Isaiah complaineth of Judah for her rebellion.
Isaiah 1:1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amos, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Isaiah 1:2 Hear, [ye] heavens, and give ear, [thou] earth! for Jehovah hath spoken: I have nourished and brought up children; and they have rebelled against me. Isaiah 1:3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib; Israel doth not know, my people hath no intelligence. Isaiah 1:4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that corrupt themselves! They have forsaken Jehovah; they have despised the Holy One of Israel; they are turned away backward.
He lamenteth her judgments.
Isaiah 1:5 Why should ye be smitten any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. Isaiah 1:6 From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in him; wounds, and weals, and open sores: they have not been dressed, nor bound up, nor mollified with oil. Isaiah 1:7 Your country is desolate; your cities are burned with fire; your land, strangers eat it up in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers. Isaiah 1:8 And the daughter of Zion is left, as a booth in a vineyard, as a night-lodge in a cucumber-garden, as a besieged city. Isaiah 1:9 Unless Jehovah of hosts had left us a very small residue, we should have been as Sodom, we should have been like unto Gomorrah.
He upbraideth their whole service.
Isaiah 1:10 Hear the word of Jehovah, rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, people of Gomorrah! Isaiah 1:11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith Jehovah. I am sated with burnt-offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and in the blood of bullocks, and of lambs, and of he-goats I take no pleasure. Isaiah 1:12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this from your handto tread my courts? Isaiah 1:13 Bring no more vain oblations! Incense is an abomination unto me,new moon and sabbath, the calling of convocationswickedness and the solemn meeting I cannot bear. Isaiah 1:14 Your new moons and your set feasts my soul hateth: they are a burden to me; I am wearied of bearing [them]. Isaiah 1:15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you; yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
He exhorteth to repentance, with promises and threatenings.
Isaiah 1:16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes;cease to do evil, Isaiah 1:17 learn to do well: seek judgment, gladden the oppressed, do justice to the fatherless, plead for the widow. Isaiah 1:18 Come now, let us reason together, saith Jehovah: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:19 If ye be willing and hearken, ye shall eat the good of the land; Isaiah 1:20 but if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of Jehovah hath spoken.
Bewailing their wickedness, he denounceth God's judgments.
Isaiah 1:21 How is the faithful city become a harlot! It was full of judgment; righteousness used to lodge in it, but now murderers. Isaiah 1:22 Thy silver is become dross, thy wine is mixed with water: Isaiah 1:23 thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves; every one loveth presents, and hunteth after rewards; they judge not the fatherless, and the cause of the widow cometh not unto them. Isaiah 1:24 Therefore saith the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel: Ah! I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies.
He promiseth grace,
Isaiah 1:25 And I will turn my hand upon thee, and will thoroughly purge away thy dross, and take away all thine alloy; Isaiah 1:26 and I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning. Afterwards thou shalt be called, Town of righteousness, Faithful city. Isaiah 1:27 Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and they that return of her with righteousness.
and threateneth destruction to the wicked.
Isaiah 1:28 But the ruin of the transgressors and of the sinners [shall be] together; and they that forsake Jehovah shall be consumed. Isaiah 1:29 For they shall be ashamed of the terebinths that ye have desired, and ye shall blush for the gardens that ye have chosen. Isaiah 1:30 For ye shall be as a terebinth whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water. Isaiah 1:31 And the strong shall be for tow, and his work a spark; and they shall both burn together, and there shall be none to quench [them].