Isaiah 5; Isaiah 6; Isaiah 7; Isaiah 8

1 Let me sing for my loved one a love song for his vineyard. My loved one had a vineyard on a fertile hillside. 2 He dug it, cleared away its stones, planted it with excellent vines, built a tower inside it, and dug out a wine vat in it. He expected it to grow good grapes— but it grew rotten grapes. 3 So now, you who live in Jerusalem, you people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard: 4 What more was there to do for my vineyard that I haven't done for it? When I expected it to grow good grapes, why did it grow rotten grapes? 5 Now let me tell you what I'm doing to my vineyard. I'm removing its hedge, so it will be destroyed. I'm breaking down its walls, so it will be trampled. 6 I'll turn it into a ruin; it won't be pruned or hoed, and thorns and thistles will grow up. I will command the clouds not to rain on it. 7 The vineyard of the LORD of heavenly forces is the house of Israel, and the people of Judah are the plantings in which God delighted. God expected justice, but there was bloodshed; righteousness, but there was a cry of distress! 8 Doom to those who acquire house after house, who annex field to field until there is no more space left and only you live alone in the land. 9 I heard the LORD of heavenly forces say this: Many houses will become total ruins, large, fine houses, with no one living in them. 10 Ten acres of vineyard will produce just one bath, and a homer of seed will produce only an ephah. 11 Doom to those who wake up early in the morning to run after beer, to those who stay up late, lit up by wine. 12 They party with lyre and harp, tambourine, flute, and wine; but they ignore the LORD's work; they can't see what God is doing. 13 Therefore, my people go into exile since they didn't understand— their officials are dying of hunger; so many of them are dried up with thirst. 14 Therefore, the grave opens wide its jaws, opens its mouth beyond all bounds, and the splendid multitudes will go down, with all their uproar and cheering. 15 Humanity will be humiliated; each person laid low, the eyes of the exalted laid low. 16 But the LORD of heavenly forces will be exalted in justice, and the holy God will show himself holy in righteousness. 17 Lambs will graze as if in their pasture; young goats will feed among the ruins of the rich. 18 Doom to those who drag guilt along with cords of fraud, and haul sin as if with cart ropes, 19 who say, "God should hurry and work faster so we can see; let the plan of Israel's holy one come quickly, so we can understand it." 20 Doom to those who call evil good and good evil, who present darkness as light and light as darkness, who make bitterness sweet and sweetness bitter. 21 Doom to those who consider themselves wise, who think of themselves as clever. 22 Doom to the wine-swigging warriors, mighty at mixing drinks, 23 who spare the guilty for bribes, and rob the innocent of their rights. 24 Therefore, as a tongue of fire devours stubble, and as hay shrivels in a flame, so their roots will rot, and their blossoms turn to dust, for they have rejected the teaching of the LORD of heavenly forces, and have despised the word of Israel's holy one. 25 This is why the LORD's anger burned against the people: he extended his hand to strike them, the mountains trembled, and their corpses lay in the middle of the streets like dung. Even then God's anger didn't turn away; God's hand was still extended. 26 God will raise a signal to a nation from far away and whistle to them from the end of the earth— now look—hurrying, swiftly they come! 27 Not one is tired; not one stumbles; they don't rest or sleep; no belt is loose; no sandal broken; 28 their arrows are sharp; all their bows drawn; their horses' hooves are like flint; their wheels like the whirlwind. 29 Their roaring is like the lion; they roar like young lions; they growl, seize their prey, and carry it off, with no one to rescue. 30 On that day, they will roar over it like the roaring of the sea. And if one looks toward the land, there's darkness. Tyre and the Nile will be darkened by the clouds.
1 In the year of King Uzziah's death, I saw the Lord sitting on a high and exalted throne, the edges of his robe filling the temple. 2 Winged creatures were stationed around him. Each had six wings: with two they veiled their faces, with two their feet, and with two they flew about. 3 They shouted to each other, saying: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of heavenly forces! All the earth is filled with God's glory!" 4 The doorframe shook at the sound of their shouting, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 I said, "Mourn for me; I'm ruined! I'm a man with unclean lips, and I live among a people with unclean lips. Yet I've seen the king, the LORD of heavenly forces!" 6 Then one of the winged creatures flew to me, holding a glowing coal that he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth and said, "See, this has touched your lips. Your guilt has departed, and your sin is removed." 8 Then I heard the Lord's voice saying, "Whom should I send, and who will go for us?" I said, "I'm here; send me." 9 God said, "Go and say to this people: Listen intently, but don't understand; look carefully, but don't comprehend. 10 Make the minds of this people dull. Make their ears deaf and their eyes blind, so they can't see with their eyes or hear with their ears, or understand with their minds, and turn, and be healed." 11 I said, "How long, Lord?" And God said, "Until cities lie ruined with no one living in them, until there are houses without people and the land is left devastated." 12 The LORD will send the people far away, and the land will be completely abandoned. 13 Even if one-tenth remain there, they will be burned again, like a terebinth or an oak, which when it is cut down leaves a stump. Its stump is a holy seed.
1 In the days of Ahaz (Jotham's son and grandson of Judah's King Uzziah), Aram's King Rezin and Israel's King Pekah (Remaliah's son) came up to attack Jerusalem, but they couldn't overpower it. 2 When the house of David was told that Aram had become allies with Ephraim, their hearts and the hearts of their people shook as the trees of a forest shake when there is a wind. 3 But the LORD said to Isaiah, “Go out to meet Ahaz, you and your son Shear-jashub, at the end of the channel of the Upper Pool, by the road to the field where laundry is washed, 4 and say to him, ‘Be careful and stay calm. Don't fear, and don't lose heart over these two pieces of smoking torches, over the burning anger of Rezin, Aram, and Remaliah's son. 5 Aram has planned evil against you with Ephraim and Remaliah's son, saying, 6 “Let's march up against Judah, tear it apart, capture it for ourselves, and install Tabeel's son as its king.” 7 But the LORD God says: It won't happen; it won't take place. 8 The chief of Aram is Damascus; the chief of Damascus is Rezin (in sixty-five more years Ephraim will be shattered as a nation); 9 the chief of Ephraim is Samaria; and the chief of Samaria is the son of Remaliah. If you don't believe this, you can't be trusted.'” 10 Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz: 11 "Ask a sign from the LORD your God. Make it as deep as the grave or as high as heaven." 12 But Ahaz said, "I won't ask; I won't test the LORD." 13 Then Isaiah said, "Listen, house of David! Isn't it enough for you to be tiresome for people that you are also tiresome before my God? 14 Therefore, the Lord will give you a sign. The young woman is pregnant and is about to give birth to a son, and she will name him Immanuel. 15 He will eat butter and honey, and learn to reject evil and choose good. 16 Before the boy learns to reject evil and choose good, the land of the two kings you dread will be abandoned. 17 The LORD will bring upon you, upon your people, and upon your families days unlike any that have come since the day Ephraim broke away from Judah—the king of Assyria." 18 On that day, the LORD will whistle for the flies from the remotest streams of Egypt and for the bees that are in the land of Assyria. 19 They will come and settle in the steep ravines, in the cracks of the cliffs, in all the thornbushes, and in all the watering holes. 20 On that day, the Lord will shave with a razor hired from beyond the Euphrates—with the king of Assyria—the head and the pubic hair, and will cut off the beard as well. 21 On that day, one will raise a young cow and two sheep 22 and will eat butter because of the abundance of milk, for all who remain in the land will eat butter and honey. 23 On that day, there will be thorns and thistles in every place where a thousand vines worth a thousand silver shekels once grew. 24 Only those with bows and arrows will go there, because the entire land will become thorns and thistles. 25 As for the hills that were once farmed with hoes, you won't go there for fear of the thorns and thistles. They will become places where cattle are turned loose and sheep wander.
1 The LORD said to me, "Take a large tablet, and write on it in ordinary letters, For Maher-shalal-hash-baz. 2 Summon trusted people, Uriah the priest and Zechariah, Jeberechiah's son, to witness it." 3 I then had sex with the prophetess, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. Then the LORD said to me, "Name him Maher-shalal-hash-baz. 4 Before the boy knows how to say ‘my father' and ‘my mother,' the wealth of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be carried away before the king of Assyria." 5 The LORD spoke again to me: 6 Since this people has rejected the waters of Shiloah that flow gently, and instead rejoices over Rezin and Remaliah's son— 7 therefore, look, the Lord is raising up against them the powerful floodwaters of the Euphrates, the king of Assyria and all his glory. It will rise up over all its channels, overflowing all its banks, 8 and sweep into Judah, flooding, overflowing, and reaching up to the neck. But God is with us; the span of his wings will cover the width of the land. 9 Unite yourselves, peoples, and be shattered! Listen, all distant places of the earth! Prepare to be shattered! Prepare to be shattered! 10 Create a plan, but be frustrated! Speak a word, but it won't stand, for God is with us. 11 The LORD spoke to me, taking hold of me and warning me not to walk in the way of this people: 12 Don't call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy. Don't fear what they fear, and don't be terrified. 13 It is the LORD of heavenly forces whom you should hold sacred, whom you should fear, and whom you should hold in awe. 14 God will become a sanctuary— but he will be a stone to trip over and a rock to stumble on for the two houses of Israel; a trap and a snare for those living in Jerusalem. 15 Many of them will stumble and fall, and be broken, snared, and captured. 16 Bind up the testimony; seal up the teaching among my disciples. 17 I will wait for the LORD, who has hidden his face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in God. 18 Look! I and the children the LORD gave me are signs and wonders in Israel from the LORD of heavenly forces, who lives on Mount Zion. 19 If they say to you: "Consult the ghosts and the spirits that chirp and mutter. (Shouldn't a people consult its gods?) Consult the dead on behalf of the living 20 for instruction and for testimony"—they will surely say such things, but they will never see the dawn. 21 They will pass through the land, dejected and hungry, and when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will curse their king and God. They will turn toward heaven 22 and look to the earth, but they will see only distress and darkness, random movement, and the anguish and doom of banishment.
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