Isaiah 1:2-31 NIV

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.

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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"

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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.

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5 Why should you be beaten15 anymore? Why do you persist16 in rebellion?17 Your whole head is injured, your whole heart18 afflicted.19

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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

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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

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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.

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9 Unless the LORD Almighty had left us some survivors,32 we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah.33

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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

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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;38 I have no pleasure39 in the blood of bulls40 and lambs and goats.41

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12 When you come to appear before me, who has asked this of you,42 this trampling of my courts?

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13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings!43 Your incense44 is detestable45 to me. New Moons,46 Sabbaths and convocations47-- I cannot bear your evil assemblies.

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14 Your New Moon48 festivals and your appointed feasts49 my soul hates.50 They have become a burden to me;51 I am weary52 of bearing them.
15 When you spread out your hands53 in prayer, I will hide54 my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen.55 Your hands56 are full of blood;57

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16 wash58 and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight!59 Stop doing wrong,60

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17 learn to do right!61 Seek justice,62 encourage the oppressed.a63 Defend the cause of the fatherless,64 plead the case of the widow.65

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    • a 1:17 - Or "/ rebuke the oppressor"
      18 "Come now, let us reason together,"66 says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;67 though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.68

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      19 If you are willing and obedient,69 you will eat the best from the land;70

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      20 but if you resist and rebel,71 you will be devoured by the sword."72 For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.73

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      21 See how the faithful city has become a harlot!74 She once was full of justice; righteousness75 used to dwell in her-- but now murderers!76

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      22 Your silver has become dross,77 your choice wine is diluted with water.

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      23 Your rulers are rebels,78 companions of thieves;79 they all love bribes80 and chase after gifts. They do not defend the cause of the fatherless; the widow's case does not come before them.81

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      24 Therefore the Lord, the LORD Almighty, the Mighty One82 of Israel, declares: "Ah, I will get relief from my foes and avenge83 myself on my enemies.84

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      25 I will turn my hand against you;85 I will thoroughly purge86 away your dross87 and remove all your impurities.88

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      26 I will restore your judges as in days of old,89 your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you will be called90 the City of Righteousness,91 the Faithful City.92"

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      27 Zion will be redeemed with justice, her penitent93 ones with righteousness.94

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      28 But rebels and sinners95 will both be broken, and those who forsake96 the LORD will perish.97

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      29 "You will be ashamed98 because of the sacred oaks99 in which you have delighted; you will be disgraced because of the gardens100 that you have chosen.

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      30 You will be like an oak with fading leaves,101 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.102"

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