Isaiah 1:21-31:9 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Degenerate City
21 How the faithful city has become a [a]harlot!
24 Therefore the Lord says,
27 Zion shall be redeemed with justice,
The Future House of God
2 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
The Day of the Lord
5 O house of Jacob, come and let us walk
6 For You have forsaken Your people, the house of Jacob,
10 Enter into the rock, and hide in the dust,
12 For the day of the Lord of hosts
19 They shall go into the holes of the rocks,
20 In that day a man will cast away his idols of silver
Judgment on Judah and Jerusalem
3 For behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts,
4 “I will give children[r] to be their princes,
6 When a man takes hold of his brother
8 For Jerusalem stumbled,
10 “Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them,
Oppression and Luxury Condemned
13 The Lord stands up to [y]plead,
16 Moreover the Lord says:
“Because the daughters of Zion are haughty,
18 In that day the Lord will take away the finery:
24 And so it shall be:
Instead of a sweet smell there will be a stench;
26 Her gates shall lament and mourn,
Jerusalem’s Glorious Future
4 And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying,
The Renewal of Zion
2 In that day the Branch of the Lord shall be beautiful and glorious;
3 And it shall come to pass that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy—everyone who is recorded among the living in Jerusalem. 4 When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and purged the [ag]blood of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning, 5 then the Lord will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. For over all the glory there will be a [ah]covering. 6 And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.
God’s Disappointing Vineyard
5 Now let me sing to my Well-beloved
My Well-beloved has a vineyard
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,
Impending Judgment on Excesses
8 Woe to those who [am]join house to house;
11 Woe to those who rise early in the morning,
13 Therefore my people have gone into captivity,
18 Woe to those who [ar]draw iniquity with cords of [as]vanity,
20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
22 Woe to men mighty at drinking wine,
24 Therefore, as the [at]fire devours the stubble,
For all this His anger is not turned away,
26 He will lift up a banner to the nations from afar,
Isaiah Called to Be a Prophet
6 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 So I said:
“Woe is me, for I am [aw]undone!
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said:
“Behold, this has touched your lips;
8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:
“Whom shall I send,
Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
9 And He said, “Go, and tell this people:
‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand;
10 “Make the heart of this people dull,
11 Then I said, “Lord, how long?”
And He answered:
“Until the cities are laid waste and without inhabitant,
Isaiah Sent to King Ahaz
7 Now it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin king of Syria and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up to Jerusalem to make war against it, but could not [ay]prevail against it. 2 And it was told to the house of David, saying, “Syria’s forces are [az]deployed in Ephraim.” So his heart and the heart of his people were moved as the trees of the woods are moved with the wind.
3 Then the Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out now to meet Ahaz, you and [ba]Shear-Jashub your son, at the end of the aqueduct from the upper pool, on the highway to the Fuller’s Field, 4 and say to him: [bb]‘Take heed, and [bc]be quiet; do not fear or be fainthearted for these two stubs of smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria, and the son of Remaliah. 5 Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah have plotted evil against you, saying, 6 “Let us go up against Judah and [bd]trouble it, and let us make a gap in its wall for ourselves, and set a king over them, the son of Tabel”— 7 thus says the Lord God:
“It shall not stand,
The Immanuel Prophecy
10 Moreover the Lord spoke again to Ahaz, saying, 11 “Ask a sign for yourself from the Lord your God; [bf]ask it either in the depth or in the height above.”
12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the Lord!”
13 Then he said, “Hear now, O house of David! Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.[bg] 15 Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good. 16 For before the Child shall know to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land that you dread will be forsaken by both her kings. 17 The Lord will bring the king of Assyria upon you and your people and your father’s house—days that have not come since the day that Ephraim departed from Judah.”
18 And it shall come to pass in that day
20 In the same day the Lord will shave with a hired razor,
21 It shall be in that day
23 It shall happen in that day,
25 And to any hill which could be dug with the hoe,
Assyria Will Invade the Land
8 Moreover the Lord said to me, “Take a large scroll, and write on it with a man’s pen concerning [bi]Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz. 2 And I will take for Myself faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.”
3 Then I went to the prophetess, and she conceived and bore a son. Then the Lord said to me, “Call his name Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz; 4 for before the child [bj]shall have knowledge to cry ‘My father’ and ‘My mother,’ the riches of Damascus and the [bk]spoil of Samaria will be taken away before the king of Assyria.”
5 The Lord also spoke to me again, saying:
6 “Inasmuch as these people refused
9 “Be shattered, O you peoples, and be broken in pieces!
Fear God, Heed His Word
11 For the Lord spoke thus to me with [bq]a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying:
12 “Do not say, ‘A conspiracy,’
16 Bind up the testimony,
19 And when they say to you, “Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,” should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living? 20 To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there[bw] is no light in them.
21 They will pass through it hard-pressed and hungry; and it shall happen, when they are hungry, that they will be enraged and curse [bx]their king and their God, and look upward. 22 Then they will look to the earth, and see trouble and darkness, gloom of anguish; and they will be driven into darkness.
The Government of the Promised Son
9 Nevertheless the gloom will not be upon her who is distressed,
3 You have multiplied the nation
6 For unto us a Child is born,
The Punishment of Samaria
8 The Lord sent a word against Jacob,
For all this His anger is not turned away,
13 For the people do not turn to Him who strikes them,
For all this His anger is not turned away,
18 For wickedness burns as the fire;
For all this His anger is not turned away,
Assyria Shall Be Broken
10 “Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees,
For all this His anger is not turned away,
Arrogant Assyria Also Judged
5 “Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger
12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Lord has [cf]performed all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, that He will say, “I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his haughty looks.”
13 For he says:
“By the strength of my hand I have done it,
15 Shall the ax boast itself against him who chops with it?
The Returning Remnant of Israel
20 And it shall come to pass in that day
24 Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts: “O My people, who dwell in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrian. He shall strike you with a rod and lift up his staff against you, in the manner of Egypt. 25 For yet a very little while and the indignation will cease, as will My anger in their destruction.” 26 And the Lord of hosts will [cj]stir up a scourge for him like the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb; as His rod was on the sea, so will He lift it up in the manner of Egypt.
27 It shall come to pass in that day
28 He has come to Aiath,
33 Behold, the Lord,
The Reign of Jesse’s Offspring
11 There shall come forth a [cn]Rod from the [co]stem of Jesse,
3 His delight is in the fear of the Lord,
6 “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
10 “And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse,
11 It shall come to pass in that day
12 He will set up a banner for the nations,
A Hymn of Praise
12 And in that day you will say:
“O Lord, I will praise You;
3 Therefore with joy you will draw water
4 And in that day you will say:
“Praise the Lord, call upon His name;
Proclamation Against Babylon
13 The burden[cx] against Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.
2 “Lift up a banner on the high mountain,
4 The noise of a multitude in the mountains,
6 Wail, for the day of the Lord is at hand!
9 Behold, the day of the Lord comes,
11 “I will punish the world for its evil,
17 “Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them,
Mercy on Jacob
14 For the Lord will have mercy on Jacob, and will still choose Israel, and settle them in their own land. The strangers will be joined with them, and they will cling to the house of Jacob. 2 Then people will take them and bring them to their place, and the house of Israel will possess them for servants and maids in the land of the Lord; they will take them captive whose captives they were, and rule over their oppressors.
Fall of the King of Babylon
3 It shall come to pass in the day the Lord gives you rest from your sorrow, and from your fear and the hard bondage in which you were made to serve, 4 that you will take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say:
“How the oppressor has ceased,
9 “Hell[dh] from beneath is excited about you,
The Fall of Lucifer
12 “How you are fallen from heaven,
16 “Those who see you will gaze at you,
18 “All the kings of the nations,
22 “For I will rise up against them,” says the Lord of hosts,
24 The Lord of hosts has sworn, saying,
28 This is the [dn]burden which came in the year that King Ahaz died.
29 “Do not rejoice, all you of Philistia,
32 What will they answer the messengers of the nation?
Proclamation Against Moab
15 The burden[dp] against Moab.
Because in the night Ar of Moab is laid waste
5 “My heart will cry out for Moab;
16 Send the lamb to the ruler of the land,
3 “Take counsel, execute judgment;
6 We have heard of the pride of Moab—
8 For the fields of Heshbon languish,
10 Gladness is taken away,
12 And it shall come to pass,
13 This is the word which the Lord has spoken concerning Moab since that time. 14 But now the Lord has spoken, saying, “Within three years, as the years of a hired man, the glory of Moab will be despised with all that great multitude, and the remnant will be very small and feeble.”
Proclamation Against Syria and Israel
17 The burden[ea] against Damascus.
“Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city,
4 “In that day it shall come to pass
7 In that day a man will look to his Maker,
10 Because you have forgotten the God of your salvation,
12 Woe to the multitude of many people
Proclamation Against Ethiopia
18 Woe to the land shadowed with buzzing wings,
3 All inhabitants of the world and dwellers on the earth:
7 In that time a present will be brought to the Lord of hosts
Proclamation Against Egypt
19 The burden[ek] against Egypt.
Behold, the Lord rides on a swift cloud,
2 “I will set Egyptians against Egyptians;
5 The waters will fail from the sea,
11 Surely the princes of Zoan are fools;
16 In that day Egypt will be like women, and will be afraid and fear because of the waving of the hand of the Lord of hosts, which He waves over it. 17 And the land of Judah will be a terror to Egypt; everyone who makes mention of it will be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the Lord of hosts which He has determined against it.
Egypt, Assyria, and Israel Blessed
18 In that day five cities in the land of Egypt will speak the language of Canaan and swear by the Lord of hosts; one will be called the City of [eq]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 at its border. 20 And it will be for a sign and for a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the Lord because of the oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them. 21 Then the Lord will be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day, and will make sacrifice and offering; yes, they will make a vow to the Lord and perform it. 22 And the Lord will strike Egypt, He will strike and heal it; they will return to the Lord, and He will be entreated by them and heal them.
23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians.
24 In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria—a blessing in the midst of the land, 25 whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”
The Sign Against Egypt and Ethiopia
20 In the year that Tartan[er] came to Ashdod, when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him, and he fought against Ashdod and took it, 2 at the same time the Lord spoke by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, “Go, and remove the sackcloth from your [es]body, and take your sandals off your feet.” And he did so, walking naked and barefoot.
3 Then the Lord said, “Just as My servant Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and a wonder against Egypt and Ethiopia, 4 so shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians as prisoners and the Ethiopians as captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt. 5 Then they shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their expectation and Egypt their glory. 6 And the inhabitant of this territory will say in that day, ‘Surely such is our expectation, wherever we flee for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria; and how shall we escape?’ ”
The Fall of Babylon Proclaimed
21 The [et]burden against the Wilderness of the Sea.
As whirlwinds in the South pass through,
3 Therefore my loins are filled with pain;
6 For thus has the Lord said to me:
10 Oh, my threshing and the grain of my floor!
Proclamation Against Edom
11 The [ew]burden against Dumah.
He calls to me out of Seir,
Proclamation Against Arabia
13 The [ex]burden against Arabia.
In the forest in Arabia you will lodge,
16 For thus the Lord has said to me: “Within a year, according to the year of a hired man, all the glory of Kedar will fail; 17 and the remainder of the number of archers, the mighty men of the people of Kedar, will be diminished; for the Lord God of Israel has spoken it.”
Proclamation Against Jerusalem
22 The [ey]burden against the Valley of Vision.
What ails you now, that you have all gone up to the housetops,
5 For it is a day of trouble and treading down and perplexity
8 He removed the [fa]protection of Judah.
12 And in that day the Lord God of hosts
14 Then it was revealed in my hearing by the Lord of hosts,
The Judgment on Shebna
15 Thus says the Lord God of hosts:
“Go, proceed to this steward,
20 ‘Then it shall be in that day,
24 ‘They will hang on him all the glory of his father’s house, the offspring and the posterity, all vessels of small quantity, from the cups to all the pitchers. 25 In that day,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘the peg that is fastened in the secure place will be removed and be cut down and fall, and the burden that was on it will be cut off; for the Lord has spoken.’ ”
Proclamation Against Tyre
23 The burden[fd] against Tyre.
Wail, you ships of Tarshish!
2 Be still, you inhabitants of the coastland,
4 Be ashamed, O Sidon;
6 Cross over to Tarshish;
10 Overflow through your land like [fi]the River,
13 Behold, the land of the Chaldeans,
14 Wail, you ships of Tarshish!
15 Now it shall come to pass in that day that Tyre will be forgotten seventy years, according to 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 a harp, go about the city,
17 And it shall be, at the end of seventy years, that the Lord will deal with Tyre. She will return to her hire, and commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth. 18 Her gain and her pay will be set apart for the Lord; it will not be treasured nor laid up, for her gain will be for those who dwell before the Lord, to eat sufficiently, and for [fk]fine clothing.
Impending Judgment on the Earth
24 Behold, the Lord makes the earth empty and makes it waste,
4 The earth mourns and fades away,
7 The new wine fails, the vine languishes,
14 They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing;
17 Fear and the pit and the snare
19 The earth is violently broken,
21 It shall come to pass in that day
Praise to God
25 O Lord, You are my God.
6 And in this mountain
9 And it will be said in that day:
10 For on this mountain the hand of the Lord will rest,
A Song of Salvation
26 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
“We have a strong city;
7 The way of the just is uprightness;
10 Let grace be shown to the wicked,
12 Lord, You will establish peace for us,
16 Lord, in trouble they have visited You,
19 Your dead shall live;
Take Refuge from the Coming Judgment
20 Come, my people, enter your chambers,
Israel Will Be Restored
27 In that day the Lord with His severe sword, great and strong,
The Restoration of Israel
2 In that day sing to her,
6 Those who come He shall cause to take root in Jacob;
7 Has He struck [gi]Israel as He struck those who struck him?
10 Yet the fortified city will be desolate,
12 And it shall come to pass in that day
13 So it shall be in that day:
Woe to Ephraim and Jerusalem
28 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim,
5 In that day the Lord of hosts will be
7 But they also have erred through wine,
9 “Whom will he teach knowledge?
11 For with stammering lips and another tongue
14 Therefore hear the word of the Lord, you scornful men,
A Cornerstone in Zion
16 Therefore thus says the Lord God:
“Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation,
20 For the bed is too short to stretch out on,
Listen to the Teaching of God
23 Give ear and hear my voice,
27 For the black cummin is not threshed with a threshing sledge,
Woe to Jerusalem
29 “Woe to [gr]Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelt!
5 “Moreover the multitude of your foes
The Blindness of Disobedience
9 Pause and wonder!
11 The whole vision has become to you like the words of a [gt]book that is sealed, which men deliver to one who is literate, saying, “Read this, please.”
And he says, “I cannot, for it is sealed.”
12 Then the book is delivered to one who [gu]is illiterate, saying, “Read this, please.”
And he says, “I am not literate.”
13 Therefore the Lord said:
“Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths
15 Woe to those who seek deep to hide their counsel far from the Lord,
Future Recovery of Wisdom
17 Is it not yet a very little while
22 Therefore thus says the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob:
“Jacob shall not now be ashamed,
Futile Confidence in Egypt
30 “Woe to the rebellious children,” says the Lord,
6 The [gx]burden against the beasts of the South.
Through a land of trouble and anguish,
A Rebellious People
8 Now go, write it before them on a tablet,
12 Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel:
“Because you despise this word,
15 For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel:
“In returning and rest you shall be saved;
17 One thousand shall flee at the threat of one,
God Will Be Gracious
18 Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you;
19 For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem;
23 Then He will give the rain for your seed
Judgment on Assyria
27 Behold, the name of the Lord comes from afar,
29 You shall have a song
The Folly of Not Trusting God
31 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help,
God Will Deliver Jerusalem
4 For thus the Lord has spoken to me:
“As a lion roars,
6 Return to Him against whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted. 7 For in that day every man shall throw away his idols of silver and his idols of gold—sin, which your own hands have made for yourselves.
8 “Then Assyria shall fall by a sword not of man,
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