A A A A A
Bible Book List

Isaiah 1 Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)

The Caption

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

Warning to a Sinful Nation

Hear this, O heavens,
and listen, O earth, for the Lord has spoken.
    I have raised children and brought them up,
    but they have rebelled against me.
    The ox knows its owner,
    and the donkey knows its owner’s manger,
    but Israel does not know.
    My people do not understand.

How terrible it will be for that sinful nation,
for a people loaded with guilt,
offspring[a] who act wickedly,
children who are corrupt!
They have forsaken the Lord.
They have despised the Holy One of Israel.
They have deserted him and turned back.

Why do you keep earning more beatings?
Why do you continue to rebel?
Your whole head is wounded.
Your whole heart is weak.
From the sole of your foot to the top of your head
    there is nothing healthy,
    but only wounds, welts, and open sores.
Your wounds have not been cleaned or bandaged
    or soothed with olive oil.
Your country is desolate.
Your cities are burned with fire.
Foreigners devour your farmland right in front of your eyes,
and it is desolate, overthrown by foreigners.
The daughter of Zion[b] is left
    like a shelter in a vineyard,
    like a hut in a melon[c] field,
    like a besieged city.
Unless the Lord of Armies[d] had left us a small surviving remnant,
we would have been like Sodom;
we would have become just like Gomorrah.

The Lord’s Proclamation

10 Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom!
Listen to the law of our God, you people of Gomorrah!
11     What do your many sacrifices mean to me? says the Lord.
    I have more than enough rams as burnt offerings
    and enough fat from well-fed animals.
    I am not pleased with the blood of bulls
    or the blood of lambs and male goats.
12     When you come to appear before me,
    who has asked for this from your hands:
        this trampling on my courts?
13     Stop bringing worthless[e] offerings!
    Your incense is an abomination to me.
    I cannot stand your sinful assemblies
    on the new moons, Sabbaths, and holy days.

14 Deep in my soul I hate your new moons and your appointed feasts.
    They have become a burden to me.
    I am tired of putting up with them.
15     When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you.
    Indeed, even though you make many prayers, I will not hear.
    Your hands are full of blood.
16     Wash yourselves. Purify yourselves.
    Remove your evil deeds from my sight.
    Stop doing evil. 17 Learn to do good.
    Seek justice. Relieve the oppressed.[f]
    Seek justice for the fatherless. Plead for the widow.

18 Come now, and let us reason together, 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.
19     If you are willing and obedient, you will eat good things
        from the land,
20     but if you refuse and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.
    Yes, the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

21 Look how the faithful city has become a prostitute!
She was full of justice. Righteousness once lived in her,
but now murderers live there.
22 Your silver has become slag.[g]
Your drinks are mixed with water.
23 Your officials are rebellious.
They are partners with thieves.
Everyone loves bribes and chases payoffs.
They do not obtain justice for the fatherless,
and they do not take up the cause of the widow.

24 Therefore the Lord, the Lord of Armies,
the Mighty One of Israel, says:
    I must certainly get relief from my adversaries.
    I will avenge myself on my enemies.
25     I will turn my hand against you.
    I will smelt away all your slag.
    I will take away all your impurities.
26     I will restore your judges as they were at first,
    and your advisors as they were in the beginning.
Afterward you will be called a righteous city, a faithful town.
27 Zion will be redeemed with justice,
and those who return to her will be redeemed with righteousness.
28 But the rebels and sinners will be destroyed all together,
and those who forsake the Lord will come to an end.
29 For you[h] will be ashamed of the oaks that you have desired,
and you will be embarrassed by the groves[i] that you have chosen.
30 For you will be like an oak whose leaves wilt,
and like a grove that has no water.
31 The strong will be like tinder,
and their work will be like a spark.
Both will burn together,
and no one will put out the fire.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 1:4 Literally seed
  2. Isaiah 1:8 Daughter of Zion is a personification of Jerusalem and the people of Judah.
  3. Isaiah 1:8 Or cucumber
  4. Isaiah 1:9 Traditionally Lord of Hosts or Lord Sebaoth. The armies that God rules are the stars and the angels.
  5. Isaiah 1:13 Or meaningless
  6. Isaiah 1:17 Or rebuke the oppressor. The Hebrew seems to read make happy the oppressor.
  7. Isaiah 1:22 Or dross. Slag and dross are waste materials that are left after refining metal.
  8. Isaiah 1:29 Many manuscripts read they.
  9. Isaiah 1:29 The groves were places for idol worship.
Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)

The Holy Bible, Evangelical Heritage Version®, EHV®, © 2019 Wartburg Project, Inc. All rights reserved.

Isaiah 1 New International Version (NIV)

The vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah son of Amoz saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

A Rebellious Nation

Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth!
    For the Lord has spoken:
“I reared children and brought them up,
    but they have rebelled against me.
The ox knows its master,
    the donkey its owner’s manger,
but Israel does not know,
    my people do not understand.

Woe to the sinful nation,
    a people whose guilt is great,
a brood of evildoers,
    children given to corruption!
They have forsaken the Lord;
    they have spurned the Holy One of Israel
    and turned their backs on him.

Why should you be beaten anymore?
    Why do you persist in rebellion?
Your whole head is injured,
    your whole heart afflicted.
From the sole of your foot to the top of your head
    there is no soundness
only wounds and welts
    and open sores,
not cleansed or bandaged
    or soothed with olive oil.

Your country is desolate,
    your cities burned with fire;
your fields are being stripped by foreigners
    right before you,
    laid waste as when overthrown by strangers.
Daughter Zion is left
    like a shelter in a vineyard,
like a hut in a cucumber field,
    like a city under siege.
Unless the Lord Almighty
    had left us some survivors,
we would have become like Sodom,
    we would have been like Gomorrah.

10 Hear the word of the Lord,
    you rulers of Sodom;
listen to the instruction of our God,
    you people of Gomorrah!
11 “The multitude of your sacrifices—
    what are they to me?” says the Lord.
“I have more than enough of burnt offerings,
    of rams and the fat of fattened animals;
I have no pleasure
    in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.
12 When you come to appear before me,
    who has asked this of you,
    this trampling of my courts?
13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings!
    Your incense is detestable to me.
New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations
    I cannot bear your worthless assemblies.
14 Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festivals
    I hate with all my being.
They have become a burden to me;
    I am weary of bearing them.
15 When you spread out your hands in prayer,
    I hide my eyes from you;
even when you offer many prayers,
    I am not listening.

Your hands are full of blood!

16 Wash and make yourselves clean.
    Take your evil deeds out of my sight;
    stop doing wrong.
17 Learn to do right; seek justice.
    Defend the oppressed.[a]
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
    plead the case of the widow.

18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,”
    says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
    they shall be like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
    you will eat the good things of the land;
20 but if you resist and rebel,
    you will be devoured by the sword.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

21 See how the faithful city
    has become a prostitute!
She once was full of justice;
    righteousness used to dwell in her—
    but now murderers!
22 Your silver has become dross,
    your choice wine is diluted with water.
23 Your rulers are rebels,
    partners with thieves;
they all love bribes
    and chase after gifts.
They do not defend the cause of the fatherless;
    the widow’s case does not come before them.

24 Therefore the Lord, the Lord Almighty,
    the Mighty One of Israel, declares:
“Ah! I will vent my wrath on my foes
    and avenge myself on my enemies.
25 I will turn my hand against you;[b]
    I will thoroughly purge away your dross
    and remove all your impurities.
26 I will restore your leaders as in days of old,
    your rulers as at the beginning.
Afterward you will be called
    the City of Righteousness,
    the Faithful City.

27 Zion will be delivered with justice,
    her penitent ones with righteousness.
28 But rebels and sinners will both be broken,
    and those who forsake the Lord will perish.

29 “You will be ashamed because of the sacred oaks
    in which you have delighted;
you will be disgraced because of the gardens
    that you have chosen.
30 You will be like an oak with fading leaves,
    like a garden without water.
31 The mighty man will become tinder
    and his work a spark;
both will burn together,
    with no one to quench the fire.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 1:17 Or justice. / Correct the oppressor
  2. Isaiah 1:25 That is, against Jerusalem
New International Version (NIV)

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Viewing of
Cross references
Footnotes