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.”

New Living Translation

Isaiah 1

1These are the visions that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. He saw these visions during the years when Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah were kings of Judah.[a]

A Message for Rebellious Judah

Listen, O heavens! Pay attention, earth!
    This is what the Lord says:
“The children I raised and cared for
    have rebelled against me.
Even an ox knows its owner,
    and a donkey recognizes its master’s care—
but Israel doesn’t know its master.
    My people don’t recognize my care for them.”
Oh, what a sinful nation they are—
    loaded down with a burden of guilt.
They are evil people,
    corrupt children who have rejected the Lord.
They have despised the Holy One of Israel
    and turned their backs on him.

Why do you continue to invite punishment?
    Must you rebel forever?
Your head is injured,
    and your heart is sick.
You are battered from head to foot—
    covered with bruises, welts, and infected wounds—
    without any soothing ointments or bandages.
Your country lies in ruins,
    and your towns are burned.
Foreigners plunder your fields before your eyes
    and destroy everything they see.
Beautiful Jerusalem[b] stands abandoned
    like a watchman’s shelter in a vineyard,
like a lean-to in a cucumber field after the harvest,
    like a helpless city under siege.
If the Lord of Heaven’s Armies
    had not spared a few of us,[c]
we would have been wiped out like Sodom,
    destroyed like Gomorrah.

10 Listen to the Lord, you leaders of “Sodom.”
    Listen to the law of our God, people of “Gomorrah.”
11 “What makes you think I want all your sacrifices?”
    says the Lord.
“I am sick of your burnt offerings of rams
    and the fat of fattened cattle.
I get no pleasure from the blood
    of bulls and lambs and goats.
12 When you come to worship me,
    who asked you to parade through my courts with all your ceremony?
13 Stop bringing me your meaningless gifts;
    the incense of your offerings disgusts me!
As for your celebrations of the new moon and the Sabbath
    and your special days for fasting—
they are all sinful and false.
    I want no more of your pious meetings.
14 I hate your new moon celebrations and your annual festivals.
    They are a burden to me. I cannot stand them!
15 When you lift up your hands in prayer, I will not look.
    Though you offer many prayers, I will not listen,
    for your hands are covered with the blood of innocent victims.
16 Wash yourselves and be clean!
    Get your sins out of my sight.
    Give up your evil ways.
17 Learn to do good.
    Seek justice.
Help the oppressed.
    Defend the cause of orphans.
    Fight for the rights of widows.

18 “Come now, let’s settle this,”
    says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
    I will make them as white as snow.
Though they are red like crimson,
    I will make them as white as wool.
19 If you will only obey me,
    you will have plenty to eat.
20 But if you turn away and refuse to listen,
    you will be devoured by the sword of your enemies.
    I, the Lord, have spoken!”

Unfaithful Jerusalem

21 See how Jerusalem, once so faithful,
    has become a prostitute.
Once the home of justice and righteousness,
    she is now filled with murderers.
22 Once like pure silver,
    you have become like worthless slag.
Once so pure,
    you are now like watered-down wine.
23 Your leaders are rebels,
    the companions of thieves.
All of them love bribes
    and demand payoffs,
but they refuse to defend the cause of orphans
    or fight for the rights of widows.

24 Therefore, the Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,
    the Mighty One of Israel, says,
“I will take revenge on my enemies
    and pay back my foes!
25 I will raise my fist against you.
    I will melt you down and skim off your slag.
    I will remove all your impurities.
26 Then I will give you good judges again
    and wise counselors like you used to have.
Then Jerusalem will again be called the Home of Justice
    and the Faithful City.”

27 Zion will be restored by justice;
    those who repent will be revived by righteousness.
28 But rebels and sinners will be completely destroyed,
    and those who desert the Lord will be consumed.

29 You will be ashamed of your idol worship
    in groves of sacred oaks.
You will blush because you worshiped
    in gardens dedicated to idols.
30 You will be like a great tree with withered leaves,
    like a garden without water.
31 The strongest among you will disappear like straw;
    their evil deeds will be the spark that sets it on fire.
They and their evil works will burn up together,
    and no one will be able to put out the fire.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:1 These kings reigned from 792 to 686 B.c.
  2. 1:8 Hebrew The daughter of Zion.
  3. 1:9 Greek version reads a few of our children. Compare Rom 9:29.