Hear, O [a]heavens, and hearken, O earth: for the Lord hath said, I have nourished and brought up [b]children, but they have rebelled against me.

The [c]ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel hath not known: my people hath not understood.

Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity: a [d]seed of the wicked, corrupt children: they have forsaken the Lord: they have provoked the [e]Holy one of Israel to anger: they are gone backward.

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  1. Isaiah 1:2 Because men were obstinate and insensible, he calleth to the dumb creatures, which were more prompt to obey God’s word, as Deut. 32:1.
  2. Isaiah 1:2 He declareth his great mercy toward the Jews forasmuch as he chose them above all other nations to be his people and children, as Deut. 10:15.
  3. Isaiah 1:3 The most dull and brute beasts do more acknowledge their duty toward their masters, than my people do toward me, of whom they have received benefits without comparison.
  4. Isaiah 1:4 They were not only wicked as were their fathers, but utterly corrupt, and by their evil example infected others.
  5. Isaiah 1:4 That is, him that sanctifieth Israel.

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