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The New King James Version

Isaiah 1:1–3:26

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1 The avision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the bdays of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

The Wickedness of Judah

2 cHear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth!

For the Lord has spoken:

“I have nourished and brought up children,

And they have rebelled against Me;

3 dThe ox knows its owner

And the donkey its master’s 1crib;

But Israel edoes not know,

My people do not 2consider.”

4 Alas, sinful nation,

A people 3laden with iniquity,

fA 4brood of evildoers,

Children who are corrupters!

They have forsaken the Lord,

They have provoked to anger

The Holy One of Israel,

They have turned away backward.

5 gWhy should you be stricken again?

You will revolt more and more.

The whole head is sick,

And the whole heart faints.

6 From the sole of the foot even to the head,

There is no soundness in it,

But wounds and bruises and putrefying sores;

They have not been closed or bound up,

Or soothed with ointment.

7 hYour country is desolate,

Your cities are burned with fire;

Strangers devour your land in your presence;

And it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.

8 So the daughter of Zion is left ias a 5booth in a vineyard,

As a hut in a garden of cucumbers,

jAs a besieged city.

9 kUnless the Lord of hosts

Had left to us a very small remnant,

We would have become like lSodom,

We would have been made like Gomorrah.

10 Hear the word of the Lord,

You rulers mof Sodom;

Give ear to the law of our God,

You people of Gomorrah:

11 “To what purpose is the multitude of your nsacrifices to Me?”

Says the Lord.

“I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams

And the fat of fed cattle.

I do not delight in the blood of bulls,

Or of lambs or goats.

12 “When you come oto appear before Me,

Who has required this from your hand,

To trample My courts?

13 Bring no more pfutile 6sacrifices;

Incense is an abomination to Me.

The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and qthe calling of assemblies—

I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting.

14 Your rNew Moons and your sappointed feasts

My soul hates;

They are a trouble to Me,

I am weary of bearing them.

15 tWhen you 7spread out your hands,

I will hide My eyes from you;

uEven though you make many prayers,

I will not hear.

Your hands are full of 8blood.

16 “Wash vyourselves, make yourselves clean;

Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes.

wCease to do evil,

17 Learn to do good;

Seek justice,

Rebuke 9the oppressor;

1Defend the fatherless,

Plead for the widow.

18 “Come now, and let us xreason together,”

Says the Lord,

“Though your sins are like scarlet,

yThey shall be as white as snow;

Though they are red like crimson,

They shall be as wool.

19 If you are willing and obedient,

You shall eat the good of the land;

20 But if you refuse and rebel,

You shall be devoured by the sword”;

zFor the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

The Degenerate City

21 aHow the faithful city has become a 2harlot!

It was full of justice;

Righteousness lodged in it,

But now bmurderers.

22 cYour silver has become dross,

Your wine mixed with water.

23 dYour princes are rebellious,

And ecompanions of thieves;

fEveryone loves bribes,

And follows after rewards.

They gdo not defend the fatherless,

Nor does the cause of the widow come before them.

24 Therefore the Lord says,

The Lord of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel,

“Ah, hI will 3rid Myself of My adversaries,

And 4take vengeance on My enemies.

25 I will turn My hand against you,

And ithoroughly 5purge away your dross,

And take away all your alloy.

26 I will restore your judges jas at the first,

And your counselors as at the beginning.

Afterward kyou shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city.”

27 Zion shall be redeemed with justice,

And her 6penitents with righteousness.

28 The ldestruction of transgressors and of sinners shall be together,

And those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed.

29 For 7they shall be ashamed of the 8terebinth trees

Which you have desired;

And you shall be embarrassed because of the gardens

Which you have chosen.

30 For you shall be as a terebinth whose leaf fades,

And as a garden that has no water.

31 mThe strong shall be as tinder,

And the work of it as a spark;

Both will burn together,

And no one shall nquench them.

The Future House of God

2 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

2 Now ait shall come to pass bin the latter days

cThat the mountain of the Lord’s house

Shall be established on the top of the mountains,

And shall be exalted above the hills;

And all nations shall flow to it.

3 Many people shall come and say,

d“Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,

To the house of the God of Jacob;

He will teach us His ways,

And we shall walk in His paths.”

eFor out of Zion shall go forth the law,

And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

4 He shall judge between the nations,

And rebuke many people;

They shall beat their swords into plowshares,

And their spears into pruning 1hooks;

Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,

Neither shall they learn war anymore.

The Day of the Lord

5 O house of Jacob, come and let us fwalk

In the light of the Lord.

6 For You have forsaken Your people, the house of Jacob,

Because they are filled gwith eastern ways;

They are hsoothsayers like the Philistines,

iAnd they 2are pleased with the children of foreigners.

7 jTheir land is also full of silver and gold,

And there is no end to their treasures;

Their land is also full of horses,

And there is no end to their chariots.

8 kTheir land is also full of idols;

They worship the work of their own hands,

That which their own fingers have made.

9 People bow down,

And each man humbles himself;

Therefore do not forgive them.

10 lEnter into the rock, and hide in the dust,

From the terror of the Lord

And the glory of His majesty.

11 The 3lofty looks of man shall be mhumbled,

The haughtiness of men shall be bowed down,

And the Lord alone shall be exalted nin that day.

12 For the day of the Lord of hosts

Shall come upon everything proud and lofty,

Upon everything lifted up—

And it shall be brought low—

13 Upon all othe cedars of Lebanon that are high and lifted up,

And upon all the oaks of Bashan;

14 pUpon all the high mountains,

And upon all the hills that are lifted up;

15 Upon every high tower,

And upon every fortified wall;

16 qUpon all the ships of Tarshish,

And upon all the beautiful sloops.

17 The 4loftiness of man shall be bowed down,

And the haughtiness of men shall be brought low;

The Lord alone will be exalted in that day,

18 But the idols 5He shall utterly abolish.

19 They shall go into the rholes of the rocks,

And into the caves of the 6earth,

sFrom the terror of the Lord

And the glory of His majesty,

When He arises tto shake the earth mightily.

20 In that day a man will cast away his idols of silver

And his idols of gold,

Which they made, each for himself to worship,

To the moles and bats,

21 To go into the clefts of the rocks,

And into the crags of the rugged rocks,

From the terror of the Lord

And the glory of His majesty,

When He arises to shake the earth mightily.

22 uSever 7yourselves from such a man,

Whose vbreath is in his nostrils;

For 8of what account is he?

Judgment on Judah and Jerusalem

3 For behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts,

aTakes away from Jerusalem and from Judah

bThe 1stock and the store,

The whole supply of bread and the whole supply of water;

2 cThe mighty man and the man of war,

The judge and the prophet,

And the diviner and the elder;

3 The captain of fifty and the 2honorable man,

The counselor and the skillful artisan,

And the expert enchanter.

4 “I will give dchildren 3to be their princes,

And 4babes shall rule over them.

5 The people will be oppressed,

Every one by another and every one by his neighbor;

The child will be insolent toward the 5elder,

And the 6base toward the honorable.”

6 When a man takes hold of his brother

In the house of his father, saying,

“You have clothing;

You be our ruler,

And let these ruins be under your 7power,”

7 In that day he will protest, saying,

“I cannot cure your ills,

For in my house is neither food nor clothing;

Do not make me a ruler of the people.”

8 For eJerusalem stumbled,

And Judah is fallen,

Because their tongue and their doings

Are against the Lord,

To provoke the eyes of His glory.

9 The look on their countenance witnesses against them,

And they declare their sin as fSodom;

They do not hide it.

Woe to their soul!

For they have brought evil upon themselves.

10 “Say to the righteous gthat it shall be well with them,

hFor they shall eat the fruit of their doings.

11 Woe to the wicked! iIt shall be ill with him,

For the reward of his hands shall be 8given him.

12 As for My people, children are their oppressors,

And women rule over them.

O My people! jThose who lead you 9cause you to err,

And destroy the way of your paths.”

Oppression and Luxury Condemned

13 The Lord stands up kto 1plead,

And stands to judge the people.

14 The Lord will enter into judgment

With the elders of His people

And His princes:

“For you have 2eaten up lthe vineyard;

The plunder of the poor is in your houses.

15 What do you mean by mcrushing My people

And grinding the faces of the poor?”

Says the Lord God of hosts.

16 Moreover the Lord says:

“Because the daughters of Zion are haughty,

And walk with 3outstretched necks

And 4wanton eyes,

Walking and 5mincing as they go,

Making a jingling with their feet,

17 Therefore the Lord will strike with na scab

The crown of the head of the daughters of Zion,

And the Lord will ouncover their secret parts.”

18 In that day the Lord will take away the finery:

The jingling anklets, the 6scarves, and the pcrescents;

19 The pendants, the bracelets, and the veils;

20 The headdresses, the leg ornaments, and the headbands;

The perfume boxes, the charms,

21 and the rings;

The nose jewels,

22 the festal apparel, and the mantles;

The outer garments, the purses,

23 and the mirrors;

The fine linen, the turbans, and the robes.

24 And so it shall be:

Instead of a sweet smell there will be a stench;

Instead of a sash, a rope;

Instead of well-set hair, qbaldness;

Instead of a rich robe, a girding of sackcloth;

And 7branding instead of beauty.

25 Your men shall fall by the sword,

And your 8mighty in the war.

26 rHer gates shall lament and mourn,

And she being desolate sshall sit on the ground.

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manger or feed trough

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understand

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offspring, seed

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shelter

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worthless

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Pray

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bloodshed

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Vindicate

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Unfaithful

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be relieved of

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avenge Myself

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refine with lye

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Lit. returners

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Sites of pagan worship

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knives

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proud

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pride

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Every support

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boys

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aged

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despised, lightly esteemed

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done to him

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lead you astray

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contend, plead His case

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burned

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tripping or skipping

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headbands

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burning scar

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