those who forsake103 the LORD will perish.104

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      29 "You will be ashamed105 because of the sacred oaks106 in which you have delighted; you will be disgraced because of the gardens107 that you have chosen.

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      30 You will be like an oak with fading leaves,108 like a garden without water.

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      31 The mighty man will become tinder and his work a spark; both will burn together, with no one to quench the fire.109"

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