Old Testament - Isaiah
"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:"
"2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the LORD has spoken, I have reared and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. 3 The ox knows its owner, and the ass its masterís crib; but Israel does not know, my people do not understand. 4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, an offspring of evildoers, children that are corrupt; you have forsaken the LORD, you have provoked the Holy One of Israel to anger, you have gone away backward. 5 Why should you be stricken any more, and be chastised? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. 6 From the sole of the foot even to the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds and bruises, and swelling sores; they have not been closed, neither bound up, nor softened with oil. 7 Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire; your land, strangers devour in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers. 8 And the daughter of Zion is left as a booth in a vineyard, and as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city. 9 Except the LORD of hosts had left to us a few survivors, we should have been like Sodom, and we should have been like Gomorrah."
"10 Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom; give ear to the law of our God, you people of Gomorrah. 11 Of what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to me? says the LORD; I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I do not delight in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he-goats. 12 When you come to appear before me, who has required this at your hand, to tread my courts? 13 Bring no more vain offerings to me; their savour is an abomination to me; in the new moons and sabbaths, you call an assembly; I do not eat that which is obtained wrongfully, and taken by force. 14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hates; they are a burden to me; I am weary to bear them. 15 And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not hear; your hands are full of blood."
"16 Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil; 17 Learn to do good; seek justice, do good to the oppressed, plead for the fatherless, plead for the widows. 18 Come now, and let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be like 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 with the sword; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken it."
"21 How is the faithful city become a harlot! For once it was full of justice; and righteousness lodged in it, but now murderers. 22 Your silver has become dross, your wine mixed with water. 23 Your princes are rebellious and companions of thieves; every one of them loves a bribe and runs after rewards; they plead not the cause of the fatherless, neither does the cause of the widow come before them. 24 Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel: Ah, I will avenge myself of my adversaries, I will take vengeance upon my enemies; 25 And I will turn my hand against you, and purge away your rebellious men, and remove all your iniquities; 26 And I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counsellors as at the beginning; afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city. 27 Zion shall be redeemed with justice, and her captivity with righteousness. 28 And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and those who have forsaken the LORD shill perish. 29 For they shall be ashamed of the idols which they have desired, and they shall be confounded by the witchcraft which they have chosen. 30 For they shall be like an oak whose leaves have fallen, and like a garden that has no water. 31 And their strength shall be like cotton, and their works like a spark, and they shall both burn together, and there shall be none to quench them."
3 And many people shall go and say, Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many peoples who are far off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into sickles: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. 5 O house of Jacob, come, and let us walk in the light of the LORD."
"6 For thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they are self-satisfied as in the olden days, and they practice augury like the Philistines, and they have reared many alien children. 7 Their land also is filled with silver and gold, and there is no end to their treasures; their land also is filled with horses, and there is no end to their chariots; 8 Their land also is filled with idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: 9 And the common man is humbled, and the mighty man is brought low; therefore forgive them not."
"10 Enter into the rocks, and hide in the dust, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty. 11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of man shall be brought low, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. 12 For the day of the LORD shall be against every one that is proud and lofty, and against every one that is lifted up, that he shall be brought low;
9 Their hypocrisy witnesses against them; and they declare their sins like Sodom, they do not hide them. Woe to their soul! for they have wrought evil to themselves. 10 Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them; for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. 11 Woe to the wicked! it shall be ill with him, for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
11 Woe to them who rise up early in the morning, and run after strong drink; that continue drinking until night, till wine inflames them!
20 Woe to them who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and prudent in their own sight! 22 Woe to those who are mighty to drink wine, and strong men who mix strong drink; 23 Who justify the guilty because of his bribe, and take away justice from the righteous! 24 Therefore as the fire devours the stubble and the flame consumes the chaff, so they shall be consumed by the flame, and their root shall be as dust; and their blossom shall go up like chaff, because they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts and despised the command of the Holy One of Israel.
13 And he said, Hear now, O house of David; it is a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also? 14 Therefore the LORD himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder: and his name is called Wonderful Counsellor, The Mighty One, The Everlasting God, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and of his peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David and upon his kingdom, to establish it and to sustain it with justice and with righteousness from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this."
AND there shall come forth a shoot out of the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots; 2 And he shall be at peace, and the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the reverence of the LORD; 3 And shall shine forth in the reverence of the LORD; and he shall not judge after that which his eyes see, neither reprove after that which his ears hear; 4 But with justice shall he judge the poor, and reprove with uprightness for the meek of the earth; and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. 5 Righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his waist. 6 The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the ox shall feed together; and a little child shall lead them.
10 And on that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand as an ensign to the peoples; to him shall the Gentiles seek; and his rest shall be glorious.
15 And the LORD shall utterly dry up the sea of Egypt; and with his mighty wind he shall stretch his hand over the river, and shall smite it into seven streams, so that men may cross through it dryshod.
2 Behold, in God my Saviour I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD is my strength and my song; and he has become my salvation.
6 Rejoice and give praise, O inhabitant of Zion; for great is he that is in your midst, the Holy One of Israel."
19 And Babylon, the glory of the kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldeanís excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
7 But these also have erred with wine, and with strong drink are gone astray; the priests and the prophets have erred with strong drink, they are overcome with wine, they stagger with strong drink, they err in judgment with drunkenness, they eat immoderately.
15 Woe to them who act perversely to hide their counsel from the LORD; and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who sees us? And, Who knows what we do corruptly? 16 Surely you are esteemed as the potterís clay; for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? Or shall the thing formed say of him that formed it, He has not fashioned me wisely?
22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; and he is our Saviour.
8 But now, Israel, you are my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the descendants of Abraham my friend, whom I have strengthened. 9 I have called you from the ends of the earth and from among the prophets, and said to you, You are my servant; I have chosen you, and have not rejected you;"
"10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I have strengthened you, and have also helped you, yea, I will also uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.
6 Thus says the LORD the King of Israel, and his Saviour, the LORD of hosts: I am the first and I am the last; and besides me there is no God. 7 And who is like me? Let him announce it and set it in order and declare it, since I placed the people on the earth for ever. And let them show the wonders that are coming. 8 Fear not, neither be alarmed; have not I announced to you from former time, and have declared it? You are my witnesses, that there is no God besides me, and no mighty one whom I do not know."
"9 The makers of images are all of them vanity; and there is no profit in the works which they desire to make; the craftsmen who make them are witnesses, for they see not, nor hear, nor know. 10 Therefore let them be ashamed, those who make gods or graven and molten images that are profitable for nothing. 11 Behold, all their craftsmen are dumb men; let them all be gathered together, let them stand up; they shall be ashamed and confounded together; 12 The carpenter sharpens an iron instrument, he shapes the image with a plane and fashions it with a chisel and works it with the strength of his arm; yea, he becomes hungry and also thirsty, he drinks no water and is faint. 13 The carpenter selects a piece of wood, and stretches out his rule; he marks it out with a line; he fashions it with planes and makes it into the likeness of a man, according to the beauty of a man; 14 Then he makes it to stand in the house, a piece of wood which was cut down out of the forest, something which the rain has nourished, 15 A thing for men to use as fuel; they take some of it and heat the oven and bake bread; yea, they also make a god of it and worship it; yea, they make it a graven image and worship it. 16 Half of it they burn in the fire; and on its coals they roast meat, and they eat and are satisfied; they also warm themselves and say, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire; 17 And of the rest they make a god, even a graven image; and they worship it and pray to it and say, Deliver us; for thou art our god. 18 They have not known nor understood; for the vision of their eyes is shut that they cannot see, and the understanding of their hearts, so that they cannot understand. 19 And they considered not in their heart, neither did they know nor did they reason, saying, Half of it we burned in the fire; yea, also we have baked bread on its coals; we have roasted meat and eaten it; and from the rest of it we have made for ourselves an idol of wood and worshipped it. 20 Their imagination is dull; they are surely gone astray, and cannot deliver themselves, nor say, Our right hand has wrought falsehood."
"21 Remember these things, O Jacob and Israel, for you are my servant; I have formed you; you are my servant; O Israel, from henceforth forget me not. 22 I have blotted out your iniquities as a thick mist, and your sins as a cloud; return to me, for I have saved you. 23 Sing, O you heavens; for the LORD has done it; shout, O you foundations of the earth; break forth into singing, O mountains, O forest, and every tree therein! For the LORD has saved Jacob and glorified himself in Israel. 24 Thus says the LORD, who saved you and who formed you from the womb and helped you: I am the LORD who made all things; who stretched out the heavens alone; who spread out the earth by myself; 25 Who makes void the signs of the diviners and despises their divinations; who turns wise men backward and makes their knowledge foolish; 26 Who confirms the word of his servant and performs the counsel of his messengers: who said to Jerusalem, You shall be inhabited, and to the cities of Judah, You shall be built and I will raise up the ruins thereof; 27 Who said to the deep, Be dry, and who dried up the rivers; 28 Who said of Cyrus, He is my shepherd and shall perform all my pleasure; even saying to Jerusalem, You shall be built; and to the temple, Your foundations shall be laid."
THUS says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have upheld, to subdue nations before him: I will loose the loins of kings, to open the doors before him, and the gates shall not be shut; 2 I will go before you, and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of brass and cut asunder the bars of iron; 3 And I will give you the treasures that are hidden in darkness and the buried riches of the secret places that you may know that I, the LORD, who call you by your name, am the God of Israel. 4 For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my elect, I have even called you by your name; I have surnamed you, though you have not known me."
"5 I am the LORD, and there is none else; there is no God besides me; I have girded you, though you have not known me. 6 That they may know from the rising of the sun and from the west that there is none besides me; I am the LORD, and there is none else. 7 I form light and create darkness; I make peace and create hardship; I the LORD do all these things. 8 Drop down, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds pour down righteousness; let the earth open and let salvation be multiplied and let righteousness spring up; I the LORD have created these things. 9 Woe to him who strives with his Maker! An earthen vessel that strives with him who made it from the earth! Does the clay say to the potter, What are you making? Or am I not the work of your hands? 10 Woe to him who says to his father, What are you begetting? Or to his mother, What have you conceived?"
"11 Thus says the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, the LORD of hosts is his name: Ask me of things to come concerning my children; and concerning the work of my hands, command me. 12 I have made the earth and created man upon it; I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded. 13 I have stirred man up in righteousness, and I will make smooth all his ways; he shall build my city and shall send my exiles back, not for a price nor for a bribe, says the LORD of hosts. 14 Thus says the LORD: The labor of Egypt and the merchants of Ethiopia and of Sheba, men of stature, shall come over to you and shall be yours; they shall come after you; in chains shall they come over, and they shall fall down before you, and shall make supplication to you, saying, Surely God is in you, and there is no other God. 15 Truly thou art a shelter, O God, the God of Israel, and his Saviour. 16 They who walk in confusion and make idols are all ashamed and confounded together; 17 But the salvation of Israel is by the LORD, the Saviour of the world; you shall not be ashamed nor confounded for ever and ever. 18 For thus says the LORD who created the heavens (he is the God who formed the earth and made it; he has established it; he did not create it in vain, but that his creation might dwell in it): I am the LORD; and there is none else. 19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth; I said not to the descendants of Jacob, Seek me in vain; I the LORD speak righteousness; I declare things that are right."
"20 Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, you who are delivered of the nations; they have no knowledge who carry a graven image of wood and pray to a god that cannot save. 21 Tell and draw near and consult together; who has declared this from ancient time? Was it not I, the LORD from the beginning? And there is no other God besides me; a just God and Saviour; there is none besides me. 22 Draw near to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am the LORD, and there is none else. 23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness and shall not return, that to me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. 24 And they shall say, In the LORD is righteousness; even to him shall mighty men come; and all who reproach thee shall be ashamed. 25 In the LORD shall all the descendants of Israel be justified and shall glory."
10 For you have trusted in your wickedness; you have said, None sees me. Your wisdom and your knowledge have misled you; and you have said in your heart, I am, and there is none else besides me.
12 Hearken to me, O Jacob and Israel, whom I called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.
17 Thus says the LORD, your Saviour, the Holy One of Israel: I am the LORD your God who teaches you not to do wrong, who leads you by the way that you should go.
21 They thirsted not when he led them through the deserts; he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them; he bored through the rock, and the waters gushed out.
15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, but I will not forget you.
4 The LORD God has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak and declare a word to the weary; he wakens me in the morning; in the morning he causes my ears to hear the teaching. 5 The LORD God has opened my ears, and I have not turned back to the evil way, neither have I been rebellious. 6 I gave my back to the smiters and my cheeks to those who slap on the face; I turned not my face from shame and spitting. 7 For the LORD God has helped me; therefore I am not confounded; therefore I have hardened my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. 8 For he who justifies me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand together. Who is my adversary? Let him come near to me. 9 Behold, the LORD God will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? Lo, they all shall wear out as a garment; the moth shall eat them up."
"10 Who is among you who reveres the LORD? Let him listen to the voice of his servant. He who walks in darkness and has no light, let him trust in the name of the LORD and be saved by his God. 11 Behold, all of you are like kindling wood and the sparks of the kindling. Walk in the light of your fire and in the sparks that you have kindled. This shall you have of my hands: you shall lie down in sorrow.
2 Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who conceived you; for he was alone, and I called him and blessed him and multiplied him. 3 For the LORD will build Zion; he will build all her waste places; he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be heard in the midst of her, thanksgiving and the voice of singing."
"4 Hearken to me, O people; and give ear to me, O nations; for a law shall go forth from me, and my justice is a light to the Gentiles. 5 My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth and my arms shall judge the peoples; the islands shall wait for me and on my arm shall they trust. 6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look also upon the earth beneath; for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wear out like a garment, and they who dwell in it shall perish in like manner; but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not pass away. 7 Hearken to me, you who know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear not the reproach of men, neither be afraid of their revilings. 8 For the moth shall eat them up like wool and like a garment; but my righteousness shall be for ever and my salvation from generation to generation.
7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings glad tidings of peace; who publishes good tidings of good, and who declares salvation; who says to Zion, Your God reigns! 8 Your watchmen shall lift up their voices; with the voice together shall they sing; for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion. 9 Break forth into joy, sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem; for the LORD has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. 10 The LORD has made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. 11 Depart, depart, go out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go out of the midst of her; purge yourselves, you who bear the vessels of the LORD. 12 For you shall not go out with haste nor go by flight; for the LORD will go before you; and the God of Israel will gather you together."
"13 Behold, my servant shall understand, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. 14 Many were amazed at him; for his appearance was marred more than that of any man, and his form more than that of the sons of men; 15 So shall he purify many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they understand.
WHO has believed our report. And to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? 2 For he grew up before him like an infant and like a root out of the dry ground; he had no form nor comeliness; and when we saw that he had no beauty, we denied him. 3 He is despised and humbled of men; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and we turned our faces away from him; we despised him and we esteemed him not."
"4 Surely he has borne our sorrows and carried our griefs; but we considered him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was slain for our sins, he was afflicted for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his wounds we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have strayed; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the sins of us all. 7 He drew near and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; he was led as a lamb to the slaughter; and as an ewe before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment; and who can describe his anguish? For he was cut off out of the land of the living; and some of the evil men of my people struck him. 9 He made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, although he had done no iniquity, neither was there any deceit in his mouth."
"10 Yet it pleased the LORD to afflict him; he has put him to grief; he laid down his life as an offering for sin, that posterity may see, and his days shall be prolonged, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. 11 He shall see the reward of the travail of his soul, and be satisfied with the knowledge; he shall justify the righteous; for he is a servant of many, and he shall bear their sins. 12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he has poured out his life to death; and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bore the sins of many, and died the death of transgressors.
9 This is like the days of Noah to me; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth, so have I sworn that I would not be angry with you nor rebuke you.
3 Incline your ear, and come to me; listen to me, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
7 Let the sinner forsake his way, and the wicked man his thoughts; and let him return to the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not like your thoughts, neither are my ways like your ways, says the LORD. 9 For as 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 rain and the snow come down from heaven, and returns not thither, but waters the earth and makes it bring forth and sprout and gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater.
THUS says the LORD: Keep judgment, and do justice; for my salvation will come soon and my righteousness will be revealed. 2 Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who lays hold on it; he who also keeps the sabbath that he may not profane it, and guards his hands from doing any evil.
6 This is the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to cut off the bands of treachery, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke; 7 To share your bread with the hungry, and to bring the stranger to your house; when you see the naked, to cover him; and to refuse not one of your own flesh."
"8 Then shall your light break forth as the morning and your righteousness shall spring forth speedily; and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your reward. 9 Then you shall call, and the LORD shall answer you; you shall cry, and he shall say, Here am I. If you remove deceit from your midst and release the prisoners and cease speaking falsehood; 10 And give your bread to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall your light shine in darkness, and your darkness be as the noonday.
2 But it is your iniquities that have separated you and your God; and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. 3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue mutters wickedness. 4 There is no one who calls for justice, neither is there any one who judges faithfully; they trust in vanity and speak lies; they conceive iniquity and bring forth grief.
ARISE,, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the LORD shall rise upon you. 2 Behold, darkness will cover the earth, and thick darkness the nations; but the LORD shall shine upon you, and his glory shall be seen upon you.
18 Violence shall no more be heard in your land, nor spoil and destruction within your borders; and they shall call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise. 19 The sun shall be no more your light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light to you; for the LORD shall be to you an everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended.
10 But they rebelled and grieved his holy Spirit; therefore he turned to be their enemy and he fought against them. 11 Then he remembered the days of old, of Moses his servant. Just as when he brought up out of the sea the shepherd of his flock, and as he put his holy Spirit within Moses, 12 Who led them by his right hand and by his glorious arm, dividing the waters before them and making for them an everlasting name 13 And leading them through the deep, as a horse is led in the wilderness, and they stumbled not, 14 And like cattle that go down into the valley, the Spirit of the LORD leading them; so didst thou lead thy people and make for thyself a glorious name."
"15 Look down from heaven and behold from thy holy and glorious habitation. Where is thy zeal and thy strength? Turn thy tender mercies and compassion toward us. Are they restrained? 16 For thou art our Father, though Abraham knew us not and Israel did not acknowledge us; thou, O LORD, art our Father, and our Saviour; thy name is from everlasting.
8 But now, O LORD, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we are all the work of thy hand. 9 Be not very angry, O LORD, neither remember our sins for ever; behold, see, we are all thy people.
22 For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will snake shall remain before me, says the LORD, So shall your descendants and your name remain.