Isaiah 1:2-12 (New International Version)

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A Rebellious Nation

2 Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth!1 For the LORD has spoken:2 "I reared children3 and brought them up, but they have rebelled4 against me. 3 The ox knows5 his master, the donkey his owner's manger,6 but Israel does not know,7 my people do not understand.8" 4 Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded with guilt,9 a brood of evildoers,10 children given to corruption!11 They have forsaken12 the LORD; they have spurned the Holy One13 of Israel and turned their backs14 on him. 5 Why should you be beaten15 anymore? Why do you persist16 in rebellion?17 Your whole head is injured, your whole heart18 afflicted.19 6 From the sole of your foot to the top of your head20 there is no soundness21-- only wounds and welts22 and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged23 or soothed with oil.24 7 Your country is desolate,25 your cities burned with fire;26 your fields are being stripped by foreigners27 right before you, laid waste as when overthrown by strangers.28 8 The Daughter of Zion29 is left30 like a shelter in a vineyard, like a hut31 in a field of melons, like a city under siege. 9 Unless the LORD Almighty had left us some survivors,32 we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah.33 10 Hear the word of the LORD,34 you rulers of Sodom;35 listen to the law36 of our God, you people of Gomorrah!37 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;38 I have no pleasure39 in the blood of bulls40 and lambs and goats.41 12 When you come to appear before me, who has asked this of you,42 this trampling of my courts?
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