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Isaiah chapter 1

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The vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah son of Amoz saw during the reignsof Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
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Listen, heavens, and pay attention, earth, for the LORD has spoken: "I have raised children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against Me.
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The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master's feeding-trough, [but] Israel does not know; My people do not understand."
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Oh-- sinful nation, people weighed down with iniquity, brood of evildoers, depraved children! They have abandoned the LORD; they have despised the Holy One of Israel; they have turned their backs [on Him].
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Why do you want more beatings? Why do you keep on rebelling? The whole head is hurt, and the whole heart is sick.
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From the sole of the foot even to the head, no spot is uninjured-- wounds, welts, and festering sores not cleansed, bandaged, or soothed with oil.
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Your land is desolate, your cities burned with fire; before your very eyes foreigners devour your fields-- a desolation overthrown by foreigners.
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Daughter Zion is abandoned like a shelter in a vineyard, like a shack in a cucumber field, like a besieged city.
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If the LORD of Hosts had not left us a few survivors, we would be like Sodom, we would resemble Gomorrah.
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Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom! Listen to the instruction of our God, you people of Gomorrah!
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"What are all your sacrifices to Me?" asks the LORD. "I have had enough of burnt offerings and rams and the fat of well-fed cattle; I have no desire for the blood of bulls, lambs, or male goats.
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When you come to appear before Me, who requires this from you-- [this] trampling of My courts?
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Stop bringing useless offerings. I despise [your] incense. New Moons and Sabbaths, and the calling of solemn assemblies-- I cannot stand iniquity with a festival.
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I hate your New Moons and prescribed festivals. They have become a burden to Me; I am tired of putting up with [them].
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When you lift up your hands [in prayer], I will refuse to look at you; even if you offer countless prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood.
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"Wash yourselves. Cleanse yourselves. Remove your evil deeds from My sight. Stop doing evil.
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Learn to do what is good. Seek justice. Correct the oppressor. Defend the rights of the fatherless. Plead the widow's cause.
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"Come, let us discuss this," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are as red as crimson, they will be like wool.
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If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land.
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But if you refuse and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword." For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
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The faithful city-- what an adulteress she has become! She was once full of justice. Righteousness once dwelt in her-- but now, murderers!
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Your silver has become dross, your beer is diluted with water.
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Your rulers are rebels, friends of thieves. They all love graft and chase after bribes. They do not defend the rights of the fatherless, and the widow's case never comes before them."
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Therefore the Lord God of Hosts, the Mighty One of Israel, declares: "Ah, I will gain satisfaction against My foes; I will take revenge against My enemies.
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I will turn My hand against you and will burn away your dross completely; I will remove all your impurities.
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I will restore your judges to what they once were, and your advisers to their former state. Afterwards you will be called the Righteous City, a Faithful City."
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Zion will be redeemed by justice, her repentant ones by righteousness.
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But both rebels and sinners will be destroyed, and those who abandon the LORD will perish.
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Indeed, they will be ashamed of the sacred trees you desired, and you will be embarrassed because of the gardens you have chosen.
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For you will become like an oak whose leaves are withered, and like a garden without water.
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The strong one will become tinder, and his work a spark; both will burn together, with no one to quench [the flames].

Isaiah chapter 2

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The vision that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:
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In the last days the mountain of the LORD's house will be established at the top of the mountains and will be raised above the hills. All nations will stream to it,
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and many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us about His ways so that we may walk in His paths." For instruction will go out of Zion and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
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He will settle disputes among the nations and provide arbitration for many peoples. They will turn their swords into plows and their spears into pruning knives. Nations will not take up the sword against [other] nations, and they will never again train for war.
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House of Jacob, come and let us walk in the LORD's light.
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For You have abandoned Your people, the house of Jacob, because they are full of [ divination] from the East and of fortune-tellers like the Philistines. They are in league with foreigners.
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Their land is full of silver and gold, and there is no limit to their treasures; their land is full of horses, and there is no limit to their chariots.
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Their land is full of idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their fingers have made.
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So humanity is brought low, and man is humbled. Do not forgive them!
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Go into the rocks and hide in the dust from the terror of the LORD and from His majestic splendor.
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Human pride will be humbled, and the loftiness of men will be brought low; the LORD alone will be exalted on that day.
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For a day belonging to the LORD of Hosts is [coming] against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up-- it will be humbled--
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against all the cedars of Lebanon, lofty and lifted up, against all the oaks of Bashan,
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against all the high mountains, against all the lofty hills,
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against every high tower, against every fortified wall,
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against every ship of Tarshish, and against every splendid sea vessel.
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So human pride will be brought low, and the loftiness of men will be humbled; the LORD alone will be exalted on that day.
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The idols will vanish completely.
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People will go into caves in the rocks and holes in the ground, away from the terror of the LORD and from His majestic splendor, when He rises to terrify the earth.
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On that day people will throw their silver and gold idols, which they made to worship, to the moles and the bats.
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They will go into the caves of the rocks and the crevices in the cliffs, away from the terror of the LORD and from His majestic splendor, when He rises to terrify the earth.
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Put no more trust in man, who has only the breath in his nostrils. What is he really worth?

Isaiah chapter 3

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Observe this: The Lord God of Hosts is about to remove from Jerusalem and from Judah every kind of security: the entire supply of bread and water,
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the hero and warrior, the judge and prophet, the fortune-teller and elder,
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the commander of 50 and the dignitary, the counselor, cunning magician, and necromancer.
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"I will make youths their leaders, and the unstable will govern them."
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The people will oppress one another, man against man, neighbor against neighbor; the youth will act arrogantly toward the elder, and the worthless toward the honorable.
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A man will even seize his brother in his father's house, [saying:] "You have a cloak-- you be our leader! This heap of rubble will be under your control."
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On that day he will cry out, saying: "I'm not a healer. I don't even have food or clothing in my house. Don't make me the leader of the people!"
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For Jerusalem has stumbled and Judah has fallen because they have spoken and acted against the LORD, defying His glorious presence.
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The look on their faces testifies against them, and like Sodom, they flaunt their sin. They do not conceal it. Woe to them! For they have brought evil on themselves.
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Tell the righteous that it will go well [for them], for they will eat the fruit of their deeds.
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Woe to the wicked-- [it will go] badly [for them], for what they have done will be done to them.
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Youths oppress My people, and women rule over them. My people, your leaders mislead you; they confuse the direction of your paths.
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The LORD rises to argue the case and stands to judge the people.
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The LORD brings [this] charge against the elders and leaders of His people: "You have devastated the vineyard. The plunder from the poor is in your houses.
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Why do you crush My people and grind the faces of the poor?" says the Lord God of Hosts.
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The LORD also says: Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, walking with heads held high and seductive eyes, going along with prancing steps, jingling their ankle bracelets,
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the Lord will put scabs on the heads of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will shave their foreheads bare.
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On that day the Lord will strip their finery: ankle bracelets, headbands, crescents,
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pendants, bracelets, veils,
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headdresses, ankle jewelry, sashes, perfume bottles, amulets,
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signet rings, nose rings,
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festive robes, capes, cloaks, purses,
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garments, linen clothes, turbans, and veils.
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Instead of perfume there will be a stench; instead of a belt, a rope; instead of beautifully styled hair, baldness; instead of fine clothes, sackcloth; instead of beauty, branding.
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Your men will fall by the sword, your warriors in battle.
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Then her gates will lament and mourn; deserted, she will sit on the ground.