Isaiah 1:1-27:3New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Rebellion of God’s People
1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz concerning Judah and Jerusalem, which he saw during the [a]reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
2 Listen, O heavens, and hear, O earth;
4 Alas, sinful nation,
5 Where will you be stricken again,
7 Your land is desolate,
God Has Had Enough
10 Hear the word of the Lord,
16 “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;
“Let Us Reason”
18 “Come now, and let us reason together,”
Zion Corrupted, to Be Redeemed
21 How the faithful city has become a harlot,
24 Therefore the Lord [j]God of hosts,
27 Zion will be redeemed with justice
God’s Universal Reign
2 The word which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2 Now it will come about that
5 Come, house of Jacob, and let us walk in the light of the Lord.
A Day of Reckoning Coming
12 For the Lord of hosts will have a day of reckoning
God Will Remove the Leaders
3 For behold, the Lord [x]God of hosts is going to remove from Jerusalem and Judah
God Will Judge
13 The Lord arises to contend,
Judah’s Women Denounced
16 Moreover, the Lord said, “Because the daughters of Zion are proud
18 In that day the Lord will take away the beauty of their anklets, headbands, crescent ornaments, 19 dangling earrings, bracelets, veils, 20 headdresses, ankle chains, sashes, perfume boxes, amulets, 21 [an]finger rings, nose rings, 22 festal robes, outer tunics, cloaks, money purses, 23 hand mirrors, undergarments, turbans and veils.
24 Now it will come about that instead of [ao]sweet perfume there will be putrefaction;
A Remnant Prepared
4 For seven women will take hold of one man in that day, saying, “We will eat our own bread and wear our own clothes, only let us be called by your name; take away our reproach!”
2 In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth will be the pride and the adornment of the survivors of Israel. 3 It will come about that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy—everyone who is recorded for life in Jerusalem. 4 When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and [ar]purged the bloodshed of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning, 5 then the Lord will create over the whole area of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, even smoke, and the brightness of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory will be a canopy. 6 There will be a shelter to give shade from the heat by day, and refuge and [as]protection from the storm and the rain.
Parable of the Vineyard
5 Let me sing now for my well-beloved
3 “And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah,
7 For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel
Woes for the Wicked
8 Woe to those who add house to house and join field to field,
13 Therefore My people go into exile for their lack of knowledge;
18 Woe to those who drag iniquity with the cords of [bf]falsehood,
24 Therefore, as a tongue of fire consumes stubble
26 He will also lift up a standard to the [bm]distant nation,
6 In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. 2 Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called out to another and said,
“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts,
“Woe is me, for I am ruined!
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is [bs]forgiven.”
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” 9 He said, “Go, and tell this people:
‘Keep on listening, but do not perceive;
11 Then I said, “Lord, how long?” And He answered,
“Until cities are devastated and without inhabitant,
War against Jerusalem
7 Now it came about in the days of Ahaz, the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin the king of Aram and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up to Jerusalem to wage war against it, but could not [bx]conquer it. 2 When it was reported to the house of David, saying, “The Arameans [by]have camped in Ephraim,” his heart and the hearts of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake [bz]with the wind.
3 Then the Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out now to meet Ahaz, you and your son [ca]Shear-jashub, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool, on the highway to the [cb]fuller’s field, 4 and say to him, ‘Take care and be calm, have no fear and do not be fainthearted because of these two stubs of smoldering firebrands, on account of the fierce anger of Rezin and Aram and the son of Remaliah. 5 Because Aram, with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah, has planned evil against you, saying, 6 “Let us go up against Judah and [cc]terrorize it, and make for ourselves a breach in [cd]its walls and set up the son of Tabeel as king in the midst of it,” 7 thus says the Lord [ce]God: “It shall not stand nor shall it come to pass. 8 For the head of Aram is Damascus and the head of Damascus is Rezin (now within another 65 years Ephraim will be shattered, so that it is no longer a people), 9 and the head of Ephraim is Samaria and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah. If you will not believe, you surely shall not [cf]last.”’”
The Child Immanuel
10 Then the Lord spoke again to Ahaz, saying, 11 “Ask a sign for yourself from the Lord your God; [cg]make it deep as Sheol or high as [ch]heaven.” 12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the Lord!” 13 Then he said, “Listen now, O house of David! Is it too slight a thing for you to try the patience of men, that you will try the patience of my God as well? 14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a [ci]virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name [cj]Immanuel. 15 He will eat curds and honey [ck]at the time He knows enough to refuse evil and choose good. 16 For before the boy will know enough to refuse evil and choose good, the land whose two kings you dread will be forsaken.
Trials to Come for Judah
17 The Lord will bring on you, on your people, and on your father’s house such days as have never come since the day that Ephraim separated from Judah, the king of Assyria.”
18 In that day the Lord will whistle for the fly that is in the [cl]remotest part of the rivers of Egypt and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria. 19 They will all come and settle on the steep [cm]ravines, on the ledges of the cliffs, on all the thorn bushes and on all the [cn]watering places.
20 In that day the Lord will shave with a razor, hired from regions beyond the [co]Euphrates (that is, with the king of Assyria), the head and the hair of the legs; and it will also remove the beard.
21 Now in that day a man may keep alive a heifer and a pair of sheep; 22 and because of the abundance of the milk produced he will eat curds, for everyone that is left within the land will eat curds and honey.
23 And it will come about in that day, that every place where there used to be a thousand vines, valued at a thousand shekels of silver, will become briars and thorns. 24 People will come there with bows and arrows because all the land will be briars and thorns. 25 As for all the hills which used to be cultivated with the hoe, you will not go there for fear of briars and thorns; but they will become a place for [cp]pasturing oxen and for sheep to trample.
Damascus and Samaria Fall
8 Then the Lord said to me, “Take for yourself a large tablet and write on it [cq]in ordinary letters: [cr]Swift is the booty, speedy is the prey. 2 And [cs]I will take to Myself faithful witnesses for testimony, Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.” 3 So I approached the prophetess, and she conceived and gave birth to a son. Then the Lord said to me, “Name him [ct]Maher-shalal-hash-baz; 4 for before the boy knows how to cry out ‘My father’ or ‘My mother,’ the wealth of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be carried away before the king of Assyria.”
5 Again the Lord spoke to me further, saying,
6 “Inasmuch as these people have rejected the gently flowing waters of Shiloah
A Believing Remnant
9 “Be broken, O peoples, and be [cx]shattered;
11 For thus the Lord spoke to me [dc]with mighty power and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, saying,
12 “You are not to say, ‘It is a conspiracy!’
16 Bind up the testimony, seal the [de]law among my disciples. 17 And I will wait for the Lord who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob; I will even look eagerly for Him. 18 Behold, I and the children whom the Lord has given me are for signs and wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion.
19 When they say to you, “Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter,” should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living? 20 To the [df]law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. 21 They will pass through [dg]the land hard-pressed and famished, and it will turn out that when they are hungry, they will be enraged and curse [dh]their king and their God as they face upward. 22 Then they will look to the earth, and behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish; and they will be driven away into darkness.
Birth and Reign of the Prince of Peace
9 [di]But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the [dj]Gentiles.
2 [dk]The people who walk in darkness
God’s Anger with Israel’s Arrogance
8 The Lord sends a [dr]message against Jacob,
13 Yet the people do not turn back to Him who struck them,
18 For wickedness burns like a fire;
Assyria Is God’s Instrument
10 Woe to those who enact evil statutes
5 Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger
12 So it will be that when the Lord has completed all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, He will say, “I will [ej]punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the pomp of [ek]his haughtiness.” 13 For he has said,
“By the power of my hand and by my wisdom I did this,
15 Is the axe to boast itself over the one who chops with it?
A Remnant Will Return
20 Now in that day the remnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob who have escaped, will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will truly rely on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel.
21 A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God.
23 For a complete destruction, one that is decreed, the Lord [eo]God of hosts will execute in the midst of the whole land.
24 Therefore thus says the Lord [ep]God of hosts, “O My people who dwell in Zion, do not fear the Assyrian [eq]who strikes you with the rod and lifts up his staff against you, the way Egypt did. 25 For in a very little while My indignation against you will be spent and My anger will be directed to their destruction.” 26 The Lord of hosts will arouse a scourge against him like the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb; and His staff will be over the sea and He will lift it up the way He did in Egypt. 27 So it will be in that day, that [er]his burden will be removed from your shoulders and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be broken because of fatness.
28 He has come against Aiath,
33 Behold, the Lord, the [eu]God of hosts, will lop off the boughs with a terrible crash;
Righteous Reign of the Branch
11 Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse,
6 And the wolf will dwell with the lamb,
The Restored Remnant
11 Then it will happen on that day that the Lord
12 Then you will say on that day,
Prophecies about Babylon
13 The [fi]oracle concerning Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.
2 Lift up a standard on the [fj]bare hill,
Judgment on the Day of the Lord
6 Wail, for the day of the Lord is near!
Babylon Will Fall to the Medes
17 Behold, I am going to stir up the Medes against them,
14 When the Lord will have compassion on Jacob and again choose Israel, and settle them in their own land, then strangers will join them and attach themselves to the house of Jacob. 2 The peoples will take them along and bring them to their place, and the house of Israel will possess them as an inheritance in the land of the Lord as male servants and female servants; and [fu]they will take their captors captive and will rule over their oppressors.
3 And it will be in the day when the Lord gives you rest from your pain and turmoil and harsh service in which you have been enslaved, 4 that you will take up this [fv]taunt against the king of Babylon, and say,
“How the oppressor has ceased,
22 “I will rise up against them,” declares the Lord of hosts, “and will cut off from Babylon name and survivors, offspring and posterity,” declares the Lord. 23 “I will also make it a possession for the hedgehog and swamps of water, and I will sweep it with the broom of destruction,” declares the Lord of hosts.
Judgment on Assyria
24 The Lord of hosts has sworn saying, “Surely, just as I have intended so it has happened, and just as I have planned so it will stand, 25 to break Assyria in My land, and I will trample him on My mountains. Then his yoke will be removed from them and his burden removed from their shoulder. 26 This is the plan [gg]devised against the whole earth; and this is the hand that is stretched out against all the nations. 27 For the Lord of hosts has planned, and who can frustrate it? And as for His stretched-out hand, who can turn it back?”
28 In the year that King Ahaz died this [gh]oracle came:
Judgment on Philistia
29 “Do not rejoice, O Philistia, all of you,
Judgment on Moab
15 The [gl]oracle concerning Moab.
Surely in a night Ar of Moab is devastated and ruined;
Prophecy of Moab’s Devastation
16 Send the tribute lamb to the ruler of the land,
6 We have heard of the pride of Moab, an excessive pride;
13 This is the word which the Lord spoke earlier concerning Moab. 14 But now the Lord speaks, saying, “Within three years, as [he]a hired man would count them, the glory of Moab will be degraded along with all his great population, and his remnant will be very small and [hf]impotent.”
Prophecy about Damascus
17 The [hg]oracle concerning Damascus.
“Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city
4 Now in that day the glory of Jacob will [hl]fade,
12 Alas, the uproar of many peoples
Message to Ethiopia
18 Alas, oh land of whirring wings
4 For thus the Lord has told me,
“I will look [hy]from My dwelling place quietly
Message to Egypt
19 The [ie]oracle concerning Egypt.
Behold, the Lord is riding on a swift cloud and is about to come to Egypt;
5 The waters from the sea will dry up,
11 The princes of [ip]Zoan are mere fools;
16 In that day the Egyptians will become like women, and they will tremble and be in dread because of the waving of the hand of the Lord of hosts, which He is going to wave over them. 17 The land of Judah will become a [iw]terror to Egypt; everyone [ix]to whom it is mentioned will be in dread of it, because of the purpose of the Lord of hosts which He is purposing against them.
18 In that day five cities in the land of Egypt will be speaking the language of Canaan and swearing allegiance to the Lord of hosts; one will be called the City of [iy]Destruction.
19 In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord near its border. 20 It will become a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the Lord because of oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a [iz]Champion, and He will deliver them. 21 Thus the Lord will make Himself known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day. They will even worship with sacrifice and offering, and will make a vow to the Lord and perform it. 22 The Lord will strike Egypt, striking but healing; so they will return to the Lord, and He will respond to them and will heal them.
23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrians will come into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.
24 In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, 25 whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”
Prophecy about Egypt and Ethiopia
20 In the year that the [ja]commander came to Ashdod, when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him and he fought against Ashdod and captured it, 2 at that time the Lord spoke through Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, “Go and loosen the sackcloth from your hips and take your shoes off your feet.” And he did so, going naked and barefoot. 3 And the Lord said, “Even as My servant Isaiah has gone naked and barefoot three years as a [jb]sign and token against Egypt and [jc]Cush, 4 so the king of Assyria will lead away the captives of Egypt and the exiles of Cush, young and old, naked and barefoot with buttocks uncovered, to the [jd]shame of Egypt. 5 Then they will be dismayed and ashamed because of Cush their hope and Egypt their boast. 6 So the inhabitants of this coastland will say in that day, ‘Behold, such is our hope, where we fled for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria; and we, how shall we escape?’”
God Commands That Babylon Be Taken
As windstorms in the [jg]Negev sweep on,
6 For thus the Lord says to me,
“Go, station the lookout, let him report what he sees.
8 Then [jl]the lookout called,
“O Lord, I stand continually by day on the watchtower,
Oracles about Edom and Arabia
One keeps calling to me from Seir,
13 The [js]oracle about Arabia.
In the thickets of Arabia you [jt]must spend the night,
16 For thus the Lord said to me, “In a year, as [jv]a hired man would count it, all the splendor of Kedar will terminate; 17 and the remainder of the number of bowmen, the mighty men of the sons of Kedar, will be few; for the Lord God of Israel has spoken.”
The Valley of Vision
22 The [jw]oracle concerning the valley of vision.
What is the matter with you now, that you have all gone up to the housetops?
12 Therefore in that day the Lord [ki]God of hosts called you to weeping, to wailing,
15 Thus says the Lord [km]God of hosts,
“Come, go to this steward,
24 So they will hang on him all the glory of his father’s house, offspring and [kq]issue, all the least of vessels, from bowls to all the jars. 25 In that day,” declares the Lord of hosts, “the peg driven in a firm place will give way; it will even break off and fall, and the load hanging on it will be cut off, for the Lord has spoken.”
The Fall of Tyre
23 The [kr]oracle concerning Tyre.
Wail, O ships of Tarshish,
8 Who has planned this against Tyre, the bestower of crowns,
12 He has said, “You shall exult no more, O crushed virgin daughter of Sidon.
13 Behold, the land of the Chaldeans—this is the people which was not; Assyria appointed it for desert creatures—they erected their siege towers, they stripped its palaces, they made it a ruin.
14 Wail, O ships of Tarshish,
15 Now in that day Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years like the days of one king. At the end of seventy years it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the harlot:
16 Take your harp, walk about the city,
17 It will come about at the end of seventy years that the Lord will visit Tyre. Then she will go back to her harlot’s wages and will play the harlot with all the kingdoms [la]on the face of the earth. 18 Her gain and her harlot’s wages will be set apart to the Lord; it will not be stored up or hoarded, but her gain will become sufficient food and choice attire for those who dwell in the presence of the Lord.
Judgment on the Earth
24 Behold, the Lord lays the earth waste, devastates it, distorts its surface and scatters its inhabitants. 2 And the people will be like the priest, the servant like his master, the maid like her mistress, the buyer like the seller, the lender like the borrower, the creditor like the debtor. 3 The earth will be completely laid waste and completely despoiled, for the Lord has spoken this word. 4 The earth mourns and withers, the world fades and withers, the exalted of the people of the earth fade away. 5 The earth is also polluted [lb]by its inhabitants, for they transgressed laws, violated statutes, broke the everlasting covenant. 6 Therefore, a curse devours the earth, and those who live in it are held guilty. Therefore, the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left.
7 The new wine mourns,
Song of Praise for God’s Favor
25 O Lord, You are my God;
6 The Lord of hosts will prepare a [lr]lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain;
Song of Trust in God’s Protection
26 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
“We have a strong city;
7 The way of the righteous is smooth;
11 O Lord, Your hand is lifted up yet they do not see it.
20 Come, my people, enter into your rooms
The Deliverance of Israel
27 In that day the Lord will punish [mq]Leviathan the fleeing serpent,
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