The vision of Isaiah the son of Amozconcerning1Judah and Jerusalem, which he saw during the areigns of 2Uzziah, 3Jotham, 4Ahaz and 5Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
26Listen, O heavens, and hear, O 7earth ; For the LORDspeaks, "8Sons I have reared and brought up, But they have 9revolted against Me.
"An oxknows its owner, And a donkey its master'smanger, But Israel10does not know, My people11do not understand."
4Alas, sinfulnation, Peopleweigheddown with iniquity, b12Offspring of evildoers, Sons who 13actcorruptly ! They have 14abandoned the LORD, They have 15despised the HolyOne of Israel, They have turnedawaycfrom Him.
5Where will you be strickenagain, As you 16continue in your rebellion ? The wholehead is 17sick And the wholeheart is faint.
618From the sole of the foot even to the headThere is 19nothingsound in it, Only bruises, welts and rawwounds, 20Not pressed out or bandaged, Norsoftened with oil.
Your 21land is desolate, Your cities are burned with fire, Your fields-strangers are devouring them in your presence ; It is desolation, as overthrown by strangers.
The daughter of Zion is left like a shelter in a vineyard, Like a watchman'shut in a cucumberfield, like a besiegedcity.
922Unless the LORD of hosts Had left us a few23survivors, We would be like 24Sodom, We would be likeGomorrah.
10Hear25the word of the LORD, You rulers of 26Sodom ; Giveear to the instruction of our God, You people of Gomorrah.
"27What are your multipliedsacrifices to Me?" Says the LORD. "I dhave hadenough of burntofferings of rams And the fat of fedcattle ; And I takenopleasure in the blood of bulls, lambs or goats.
12"When you come28to appearbefore Me, Whorequireseof you thistrampling of My courts ?
13"Bring your worthlessofferingsnolonger, 29Incense is an abomination to Me. 30Newmoon and sabbath, the 31calling of assemblies - I cannot32endureiniquity and the solemnassembly.
"I hate your newmoon festivals and your 33appointedfeasts, They have become a burden to Me; I am 34weary of bearing them.
"So when you 35spread out your hands in prayer, 36I will hide My eyes from you; Yes, eventhough you 37multiplyprayers, I will not listen. 38Your hands are fcovered with blood.
"39Wash yourselves, 40make yourselves clean ; 41Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight . 42Cease to do evil,
17Learn to dogood ; 43Seekjustice, Reprove the ruthless, g44Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow.
18"Comenow, and 45let us reason together," Says the LORD, "46Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow ; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.
"47If you consent and obey, You will 48eat the best of the land ;
"But if you refuse and rebel, You will be 49devoured by the sword." Truly, 50the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
21How the faithfulcity has become a 51harlot, She who was full of justice ! Righteousness once lodged in her, But nowmurderers.
Your silver has becomedross, Your drinkdiluted with water.
Your 52rulers are rebels And companions of thieves ; Everyone53loves a bribe And chases after rewards. They 54do not hdefend the iorphan, Nor does the widow'spleacomebefore them.
24Therefore the LordjGOD of hosts, The 55MightyOne of Israel, declares, "Ah, I will be relieved of My adversaries And 56avenge Myself on My foes.
"I will also turn My handagainst you, And will 57smelt away your dross as with lye And will removeall your alloy.
"Then I will restore your 58judges as at the first, And your counselors as at the beginning ; After that you will be called the 59city of righteousness, A faithfulcity."
27Zion will be 60redeemed with justice And her krepentant ones with righteousness.
But ltransgressors and sinners will be 61crushedtogether, And those who forsake the LORD will come to an end.
29Surelymyou will be ashamed of the n62oakswhich you have desired, And you will be embarrassed at the 63gardenswhich you have chosen.
For you will be like an ooak whose 64leaffadesaway Or as a garden that hasnowater.
The strongman will becometinder, His work also a spark. Thus they shall both65burntogether And there will be 66none to quench them.