1[1-6] The vision of Isaiah, the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Hear, you who are in heaven, and listen, you who are on earth; for Yahweh has spoken, saying, I have nourished and brought up children, and they’ve rebelled against me. The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its owner’s barn; but Israel doesn’t know, and my people don’t think about it. Ah sinful nation, a people loaded with sin, descendants of evil-doers, children who do wrongfully! They’ve left Yahweh. They’ve hated the Holy One of Israel. They’re separated and backward. Why should you be beaten more, that you rebel more and more? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart is faint. From the sole of your foot all the way to your head there is nothing good in it, only wounds, welts, and open sores that haven’t been closed, neither bandaged, neither soothed with oil.
[7-9] Your country is deserted. Your cities are burned with fire. Strangers take your land while you watch, and it’s deserted, and overthrown by strangers. The city of Zionis left like a shed in a vineyard, like a hut in a field of melons, like a besieged city. Unless Yahweh, the God of All Creation had left us a very small remnant, we would have been like Sodom and Gomorrah.
[10-14] Hear the word of Yahweh, you rulers of Sodom! Listen to the law of our God, you people of Gomorrah! Yahweh says, “What are your many sacrifices to Me? I’ve had enough of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed animals. I don’t enjoy the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of male goats. When you come to show yourselves before Me, who has asked you to do this, to trample my courts? Bring no more meaningless offerings. Incense is evil to me; I can’t bear the evil assemblies of your new moons, Seventh Days, and worship meetings. My soul hates your New Moons and your set feasts. They’re hard for Me.
I am tired of putting up with them.
[15-20] When you lift your hands, I won’t look at you. Yes, when you make many prayers, I won’t hear, because your hands are full of blood. Wash yourselves, and get clean. Stop doing your evil wrongdoings right in front of Me. Stop doing what’s evil and Learn to do what’s good. Look for justice and help the abused. Defend the case of those who have lost a parent and support those who have lost a spouse. Come now, and let us think about this together,” says Yahweh. “Though your sins are as scarlet, They’ll be as white as snow. Though they be red as crimson, They’ll be as white as wool. If you are willing and obedient, you’ll eat the good of the land; but if you trash and rebel, you’ll be killed in war; for the mouth of Yahweh has said it.”
[21-23] The faithful city is now as unfaithful as a prostitute! It was full of justice and goodness, but now it’s full of murderers. Your silver is nothing but dross, and your wine is now mixed with water. Your rulers are rebellious, and friends of thieves. Everyone loves bribes, and chases after money. They don’t defend those who have lost parents, nor does the cause of those who have lost spouses come to them.
[24-31] So the Yahweh, the God of All Creation, the Strong One of Israel, says, “Ah, I’ll get relief from those who come against Me, and take revenge on My enemies; and I’ll use My power against you, and thoroughly purge away your dross, and take away all your tin. I’ll restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors like they were at the beginning. Afterward you’ll be called ‘The city of goodness, a faithful town.’Zionwill be bought back with justice, and its converts with goodness. But evildoers and sinners will be destroyed together, and those who leave Yahweh will be destroyed. You’ll be ashamed of the oaks which you wanted, and you’ll be confused for the gardens that you chose. For you’ll be as an oak whose leaf fades, and as a garden that has no water. The strong will be like tinder, whose work will be like a spark. They’ll both burn together, and no one will put them out.”
2[1- 4] This is what Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. In the latter days, the mountain of Yahweh’s house will be set up above all the mountains, and will be raised above the hills; and all nations will flow into it. Many peoples will go and say, “Come, let’s go up to the mountain of Yahweh, to the house of the God of Jacob; who will teach us of the ways of God that we may follow them.” For out of Zion (City of David, Jerusalem) the law will go forth, and the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem. There, God will judge between the nations, and will decide things about many peoples; and they’ll beat their weapons into plows and pruning tools. Nation won’t go to war against nation, and they won’t learn the ways of war any more.
[5-10] House of Jacob, come, and let us walk in the light of Yahweh. For you’ve left your people, the house of Jacob, because they’re filled with those who practice fortune telling like the Philistines, and they join hands with foreigners from the east. Their land is full of silver and gold, and there’s no end to their treasures. Their land is also full of horses, and there’s no end to their chariots. Their land also is full of the false worship of idols. They worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made. Humanity has been brought down, and Humanity is humbled; So, don’t forgive them. Go into the rock, and hide in the dust, from the terrible judgment of Yahweh, and from God’s awesomely beautiful light.
[11-16] The proud looks of human beings will be brought down, the pride of human beings will be bowed down, and Yahweh alone will be lifted up in praise in that day. For there will be a day of Yahweh, the judgment of the God of All Creation, for all that are proud and self-important, and all that are lifted up will be brought down. All the cedars of Lebanon that are high and lifted up, all the oaks ofBashan, all the high mountains, all the hills that are lifted up, every proud tower, every strong wall, all the beautiful crafts, and everything beautiful will be judged.
[17-22] The proud looks of human beings will be bowed down, and the pride of human beings will be brought down; and Yahweh alone will be lifted up in praise in that day. The idols of false worship will be completely destroyed. People will go into the caves of the rocks, and into the holes of the earth, hiding from the terrible judgment of Yahweh, and from God’s awesomely beautiful light, when God causes the earth to greatly shake. In that day, human beings will throw away their idols of silver and gold, which were made for them to worship, to the moles and to the bats. They’ll go into the caverns of the rocks, and into the clefts of the ragged rocks, hiding from the terrible judgment of Yahweh, and from God’s awesomely beautiful light, when God causes the earth to greatly shake. Stop trusting in human beings, whose breath is in their nostrils; for of what importance are they?
3[1-5] Look, Yahweh God, the God of All Creation, takes away from Jerusalem and from Judah their supply and their support, the whole supply of bread, and the whole supply of water; the strong soldiers of war, the judge, the preacher, the fortune teller, the elder, the captain of fifty, the honorable ones, the counselor, the skilled crafts people, and those who cast spells. I’ll make young children to be their rulers, and they’ll rule over them. The people will all be abused by each other, everyone by their neighbor. The child will behave proudly against the old, and the evil against the good.
[6-12] Indeed one person will take hold of another in their own house, saying, “You have nice clothes, you be our ruler, and let this ruin be in your power.” In that day they’ll cry out, saying, I don’t want to be a healer; I don’t even have food or clothes. You won’t make me a ruler of the people. For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen; because everything they say and do is against Yahweh, to provoke God’s fiery eyes. The looks on their faces testify against them. They parade their sin like Sodom. They don’t even try to hide it. Sorrow will come to their soul! For they’ve brought disaster upon themselves. Tell the righteous “Good!” for they’ll be rewarded for what they do. Sorrow will come to the sinners! Disaster is coming upon them; for whatever they do will be paid back to them. As for my people, children are their abusers, and women rule over them. My people, those who lead you make you to go down the wrong paths and make you go the wrong way.
[13-17] Yahweh stands up to fight, and stands up to judge the peoples. Yahweh will judge the elders of the people of God, and their leaders, “It’s you who have eaten up the vineyard. Everything the poor owned is in your houses. What do you mean by crushing my people, and grinding the faces of the poor in the dirt?” says Yahweh God, the God of All Creation. Moreover Yahweh said, “Because the daughters of Zion are self-important, and walk with outstretched necks and flirting eyes, walking to trip someone up as they go, jingling their ankle bracelets on their feet; So God will bring sores on the crowns of the heads of the women of Zion, and Yahweh will make their scalps bald.”
[18-26] In that day, God will take away the beauty of their ankle bracelets, headbands, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, veils, headdresses, sashes, perfume bottles, charms, rings, nose rings, fine clothes, coats, purses, hand mirrors, linens, tiaras, and shawls. Instead of smelling sweet, they’ll stink; instead of having a belt, they’ll be tied with a rope; instead of well set hair, they’ll be shaved bald; instead of nice clothes, they’ll wear rags of mourning; and they’ll be branded instead of being beautiful. You’ll fall in war, yes, your strong will fall in the war. At the city gates, they’ll cry and mourn; It will be deserted and they’ll sit on the ground.
4[1-4] Seven women will take hold of one man in that day, saying, “We’ll eat our own bread, and wear our own clothes; Just let us be called by your name. and take away our shame.” In that day, Yahweh’s branch will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the beauty and pride of the survivors ofIsrael. Everyone who is left in Zion, and those who stay in Jerusalem, will be called holy, even everyone who is still living in Jerusalem; when God will have washed away the filth of the cities of Zion, and will have cleansed the blood out of Jerusalem, by the spirit of justice, and by the spirit of burning judgment.
[5-6] Yahweh will create over all of Mount Zion, and over all its assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the light of a blazing fire by night; and over all the light will be a covering. There, they’ll be shaded from heat in the daytime, and it will be a safe haven and a shelter from storm and rain.
5[1-4] Let me sing for the One I love a song about my love’s vineyard. The One I love had a vineyard on a very fruitful hill and dug it up, gathered the stones out of it, planted it with the best vine, built a watchtower in it, and also cut out a winepress in it. My love looked for it to yield good grapes, but it yielded only wild grapes. “Now, people of Jerusalem and Judah, please judge between Me and My vineyard. What more could have been done to My vineyard, that I haven’t already done in it? Why, when I looked for it to yield good grapes, did it yield wild grapes?
[5-7] Now I’ll tell you what I’ll do to my vineyard. I’ll take away its hedge, and it will be eaten up. I’ll break down its walls, and it will be trampled down. I’ll make it a wasteland. It won’t be pruned nor hoed, but it will grow briers and thorns. I’ll also tell the clouds not to rain on it.” For the vineyard of Yahweh, the God of All Creation is the house ofIsrael, and the people of Judah God’s best plant. God looked for justice, but look, abuse; God looked for goodness, but look, cries of trouble.
[8-12] Sorrow will come to those who join house to house, and who join field to field until there is no room, and they are left living alone in the land! In my ears, Yahweh, the God of All Creation says, “Surely many houses will be deserted, yes, all the big and beautiful houses will be empty. Ten acres of vineyard will only yield eight and a half gallons, and eighty gallons of seed will only yield about eight gallons.” Sorrow will come to those who rise up early in the morning to drink alcohol; who stay up late into the night until they’re drunk! The harp, lyre, tambourine, and flute, with wine, are at their celebrations; but they don’t think about the work of Yahweh, nor have they thought about what God has done.
[13-17] So my people are taken prisoner for lack of knowledge. Their honorable ones are hungry, and the people are dying of thirst. Hell has enlarged to take what it wants, and opened its mouth without measure; and their fame, their many people, their self-importance, and those who rejoice among them, all go down into it. So they are brought down, humanity is humbled, and the eyes of the proud ones look down; but Yahweh, the God of All Creation, is lifted up in praise in justice, and God, the Holy One, is set apart in goodness. Then the lambs will graze as in their pasture, and strangers will eat the ruins of the rich.
[18-24] Sorrow will come to those who carry the sin of falsehood, and drag their sinfulness behind them; Who say, “Let God come quickly, and finish the work, that we may see it; and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near and come, that we may know it!” Sorrow will come to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put their sins of darkness in the light, and hide the goodness of the light in the darkness; who act as if bitter things are sweet, and sweet things are bitter! Sorrow will come to those who are wise in their own eyes, and sensible in their own sight! Sorrow will come to those who drink too much wine, and are great at mixing alcoholic drinks; who free the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice for the innocent! So as the tongue of fire burns the stubble, and as the dry grass sinks down in the flame, so their root will be as rottenness, and their blossom will go up as dust; because they’ve rejected the law of Yahweh, the God of All Creation, and hated the Word of the Holy One of Israel.
[25-30] So Yahweh is very angry with the people of God, and has overturned them, and punished them. The mountains tremble, and their dead bodies are as trash in the midst of the streets. For all this, God is still very angry, and will punish them more. God will lift up a banner to the nations from far away, and will whistle for them to come from the ends of the earth. Look, they’ll come very quickly. None of them will be tired or stumble; none will rest or sleep; nor will the belt of their waist be untied, or the buckle of their shoes be undone, whose weapons are ready and waiting. Their horses’ hoofs are well shoed, and their wheels turn like a tornado. Their noise will roar like a lioness. They’ll roar like young lions. Yes, they’ll roar, and take their prey and carry it off, and there will be no one to save them. They’ll roar against them in that day like the roaring of the sea. If one looks at the land, there will only be darkness and trouble. The light is darkened by the clouds.
6[1-4] In the year that the ruler Uzziah died, I saw God sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, whose royal robe filled the temple. Glowing angelic beings stood above God. Each one had six wings, two covering the face, two covering the feet, and two for flying. One called to another, saying, “Holy, holy, holy, is Yahweh, the God of All Creation! God is made known in the whole earth!” The base of the doorways shook at the voice of the one who called out, and the house was filled with smoke.
[5-9] Then I said, “Sorrow is mine! I’m completely undone, because I am a human being of unfit lips, and I live with a people of unfit lips! My eyes have seen the Ruler, Yahweh, the God of All Creation!” Then one of the glowing angelic beings flew to me, holding a live coal, which was taken with tongs from off the altar. The glowing angelic being touched my mouth with it, and said, “Look, this has touched your lips; and your sin is taken away, and forgiven.” I heard God’s voice, saying, “Whom will I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am. Send me!” Then God said, “Go, and tell this people, ‘You do hear, but don’t understand; and you do see, but don’t recognize.’
[10-13] Make the heart of this people fat. Make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes or they’ll see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn around, and be healed.” Then I said, “God, how long?” Who answered, “Until cities are ruined and have no people, and the houses have no one living in them, and the land becomes completely ruined. And Yahweh has removed all the people far away, and the land is left in ruins. Even if only a tenth is left in it, it also will be ruined, as a pistachio tree, and as an oak tree, whose stump is left, when they’re felled; so the holy people is like the stump.”