New International Version

Isaiah 1

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

Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth!
    For the Lord has spoken:
“I reared children and brought them up,
    but they have rebelled against me.
The ox knows its master,
    the donkey its owner’s manger,
but Israel does not know,
    my people do not understand.”

Woe 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.

Why should you be beaten anymore?
    Why do you persist in rebellion?
Your whole head is injured,
    your whole heart afflicted.
From 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.

Your 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.
Daughter Zion is left
    like a shelter in a vineyard,
like a hut in a cucumber field,
    like a city under siege.
Unless the Lord Almighty
    had left us some survivors,
we would have become like Sodom,
    we would have been like Gomorrah.

10 Hear 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.
12 When you come to appear before me,
    who has asked this of you,
    this trampling of my courts?
13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings!
    Your incense is detestable to me.
New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations—
    I cannot bear your worthless assemblies.
14 Your 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.
15 When 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!

16 Wash and make yourselves clean.
    Take your evil deeds out of my sight;
    stop doing wrong.
17 Learn to do right; seek justice.
    Defend the oppressed.[a]
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.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
    you will eat the good things of the land;
20 but if you resist and rebel,
    you will be devoured by the sword.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

21 See how the faithful city
    has become a prostitute!
She once was full of justice;
    righteousness used to dwell in her—
    but now murderers!
22 Your silver has become dross,
    your choice wine is diluted with water.
23 Your 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.

24 Therefore 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.
25 I will turn my hand against you;[b]
    I will thoroughly purge away your dross
    and remove all your impurities.
26 I 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.”

27 Zion will be delivered with justice,
    her penitent ones with righteousness.
28 But 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.
30 You will be like an oak with fading leaves,
    like a garden without water.
31 The mighty man will become tinder
    and his work a spark;
both will burn together,
    with no one to quench the fire.”

  1. Isaiah 1:17 Or justice. / Correct the oppressor
  2. Isaiah 1:25 That is, against Jerusalem

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

以赛亚书 1

1犹大王乌西雅、约坦、亚哈斯和希西迦执政期间,亚摩斯的儿子以赛亚看到了以下有关犹大和耶路撒冷的异象。

上帝责备叛逆的子民

诸天啊,请听!
大地啊,要侧耳听!
耶和华说:
“我把孩子抚育成人,
他们竟然背叛我。
牛认识主人,
驴也认得主人的槽,
以色列却不认识,
我的子民却不明白。”

唉!你们这罪恶的民族,
恶贯满盈的百姓,
作恶的子孙,
败坏的儿女!
你们背弃耶和华,
藐视以色列的圣者,
与祂疏远。

你们为什么一再叛逆?
你们还要受责打吗?
你们已经头破血流,
身心疲惫。
你们已经体无完肤,
从头到脚伤痕累累,
伤口没有清洗,
没有包扎,也没有敷药。

你们的土地荒凉,
城邑化为灰烬。
你们亲眼目睹自己的田园被外族人侵吞、毁坏、变成不毛之地。
仅存的锡安[a]城也像葡萄园里的草棚、
瓜田中的茅舍、
被困无援的孤城。
若不是万军之耶和华让我们一些人存活,
我们早就像所多玛和蛾摩拉一样灭亡了。

10 你们这些“所多玛”的首领啊,
要聆听耶和华的话!
你们这些“蛾摩拉”的百姓啊,
要侧耳听我们上帝的训诲!
11 耶和华说:
“你们献上许多祭物,对我有什么用呢?
我厌烦公绵羊的燔祭和肥畜的脂肪,
我不喜欢公牛、羊羔和公山羊的血。

12 “你们来敬拜我的时候,
谁要求你们带着这些来践踏我的院宇呢?
13 不要再带毫无意义的祭物了。
我憎恶你们烧的香,
厌恶你们的朔日[b]、安息日和大会。
你们又作恶又举行庄严的聚会,
令我无法容忍。
14 我憎恶你们的朔日及其他节期,
它们成了我的重担,
令我厌倦。
15 你们举手祷告,我必掩面不理。
即使你们祷告再多,
我也不会听,
因为你们双手沾满鲜血。
16 你们要洗净自己,
停止作恶,
不要让我再看见你们的恶行。
17 你们要学习行善,
追求正义,
帮助受欺压的,
替孤儿辩护,
为寡妇申冤。”
18 耶和华说:
“来吧,我们彼此理论!
你们的罪虽如猩红,
也必洁白如雪;
你们的罪虽如绯红,
也必白如羊毛。
19 如果你们愿意听从,
就必享用这地方的美好出产。
20 如果你们执意叛逆,
就必丧身刀下。”
这是耶和华亲口说的。
21 耶路撒冷啊,
你这忠贞的妻子竟变成了妓女!
你从前充满公平,
是公义之家,
现在却住着凶手。
22 你曾经像银子,现在却像渣滓;
曾经像美酒,现在却像搀了水的酒。
23 你的首领是叛逆之徒,
与盗贼为伍,
个个收受贿赂,
贪图好处,
不为孤儿辩护,
不替寡妇申冤。

24 所以,主——万军之耶和华,
以色列的大能者说:
“我要向我的敌人报仇雪恨。
25 我必攻击你,
用碱炼净你的渣滓,
除尽你的杂质。
26 我必像从前一样赐你审判官和谋士。
之后,你必被称为公义之城、
忠信之邑。”

27 耶和华必因祂的公正救赎锡安,
必因祂的公义拯救城中悔改的人。
28 但叛逆之辈和犯罪之徒必遭毁灭,
背弃耶和华的人必灭亡。
29 你们必因在橡树下,
在你们选择的园子里祭拜偶像而蒙羞。
30 你们必像枯萎的橡树,
又如无水的园子。
31 你们中间有权势的人必因他们的恶行而遭毁灭,
好像火花点燃枯木,无人能救。

  1. 1:8 锡安”又称“耶路撒冷”。
  2. 1:13 朔日”即每月初一。