Isaiah 55-60


Austria, Vienna, St. Charles's Church The Tetr...

Austria, Vienna, St. Charles’s Church The Tetragrammaton Yahweh intended to be pronounced Adonai (see File:Tetragrammaton-related-Masoretic-vowel-points.png). From the window above the main altar in Karlskirche on the south side of Karlsplatz, Vienna. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

55[1-5] Look, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters, and those who have no money; come, buy, and eat; yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what isn’t food? and work for what doesn’t satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what’s good, and let your soul enjoy itself in goodness. Listen to Me, and come to Me; hear, and your soul will live and I’ll make an everlasting promise with you, as faithful as the promises I made to David. Look, I’ve given him as a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander to the peoples. Look, you’ll call a nation that you don’t know; and a nation that didn’t know you will run to you, because of Yahweh your God, and for the Holy One of Israel, who has made you great.

 

[6-13] Turn to Yahweh who can yet be found; call out to God who is near. Give up your crooked ways and your evil thoughts, you sinners; Come back to Yahweh your God, who will have compassion; and to your God, who will forgive all your sins. My thoughts and ways aren’t like your thoughts and ways, says Yahweh. As the heavens are higher than the earth, My thoughts and ways are higher than your thoughts and ways. Rain and snow fall from the sky, and doesn’t go back there, until it waters the earth, and makes it bloom and bud, and gives you seed to plant, and food to eat; So it is with My word, which goes out of My mouth and doesn’t come back to Me without doing what I want it to, and It’ll prosper in whatever I sent it to do. You’ll go out with happiness, and be led with peace; the mountains and hills will break out in singing to you; and all the trees of the fields will clap their hands. Instead of the thorn will come up the fir tree; and instead of the brier will come up the myrtle tree; and It’ll be to make Yahweh’s name well known, for an everlasting sign that won’t ever come to an end.

56[1 Yahweh says this, Keep justice, and do what’s right; for My saving grace is near to come, and My goodness is soon to be made known. Blessed is the one who does this, and the child of one who holds on to it; who keeps the Seventh Day from disrespecting it, and keeps from doing anything evil. Don’t let the foreigner, who follows Yahweh, say, Yahweh will, without a doubt, separate me from the people of God; and don’t let the emasculated say, Look, I am a withered tree that won’t produce fruit. Yahweh says this of the emasculated who keep My Seventh Days, and choose the things that please Me, and hold on to My promise; I’ll give to them in My House and within My walls a name to be remembered which is better than sons and daughters; I’ll give them an everlasting name, that won’t be cut off.

 

[6-8] Also the foreigners who join themselves to Yahweh, to minister to Me, and to love the Name of Yahweh, to be My workers, everyone who keeps from disrespecting the Seventh Day, and holds on to My promise, I’ll bring to My holy mountain, and make them happy in My House of Prayer. Their offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; for My House will be called a House of Prayer for all peoples. Yahweh God, who gathers the outcasts ofIsrael, says, I’ll gather others to Myself, besides My own who are gathered here.

 

[9-12] All you animals of the field, come and eat, yes, all you animals in the forest. My guards are all blind, and without knowledge; They’re all mute dogs, which can’t bark; dreaming, lying down, loving to sleep. Yes, these dogs are greedy, and can never have enough; and these are preachers who can’t understand. They all go their own way, trying to get what they can for themselves. Come here, they say, I’ll get wine, and we’ll get drunk; and tomorrow will be like today, only better.

57[1-5] Good people die, and no one takes it to heart; and kindhearted ones are taken away, none thinking that they’re spared from the evil to come. Everyone who does what is right will rest in peace in their graves. But come here, you who do witchcraft, the children of those who are unfaithful. Of whom are you making fun? To whom are you sticking out your tongues? Aren’t you like disobedient children, you unfaithful liars? You have sex among yourselves under every green oak tree, worshiping your false gods; You kill your own children, sacrificing them in the valleys, and in the mountains!

 

[6-10] You’ve chosen the smooth stones of the valley as your gods; so that’s what you’ll get; You’ve even poured out a drink offering to them, and made your offering. Will I be quiet about these things? On a high and proud mountain you’ve made your bed and there you also went up to offer your child sacrifices. Behind the doors and the posts of your houses you’ve set up your memorials to your false gods, and you’ve been unfaithful with them, and have gone up to worship them; You’ve shared your bed, and made a promise to them, and you loved their bed when you saw it. You went to your false god Molech with oil, and put on more perfume, and sent messengers far away, and lowered yourself to the pits of Hell. You tired yourself out; yet you didn’t say, It’s for nothing! You found your strength and didn’t give up on them.

 

[11-14] Of whom have you been so afraid, that you lie, and haven’t remembered Me, nor kept My ways in your heart? Haven’t I held My peace a very long time, and you still don’t respect Me? I’ll tell you of your goodness; and as for what you’ve done, none of it will help you. When you cry, let those who you’ve been serving save you; but the wind will take them, a breath will carry them all away; but those whose safe haven is in Me will get the land, and will have My holy mountain. God says, Clear the way, clear the way, and move the rocks that My people trip over out of the way!

 

[15-21] For this says the high and proud One who lives in eternity, whose Name is Holy; I live in the high and holy place, with  those who are of a broken and depressed spirit, to revive the depressed spirit, and to revive the broken heart. For I won’t fight forever, nor will I always be angry; for the spirit would faint before Me, and the souls who I’ve made would die. For their sinful greed I was angry, and punished them; I hid My face and was angry; and they went on rebelling in their own ways. I’ve seen their ways, and will heal them.  I’ll lead them also, and give comfort to those who mourn. I create praise on the lips of My people. Peace, peace, to those who are far off and to those who are near, says Yahweh; and I’ll heal them. But sinners are like the troubled sea; which can’t rest, and its waters stir up sand and muck. There is no peace, says My God, to the sinners.

58[1-5] Cry aloud, don’t spare, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and tell My people of their disobedience, and to the family of Jacob their sins. Yet they look for Me daily, and want to know My ways. As if they were a nation that did what’s right, and didn’t leave the laws of their God, they ask Me to judge them rightly; and they want to draw near to God. Why have we fasted, they say, and you don’t see us? Why have we troubled ourselves, and you don’t pay attention? Look, in the day of your fast you do what you want to do, and make all your workers work. Look, you fast  to argue and fight, and hit each other with the fist. You don’t fast today, in such a way as to make your prayers heard in heaven. Is this the fast that I’ve chosen? A day for people to trouble their souls? Is it to bow down their heads like a rush, and to put on mourning clothes and put ashes under themselves? Will you call this a fast, and a day that Yahweh accepts?

 

[6-11] Isn’t this the fast that I’ve chosen? To loose the chains of sin, and take off their heavy load, and to let the abused go free, and that you take off every heavy load? Isn’t it to give your food to the hungry, and that you bring the poor who are thrown out to your house? And when you see the naked, that you clothe them; and that you not close your eyes to the needs of your own people? Then your light will shine like the dawn, and you’ll be healed quickly; and your goodness will go before you; and the praise of Yahweh will watch your back. Then you’ll pray, and Yahweh will answer; you’ll cry, and I will say, Here I am. If you take away the heavy loads of others, and stop pointing fingers at each other, and speaking hurtful things to one another; and if you do everything you can to feed the hungry, and help the troubled soul, then will your light will rise in the darkness, and you will shine like the noonday; and Yahweh will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in dry places, and make you strong; and you’ll be like a watered garden, and like a creek, whose waters won’t fail.

 

[12-14] Those who will come from you will rebuild the old ruins; you’ll build on the foundations of many generations; and you’ll be called The Repairer of What was Broken, The Restorer of the Way to Live. If you turn away from misusing the Seventh Day, from doing what you want on My holy day; and call the Seventh Day a day to enjoy, and make what Yahweh set aside to be honored; and will honor it yourself, not going your own ways, nor doing whatever you want, nor saying your own words but saying My words, then you’ll enjoy yourself in the worship of Yahweh; and I’ll put you in high places in the earth; and I’ll feed you on the land I gave to your ancestor, Jacob; for the mouth of Yahweh has said it.

59[1-6] Look, Yahweh’s hand isn’t weakened, that it can’t save you; nor is God’s ear closed, that it can’t hear you, but your sins have separated you from your God, and your wrongdoings have made God turn away from you, and not listen to you. You have blood on your hands, and they are filled with sin; your mouth has spoken lies, and your tongue says what is wrong. No one sues because they’re right, and no one goes to court in truth. They trust in their empty lies; they make up trouble, and find sin. They hatch snakes’ eggs, and weave a spider’s web and whoever eats their eggs will dies and what is broken opens up to hatch a snake. Their spiders webs won’t make clothes, nor will they cover themselves with what they’ve made; what they’ve done are acts of sin, and violence is in their hands.

 

[7-11] Their feet run to evil, and they shed innocent blood quickly; they think sinful thoughts and leave a path of pain and suffering behind them. They don’t know the way of peace; and there’s no justice in what they do. They’ve made themselves crooked paths; whoever follows them doesn’t know peace. So justice is out of our reach, nor can we grasp what’s right. We look for light, but we see nothing but darkness; for brightness, but we walk in the shadows. We grope for the wall like the blind; yes, we grope as those who have no eyes to see and we trip at noonday as in the dark; we are as dead people among the living. We all growl like bears, and moan greatly like doves. We want justice, but there is none; We want God’s saving grace, but it’s out of our reach.

 

[12-15] For our sins are many in Your sight, and they are witnesses against us. Our sins are with us, and as for our wrongdoings, we know them well. We sin and turn our backs on Yahweh, turning away from following our God, speaking of abuse and rebellion, thinking and speaking lying words from our hearts. Justice is backwards, and goodness is out of our reach; truth isn’t in us, and we don’t even know what’s right and wrong any more. Yes, truth is lacking; and those who stop doing evil make themselves prey to those who do evil. Yahweh saw it, and was displeased that there was no justice.

 

[16-21] I saw that there was no one to help you, and thought about there being no one to stand up for you; So by My own power, I brought you My saving grace; and My goodness was My strength; I put on goodness as a breastplate, and a helmet of saving grace; I put on clothes of judgment, and wore passion as a coat; I’ll repay everyone for their actions, having great anger on My enemies, to repay them and will repay the nations what’s due them. So they’ll fear the name of Yahweh from the west, and My fame will rise like the sun; and come like a rushing river, which the breath of Yahweh drives. A Savior will come toZion(Jerusalem), and to those who turn from their disobedience in Jacob (Israel), says Yahweh. As for Me, this is My promise to you, says Yahweh. My Spirit which is on you, and My words which I’ve put in your mouth, won’t leave out of your mouth, nor out of the mouth of your children, nor out of the mouth of your grandchildren, says Yahweh, from now on and forever.

60[1-5] Get up, and shine; for your light is come, and the light of Yahweh is dawning on you. Look, darkness will cover the earth, and black darkness the peoples; but Yahweh will dawn on you, whose light will be seen on you. Nations will come to your light, and rulers to the brightness of your dawning. Look up and all around you, and see them all gathering themselves together, and coming to you; your children will come from far, and be carried in their arms. Then you’ll see and shine beautifully, and your heart will be very happy and be proud; because the riches of the sea will be brought to you, and the wealth of the nations will come to you.

 

[6-10] Many camels will cover you, coming from Midian, Ephah, andSheba. They’ll bring gold and fragrant oils, and will tell others the praises of Yahweh. All the flocks of Kedar (south ofPalestine) will be gathered together to you, the rams of Nebaioth (Arabs) will minister to you; They’ll come to My altar and be accepted; and I’ll praise the House of My glory. What are these ships that sail like clouds, and fly like doves going home? Without a doubt, the nations will wait for Me, and the ships of Tarshish (Spain) will lead them, to bring your children from far away, bringing their silver and gold with them, to worship the name of Yahweh your God, the Holy One of Israel, who has made you well known. Foreigners will build your walls, and their rulers will minister to you; for in My great anger I punished you, but in My grace I’ve had compassion on you.

 

[11-15] Your gates will be open continually, also; They won’t be shut day or night; so that people may bring to you the wealth of the nations, and their rulers will be in your power. For that nation and realm that won’t serve you will die; yes, those nations will be completely destroyed. The beauty ofLebanonwill come to you, the fir tree, the pine, and the myrtle tree together, to beautify the place of My safe haven; and I’ll make the place of My feet wonderful. The children of those who troubled you will come bowing down to you; and all those who hated you will bow themselves down at your feet; and they’ll call you “The City of Yahweh,Zion(Jerusalem) of the Holy One of Israel. Just as you’ve been deserted and hated, so that no one passed through you, I’ll make you eternally great, a many generations will be happy in you.

 

[16-22] You’ll also suck the milk of the nations, and will nurse at the breast of their rulers; and you’ll know that I, Yahweh, am your Savior, and the One who bought you back, the Strong One of Jacob. For brass I’ll bring gold, and for iron I’ll bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron. I’ll also make your officers peaceful, and your ruler good. Violence won’t be heard in your land any more, neither ruin nor destruction will come within your borders; but you’ll call your walls Saving Grace, and your gates Praise. The sun won’t be your light by day any more; nor for its brightness will the moon be your light, but Yahweh will be to you an everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. The sun won’t go down any more, nor will your moon hide itself; Yahweh will be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning will be over. Your people will all do what’s right, also; they’ll have the land forever, being the branch of My planting, and the work of My hands, so that I may be praised. The smallest family will become great, and strong like a nation; I, Yahweh, will do this quickly at the right time.

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