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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Isaiah 55:1-13

55*  Ho, every thirsty man, come to the water, and you who have no money, come buy provisions and eat; come buy them for no money, wine and milk for no pay; 2  why should you spend money for no bread and your earnings for no satisfaction? Listen to me and eat good things, and let your cravings be delighted with fat things; 3*  turn your ears and come to me, listen that your souls may live and I may make with you an eternal covenant, the faithful friendship I pledged to David. 4*  Here I make him a witness to peoples, warden and dictator of many a folk. 5*  Here, you shall call a nation you do not know, and a nation that never knew you shall run to you, on account of your God Jehovah, and for Israel’s Holy One because he has adorned you with magnificence. 6  Betake yourselves to Jehovah while he is to be found; call on him while he is near; 7  let a wicked man leave his course and a villain his schemes, and come back to Jehovah who will take pity on him, to our God because he will amply forgive; 8  for my plans are not yours and your courses are not mine, quoth Jehovah. 9  For sky is higher than earth; by so much are my courses higher than yours and my plans than yours. 10  For as the shower and the snowstorm come down out of the sky and do not go back without having watered the earth and set it to hatching and sprouting, and it gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11  so shall be my word that goes out of my mouth: it shall not come back to me empty-handed, but do what I please that it should and succeed in what I sent it for. 12  For you shall go out in gladness and be led along in safety; the mountains and hills shall break out into shouting before you, and all the trees of the wilds shall clap their hands. 13  Instead of the thorn-tree there shall come up a cypress, and instead of the elecampane there shall come up a myrtle; and Jehovah shall have it for an honor, a perpetual never-failing trophy.


55:1 Var. buy provisions and eat wine and milk for no money and for no pay
55:3 Lit. faithful friendlinesses of David
55:4 Or made
55:5 Conj. and those that