The Message

Isaiah 1

Messages of Judgment

Quit Your Worship Charades

1The vision that Isaiah son of Amoz saw regarding Judah and Jerusalem during the times of the kings of Judah: Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah.

2-4 Heaven and earth, you’re the jury.
    Listen to God’s case:
“I had children and raised them well,
    and they turned on me.
The ox knows who’s boss,
    the mule knows the hand that feeds him,
But not Israel.
    My people don’t know up from down.
Shame! Misguided God-dropouts,
    staggering under their guilt-baggage,
Gang of miscreants,
    band of vandals—
My people have walked out on me, their God,
    turned their backs on The Holy of Israel,
    walked off and never looked back.

5-9 “Why bother even trying to do anything with you
    when you just keep to your bullheaded ways?
You keep beating your heads against brick walls.
    Everything within you protests against you.
From the bottom of your feet to the top of your head,
    nothing’s working right.
Wounds and bruises and running sores—
    untended, unwashed, unbandaged.
Your country is laid waste,
    your cities burned down.
Your land is destroyed by outsiders while you watch,
    reduced to rubble by barbarians.
Daughter Zion is deserted—
    like a tumbledown shack on a dead-end street,
Like a tarpaper shanty on the wrong side of the tracks,
    like a sinking ship abandoned by the rats.
If God-of-the-Angel-Armies hadn’t left us a few survivors,
    we’d be as desolate as Sodom, doomed just like Gomorrah.

10 “Listen to my Message,
    you Sodom-schooled leaders.
Receive God’s revelation,
    you Gomorrah-schooled people.

11-12 “Why this frenzy of sacrifices?”
    God’s asking.
“Don’t you think I’ve had my fill of burnt sacrifices,
    rams and plump grain-fed calves?
Don’t you think I’ve had my fill
    of blood from bulls, lambs, and goats?
When you come before me,
    whoever gave you the idea of acting like this,
Running here and there, doing this and that—
    all this sheer commotion in the place provided for worship?

13-17 “Quit your worship charades.
    I can’t stand your trivial religious games:
Monthly conferences, weekly Sabbaths, special meetings—
    meetings, meetings, meetings—I can’t stand one more!
Meetings for this, meetings for that. I hate them!
    You’ve worn me out!
I’m sick of your religion, religion, religion,
    while you go right on sinning.
When you put on your next prayer-performance,
    I’ll be looking the other way.
No matter how long or loud or often you pray,
    I’ll not be listening.
And do you know why? Because you’ve been tearing
    people to pieces, and your hands are bloody.
Go home and wash up.
    Clean up your act.
Sweep your lives clean of your evildoings
    so I don’t have to look at them any longer.
Say no to wrong.
    Learn to do good.
Work for justice.
    Help the down-and-out.
Stand up for the homeless.
    Go to bat for the defenseless.

Let’s Argue This Out

18-20 “Come. Sit down. Let’s argue this out.”
    This is God’s Message:
“If your sins are blood-red,
    they’ll be snow-white.
If they’re red like crimson,
    they’ll be like wool.
If you’ll willingly obey,
    you’ll feast like kings.
But if you’re willful and stubborn,
    you’ll die like dogs.”
That’s right. God says so.

Those Who Walk Out on God

21-23 Oh! Can you believe it? The chaste city
    has become a whore!
She was once all justice,
    everyone living as good neighbors,
And now they’re all
    at one another’s throats.
Your coins are all counterfeits.
    Your wine is watered down.
Your leaders are turncoats
    who keep company with crooks.
They sell themselves to the highest bidder
    and grab anything not nailed down.
They never stand up for the homeless,
    never stick up for the defenseless.

24-31 This Decree, therefore, of the Master, God-of-the-Angel-Armies,
    the Strong One of Israel:
“This is it! I’ll get my oppressors off my back.
    I’ll get back at my enemies.
I’ll give you the back of my hand,
    purge the junk from your life, clean you up.
I’ll set honest judges and wise counselors among you
    just like it was back in the beginning.
Then you’ll be renamed
    City-That-Treats-People-Right, the True-Blue City.”
God’s right ways will put Zion right again.
    God’s right actions will restore her penitents.
But it’s curtains for rebels and God-traitors,
    a dead end for those who walk out on God.
“Your dalliances in those oak grove shrines
    will leave you looking mighty foolish,
All that fooling around in god and goddess gardens
    that you thought was the latest thing.
You’ll end up like an oak tree
    with all its leaves falling off,
Like an unwatered garden,
    withered and brown.
‘The Big Man’ will turn out to be dead bark and twigs,
    and his ‘work,’ the spark that starts the fire
That exposes man and work both
    as nothing but cinders and smoke.”

Endagaano Enkadde nʼEndagaano Empya

Isaaya 1

1Okwolesebwa kwa Isaaya, mutabani wa Amozi, kwe yafuna okukwata ku Yuda ne Yerusaalemi mu bufuzi bwa Uzziya, ne Yosamu, ne Akazi ne Keezeekiya, bassekabaka ba Yuda.

Eggwanga Ejjeemu

Wulira ggwe eggulu, mpuliriza ggwe ensi,
    kubanga bw’ati Mukama bw’ayogera nti,
“Nayonsa ne ndera abaana
    naye ne banjeemera.
Ente emanya nannyini yo
    n’endogoyi emanya ekisibo kya mukama waayo,
naye Isirayiri tammanyi,
    abantu bange tebantegeera.”

Woowe! Eggwanga erijjudde ebibi,
    abantu abajjudde obutali butuukirivu,
ezzadde eryabakola ebibi,
    abaana aboonoonyi!
Balese Mukama
    banyoomye Omutukuvu wa Isirayiri,
    basenguse bamuvuddeko bamukubye amabega.

Lwaki mweyongera okujeema?
    Mwagala mwongere okubonerezebwa?
Omutwe gwonna mulwadde,
    n’omutima gwonna gunafuye.
Okuva mu mala g’ekigere okutuuka ku mutwe
    temuli bulamu
wabula ebiwundu, n’okuzimba,
    n’amabwa agatiiriika amasira
agatanyigibwanga, okusibibwa,
    wadde okuteekebwako eddagala.

Ensi yammwe esigadde matongo,
    ebibuga byammwe byokeddwa omuliro,
nga nammwe bennyini mulaba.
    Bannamawanga[a] balidde ensi yammwe,
    era ezise kubanga bannaggwanga bagisudde.
Omuwala wa Sayuuni alekeddwa
    ng’ensiisira esigadde mu nnimiro y’emizabbibu,
ng’ekiwummulirwamu mu nnimiro y’emyungu[b],
    ng’ekibuga ekizingiziddwa.
Singa Mukama ow’Eggye
    teyatulekerawo bantu abatonotono abaasigalawo
twandibadde nga Sodomu,
    twandifuuse nga Ggomola.

10 Muwulirize ekigambo kya Katonda
    mmwe abafuzi ba Sodomu!
Musseeyo omwoyo eri okuyigiriza kwa Katonda waffe
    mmwe abantu b’e Ggomola!
11 “Ssaddaaka enkumu ze munsalira
    zingasa ki?
Nkooye endiga ennume
    enjokye eziweebwayo,
so sisanyukira musaayi gwa nte,
    newaakubadde ogw’abaana b’endiga, newaakubadde ogw’embuzi ennume,” bw’ayogera Mukama.
12 Bwe mujja mu maaso gange,
    ani aba abayise
    ne mujja okulinnyirira empya zange?
13 Mulekeraawo okuleeta ssaddaaka zammwe ezitaliimu;
    obubaane bwammwe bwa muzizo gye ndi.
Omwezi Ogubonese ne Ssabbiiti n’enkuŋŋaana zammwe
    zijjudde obutali butuukirivu.
14 Emyezi gyammwe Egibonese n’embaga zammwe ez’ennaku entukuvu,
    emmeeme yange ebikyaye,
binfuukidde omugugu,
    nkooye okubigumiikiriza.
15 Bwe munaayimusanga emikono gyammwe musabe
    nnaabakwekanga amaaso gange,
era ne bwe munaasabanga ennyo
    siiwulirenga
kubanga emikono gyammwe gisaabaanye omusaayi.

16 Munaabe, mwetukuze
    muggirewo ddala ebikolwa byammwe ebibi gye ndi,
    mulekeraawo okukola ebibi.
17 Muyige okukola obulungi, musalenga emisango n’amazima,
    mudduukirirenga abajoogebwa,
musalenga omusango gw’atalina kitaawe,
    muwolerezenga bannamwandu.

18 “Mujje nno tukubaganye ebirowoozo,”
    bw’ayogera Mukama;
“ebibi byammwe ne bwe biba ng’olugoye olumyufu
    binaafuuka byeru ng’omuzira,
ne bwe binaaba bitwakaavu nga langi emyufu enkwafu,
    binaatukula ng’ebyoya by’endiga.
19 Bwe munaagondanga ne muwulira,
    munaalyanga ebirungi eby’ensi;
20 naye bwe munaagaananga ne mujeemanga
    ekitala kinaabalyanga,”
kubanga akamwa ka Mukama ke kakyogedde.

21 Laba ekibuga ekyesigwa
    bwe kifuuse ng’omwenzi!
Oyo eyasalanga emisango mu bwenkanya!
    Obutuukirivu bwatuulanga mu ye,
    naye kaakano batemu bennyini nnyini!
22 Effeeza yo efuuse masengere,
    wayini wo afuuse wa lujjulungu.
23 Abafuzi bo bajeemu,
    mikwano gya babbi,
bonna bawoomerwa enguzi,
    era banoonya kuweebwa birabo;
tebayamba batalina ba kitaabwe,
    so n’ensonga za bannamwandu tebazifaako.
24 Noolwekyo kyava ayogera Mukama, Mukama ow’Eggye,
    ow’amaanyi owa Isirayiri nti,
“Ndifuka obusungu ku balabe bange,
    era ne nesasuza abo abankyawa.
25 Era ndikukwatamu n’omukono gwange,
    ne nnoongoosereza ddala amasengere go gonna
    ne nkuggyamu ebitali birungi byonna.
26 Era ndikomyawo abalamuzi bo ng’olubereberye
    n’abo abakuwa amagezi, nga bwe kyali okusooka.
Olwo olyoke oyitibwe
    ekibuga eky’obutuukirivu,
    ekibuga ekyesigwa.”

27 Sayuuni alinunulibwa lwa bwenkanya,
    n’abantu baamu abalyenenya mu butuukirivu.
28 Naye abeewaggula n’abakozi b’ebibi balizikirizibwa wamu,
    n’abo abava ku Mukama Katonda, balimalibwawo.

29 “Kubanga mulikwatibwa ensonyi olw’emiti
    mwe mwenyumiririzanga,
n’olw’ennimiro
    ze mweroboza.
30 Kubanga mulibeera ng’omuvule oguwotoka
    era ng’ennimiro etaliimu mazzi.
31 N’omusajja ow’amaanyi alifuuka ng’enfuuzi,
    n’omulimu gwe ng’akasasi akavudde ku lyanda,
era byombi biriggiira wamu
    so tewaliba azikiza omuliro ogwo.”

Notas al pie

  1. 1:7 Kino kyogera ku kulumbibwa kw’abantu b’omu Bwasuli mu biro bya Sennakeribu (2Bk 18:13).
  2. 1:8 emyungu ziba bika bya nsujju; emu eyitibwa omungu