New International Reader’s Version

Isaiah 1:1-31

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

2Listen 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.

3The ox knows its master.

The donkey knows where its owner feeds it.

But Israel does not know me.

My people do not understand me.”

4How 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.

5Israel, 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.

6There 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.

7Your 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.

8The 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.

9The 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.

10Rulers 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.

12Who 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?

13Stop 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.

14Your 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.

15You 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.

16So wash and make yourselves clean.

Get your evil actions out of my sight!

Stop doing what is wrong!

17Learn 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.

19But you have to be willing to change and obey me.

If you are, you will eat the good things that grow on the land.

20But if you are not willing to obey me,

you will be killed by swords.”

The Lord has spoken.

21See 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!

22Jerusalem, your silver isn’t pure anymore.

Your best wine has been made weak with water.

23Your 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.

24The 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.

25I will turn my power against you.

I will make you completely ‘clean.’

I will remove everything that is not pure.

26I 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.”

27Zion will be saved when justice is done.

Those who are sorry for their sins will be saved

when what is right is done.

28But 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.

30You will be like an oak tree whose leaves are dying.

You will be like a garden that doesn’t have any water.

31Your 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.”

Holy Bible in Gĩkũyũ

Isaia 1:1-31

11:1 Isa 2:1; 2Ath 16:1Maya nĩmo maũndũ marĩa maaguũrĩirio Isaia mũrũ wa Amozu, makoniĩ Juda na Jerusalemu hĩndĩ ya wathani wa Uzia, na wa Jothamu, na wa Ahazu, na wa Hezekia, arĩa maarĩ athamaki a Juda.

Rũrĩrĩ Rũremi

2Atĩrĩrĩ, wee igũrũ, ta thikĩrĩria! Nawe thĩ ta igua!

Nĩgũkorwo Jehova nĩarĩtie akoiga atĩrĩ:

“Niĩ heete ciana irio, ngacirera igakũra,

no cio ikaanemera.

31:3 Ayub 12:9; Jer 9:3, 6Ndegwa nĩyũũĩ mwene yo,

nayo ndigiri ĩkamenya mũharatĩ wa mwene yo,

no Isiraeli ndarĩ ũndũ ooĩ,

andũ akwa nĩmagĩte ũmenyo.”

41:4 Isa 5:18; Gũcook 32:15Hĩ! Kaĩ mũrĩ rũrĩrĩ rwĩhagia-ĩ.

Mũrĩ andũ matitikĩte mahĩtia,

na rũruka rwa andũ mekaga ũũru,

na ciana ciĩrutĩire gũthũkia maũndũ!

Nĩmatiganĩirie Jehova;

nĩmamenete Ũrĩa Mũtheru wa Isiraeli,

makamũhutatĩra, magacooka na thuutha.

51:5 Isa 31:6; Jer 30:17Nĩ kĩĩ gĩgũtũma mwende gũikara mũkĩhũũragwo?

Nĩ kĩĩ gĩgũtũma mũthiĩ o na mbere kũrema?

Mũtwe wothe nĩmũtihangie,

nayo ngoro yothe ĩkanyamarĩka.

61:6 Thab 38:3; Ezek 34:4; 2Sam 14:2Kuuma ikinya rĩa kũgũrũ nginya mũtwe

gũtirĩ handũ hagima:

no nguraro theri, na mĩtũnda,

na ironda cia ndĩĩra

itarĩ thambie, kana ikoohwo,

kana ikororoiyo na maguta.

7Bũrũri wanyu ũkirĩte ihooru,

matũũra manyu manene magacinwo na mwaki;

mĩgũnda yanyu ĩramathwo ĩgatigwo ũtheri nĩ andũ a kũngĩ

o mũkĩonaga,

ĩkoonũhwo ta ĩngʼaũranĩtio nĩ ageni.1:7 Ũndũ ũyũ wekĩkĩte rĩrĩa Senakeribu aatharĩkĩire Jerusalemu (1Ath 18:13).

81:8 Thab 9:14; Ayub 27:18Mwarĩ wa Zayuni atiganĩirio

ta gĩthũnũ kĩrĩ mũgũnda wa mĩthabibũ,

agatiganĩrio ta kanyũmba karĩ mũgũnda wa marenge,

o na ta itũũra inene rĩthiũrũrũkĩirio nĩ thũ ikĩenda kũrĩtunyana.

91:9 Kĩam 45:7; Arom 9:29Tiga Jehova Mwene-Hinya-Wothe

aatũtigĩirie matigari manini ma andũ-rĩ,

tũngĩtuĩkĩte ta Sodomu,

na tũkahaana ta Gomora!

10Thikĩrĩriai kiugo kĩa Jehova,

inyuĩ mwathanaga Sodomu;

na mũigue watho wa Ngai witũ,

inyuĩ andũ a Gomora!

111:11 Amos 6:4; 1Sam 15:22“Magongona macio manyu mũndutagĩra maingĩ-rĩ,

nĩ ma kĩ kũrĩ niĩ?” Ũguo nĩguo Jehova ekũũria.

“Nĩnjiganĩtwo nĩ magongona ma njino,

na magongona ma ndũrũme, na maguta ma nyamũ noru;

niĩ ndikenagĩra thakame ya ndegwa,

na ya tũtũrũme, o na ya mbũri.

121:12 Thaam 23:17Nũũ ũkoragwo amwĩrĩte mũndutĩre magongona macio

rĩrĩa mũgũũka mbere yakwa kũũhooya,

mũkĩrangaga nja cia nyũmba yakwa?

131:13 Isa 66:3; 1Ath 14:24Tigai gũcooka kũrehe maruta ma tũhũ!

Ũbumba wanyu nĩ kĩndũ kĩa magigi harĩ niĩ.

Ndingĩhota gũkirĩrĩria ciũngano cianyu cia waganu:

mĩcemanio yanyu ya Karũgamo ka Mweri, na Thabatũ, o na ciathĩ iria njathane.

141:14 Ndar 28:11–29:39; Ayub 7:12Ngoro yakwa nĩĩthũire ciathĩ cianyu

cia Karũgamo ka Mweri, o na ciathĩ iria njathane.

Maũndũ macio matuĩkĩte mũrigo harĩ niĩ,

nĩmanogetie.

151:15 Thaam 9:29; Joh 9:31Hĩndĩ ĩrĩa mwambararia moko manyu na igũrũ mũkĩhooya,

nĩndĩrĩmũhithaga maitho makwa ndikamuone;

o na mũngĩhooya mahooya maingĩ ndirĩmũiguaga.

Nĩgũkorwo moko manyu maiyũrĩtwo nĩ thakame;

161:16 Ruth 3:3; Isa 55:7mwĩthambei mwĩtherie.

Eheriai ciĩko cianyu njũru maitho-inĩ makwa!

Tigai gwĩka maũndũ mooru,

171:17 Thab 82:3; Ezek 18:31mwĩrutei gwĩkaga wega!

Thingatagai ciira wa kĩhooto,

na mũkoomĩrĩria arĩa ahinyĩrĩrie.

Tuagai ciira wa ciana cia ngoriai na kĩhooto,

na mũthaithanagĩrĩre mũtumia wa ndigwa.”

181:18 Thab 51:7; Isa 55:7Jehova ekuuga atĩrĩ,

“Ũkai tũciire.

O na mehia manyu mangĩkorwo matunĩhĩte ta gakarakũ-rĩ,

nĩmagathera o ta ira;

o na maatuĩka matunĩhĩte ta thakame,

nĩmakerũha o ta guoya wa ngʼondu.

191:19 Ayub 36:11; Gũcook 30:15-16Mũngĩnjigua na mũnjathĩkĩre,

nĩ mũrĩrĩĩaga indo iria njega mũno cia bũrũri;

201:20 Isa 3:25; Ndar 23:19no mũngĩrema na mũrege gwathĩka,

mũkaaniinwo na rũhiũ rwa njora.”

Nĩgũkorwo nĩ kanua ka Jehova koigĩte ũguo.

211:21 Jer 2:20; Hos 2:1-13Hĩ! Kaĩ itũũra inene rĩrĩa rĩĩhokeku

nĩrĩtuĩkĩte ta mũmaraya-ĩ!

Hĩndĩ ĩmwe rĩaiyũrĩte ũtuanĩri ciira wa kĩhooto;

ũthingu nĩguo watũũraga thĩinĩ warĩo,

no rĩu nĩ oragani matũũraga kuo!

22Betha yanyu ĩtuĩkĩte gĩko,

ndibei yanyu ĩrĩa njega mũno ĩgatukanio na maaĩ.

231:23 Jer 5:28; Mik 3:9Andũ anyu arĩa mamwathaga nĩ kũrema maremete,

magatuĩka a thiritũ ya aici;

othe nĩmendete mahaki,

nao mahanyũkanagia na indo cia kũheo.

Maticiiragĩra ciana cia ngoriai na kĩhooto;

na matithikagĩrĩria ciira wa mũtumia wa ndigwa.

241:24 Isa 35:4; Ezek 5:13Nĩ ũndũ ũcio, Mwathani, Jehova Mwene-Hinya-Wothe,

O we Mwene Hinya wa Isiraeli, ekuuga atĩrĩ,

“Hĩ! Nĩngaitĩrĩria amuku akwa mangʼũrĩ makwa,

na ndĩĩrĩhĩrie harĩ thũ ciakwa.

251:25 2Maũ 29:15; Mal 3:3Nĩngagũũkĩrĩra na guoko gwakwa;

ngagũtheria gĩko gĩaku gĩthire biũ,

na maũndũ maku mothe marĩa matarĩ matheru ndĩmatherie.

261:26 Jer 33:7, 11; Zek 8:3Aciirithania aku ngaatũma matuĩke o ta ũrĩa maatariĩ matukũ-inĩ ma tene,

na aheani kĩrĩra aku o ta ũrĩa maatariĩ kĩambĩrĩria-inĩ.

Thuutha ũcio ũgeetagwo

Itũũra Inene rĩa Ũthingu,

o na Itũũra Inene Rĩĩhokeku.”

27Itũũra rĩa Zayuni rĩgaakũũrwo na ciira wa kĩhooto,

nao andũ a rĩo arĩa merirĩte makũũrwo na ũthingu.

281:28 Thab 9:5; 2Athe 1:8-9No andũ arĩa aremi na arĩa ehia makaaniinwo hamwe,

nao arĩa matiganagĩria Jehova nĩmagathira biũ.

291:29 Thab 97:7; Isa 63:3“Nĩmũgaconoka nĩ ũndũ wa mĩgandi ĩyo mĩamũre

mũtũire mũkenagĩra;

nĩmũkaigua thoni nĩ ũndũ wa mĩgũnda

ĩyo mwĩthuurĩire.

30Mũgaatuĩka ta mũgandi ũrahooha mathangũ,

mũtuĩke ta mũgũnda ũtarĩ maaĩ.

31Mũndũ ũrĩa ũrĩ hinya agaatuĩka maragara,

naguo wĩra wake ũtuĩke thandĩ;

we na wĩra wake nĩmakahĩa hamwe,

haage mũndũ wa kũhoria mwaki ũcio.”