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Isaiah 1, RSV

  
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1:1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzzi'ah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezeki'ah, kings of Judah.

1:2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the LORD has spoken: "Sons have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me.

1:3 The ox knows its owner, and the ass its master's crib; but Israel does not know, my people does not understand."

1:4 Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, sons who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the LORD, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged.

1:5 Why will you still be smitten, that you continue to rebel? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.

1:6 From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it, but bruises and sores and bleeding wounds; they are not pressed out, or bound up, or softened with oil.

1:7 Your country lies desolate, your cities are burned with fire; in your very presence aliens devour your land; it is desolate, as overthrown by aliens.

1:8 And the daughter of Zion is left like a booth in a vineyard, like a lodge in a cucumber field, like a besieged city.

1:9 If the LORD of hosts had not left us a few survivors, we should have been like Sodom, and become like Gomor'rah.

1:10 Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom! Give ear to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomor'rah!

1:11 "What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the LORD; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of he-goats.

1:12 "When you come to appear before me, who requires of you this trampling of my courts?

1:13 Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and sabbath and the calling of assemblies -- I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.

1:14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hates; they have become a burden to me, I am weary of bearing them.

1:15 When you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.

1:16 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil,

1:17 learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.

1:18 "Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

1:19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;

1:20 But if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken."

1:21 How the faithful city has become a harlot, she that was full of justice! Righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers.

1:22 Your silver has become dross, your wine mixed with water.

1:23 Your princes are rebels and companions of thieves. Every one loves a bribe and runs after gifts. They do not defend the fatherless, and the widow's cause does not come to them.

1:24 Therefore the Lord says, the LORD of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel: "Ah, I will vent my wrath on my enemies, and avenge myself on my foes.

1:25 I will turn my hand against you and will smelt away your dross as with lye and remove all your alloy.

1:26 And I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city."

1:27 Zion shall be redeemed by justice, and those in her who repent, by righteousness.

1:28 But rebels and sinners shall be destroyed together, and those who forsake the LORD shall be consumed.

1:29 For you shall be ashamed of the oaks in which you delighted; and you shall blush for the gardens which you have chosen.

1:30 For you shall be like an oak whose leaf withers, and like a garden without water.

1:31 And the strong shall become tow, and his work a spark, and both of them shall burn together, with none to quench them.

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