Isaiah complaineth of Judah for her rebellion.
Isaiah 1:1 The Uision of Isaiah the sonne of Amoz, which hee sawe concerning Iudah and Ierusalem, in the dayes of Uzziah, Iotham, Ahaz, [&] Hezekiah kings of Iudah. Isaiah 1:2 Heare, O heauens, and giue eare, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken; I haue nourished and brought vp children, and they haue rebelled against me. Isaiah 1:3 The oxe knoweth his owner, and the asse his masters cribbe: [but] Israel doeth not know, my people doeth not consider. Isaiah 1:4 Ah sinnefull nation, a people laden with iniquitie, a seede of euill doers, children that are corrupters: they haue forsaken the LORD, they haue prouoked the Holy one of Israel vnto anger, they are gone away backward.
He lamenteth her judgments.
Isaiah 1:5 Why should yee be stricken any more? yee will reuolt more and more: the whole head is sicke, and the whole heart faint. Isaiah 1:6 From the sole of the foote, euen vnto the head, [there is] no soundnesse in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they haue not beene closed, neither bound vp, neither mollified with oyntment. Isaiah 1:7 Your countrey [is] desolate, your cities are burnt with fire: your land, strangers deuoure it in your presence, and [it is] desolate as ouerthrowen by strangers. Isaiah 1:8 And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged citie. Isaiah 1:9 Except the LORD of hostes had left vnto vs a very small remnant, we should haue beene as Sodom, [and] we should haue bene like vnto Gomorrah.
He upbraideth their whole service.
Isaiah 1:10 Heare the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom, giue eare vnto the Law of our God, yee people of Gomorrah. Isaiah 1:11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices vnto me, sayth the LORD? I am full of the burnt offerings of rammes, and the fat of fedde beasts, and I delight not in the blood of bullockes, or of lambes, or of hee goates. Isaiah 1:12 When ye come to appeare before mee, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? Isaiah 1:13 Bring no more vaine oblations, incense is an abomination vnto me: the new Moones, and Sabbaths, the calling of assemblies I cannot away with; [it is] iniquitie, euen the solemne meeting. Isaiah 1:14 Your new Moones, and your appointed Feasts my soule hateth: they are a trouble vnto me, I am weary to beare [them]. Isaiah 1:15 And when ye spread foorth your handes, I will hide mine eyes from you; yea, when yee make many prayers I will not heare: your hands are full of blood.
He exhorteth to repentance, with promises and threatenings.
Isaiah 1:16 Wash yee, make you cleane, put away the euill of your doings from before mine eyes, cease to doe euill, Isaiah 1:17 Learne to doe well, seeke iudgement, relieue the oppressed, iudge the fatherlesse, plead for the widow. Isaiah 1:18 Come now and let vs reason together, saith the LORD: though your sinnes be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimsin, they shall be as wooll. Isaiah 1:19 If yee be willing and obedient, yee shall eate the good of the land. Isaiah 1:20 But if yee refuse and rebell, yee shalbe deuoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken [it].
Bewailing their wickedness, he denounceth God's judgments.
Isaiah 1:21 Howe is the faithfull citie become an harlot? it was full of iudgement, righteousnesse lodged in it; but now murtherers. Isaiah 1:22 Thy siluer is become drosse, thy wine mixt with water. Isaiah 1:23 Thy princes [are] rebellious and companions of theeues: euery one loueth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they iudge not the fatherlesse, neither doth the cause of the widowe come vnto them. Isaiah 1:24 Therefore, saith the Lord, the LORD of hostes, the mighty one of Israel; Ah, I will ease me of mine aduersaries, and auenge me of mine enemies.
He promiseth grace,
Isaiah 1:25 And I will turne my hand vpon thee, and purely purge away thy drosse, and take away all thy tinne. Isaiah 1:26 And I will restore thy iudges as at the first, and thy counsellers as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called the citie of righteousnesse, the faithfull citie. Isaiah 1:27 Zion shall be redeemed with iudgement, and her conuerts with righteousnesse.
and threateneth destruction to the wicked.
Isaiah 1:28 And the destruction of the transgressours and of the sinners [shall be] together: and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed. Isaiah 1:29 For they shall be ashamed of the okes which yee haue desired, and yee shalbe confounded for the gardens that yee haue chosen. Isaiah 1:30 For yee shall be as an oke whose leafe fadeth, and as a garden that [hath] no water. Isaiah 1:31 And the strong shall be as towe, and the maker of it as a sparke, and they shall both burne together, and none shall quench [them].