Isaiah 55:8-13 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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8 "My thoughts are completely different from yours," says the LORD. "And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. 8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.
9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts." 9 "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 "The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. 10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
12 You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! 12 You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
13 Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow. Where briers grew, myrtles will sprout up. This miracle will bring great honor to the LORD's name; it will be an everlasting sign of his power and love." 13 Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the LORD's renown, for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed."