The prophet, with the promises of Christ, calleth to faith,
Isaiah 55:1 Come to the waters all ye, þt be thurstye, & ye that haue no money. Come, bye, þt ye maye haue to eate. Come bye wine & mylcke, without any money or money worth. Isaiah 55:2 Wherfore do ye laye oute youre moneye, for the thing that fedeth not, and spende youre laboure aboute the thynge that satisfyed you not. But herken rather vnto me, & ye shall eate of the beste, & youre soule shall haue her pleasure in plentuousnes. Isaiah 55:3 Encline youre eares, & come vnto me, take hede, & your soule shall lyue. For I wyll make an euerlastynge couenaunt wyth you, euen the sure mercyes of Dauid. Isaiah 55:4 Beholde, I shall geue him for a wytnesse amonge the folke, for a Prynce and Captaine vnto the people. Isaiah 55:5 Lo, thou shalte call an vnknowne people: & a people that had no knowledge of the, shall runne vnto the: because of the Lorde thy God, the holye one of Israell, which glorifieth the.
and to repentance.
Isaiah 55:6 Seke the Lorde, whyle he maye be founde, & call vpon hym whyle he is nye. Isaiah 55:7 Let the vngodly man forsake his wayes & the vnrighteous his ymaginacions, & turne agayne vnto the Lorde: so shall he be mercyfull vnto him: & to oure God, for he is redy to forgeue.
The happy success of them that believe.
Isaiah 55:8 For thus saith the Lorde: my thoughtes are not youre thoughtes, & youre wayes are not my wayes, Isaiah 55:9 but as farre as the heauens are hyer then the earth, so farre do my wayes exceade yours, and my thoughtes yours. Isaiah 55:10 And lyke as the rayne & snowe commeth doune from heauen, & returneth not thyther agayne, but watereth the earthe, maketh it frutefull and grene, that it maye geue corne and breade vnto the sower: Isaiah 55:11 So the worde also that commeth oute of my mouthe shall not turne agayne voyde vnto me, but shall accomplysh my wil & prospere in the thinge, whereto I sende it. Isaiah 55:12 And so shall ye go forth with ioye, & be led with peace. The mountaynes & hilles shal sing with you for ioye, and all the trees of the feld shall clappe theyr handes. Isaiah 55:13 For thornes, there shall growe. Fyrre trees, & the Myrre tre in the steade of breres. And thys shall be done to the prayse of the Lorde, and for an euerlasting token, that shall not be taken awaye.