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The vision of Yeshayahu son of Amots, which he saw concerning Yehudah and Yerushalayim in the days of Uzziyahu, Yotham, Ahaz, Hizqiyahu - sovereigns of Yehudah.
A Rebellious Nation...
Hear, O heavens, and listen, O earth! For YHWH has spoken, `I have reared and brought up children, but they have transgressed against Me.
An ox knows its owner and a donkey its master's crib - Yisra'el does not know, My people have not understood.'
Alas, sinning nation, a people loaded with crookedness, a seed of evil-doers, sons acting corruptly! They have forsaken YHWH, they have provoked the Set-apart One of Yisra'el, they went backward.
Why should you be beaten any more? You continue in apostasy! All the head is sick, and all the heart faints.
From the sole of the foot, to the head, there is no soundness in it - wounds and bruises and open sores; they have not been closed or bound up, or soothed with ointment.
Your land is laid waste, your cities are burned with fire, strangers devour your land in your presence. And it is laid waste, as overthrown by strangers.
And the daughter of Tsiyon is left as a booth in a vineyard, as a hut in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.
Unless YHWH of hosts had left to us a small remnant, we would have become like Sedom, we would have been made like Amorah.
Hear the word of YHWH, you rulers of Sedom; give ear to the Toraha of our Elohim, you people of Amorah!
'Of what use to Me are your many slaughterings?' declares YHWH. 'I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed beasts. I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs or goats.
'When you come to appear before Me, who has required this from your hand, to trample My courtyards?
`Stop bringing futile offerings, incense, it is an abomination to Me. New Moons, Sabbaths, the calling of meetings - I am unable to bear unrighteousness and assembly.
`My being hates your New Moons and your appointed times, they are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them.
'And when you spread out your hands, I hide My eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I do not hear. Your hands have become filled with blood.
'Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Stop doing evil!
'Learn to do good! Seek right-ruling, reprove the oppressor, defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.
'Come now, and let us reason together,' says YHWH. 'Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
'If you submit and obey, you shall eat the good of the land;
but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword,' for the mouth of YHWH has spoken.
How the steadfast city has become a whore! I have filled it with right-ruling; righteousness lodged in it, but now murderers.
Your silver has become dross, your wine is mixed with water.
Your rulers are stubborn, and companions of thieves. Everyone loves bribes, and runs after rewards. They do not defend the fatherless, nor does the cause of the widow reach them.
Therefore the Master declares, YHWH of hosts, the Elohim of Yisra'el, 'Ah, I shall be eased of My adversaries, and I shall be avenged of My enemies.
'And I shall turn My hand against you, and shall refine your dross as with lye, and shall remove all your alloy.
'And I shall give back your judges as at the first, and your counsellors as at the beginning. After this you shall be called the city of righteousness, a steadfast city.'
Tsiyon shall be redeemed with right-ruling, and her returning ones with righteousness.
And the destruction of transgressors and of sinners is together, and those who forsake YHWH shall be consumed.
For they shall be ashamed of the terebinth trees which you have desired. And you shall be embarrassed because of the gardens which you have chosen.
For you shall be as a terebinth whose leaf fades, and as a garden that has no water.
The strong shall be for tow, and his work for a spark. And both shall burn together, with no one to extinguish.