Isaiah complaineth of Judah for her rebellion.
Isaiah 1:1 A Vision of Isaiah, the sonne of Amoz, which he sawe concerning Iudah and Ierusalem: in the dayes of Vzziah, Iotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah Kings of Iudah. Isaiah 1:2 Heare, O heauens, and hearken, O earth: for the Lorde hath sayde, I haue nourished and brought vp children, but they haue rebelled against me. Isaiah 1:3 The oxe knoweth his owner, and the asse his masters crib: but Israel hath not knowen: my people hath not vnderstand. Isaiah 1:4 Ah, sinfull nation, a people laden with iniquitie: a seede of the wicked, corrupt children: they haue forsaken the Lord: they haue prouoked the holy one of Israel to anger: they are gone backewarde.
He lamenteth her judgments.
Isaiah 1:5 Wherefore shoulde ye be smitten any more? For ye fall away more and more: the whole head is sicke, and the whole heart is heauie. Isaiah 1:6 From the sole of the foote vnto the head, there is nothing whole therein, but wounds, and swelling, and sores full of corruption: they haue not bene wrapped, nor bound vp, nor mollified with oyle. Isaiah 1:7 Your land is waste: your cities are burnt with fire: strangers deuoure your lande in your presence, and it is desolate like the ouerthrowe of strangers. Isaiah 1:8 And the daughter of Zion shall remaine like a cotage in a vineyarde, like a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, and like a besieged citie. Isaiah 1:9 Except the Lorde of hostes had reserued vnto vs, euen a small remnant: we should haue bene as Sodom, and should haue bene like vnto Gomorah.
He upbraideth their whole service.
Isaiah 1:10 Heare the worde of the Lorde, O princes of Sodom: hearken vnto the Law of our God, O people of Gomorah. Isaiah 1:11 What haue I to doe with the multitude of your sacrifices, sayth the Lorde? I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, & of the fat of fed beasts: and I desire not the blood of bullocks, nor of lambs, nor of goates. Isaiah 1:12 When ye come to appeare before me, who required this of your hands to tread in my courts? Isaiah 1:13 Bring no mo oblations, in vaine: incense is an abomination vnto me: I can not suffer your newe moones, nor Sabbaths, nor solemne dayes (it is iniquitie) nor solemne assemblies. Isaiah 1:14 My soule hateth your newe moones and your appointed feastes: they are a burden vnto me: I am weary to beare them. Isaiah 1:15 And when you shall stretch out your hands, I wil hide mine eyes from you: and though ye make many prayers, I wil not heare: for your hands are full of blood.
He exhorteth to repentance, with promises and threatenings.
Isaiah 1:16 Wash you, make you cleane: take away the euill of your workes from before mine eyes: cease to doe euill. Isaiah 1:17 Learne to doe well: seeke iudgement, relieue the oppressed: iudge the fatherlesse and defend the widowe. Isaiah 1:18 Come nowe, and let vs reason together, sayth the Lord: though your sinnes were as crimsin, they shalbe made white as snowe: though they were red like skarlet, they shalbe as wooll. Isaiah 1:19 If ye consent and obey, ye shall eate the good things of the land. Isaiah 1:20 But if ye refuse and be rebellious, ye 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, and iustice lodged therein, but now they are murtherers. Isaiah 1:22 Thy siluer is become drosse: thy wine is mixt with water. Isaiah 1:23 Thy Princes are rebellious and companions of theeues: euery one loueth giftes, and followeth after rewards: they iudge not the fatherlesse, neither doeth the widowes cause come before them. Isaiah 1:24 Therefore sayth the Lorde God of hostes, the mightie one of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine aduersaries, & auenge me of mine enemies.
He promiseth grace,
Isaiah 1:25 Then I will turne mine hand vpon thee, and burne out thy drosse, till it be pure, 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 shalt thou be called a citie of righteousnes, and a faithfull citie. Isaiah 1:27 Zion shalbe redeemed in iudgement, and they that returne in her, in iustice.
and threateneth destruction to the wicked.
Isaiah 1:28 And the destruction of the transgressers and of the sinners shalbe together: and they that forsake the Lord, shalbe consumed. Isaiah 1:29 For they shalbe confounded for the okes, which ye haue desired, and ye shall be ashamed of the gardens, that ye haue chosen. Isaiah 1:30 For ye shalbe as an oke, whose leafe fadeth: and as a garden that hath no water. Isaiah 1:31 And the strong shalbe as towe, and the maker thereof, as a sparke: and they shall both burne together, and none shall quench them.