1The 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.
2Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. 3The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. 4Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.1.4 laden: Heb. of heaviness1.4 gone…: Heb. alienated, or, separated
5¶ Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.1.5 revolt…: Heb. increase revolt 6From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.1.6 ointment: or, oil 7Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.1.7 overthrown…: Heb. the overthrow of 8And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city. 9Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.
10¶ Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. 11To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.1.11 he goats: Heb. great he goats 12When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?1.12 to appear: Heb. to be seen 13Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.1.13 iniquity: or, grief 14Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. 15And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.1.15 make…: Heb. multiply prayer1.15 blood: Heb. bloods
16¶ Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; 17Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.1.17 relieve: or, righten 18Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 19If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: 20But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
21¶ How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers. 22Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water: 23Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them. 24Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies:
25¶ And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin:1.25 purely: Heb. according to pureness 26And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city. 27Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.1.27 her…: or, they that return of her
28¶ And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed.1.28 destruction: Heb. breaking 29For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen. 30For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water. 31And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.1.31 maker…: or, and his work
1Masomphenya wonena za Yuda ndi Yerusalemu, amene Yesaya mwana wa Amozi, anaona pa nthawi ya ulamuliro wa Uziya, Yotamu, Ahazi ndi Hezekiya, mafumu a Yuda.
2Tamverani, miyamba inu! Tchera khutu, iwe dziko lapansi!
Pakuti Yehova wanena kuti,
“Ndinabala ana ndi kuwalera,
koma anawo andiwukira Ine.
3Ngʼombe imadziwa mwini wake,
bulu amadziwa kumene kuli gome la mbuye wake,
koma Israeli sadziwa,
anthu anga samvetsa konse.”
4Haa, mtundu wochimwa,
anthu olemedwa ndi machimo,
obadwa kwa anthu ochita zoyipa,
ana odzipereka ku zoyipa!
Iwo asiya Yehova;
anyoza Woyerayo wa Israeli
ndipo afulatira Iyeyo.
5Chifukwa chiyani mukufuna kuti muzingolangidwabe?
Chifukwa chiyani mukupitirira kukhala mʼmoyo wowukira?
Mutu wanu wonse uli ndi mabala,
mtima wanu wonse wafowokeratu.
6Kuchokera ku phazi mpaka ku mutu
paliponse pali mikwingwirima ndi zilonda,
mabala ali magazi chuchuchu,
mabala ake ngosatsuka, ngosamanga
ndiponso ngosapaka mafuta ofewetsa.
7Dziko lanu lasanduka bwinja,
mizinda yanu yatenthedwa ndi moto;
minda yanu ikukololedwa ndi alendo
inu muli pomwepo,
dziko lanu lasanduka bwinja monga ngati lagonjetsedwa ndi alendo.
8Mwana wamkazi wa Ziyoni watsala yekha
ngati nsanja mʼmunda wampesa,
ngati chisimba mʼmunda wa minkhaka,
ngati mzinda wozingidwa ndi nkhondo.
9Yehova Wamphamvuzonse akanapanda
tikanawonongeka ngati Sodomu,
tikanakhala ngati anthu a ku Gomora.
10Imvani mawu a Yehova,
inu olamulira Sodomu;
mverani lamulo la Mulungu wathu,
inu anthu a ku Gomora!
11Yehova akuti, “Kodi ndili nazo chiyani
nsembe zanu zochuluka?”
“Zandikola nsembe zanu zopsereza
za nkhosa zazimuna ndiponso mafuta a nyama zonenepa;
ndi magazi angʼombe zamphongo ndi a ana ankhosa ndi ambuzi zazimuna.
12Ndani anakulamulirani kuti
mubwere nazo pamaso panga?
Ndani anakuwuzani kuti muzipondaponda mʼmabwalo a nyumba yanga?
13Siyani kubweretsa nsembe zachabechabezo!
Nsembe zanu zofukiza zimandinyansa Ine.
Sindingapirire misonkhano yanu yoyipa,
kapenanso zikondwerero za Mwezi Watsopano ndi Masabata.
14Zikondwerero zanu za Mwezi Watsopano ndi masiku anu opatulika
Zasanduka katundu wondilemera;
15Mukamatambasula manja anu popemphera,
ngakhale muchulukitse mapemphero anu,
Manja anu ndi odzaza ndi magazi;
Chotsani pamaso panu
ntchito zanu zoyipa!
Lekani kuchita zoyipa,
17phunzirani kuchita zabwino!
Tetezani ana amasiye,
muwayimirire akazi amasiye pa milandu yawo.”
“Tiyeni tsono tikambe mlandu wanu.
Ngakhale machimo anu ali ofiira,
adzayera ngati thonje.
Ngakhale ali ofiira ngati kapezi,
adzayera ngati ubweya wankhosa.
19Ngati muli okonzeka kundimvera
mudzadya zinthu zabwino za mʼdziko;
20koma mukakana ndi kuwukira
mudzaphedwa ndi lupanga.”
Pakuti Yehova wayankhula.
21Taonani momwe mzinda wokhulupirika
Mzinda umene kale unali wodzaza ndi chiweruzo cholungama;
mu mzindamo munali chilungamo,
koma tsopano muli anthu opha anzawo!
22Siliva wako wasanduka wachabechabe,
vinyo wako wabwino wasungunulidwa ndi madzi.
23Atsogoleri ako ndi owukira,
anthu ogwirizana ndi mbala;
onse amakonda ziphuphu
ndipo amathamangira mphatso.
Iwo sateteza ana amasiye;
ndipo samvera madandawulo a akazi amasiye.
24Nʼchifukwa chake Ambuye Yehova Wamphamvu,
Wamphamvuyo wa Israeli, akunena kuti,
“Haa, odana nane ndidzawatha,
ndipo ndidzawabwezera ndekha adani anga.
25Ndidzatambasula dzanja langa kuti ndilimbane nawe;
ndidzasungunula machimo ako nʼkuwachotsa,
monga mmene amachotsera dzimbiri ndi mankhwala.
26Ndidzabwezeretsa oweruza ako ngati masiku amakedzana,
aphungu ako ndidzawabwezeretsa ngati poyamba paja.
Kenaka iweyo udzatchedwa
27Ziyoni adzawomboledwa mwa chiweruzo cholungama,
anthu ake olapadi adzapulumutsidwa mwachilungamo.
28Koma owukira ndi ochimwa adzawawonongera pamodzi,
ndipo amene asiya Yehova adzatheratu.
29“Mudzachita nayo manyazi mitengo ya thundu
mudzagwetsa nkhope chifukwa cha minda
30Mudzakhala ngati mtengo wa thundu umene masamba ake akufota,
mudzakhala ngati munda wopanda madzi.
31Munthu wamphamvu adzasanduka ngati udzu wowuma,
ndipo ntchito zake zidzakhala ngati mbaliwali;
motero zonse zidzayakira limodzi,
popanda woti azimitse motowo.”