Isaiah 55 (Lexham English Bible)

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Invitation to True Rewards

1 "Ho! Everyone thirsty, come to the waters! And whoever has no money, come, buy and eat, and come, buy without money, wine and milk without price! 2 Why do you weigh out money for [what is] not food, and your labor for {what cannot satisfy}?a Listen carefully to me, and eat [what is] good, and let your soul take pleasure in {rich}b food. 3 Extend your ear, and come to me! Listen so thatc your soul may live, and I will {make}d an everlasting covenant withe you, the enduring proofs of {the mercies shown to}f David. 4 Look! I madeg him a witness to [the] peoples, a leader and a commander [for the] peoples. 5 Look! You shall call a nation [that] you do not know, and a nation [that] does not know you shall run to you, because of Yahweh your God, and the holy one of Israel, for he has glorified you." 6 Seek Yahweh {while he lets himself be found};h call him {while he is}i near. 7 Let [the] wicked forsake his way, and [the] man of sin his thoughts. And let him return to Yahweh, thatj he may take pity on him, and to our God, for he will {forgive manifold}.k 8 "For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, and your ways [are] not my ways," {declares} Yahweh. 9 "For [as] [the] heavens are {higher}l than [the] earth, so my ways are {higher}m than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For just as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and they do not return there except they have watered the earth thoroughly and cause it to bring forth and sprout, and give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 so shall be my word that goes out from my mouth. It shall not return to me without success, but shall accomplishn what I desire and be successful [in the thing for] which I sent it. 12 For you shall go out in joy, and you shall be led in peace. The mountains and the hills shall break forth before you, rejoicing and all the trees of the field shall clap hands.o 13 Instead of the thorn bush, [the] juniper shall go up; instead of the brier, [the] myrtle shall go up, and it shall serve as a memorial to Yahweh, for an everlasting sign [that] shall not be cut off."
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