Isaiah 55 (New American Standard)

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The Free Offer of Mercy

1 "Ho ! Every one who 1thirsts, come to the waters ; And you who have 2no amoney come, buy and eat. Come, buy 3wine and milk 4Without money and without cost. 2 "Why do you bspend money for what is 5not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy ? Listen carefully to Me, and 6eat what is good, And 7delight yourself in abundance. 3 "8Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen, that cyou may 9live ; And I will make 10an everlasting covenant with you, According to the 11faithful mercies dshown to David. 4 "Behold, I have made 12him a witness to the peoples, A 13leader and commander for the peoples. 5 "Behold, you will call a 14nation you do not know, And a nation which knows you not will 15run to you, Because of the LORD your God, even the Holy One of Israel ; For He has 16glorified you." 6 17Seek the LORD while He may be found ; 18Call upon Him while He is near. 7 19Let the wicked forsake his way And the unrighteous man his 20thoughts ; And let him 21return to the LORD, And He will have 22compassion on him, And to our God, For He will 23abundantly pardon. 8 "For My thoughts are not 24your thoughts, Nor are 25your ways My ways," declares the LORD. 9 "For 26as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts. 10 "For as the 27rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing 28seed to the sower and bread to the eater ; 11 So will My 29word be which goes forth from My mouth ; It will 30not return to Me empty, Without 31accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. 12 "For you will go out with 32joy And be led forth with 33peace ; The 34mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, And all the 35trees of the field will clap their hands. 13 "Instead of the 36thorn bush the 37cypress will come up, And instead of the 38nettle the myrtle will come up, And eit will be a f39memorial to the LORD, For an everlasting 40sign which 41will not be cut off."
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