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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (2013 REVISION)
1 The vision that Isaiah*+ the son of Aʹmoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uz·ziʹah,+ Joʹtham,+ Aʹhaz,+ and Hez·e·kiʹah,+ kings of Judah:+ 2 Hear, O heavens, and pay attention, O earth,+ For Jehovah has spoken: “Sons I have brought up and raised,+ But they have revolted against me.+ 3 A bull well knows its buyer, And a donkey the manger of its owner; But Israel does not know me,*+ My own people do not behave with understanding.” 4 Woe to the sinful nation,+ The people weighed down with error, A brood of wicked men, corrupt children! They have abandoned Jehovah;+ They have treated the Holy One of Israel with disrespect; They have turned their backs on him. 5 Where will you be struck next as you add to your rebellion?+ The whole head is sick, And the whole heart is diseased.+ 6 From the sole of the foot to the head, nothing is healthy. There are wounds and bruises and open sores —They have not been treated* or bound up or softened with oil.+ 7 Your land is desolate. Your cities are burned with fire. Foreigners devour your land right in front of you.+ It is like a wasteland overthrown by foreigners.+ 8 The daughter of Zion has been left like a shelter* in a vineyard, Like a hut in a cucumber field, Like a city under siege.+ 9 Unless Jehovah of armies had left us a few survivors, We should have become just like Sodʹom, And we should have resembled Go·morʹrah.+ 10 Hear the word of Jehovah, you dictators* of Sodʹom.+ Pay attention to the law* of our God, you people of Go·morʹrah.+ 11 “Of what benefit to me are your many sacrifices?”+ says Jehovah. “I have had enough of your burnt offerings of rams+ and the fat of well-fed animals,+ And I have no delight in the blood+ of young bulls+ and lambs and goats.+ 12 When you come to appear before me,+ Who has required this from you, This trampling of my courtyards?+ 13 Stop bringing in any more worthless grain offerings. Your incense is detestable to me.+ New moons,+ sabbaths,+ the calling of conventions+ —I cannot put up with the use of magical power+ along with your solemn assembly. 14 I have* hated your new moons and your festivals. They have become a burden to me; I am tired of bearing them. 15 And when you spread out your palms, I hide my eyes from you.+ Although you offer many prayers,+ I am not listening;+ Your hands are filled with blood.+ 16 Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;+ Remove your evil deeds from my sight; Stop doing bad.+ 17 Learn to do good, seek justice,+ Correct the oppressor, Defend the rights of the fatherless child,* And plead the cause of the widow.”+ 18 “Come, now, and let us set matters straight between us,” says Jehovah.+ “Though your sins are like scarlet, They will be made as white as snow;+ Though they are as red as crimson cloth, They will become like wool. 19 If you show willingness and listen, You will eat the good things of the land.+ 20 But if you refuse and rebel, You will be devoured by the sword,+ For the mouth of Jehovah has spoken it.” 21 How the faithful city+ has become a prostitute!+ She was full of justice;+ Righteousness used to lodge in her,+ But now murderers.+ 22 Your silver has become dross,+ And your beer* is diluted with water. 23 Your princes are stubborn and partners with thieves.+ Every one of them loves a bribe and chases after gifts.+ They do not grant justice to the fatherless,* And the legal case of the widow never reaches them.+ 24 Therefore the true Lord, Jehovah of armies, The Powerful One of Israel, declares: “Ah! I will rid myself of my adversaries, And I will take revenge on my enemies.+ 25 I will turn my hand against you, I will smelt away your dross as with lye, And I will remove all your impurities.+ 26 I will restore your judges as in the beginning And your advisers as at the start.+ After this you will be called City of Righteousness, Faithful Town.+ 27 With justice Zion will be redeemed,+ And her people who return, with righteousness. 28 The rebels and the sinners will be broken together,+ And those leaving Jehovah will come to their finish.+ 29 For they will be ashamed of the mighty trees that you desired,+ And you will be disgraced because of the gardens* that you chose.+ 30 For you will become like a big tree with withering leaves,+ And like a garden without water. 31 The strong man will become tow,* And his work a spark; Both of them will go up in flames together, With no one to extinguish them.”
^ Meaning “Salvation of Jehovah.”
^ Or “its master.”
^ Lit., “pressed out.”
^ Or “booth.”
^ Or “rulers.”
^ Or “instruction.”
^ Or “My soul has.”
^ Or “the orphan.”
^ Or “wheat beer.”
^ Or “the orphans.”
^ Apparently trees and gardens connected with idolatrous worship.
^ A flammable ropelike fiber.