1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz concerning Judah and Jerusalem, which he saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
For the LORD speaks,
“Sons I have reared and brought up,
But they have revolted against Me.
And a donkey its master’s manger,
But Israel does not know,
My people do not understand.”
People weighed down with iniquity,
Offspring of evildoers,
Sons who act corruptly!
They have abandoned the LORD,
They have despised the Holy One of Israel,
They have turned away from Him.
As you continue in your rebellion?
The whole head is sick
And the whole heart is faint.
There is nothing sound in it,
Only bruises, welts and raw wounds,
Not pressed out or bandaged,
Nor softened with oil.
Your cities are burned with fire,
Your fields — strangers are devouring them in your presence;
It is desolation, as overthrown by strangers.
Like a watchman’s hut in a cucumber field, like a besieged city.
Had left us a few survivors,
We would be like Sodom,
We would be like Gomorrah.
God Has Had Enough
10 Hear the word of the LORD,
You rulers of Sodom;
Give ear to the instruction of our God,
You people of Gomorrah.
Says the LORD.
“I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
And the fat of fed cattle;
And I take no pleasure in the blood of bulls, lambs or goats.
Who requires of you this trampling of My courts?
Incense is an abomination to Me.
New moon and sabbath, the calling of assemblies —
I cannot endure iniquity and the solemn assembly.
They have become a burden to Me;
I am weary of bearing them.
I will hide My eyes from you;
Yes, even though you multiply prayers,
I will not listen.
Your hands are covered with blood.
Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight.
Cease to do evil,
Reprove the ruthless,
Defend the orphan,
Plead for the widow.
“Let Us Reason”
18 “Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the LORD,
“Though your sins are as scarlet,
They will be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They will be like wool.
You will eat the best of the land;
You will be devoured by the sword.”
Truly, the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
Zion Corrupted, to Be Redeemed
21 How the faithful city has become a harlot,
She who was full of justice!
Righteousness once lodged in her,
But now murderers.
Your drink diluted with water.
And companions of thieves;
Everyone loves a bribe
And chases after rewards.
They do not defend the orphan,
Nor does the widow’s plea come before them.
The Mighty One of Israel, declares,
“Ah, I will be relieved of My adversaries
And avenge Myself on My foes.
And will smelt away your dross as with lye
And will remove all your alloy.
And your counselors as at the beginning;
After that you will be called the city of righteousness,
A faithful city.”
And her repentant ones with righteousness.
And those who forsake the LORD will come to an end.
And you will be embarrassed at the gardens which you have chosen.
Or as a garden that has no water.
His work also a spark.
Thus they shall both burn together
And there will be none to quench them.
Isaiah, 1 chapter. New American Standard Bible.