New International Version

Isaiah 55:1-13

Invitation to the Thirsty

1“Come, all you who are thirsty,

come to the waters;

and you who have no money,

come, buy and eat!

Come, buy wine and milk

without money and without cost.

2Why spend money on what is not bread,

and your labor on what does not satisfy?

Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,

and you will delight in the richest of fare.

3Give ear and come to me;

listen, that you may live.

I will make an everlasting covenant with you,

my faithful love promised to David.

4See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,

a ruler and commander of the peoples.

5Surely you will summon nations you know not,

and nations you do not know will come running to you,

because of the Lord your God,

the Holy One of Israel,

for he has endowed you with splendor.”

6Seek the Lord while he may be found;

call on him while he is near.

7Let the wicked forsake their ways

and the unrighteous their thoughts.

Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,

and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

8“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

neither are your ways my ways,”

declares the Lord.

9“As the heavens are higher than the earth,

so are my ways higher than your ways

and my thoughts than your thoughts.

10As the rain and the snow

come down from heaven,

and do not return to it

without watering the earth

and making it bud and flourish,

so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,

11so is my word that goes out from my mouth:

It will not return to me empty,

but will accomplish what I desire

and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

12You will go out in joy

and be led forth in peace;

the mountains and hills

will burst into song before you,

and all the trees of the field

will clap their hands.

13Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,

and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.

This will be for the Lord’s renown,

for an everlasting sign,

that will endure forever.”

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

以賽亞書 55:1-13

上帝施恩典

1耶和華說:「口渴的人啊,來喝水吧!

沒有錢的人啊,

來買東西吃吧!

買酒買奶都不用付錢。

2你們為什麼花錢買不能充饑的食物?

為什麼拿辛苦賺來的錢買不能令人飽足的東西?

要留心聽我的話,

就可以吃美物,

享受豐盛的佳餚。

3你們要到我這裡來,

側耳聽我的話,就必得到生命。

我要跟你們立永久的約,

將應許給大衛的可靠恩福賜給你們。

4我使他統管萬民,

向萬民做見證。

5看啊,你必召集不認識的國民,

不認識你的國民必來投奔你,

因為以色列的聖者——你的上帝耶和華賜給你榮耀。」

6要趁著還可以找到耶和華的時候尋找祂,

趁祂還在附近的時候求告祂。

7願邪惡的人停止作惡,

不義的人除掉惡念。

願他們歸向耶和華,

祂必憐憫他們;

願他們歸向我們的上帝,

祂必仁慈地赦免他們。

8耶和華說:「我的意念並非你們的意念,

我的道路並非你們的道路。

9正如天高過地,

我的道路也高過你們的道路,

我的意念也高過你們的意念。

10雨雪從天降下,並不返回,

而是要滋潤大地,

使地上的植物發芽生長,

叫播種的有種子,

吃飯的有食糧。

11同樣,我口中所出的話也不會徒然返回,

而是要成就我的旨意,

實現我的計劃。

12你們必歡歡喜喜地出來,

平平安安地蒙引導,

大山小山都要在你們面前歌唱,

田野的樹木也都拍掌。

13曾經的荊棘之地必長出松樹,

曾經的蒺藜之地必長出番石榴。

這便是永遠長存的記號,

以宣揚耶和華的名。」