1:1 THE VISION of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
1:2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth, for the Lord hath spoken: Children I have reared, and brought up, and they have rebelled against Me.
1:3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib; but Israel doth not know, My people doth not consider.
1:4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evil-doers, children that deal corruptly; they have forsaken the Lord, they have contemned the Holy One of Israel, they are turned away backward.
1:5 On what part will ye yet be stricken, seeing ye stray away more and more? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint;
1:6 From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and festering sores: they have not been pressed, neither bound up, neither mollified with oil.
1:7 Your country is desolate; your cities are burned with fire; your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by floods.
1:8 And the daughter of Zion is left as a booth in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.
1:9 Except the Lord of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, we should have been like unto Gomorrah.
1:10 Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.
1:11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto Me? saith the Lord; I am full of the burnt-offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he-goats.
1:12 When ye come to appear before Me, who hath required this at your hand, to trample My courts?
1:13 Bring no more vain oblations; it is an offering of abomination unto Me; new moon and sabbath, the holding of convocations-- I cannot endure iniquity along with the solemn assembly.
1:14 Your new moons and your appointed seasons My soul hateth; they are a burden unto Me; I am weary to bear them.
1:15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide Mine eyes from you; yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear; your hands are full of blood.
1:16 Wash you, make you clean, put away the evil of your doings from before Mine eyes, cease to do evil;
1:17 Learn to do well; seek justice, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
1:19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land;
1:20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken.
1:21 How is the faithful city become a harlot! She that was full of justice, righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers.
1:22 Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water.
1:23 Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves; every one loveth bribes, and followeth after rewards; they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.
1:24 Therefore saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel: Ah, I will ease Me of Mine adversaries, and avenge Me of Mine enemies;
1:25 And I will turn My hand upon thee, and purge away thy dross as with lye, and will take away all thine alloy;
1:26 And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning; afterward thou shalt be called The city of righteousness, the faithful city.
1:27 Zion shall be redeemed with justice, and they that return of her with righteousness.
1:28 But the destruction of the transgressors and the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the Lord shall be consumed.
1:29 For they shall be ashamed of the terebinths which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen.
1:30 For ye shall be as a terebinth whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.
1:31 And the strong shall be as tow, and his work as a spark; and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.