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Yeshayah/Isaiah 1:1 - 27

Chapter 1

1 The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.  2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth, for Hashem has spoken - Children have I raised and exalted, but they have rebelled against Me.  3 An ox knows his owner, and a donkey his master's trough; Israel does not know, My people does not perceive.  4 Woe! O sinful nation, people weighed down by iniquity, offspring of evil, destructive children; they have forsaken Hashem, they have angered the Holy One of Israel, they have turned away backward.  5 For what would you be smitten, when you still continue waywardly, each head with sickness, each heart in pain?  6 From the foot's sole to the head, nothing in it is whole - sword slash, contusion, and festering wound; they have not medicated, and they have not bandaged, and it was not softened with oil.  7 Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire, your land — before you strangers consume it; it is desolate as if overturned by strangers.  8 The daughter of Zion shall be left like a [deserted] watchman's booth in a vineyard, like a shed in a gourd garden, like a city under siege.  9 Had not Hashem, Master of Legions, left us a trace of a remnant, we would have been like Sodom, we would have resembled Gomorrah.

10 Hear the word of Hashem, O chiefs of Sodom; give ear to the Torah of our God, O people of Gomorrah.  11 Why do I need your numerous sacrifices? — says Hashem — I am satiated with elevation-offerings of rams and the choicest of fattened animals; and the blood of bulls and sheep and he-goats I do not desire.  12 When you come to appear before Me — who sought this from your hand, to trample My courtyards?  13 You shall not continue to bring a worthless meal-offering — incense of abomination is it unto Me; [New] Moon and Sabbath, calling of convocation, I cannot abide mendacity with assemblage.  14 Your [New] Moons and your appointed festivals, My soul hates; they have become a burden upon Me [that] I am weary of bearing.  15 And when you spread your hands [in prayer], I will hide My eyes from you; even if you were to increase prayer, I do not hear; your hands are full of blood.  16 Wash yourselves, purify yourselves, remove the evil of your doings from before My eyes; desist from doing evil.  17 Learn to do good, seek justice, strengthen the victim, do justice for the orphan, take up the cause of the widow.

18 Go forth, now, let us reason together — says Hashem — if your sins will be like scarlet, they will whiten like snow, if they have reddened like crimson, they will become as wool.  19 If you will be willing and you will obey, you shall eat the goodness of the land.  20 But if you will refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword — for the mouth of Hashem has spoken.

21 How has she become a harlot! — faithful city that was full of justice, in which righteousness was wont to lodge, but now murderers.  22 Your silver has become dross, your heady wine mixed with water.  23 Your princes are wayward and associates of thieves; the whole of them loves bribery and pursue [illegal] payments; for the orphan they do not do justice, the cause of the widow does not come unto them.

24 Therefore — the word of the Lord, Hashem, Master of Legions, Mighty One of Israel — O, how I will ease Myself of My adversaries, and how I will avenge Myself of My enemies.  25 I will return My hand upon you, and refine as with lye your dross, and I will remove all your base metal.  26 Then I will return your judges as in earliest times, and your counselors as at first, after that you shall be called City of Righteousness, Faithful City.  27 Zion shall be redeemed with justice, and her returnees with righteousness.


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