New International Version

Isaiah 1:1-31

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

A Rebellious Nation

2Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth!

For the Lord has spoken:

“I reared children and brought them up,

but they have rebelled against me.

3The ox knows its master,

the donkey its owner’s manger,

but Israel does not know,

my people do not understand.”

4Woe to the sinful nation,

a people whose guilt is great,

a brood of evildoers,

children given to corruption!

They have forsaken the Lord;

they have spurned the Holy One of Israel

and turned their backs on him.

5Why should you be beaten anymore?

Why do you persist in rebellion?

Your whole head is injured,

your whole heart afflicted.

6From the sole of your foot to the top of your head

there is no soundness—

only wounds and welts

and open sores,

not cleansed or bandaged

or soothed with olive oil.

7Your country is desolate,

your cities burned with fire;

your fields are being stripped by foreigners

right before you,

laid waste as when overthrown by strangers.

8Daughter Zion is left

like a shelter in a vineyard,

like a hut in a cucumber field,

like a city under siege.

9Unless the Lord Almighty

had left us some survivors,

we would have become like Sodom,

we would have been like Gomorrah.

10Hear the word of the Lord,

you rulers of Sodom;

listen to the instruction of our God,

you people of Gomorrah!

11“The multitude of your sacrifices—

what are they to me?” says the Lord.

“I have more than enough of burnt offerings,

of rams and the fat of fattened animals;

I have no pleasure

in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.

12When you come to appear before me,

who has asked this of you,

this trampling of my courts?

13Stop bringing meaningless offerings!

Your incense is detestable to me.

New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations—

I cannot bear your worthless assemblies.

14Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festivals

I hate with all my being.

They have become a burden to me;

I am weary of bearing them.

15When you spread out your hands in prayer,

I hide my eyes from you;

even when you offer many prayers,

I am not listening.

Your hands are full of blood!

16Wash and make yourselves clean.

Take your evil deeds out of my sight;

stop doing wrong.

17Learn to do right; seek justice.

Defend the oppressed.1:17 Or justice. / Correct the oppressor

Take up the cause of the fatherless;

plead the case of the widow.

18“Come now, let us settle the matter,”

says the Lord.

“Though your sins are like scarlet,

they shall be as white as snow;

though they are red as crimson,

they shall be like wool.

19If you are willing and obedient,

you will eat the good things of the land;

20but if you resist and rebel,

you will be devoured by the sword.”

For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

21See how the faithful city

has become a prostitute!

She once was full of justice;

righteousness used to dwell in her—

but now murderers!

22Your silver has become dross,

your choice wine is diluted with water.

23Your rulers are rebels,

partners with thieves;

they all love bribes

and chase after gifts.

They do not defend the cause of the fatherless;

the widow’s case does not come before them.

24Therefore the Lord, the Lord Almighty,

the Mighty One of Israel, declares:

“Ah! I will vent my wrath on my foes

and avenge myself on my enemies.

25I will turn my hand against you;1:25 That is, against Jerusalem

I will thoroughly purge away your dross

and remove all your impurities.

26I will restore your leaders as in days of old,

your rulers as at the beginning.

Afterward you will be called

the City of Righteousness,

the Faithful City.”

27Zion will be delivered with justice,

her penitent ones with righteousness.

28But rebels and sinners will both be broken,

and those who forsake the Lord will perish.

29“You will be ashamed because of the sacred oaks

in which you have delighted;

you will be disgraced because of the gardens

that you have chosen.

30You will be like an oak with fading leaves,

like a garden without water.

31The mighty man will become tinder

and his work a spark;

both will burn together,

with no one to quench the fire.”

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

Yesaia 1:1-31

1Saa anisoadehunu a ɛfa Yuda ne Yerusalem ho no baa Amos babarima Yesaia so wɔ Yuda ahemfo Usia, Yotam, Ahas ne Hesekia berɛ so.

Atuateman

2Ao, ɔsoro, montie! Ao, asase yɛ aso!

Na Awurade akasa:

“Matete mma ama wɔanyini,

nanso wɔate me so atua.

3Nantwie nim ne wura,

afunumu nso nim ne wura mmoa adididaka,

nanso Israel nnim,

me nkurɔfoɔ nte aseɛ.”

4Aa, amumuyɛ ɔman,

ɔman a afɔdie adesoa ahyɛ wɔn ma,

nnebɔneyɛfoɔ kuo,

mma a porɔeɛ ahyɛ wɔn ma!

Wɔatwe wɔn ho afiri Awurade ho;

Wɔapo Israel Kronkronni no,

wɔadane wɔn akyi akyerɛ no.

5Adɛn enti na mopɛ sɛ wɔkɔ so boro mo?

Adɛn enti na moda so te atua?

Wɔapira mo tiri,

na mo akoma nso di yea.

6Ɛfiri mo nan ase kɔsi mo tiri so

ahomeka biara nni mu,

apirakuro ne nsoasoaeɛ nko ara

akuro a anim deda hɔ

na wɔnhohoro so anaa Wɔnkyekyereeɛ

anaa wɔmfaa ngo nsrasraa so.

7Mo ɔman ada mpan,

wɔde ogya ahyehye mo nkuropɔn;

ananafoɔ regye mo mfuo

a mo ani tua,

na asɛe sɛdeɛ ɛyɛɛ ɛberɛ a ahɔhoɔ tuu mo guiɛ no.

8Wɔagya Ɔbabaa Sion

te sɛ bobe turo mu sese

te sɛ akuraa a ɛsi ɛferɛ afuo mu,

te sɛ kuropɔn a atamfoɔ atwa ho ahyia.

9Awurade

tumfoɔ no annya yɛn asefoɔ a,

anka yɛayɛ sɛ Sodom,

na yɛadane ayɛ sɛ Gomora.

10Montie Awurade asɛm,

mo Sodom sodifoɔ;

montie yɛn Onyankopɔn mmara,

mo Gomorafoɔ!

11“Mo afɔrebɔ ahodoɔ bebree no,

ɛdeɛn na ɛyɛ ma me?”

Sɛdeɛ Awurade seɛ nie.

“Mewɔ ɔhyeɛ afɔrebɔdeɛ ma ɛboro so,

deɛ ɛyɛ nnwennini ne mmoa a wɔadɔre sradeɛ;

mʼani nnye

anantwinini, nnwammaa ne mpapo mogya ho.

12Sɛ moba mʼanim a

hwan na ɔbisa yei firi mo hɔ?

Hwan na ɔsomaa mo sɛ monnantenante me efie yi?

13Monnyae afɔrebɔdeɛ a mode ba a ɛmfra no!

Mo aduhwam yɛ me tan.

Ɔbosome foforɔ, home nna ne nhyiamu ahodoɔ ne

mo nhyiamu fi no afono me.

14Mo bosome foforɔ afahyɛ ne mo apontoɔ a moahyehyɛ no,

me kra kyiri.

Ayɛ adesoa ama me;

masoa mabrɛ.

15Sɛ mopagya mo nsa bɔ mpaeɛ a,

mɛyi mʼani ato nkyɛn.

Sɛ mobɔ mpaeɛ bebree mpo a

merentie.

“Mogya bebree agu mo nsa ho fi.

16“Monnwira mo ho na mo ho nte.

Monnyi mo nnebɔne mfiri mʼani so!

Monnyae bɔne yɛ.

17Monyɛ papa; monhwehwɛ atɛntenenee

Monhyɛ wɔn a wɔhyɛ wɔn so nkuran.

Monni mma nwisiaa,

monka akunafoɔ nsɛm mma wɔn.

18“Afei mommra na yɛnnwene mmɔ mu,”

sɛdeɛ Awurade seɛ nie.

“Sɛ mo bɔne te sɛ kɔben a,

ɛbɛyɛ fitaa sɛ sukyerɛmma;

mpo sɛ ɛyɛ kɔkɔɔ te sɛ mogya a

ɛbɛyɛ fitaa sɛ asaawa foturo.

19Sɛ mopene so na moyɛ ɔsetie a,

mobɛdi asase no so nnepa.

20Na sɛ moampene na mote atua a,

akofena bɛdi mo nam.”

Awurade na wakasa.

21Hwɛ sɛdeɛ kuropɔn nokwafoɔ no

adane odwamanfoɔ.

Ɛberɛ bi na atɛntenenee ahyɛ no ma

na anka tenenee te ne mu,

nanso seesei awudifoɔ ahyɛ mu ma!

22Wo dwetɛ adane adeɛ a ɛho nni mfasoɔ,

wɔde nsuo afra wo nsã papa mu.

23Wo sodifoɔ yɛ atuatefoɔ,

akorɔmfoɔ yɔnkonom;

wɔn nyinaa pɛ adanmudeɛ,

na wɔpere akyɛdeɛ ho.

Wɔnni mma nwisiaa;

na akunafoɔ nsɛm nkɔ wɔn anim.

24Enti, Awurade, Otumfoɔ Awurade,

deɛ ɔyɛ Kɛseɛ ma Israel no ka sɛ,

“Aa, mɛnya ahomegyeɛ afiri mʼatamfoɔ hɔ

na matɔ wɔn so were.

25Mɛma me nsa so, atia mo;

mɛhohoro wo ho fi korakora

na mayi mo ho nkekaawa nyinaa.

26Mɛma mo atemmufoɔ bio sɛ kane no,

ne mo afutufoɔ sɛdeɛ na ɛteɛ, ahyɛaseɛ no.

Yei akyi no, wɔbɛfrɛ wo

Kuropɔn Tenenee

Kuropɔn Nokwafoɔ.”

27Wɔde atɛntenenee bɛgye Sion bio,

na wɔn a wɔnu wɔn ho no, wɔde tenenee bɛgye wɔn.

28Nanso atuatefoɔ ne nnebɔneyɛfoɔ deɛ, wɔbɛdwɛre wɔn abɔ mu,

na wɔn a wɔpa Awurade akyi bɛyera.

29“Mo ani bɛwu ɛsiane odum anyame a

monyaa wɔn mu anigyeɛ no;

wɔbɛgu mo anim ase ɛsiane nturo

a mosom abosom wɔ mu no enti.

30Mobɛyɛ sɛ odum a ne nhahan apo,

ne turo a ɛnnya nsuo.

31Ɔhoɔdenfoɔ bɛyɛ sɛ adeɛ a ɛhye ntɛm;

nʼadwuma bɛyɛ sɛ ogya nturueɛ;

ne mmienu no bɛhye abɔ mu,

a obiara rentumi nnum.”