An Invitation to Abundant Life

55 “Ho! (A)Everyone who thirsts,
Come to the waters;
And you who have no money,
(B)Come, buy and eat.
Yes, come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without price.

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The Free Offer of Mercy

55 [a]You there! Everyone who (A)thirsts, come to the waters;
And you who have (B)no [b]money come, buy and eat.
Come, buy (C)wine and milk
(D)Without money and without cost.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 55:1 Lit Hoy
  2. Isaiah 55:1 Lit silver

The Free Offer of Mercy

55 “Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;
And you who have no money come, buy grain and eat.
Come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without cost [simply accept it as a gift from God].(A)

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Incline your ear, and (A)come to Me.
Hear, and your soul shall live;
(B)And I will make an everlasting covenant with you—
The (C)sure mercies of David.

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(A)Incline your ear and come to Me.
Listen, that [a]you may (B)live;
And I will make (C)an everlasting covenant with you,
According to the (D)faithful mercies [b]shown to David.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 55:3 Lit your soul
  2. Isaiah 55:3 Lit of David


“Incline your ear [to listen] and come to Me;
Hear, so that your soul may live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
According to the faithful mercies [promised and] shown to David.(A)

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28 Come to (A)Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you (B)and learn from Me, for I am [a]gentle and (C)lowly in heart, (D)and you will find rest for your souls.

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  1. Matthew 11:29 meek

28 (A)Come to Me, all [a]who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and (B)learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and (C)you will find [b]rest for your souls.

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  1. Matthew 11:28 Or who work to exhaustion
  2. Matthew 11:29 Or a resting place

28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation]. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls.(A)

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47 (A)Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was [a]founded on the rock. 49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it [b]fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”

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  1. Luke 6:48 NU well built
  2. Luke 6:49 NU collapsed

47 (A)Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and [a]acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 he is like a man building a house, who [b]dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when there was a flood, the river burst against that house and yet it could not shake it, because it had been well built. 49 But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation; and the river burst against it and it immediately collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.”

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  1. Luke 6:47 Lit does
  2. Luke 6:48 Lit dug and went deep

47 Everyone who comes to Me and listens to My words and obeys them, I will show you whom he is like:(A) 48 he is like a [far-sighted, practical, and sensible] man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and yet could not shake it, because it had been securely built and founded on the rock. 49 But the one who has [merely] heard and has not practiced [what I say], is like a [foolish] man who built a house on the ground without any foundation, and the torrent burst against it; and it immediately collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.”

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39 (A)You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and (B)these are they which testify of Me. 40 (C)But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.

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Testimony of the Scripture

39 [a](A)You examine the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is (B)those very Scriptures that testify about Me; 40 and yet you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.

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  1. John 5:39 Or (a command) Examine the Scriptures

Testimony of the Scripture

39 [a]You search and keep on searching and examining the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and yet it is those [very Scriptures] that testify about Me; 40 and still you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.

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  1. John 5:39 Or Search the Scriptures! The Greek form found here can be either a command or a statement (indicative mood).

37 (A)All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and (B)the one who comes to Me I will [a]by no means cast out.

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  1. John 6:37 certainly not

37 (A)Everything that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I certainly will not cast out.

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37 All that My Father gives Me will come to Me; and the one who comes to Me I will most certainly not cast out [I will never, never reject anyone who follows Me].

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35 And Jesus said to them, (A)“I am the bread of life. (B)He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never (C)thirst.

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35 Jesus said to them, (A)I am the bread of life; the one who comes to Me will not be hungry, and the one who believes in Me (B)will never be thirsty.

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35 Jesus replied to them, [a]I am the Bread of Life. The one who comes to Me will never be hungry, and the one who believes in Me [as Savior] will never be thirsty [for that one will be sustained spiritually].

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Footnotes

  1. John 6:35 Jesus uses the words “I am” over twenty times in this Gospel. Especially memorable are those places where “I am” is followed by a metaphor that declares His deity and His relationship to mankind as Savior (this is the first of seven such references); see 8:12 (Light); 10:9 (Door); 10:11 (Good Shepherd); 11:25 (Resurrection); 14:6 (Way, Truth, Life); 15:5 (Vine).