Isaiah complaineth of Judah for her rebellion.
Isaiah 1:1 The vision of Esay þe sonne of Amos which he sawe vpon Iuda and Ierusalem: in the dayes of Uzia and Ioatham, Ahaz & Iehezikiah kynges of Iuda. Isaiah 1:2 Heare, O heauen, & Herken O earth: For the Lorde hath spoken: I haue norished and promoted children, but they haue done wyckedly against me. Isaiah 1:3 The oxe hath knowne his owner & þe asse his masters cribb: but Israel hath receaued no knowledge, my people hath no vnderstandyng. Isaiah 1:4 Alas for thys synfull nacion, a people of great iniquitie: a seed of vngracious people corruptinge ther wayes. They haue forsaken the Lorde, they haue prouoked the holy one of Israel vnto anger, and are gone backward.
He lamenteth her judgments.
Isaiah 1:5 Wherby shulde ye be plaged any more for ye are euer fallinge awaye. The whole head is syck, & þe hert is heuy. Isaiah 1:6 From the sole of the fote vnto þe head, there is no whole parte in all your body: but all are woundes, botches, sores, & strypes, whych can nether be helped, bounde vp, molifyed, ner eased wt any oyntment. Isaiah 1:7 Your land lyeth waste, your cyties are brent vp, your enemyes deuoure youre lande, & ye must be fayne to stande, & loke vpon it: & it is desolate, as they were subuerted þt were alienate from þe Lorde. Isaiah 1:8 Moreouer, the daughter of Syon ys left alone lyke a cotage in a vineyard, lyke a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, lyke a wasted cytie. Isaiah 1:9 And excepte þe Lorde of Hostes had left vs a fewe alyue: we shuld haue bene as Sodoma, and lyke vnto Gomorra.
He upbraideth their whole service.
Isaiah 1:10 Heare þe worde of the lorde ye Lordes of Sodoma: & herken vnto þe lawe of our God, þu people of Gomorra. Isaiah 1:11 Why offre ye so many sacrifices vnto me saith Lorde? I am full of þe brentoffrynges of wethers, and of þe fatnesse of fedbeastes. I haue no pleasure in þe bloud of bullokes, lambes and goates. Isaiah 1:12 When ye come to apeare before me, who requireth this of you to treade within my porches? Isaiah 1:13 Therfore offre me no mo oblacions, for it is but lost laboure. Incense is an abhominable thinge vnto me. I Maye not awaye with youre newe moones, your Sabbathes & gatheringe togyther at þe solempne dayes. Isaiah 1:14 I hate your newe mone dayes & solempne feastes, euen fro my very hert. I can not awaye wt suche vanitie & holdinge in of the people. Isaiah 1:15 They lye vpon me as a burthen, and I am wery of beringe them. Whan ye holde out your handes, I will turne myne eyes from you. And though ye make many prayers, yet wil I heare nothynge at all, seyng your handes are ful of bloude.
He exhorteth to repentance, with promises and threatenings.
Isaiah 1:16 Wash you therfore, and make you cleane, put awaye your euell ententes out of my syght, cease from doynge of euell. Isaiah 1:17 Lerne to do ryght, applye your selues to equite, delyuer þe oppressed, helpe þe fatherles to his ryght, let the widowes complainte come before you. Isaiah 1:18 Come I praye ye (sayeth þe Lorde) let vs reason oure matter together. Though youre sinnes be as read as scarlet, thei shalbe as white as snowe. And though they were lyke purple, they shalbe as whit as wolle. Isaiah 1:19 If ye be louynge & obedient, ye shal enioye þe best thyng þt groweth in þe land. Isaiah 1:20 But yf ye be obstinate & rebellyous, ye shalbe deuoured wt þe swerde: for thus þe Lorde hath promised wt his awne mouth.
Bewailing their wickedness, he denounceth God's judgments.
Isaiah 1:21 How happepeneth it then þt þe ryghteous cytie (which was full of equite) is become vnfaythfull as an whore? ryghtuousnes dwelt in it, but now murtherers. Isaiah 1:22 Thy syluer is turned to drosse, & thy wyne myxte with water. Isaiah 1:23 Thy prices are wicked & companyons of theues. They loue gyftes altogether, and gape for rewardes. As for þe fatherles, they helpe him not to his ryght, nether wyll they lett the wydowes causes come before them. Isaiah 1:24 Therfore, sayeth þe lorde God of Hostes, þe myghty gouerner of Israel, Oute vpon ye, I wyll ease me of myne enemyes, & I will auenge me of myne aduersaryes,
He promiseth grace,
Isaiah 1:25 I shall laye my hand vpon þe, & burne out thy drosse from þe fynest & purest, & put out all thy tynne, Isaiah 1:26 & set thy iudges agayne as they were somtyme & thy Senatours as they were from þe beginynge. Then shalt þu be called þe ryghteous cytie, þe faythfull cytie. Isaiah 1:27 Sion shalbe redemed wt equite, & they shal turne againe vnto her in ryghteousnesse.
and threateneth destruction to the wicked.
Isaiah 1:28 For þe transgressours & vngodly, and soch as are be come vnfaythfull vnto the Lord, must altogether be vtterly destroyed. Isaiah 1:29 For they shall be ashamed of the goddes þt you longed for. And ye shall be put to shame for þe Idols grouegardens þt ye haue chosen: Isaiah 1:30 ye shalbe as a tree whose leaues are fallen awaye, & as a garden þt hath no moystnesse. Isaiah 1:31 And as for the glory of your graued Images, it shalbe turned to drye strawe, and he þt made them to a sparke. And they shal both burne together, so that no man shalbe able to quench them.