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.”
11:1 1Sam 3:1; Hes 12:6; 2Fal 14:21; 16:1; 1Nya 3:12-13; 2Nya 26:22; 1Sam 22:1, 5; Oba 1:1; Nah 1:1; Isa 40:9; 44:26Maono kuhusu Yuda na Yerusalemu ambayo Isaya mwana wa Amozi aliyaona wakati wa utawala wa Uzia, Yothamu, Ahazi na Hezekia, wafalme wa Yuda.
21:2 Hag 1:12; Amu 11:10; Kum 4:26; Yer 42:5; Isa 23:4; 63:16; 65:2; Eze 24:3; Mik 1:2; Isa 63:16; Mal 1:6Sikieni, enyi mbingu! Sikilizeni, enyi dunia!
Kwa maana Bwana amesema:
“Nimewalisha watoto na kuwalea,
lakini wameniasi mimi.
31:3 Yer 4:22; 9:3-6; Hos 2:8; Ay 12:9; Mwa 42:27; Kum 32:28; Isa 42:25; Ay 12:9; Hos 4:1; Isa 48:8; Hos 4:6; 7:9Ngʼombe anamjua bwana wake,
naye punda anajua hori la mmiliki wake,
lakini Israeli hajui,
watu wangu hawaelewi.”
41:4 Yer 23:14; Eze 39:7; 2Fal 19:22; Isa 1:2; Za 14:3; Kum 32:15; Isa 5:19; 31:1; 5:18; 9:17; 14:20; Za 119:87Lo! Taifa lenye dhambi,
watu waliolemewa na uovu,
uzao wa watenda mabaya,
watoto waliozoelea upotovu!
Wamemkataa kwa dharau
yeye Aliye Mtakatifu wa Israeli
na kumgeuzia kisogo.
51:5 Yer 2:20; 30:17; 44:16-17; 2:30; 5:3; Ebr 3:16; Isa 31:6; 44:16-17; Mit 20:30; Mao 2:11Kwa nini mzidi kupigwa?
Kwa nini kudumu katika uasi?
Kichwa chako chote kimejeruhiwa,
moyo wako wote ni mgonjwa.
61:6 Kum 28:35; Yer 8:22; 14:19; 30:17; Mao 2:13; Eze 34:4; Lk 10:34; 2Sam 14:2; Za 45:7; 104:15; 38:3; Isa 61:3; 53:5; 30:26Kutoka wayo wako wa mguu hadi kwenye utosi wa kichwa chako
ni majeraha matupu na makovu
na vidonda vitokavyo damu,
havikusafishwa au kufungwa
wala kulainishwa kwa mafuta.
71:7 Kum 28:51; Amu 6:3-6; Isa 62:8; 2Fal 18:13; Law 26:34; 26:16; Yer 5:17; Za 109:11Nchi yenu imekuwa ukiwa,
miji yenu imeteketezwa kwa moto;
nchi yenu imeachwa tupu na wageni
mbele ya macho yenu,
imeharibiwa kama vile imepinduliwa na wageni.
81:8 Za 9:14; Isa 10:32; 30:17; 49:21; Ay 27:18Binti Sayuni ameachwa kama kipenu
katika shamba la mizabibu,
kama kibanda katika shamba la matikitimaji,
kama mji uliohusuriwa.
91:9 Rum 9:29; 2Fal 21:14; Mwa 45:7; 19:24; Isa 4:2; 6:13; 27:12; Yer 23:3; Yoe 2:32Kama Bwana Mungu Mwenye Nguvu Zote1:9 Bwana Mwenye Nguvu Zote hapa ni Yehova Sabaoth, yaani Bwana wa Majeshi; pia Warumi 9:29 na Yakobo 5:4.
tungelikuwa kama Sodoma,
tungelifanana na Gomora.
101:10 Isa 30:9; 28:14; 5:24; 8:20; 13:19; Ufu 11:8; Mwa 13:13; Eze 16:49; Rum 9:29Sikieni neno la Bwana,
ninyi watawala wa Sodoma;
sikilizeni sheria ya Mungu wetu,
enyi watu wa Gomora!
111:11 Amo 6:4; Yer 6:20; Ebr 10:4; Za 50:8; 40:6; Ay 22:3; Isa 66:3; 1Sam 15:22; Mal 1:10Bwana anasema, “Wingi wa sadaka zenu,
ni kitu gani kwangu?
Ninazo sadaka za kuteketezwa nyingi kupita kiasi,
za kondoo dume na mafuta ya wanyama walionona.
Sipendezwi na damu za mafahali
wala za wana-kondoo na mbuzi.
121:12 Kut 23:17; Kum 31:11Mnapokuja kujihudhurisha mbele zangu,
ni nani aliyewataka ninyi mfanye hivyo,
huku kuzikanyaga nyua zangu?
131:13 Mit 15:8; 1Nya 23:31; Hag 2:14; Yer 18:15; 44:8; 1Fal 11:24; Mit 28:9; Yer 7:9; Isa 41:24; 66:3Acheni kuniletea sadaka zisizokuwa na maana!
Uvumba wenu ni chukizo kwangu.
Miandamo ya Mwezi, Sabato na makusanyiko ya ibada:
siwezi kuvumilia makusanyiko yenu maovu.
141:14 Za 69:3; Kut 12:16; Mal 3:14; Kum 16:1-7; Neh 10:33; Ay 7:12; Hes 28:11-29; Law 23:1-44Sikukuu zenu za Miandamo ya Mwezi, na sikukuu zenu zilizoamriwa:
moyo wangu unazichukia.
Zimekuwa mzigo kwangu,
151:15 Ay 27:9; Kum 31:17; 1:45; Mik 3:4; Hos 4:2; Isa 57:17; 59:2; Kut 9:29; Yoe 3:21; 1Sam 8:18Mnaponyoosha mikono yenu katika maombi,
nitaficha macho yangu nisiwaone;
hata mkiomba maombi mengi
Mikono yenu imejaa damu;
161:16 Yer 4:14; 25:5; Hes 19:11-16; Isa 52:11; Rut 3:3; Yak 4:8; Mt 27:24jiosheni na mkajitakase.
Yaondoeni matendo yenu maovu
Acheni kutenda mabaya,
171:17 Mik 6:8; Sef 2:3; Ay 22:9; Isa 33:5; Kut 22:22; Amo 5:14-15; Za 34:14; 72:1; Isa 11:4jifunzeni kutenda mema!
watieni moyo walioonewa.
Teteeni shauri la yatima,
181:18 1Sam 2:25; Isa 41:21; 55:7; Ufu 7:14; Za 51:7; Isa 43:9; 41:1; 43:26“Njooni basi tuhojiane,”
“Ingawa dhambi zenu ni kama rangi nyekundu,
zitakuwa nyeupe kama theluji;
ingawa ni nyekundu sana kama damu,
zitakuwa nyeupe kama sufu.
191:19 Ezr 9:12; Za 34:10; Ay 36:11; Isa 50:10; 62:9; Kum 30:15-16; Isa 58:14; 65:13; 30:32Kama mkikubali na kutii,
mtakula mema ya nchi,
201:20 Yer 17:27; Hes 23:19; Ay 15:22; 1Sam 12:15; Isa 3:25; 21:17; 34:16; 27:1; 65:12lakini kama mkikataa na kuasi,
mtaangamizwa kwa upanga.”
Kwa kuwa kinywa cha Bwana kimenena.
211:21 Isa 57:3-9; Yer 2:20; 3:2-9; 13:27; Eze 23:3; Hos 2:1-13; Amo 6:12; Isa 46:13; 59:14; Mit 6:17Tazama jinsi mji uliokuwa mwaminifu
Mwanzoni ulikuwa umejaa unyofu,
haki ilikuwa inakaa ndani yake,
lakini sasa ni wauaji!
221:22 Za 119:119Fedha yenu imekuwa takataka,
divai yenu nzuri imechanganywa na maji.
231:23 Kum 19:14; Amo 5:8; Yer 5:28; Mik 2:1-2; 6:12; Kut 23:8; Isa 10:2; Eze 22:6-7; Isa 1:2; Mik 3:9; Amo 5:12; Hab 1:4Watawala wenu ni waasi,
rafiki wa wevi,
wote wanapenda rushwa
na kukimbilia hongo.
shauri la mjane haliletwi mbele yao lisikilizwe.
241:24 Mwa 49:24; Isa 34:2, 8; 47:3; 59:17; 63:4; Yer 51:6; Eze 5:13; Kum 32:43Kwa hiyo Bwana, Bwana Mwenye Nguvu Zote,
Mwenye Nguvu wa Israeli, asema hivi:
“Lo, nitapata faraja kutoka kwa adui zangu
na kujilipizia kisasi juu ya watesi wangu.
251:25 Yer 9:7; 6:29; Ufu 3:19; Isa 48:10; Kum 28:63; Za 78:38; 2Nya 29:15; Eze 22:22; Za 119:119Nitauelekeza mkono wangu dhidi yenu,
nitawasafisha takataka zenu zote
na kuwaondolea unajisi wenu wote.
261:26 Mik 4:8; Zek 8:3; Yer 31:23; 33:7; Kum 9:24; Mwa 32:28; Isa 32:16; 46:13; 4:3; 48:2Nitawarudishia waamuzi wenu kama ilivyokuwa siku za zamani,
nao washauri wenu kama ilivyokuwa mwanzoni.
Mji wa Haki,
271:27 Isa 31:6; 59:20; 35:10; 41:14; 62:12; 63:4; 30:15; Hos 2:19; Eze 18:30Sayuni itakombolewa kwa haki,
wale waliomo ndani yake waliotubu kwa uaminifu.
281:28 Yer 4:18; 44:12; 2The 1:8-9; Isa 33:14; 43:27; 48:8; 16:2; Kum 32:18; 32:15; Za 9:5; Yer 16:4Lakini waasi na wenye dhambi wote wataangamizwa,
nao wanaomwacha Bwana wataangamia.
291:29 Eze 6:13; Hos 4:13; Isa 65:3; 42:17; 44:9; 57:5; Za 97:7; Yer 10:14; Za 97:7“Mtaaibika kwa sababu ya hiyo mialoni
mtafadhaika kwa sababu ya bustani
301:30 Za 1:3Mtakuwa kama mwaloni wenye majani yanayonyauka,
kama bustani isiyokuwa na maji.
311:31 Isa 4:4; 5:24; 9:18-19; 24:6; 33:14; 66:15-16, 24; Yer 5:14; 7:20; Mal 3:2; Mt 25:41Mtu mwenye nguvu atatoweka kama majani makavu yawakayo moto,
na kazi yake kama cheche ya moto;
vyote vitaungua pamoja,
wala hakuna wa kuuzima huo moto.”