Isaiah 1-5 Contemporary English Version (CEV)
1 I am Isaiah, the son of Amoz.
A Guilty Nation
2 The Lord has said,
4 Israel, you are a sinful nation
A Country in Ruins
7 Your country lies in ruins;
Justice, Not Sacrifices
10 You are no better
12 “Who asked you to bring all this
15 “No matter how much you pray,
An Invitation from the Lord
18 I, the Lord, invite you
The Lord Condemns Jerusalem
21 Jerusalem, you are like
24 I am the Lord All-Powerful,
The Lord Will Save Jerusalem
27 Jerusalem, you will be saved
29 You will be made ashamed
Peace That Lasts Forever
2 This is the message[h] that I was given about Judah and Jerusalem:
2 In the future, the mountain
The Lord will teach us his Law
Following Sinful Customs
6 Our Lord, you have deserted
A Day of Judgment
10 Every one of you,
13 The tall and towering
19 You had better hide
20 On that day everyone will throw
22 Stop trusting the power
Judgment on Jerusalem and Judah
3 The mighty Lord All-Powerful
6 Some of you will grab hold
8 Jerusalem and Judah,
The Wrong Kind of Leaders
10 Tell those who obey God,
13 The Lord is ready to accuse
The Women of Jerusalem
16 The Lord says:
18-23 When that day comes, I will take away from those women all the fine jewelry they wear on their ankles, heads, necks, ears, arms, noses, fingers, and on their clothes. I will remove their veils, their belts, their perfume, their magic charms, their royal robes, and all their fancy dresses, hats, and purses.
24 In place of perfume,
4 When this happens, seven women will grab the same man, and each of them will say, “I’ll buy my own food and clothes! Just marry me and take away my disgrace.”[m]
The Lord Will Bless His People Who Survive
2 The time is coming when the Lord will make his land fruitful and glorious again, and the people of Israel who survive will take great pride in what the land produces. 3 Everyone who is left alive in Jerusalem will be called special, 4 after the Lord sends a fiery judgment to clean the city and its people of their violent deeds.
5 Then the Lord will cover the whole city and its meeting places with a thick cloud each day and with a flaming fire[n] each night. God’s own glory will be like a huge tent that covers everything. 6 It will provide shade from the heat of the sun and a place of shelter and protection from storms and rain.
A Song about a Vineyard
The Lord said:
5 I will sing a song
3 Listen, people of Jerusalem
5 Now I will let you know
7 I am the Lord All-Powerful!
Isaiah Condemns Social Injustice
8 You are in for trouble! You take over house after house and field after field, until there is no room left for anyone else in all the land. 9 But the Lord All-Powerful has made this promise to me:
Those large and beautiful homes will be left empty, with no one to take care of them. 10 Ten acres of grapevines will produce only six gallons of juice, and five bushels of seed will produce merely a half-bushel of grain.
11 You are in for trouble! You get up early to start drinking, and you keep it up late into the night. 12 At your drinking parties you have the music of stringed instruments, tambourines, and flutes. But you never even think about all the Lord has done, 13 and so his people know nothing about him. That’s why many of you will be dragged off to foreign lands. Your leaders will starve to death, and everyone else will suffer from thirst.
14 The world of the dead has opened its mouth wide and is eagerly waiting for the leaders of Jerusalem and for its noisy crowds, especially for those who take pride in that city. 15 Its citizens have been put down, and its proud people have been brought to shame. 16 But the holy Lord God All-Powerful is praised, because he has shown who he is by bringing justice. 17 His people will be like sheep grazing in their own pasture, and they will take off what was left by others.[o]
18 You are in for trouble! The lies you tell are like ropes by which you drag along sin and evil. 19 And you say, “Let the holy God of Israel hurry up and do what he has promised, so we can see it for ourselves.” 20 You are headed for trouble! You say wrong is right, darkness is light, and bitter is sweet.
21 You think you are clever and smart. 22 And you are great at drinking and mixing drinks. But you are in for trouble. 23 You accept bribes to let the guilty go free, and you cheat the innocent out of a fair trial.
24 You will go up in flames like straw and hay! You have rejected the teaching of the holy Lord God All-Powerful of Israel. Now your roots will rot, and your blossoms will turn to dust.
25 You are the Lord’s people, but you made him terribly angry, and he struck you with his mighty arm. Mountains shook, and dead bodies covered the streets like garbage. The Lord is still angry, and he is ready to strike you again.[p]
Foreign Nations Will Attack
26 The Lord has signaled for the foreign nations to come and attack you. He has already whistled, and they are coming as fast as they can. 27 None of them are tired. They don’t sleep or get drowsy, and they run without stumbling. Their belts don’t come loose; their sandal straps don’t break. 28 Their arrows are sharp, and their bows are ready. The hoofs of their horses are hard as flint; the wheels of their war chariots turn as fast as a whirlwind.
29 They roar and growl like fierce young lions as they grab their victims and drag them off where no one can rescue them. 30 On the day they attack, they will roar like the ocean. And across the land you will see nothing but darkness and trouble, because the light of day will be covered by thick clouds.
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