New International Reader's Version

Isaiah 1

1Here is the vision about Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah saw. It came to him when Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah were ruling. They were kings of Judah. Isaiah was the son of Amoz.

The Nation Refuses to Obey the Lord

Listen to me, you heavens! Pay attention to me, earth!
    The Lord has said,
“I raised children. I brought them up.
    But they have refused to obey me.
The ox knows its master.
    The donkey knows where its owner feeds it.
But Israel does not know me.
    My people do not understand me.”

How terrible it will be for this sinful nation!
    They are loaded down with guilt.
They are people who do nothing but evil.
    They are children who are always sinning.
They have deserted the Lord.
    They have turned against the Holy One of Israel.
    They have turned their backs on him.

Israel, why do you want to be beaten all the time?
    Why do you always refuse to obey the Lord?
Your head is covered with wounds.
    Your whole heart is weak.
There isn’t a healthy spot on your body.
    You are not healthy from the bottom of your feet to the top of your head.
You have nothing but wounds, cuts
    and open sores.
They haven’t been cleaned up or bandaged
    or treated with olive oil.

Your country has been deserted.
    Your cities have been burned down.
The food from your fields is being eaten up by outsiders.
    They are doing it right in front of you.
Your land has been completely destroyed.
    It looks as if strangers have taken it over.
The city of Zion is left like a shed
    where someone stands guard in a vineyard.
It is left like a hut in a cucumber field.
    It’s like a city being attacked.
The Lord who rules over all
    has let some people live through that time of trouble.
If he hadn’t, we would have become like Sodom.
    We would have been like Gomorrah.

10 Rulers of Sodom,
    hear the Lord’s message.
People of Gomorrah,
    listen to the instruction of our God.
11 “Do you think I need any more of your sacrifices?”
    asks the Lord.
“I have more than enough of your burnt offerings.
    I have more than enough of rams
    and the fat of your fattest animals.
I do not find any pleasure
    in the blood of your bulls, lambs and goats.
12 Who asked you to bring all these animals
    when you come to worship me?
Who asked you and your animals
    to walk all over my courtyards?
13 Stop bringing offerings that do not mean anything to me!
    I hate your incense.
I can’t stand your worthless gatherings.
    I can’t stand the way you celebrate your New Moon feasts,
    Sabbath days and special services.
14 Your New Moon feasts and your other appointed feasts
    I hate with my whole being.
They have become a heavy load to me.
    I am tired of carrying it.
15 You might spread out your hands toward me when you pray.
    But I do not look at you.
You might even offer many prayers.
    But I am not listening to them.
Your hands are covered with the blood of the people you have murdered.
16     So wash and make yourselves clean.
Get your evil actions out of my sight!
    Stop doing what is wrong!
17     Learn to do what is right!
Treat people fairly.
    Help those who are treated badly.
Stand up in court for children whose fathers have died.
    And do the same thing for widows.

18 “Come. Let us settle this matter,”
    says the Lord.
“Even though your sins are bright red,
    they will be as white as snow.
Even though they are deep red,
    they will be white like wool.
19 But you have to be willing to change and obey me.
    If you are, you will eat the good things that grow on the land.
20 But if you are not willing to obey me,
    you will be killed by swords.”
The Lord has spoken.

21 See how the faithful city of Jerusalem
    has become like a prostitute!
Once it was full of people who treated others fairly.
    Those who did what was right used to live in it.
    But now murderers live there!
22 Jerusalem, your silver isn’t pure anymore.
    Your best wine has been made weak with water.
23 Your rulers refuse to obey the Lord.
    They join forces with robbers.
All of them love to accept money from those who want special favors.
    They are always looking for gifts from other people.
They don’t stand up in court for children whose fathers have died.
    They don’t do it for widows either.
24 The Lord is the Mighty One of Israel.
    The Lord who rules over all announces,
“Israel, you have become my enemies.
    I will act against you in my anger.
    I will pay you back for what you have done.
25 I will turn my power against you.
    I will make you completely ‘clean.’
    I will remove everything that is not pure.
26 I will give you leaders like the ones you had long ago.
    I will give you rulers like those you had at the beginning.
Then you will be called
    the City That Does What Is Right.
    You will also be called the Faithful City.”

27 Zion will be saved when justice is done.
    Those who are sorry for their sins will be saved
    when what is right is done.
28 But sinners and those who refuse to obey the Lord will be destroyed.
    And those who desert the Lord will die.

29 “Israel, you take delight in worshiping among the sacred oak trees.
    You will be full of shame for doing that.
You have chosen to worship in the sacred gardens.
    You will be dishonored for doing that.
30 You will be like an oak tree whose leaves are dying.
    You will be like a garden that doesn’t have any water.
31 Your strongest men will become like dry pieces of wood.
    Their worship of other gods will be the spark that lights the fire.
Everything will be burned up.
    No one will be there to put the fire out.”

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Esajas 1

1I løbet af den periode, hvor henholdsvis kong Uzzija, kong Jotam, kong Ahaz og kong Hizkija regerede i Judariget, modtog Esajas, Amotzʼ søn, en række profetiske syner om Judarigets og Jerusalems fremtid:

Et budskab til det oprørske Judas rige

Himmel og jord, hør, hvad Herren siger:

„De børn, jeg kærligt har opdraget og haft omsorg for, har gjort oprør imod mig. En okse kender sin ejer, et æsel ved, hvor det hører hjemme, men Israel vil ikke kendes ved mig, mit folk fatter ingenting!”

Ja, Israels folk er fulde af synd. De er tynget af skyld. Som ondskabsfulde børn, der ødelægger alt, har de vendt Herren ryggen. De har hånet Israels hellige Gud. De har afskåret sig fra hans hjælp.

Hør, Israel, er du ikke blevet straffet nok? Hvor længe vil du blive ved med at gøre oprør? Dit hoved er forslået, og dit livsmod forsvundet. Fra top til tå er du fuld af mærker efter slag. Der er store rifter og ubehandlede, åbne sår, der hverken er lindret med olie eller forbundet. Jeres land er ødelagt og byerne brændt ned. Jeres marker blev plyndret for øjnene af jer, gjort til en gold ødemark. Jerusalem står som et forladt vagttårn i en gammel vinmark, som et læskur i en forladt melonmark, som en by, der har været belejret.

Hvis ikke den almægtige Gud havde reddet en rest, var vi blevet udslettet som Sodoma, gjort til intet som Gomorra. 10 Hør Herrens ord, I Sodoma-ledere, lyt til, hvad vores Gud siger, I Gomorra-folk:

11 „Jeg er dødtræt af jeres ofre. Hold op med at bringe flere! Jeg bryder mig ikke om jeres fede væddere og blodet fra alle jeres offerdyr. 12 Hvorfor kommer I og tramper rundt i min helligdom med jeres nytteløse ofre? 13 Jeres røgelsesofre er en stank i næsen på mig. Jeres nymåne- og sabbatsfester, ja, alle jeres højtider, er forurenet af jeres ondskab. 14 Jeg hader jeres fester! Jeg kan ikke udstå synet af dem! 15 Når I rækker hænderne ud imod mig i bøn, vender jeg ryggen til. Jeg nægter at høre jeres bønner, uanset hvor meget I beder, for jeres hænder er plettet af det blod, I har udgydt.

16 Rens jer, så I bliver skyldfri! Lad mig ikke mere se nogen form for ondskab iblandt jer! Hold op med alt det onde! 17 Gør det gode, kæmp for retfærdigheden og hjælp de undertrykte, de faderløse og enkerne.”

18 „Kom, lad mig tale jer til fornuft,” siger Herren. „For selv om jeres synder er som røde blodpletter på jer, kan I blive uskyldsrene som nyfalden sne. Selv hvis I er røde som skarlagen over det hele, kan jeg gøre jer rene som den hvideste uld. 19 Hvis I er villige til at adlyde mig, skal I få lov til selv at høste og nyde, hvad I har sået i landet, 20 men hvis I er trodsige og egenrådige, bliver I udryddet af fjenden! Jeg, Herren, har talt!”

Jerusalems utroskab

21 Jerusalem, du, som engang var så trofast imod Herren, er blevet ham utro. Før i tiden var du fuld af retsindige og retskafne mennesker, nu huser du mordere. 22 Engang var du som det rene sølv, nu er du som slagger. Engang var du en udsøgt vin, nu er du helt udvandet. 23 Dine ledere er oprørske og står i ledtog med forbrydere. De tager alle imod bestikkelse og er altid på udkig efter gaver. De tager sig ikke af de forældreløse, taler ikke enkers sag i retten. 24 Derfor siger Herren, Israels Gud, den Almægtige: „Ve jer, for nu vil jeg hævne mig på jer. I er blevet mine fjender! 25 Jeg vil vende mig imod jer og smelte jer om. Jeg vil rense alle urenheder bort. 26 Bagefter vil jeg genoprette jer og give jer gode ledere og kloge rådgivere som dem, I havde før. Jerusalem skal igen kaldes ‚Retfærdighedens og troskabens by’.”

27 Jerusalem bliver frit igen, når dets indbyggere begynder at handle ret. Byen kan ånde lettet op, når retfærdigheden igen begynder at råde. 28 Men alle, som er ulydige og vender sig fra Herren, bliver udryddet.

29 En dag vil I skamme jer over at tænke på, hvordan I ofrede til afguderne under egetræerne. I vil rødme, når I tænker på alle de synder, I begik i jeres offerlunde. 30 I bliver som visne egetræer, som en have, der ikke får vand. 31 De stærkeste iblandt jer bliver som hø, og deres onde handlinger vil være de gnister, der antænder høet. Ingen vil kunne slukke ilden.