Isaiah 1:2       Listen, O heavens, and hear, O earth;
         For the LORD speaks,
         “Sons I have reared and brought up,
         But they have revolted against Me.
               3       “An ox knows its owner,
         And a donkey (its master’s manger,)  ("where to eat "my translation)
         But Israel does not know,
         My people do not understand.”

               4       Alas, sinful nation,
         People weighed down with iniquity,
         aOffspring of evildoers,
         Sons who act corruptly!
         They have abandoned the LORD,
         They have despised the Holy One of Israel,
         They have turned away from Him

New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. 1995 (Is 1:2–4). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

   Isaiah 1:18       “Come now, and let us reason together,”
         Says the LORD,
         “Though your sins are as scarlet,
         They will be as white as snow;
         Though they are red like crimson,
         They will be like wool.

New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. 1995 (Is 1:18). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

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    Isaiah 2;2  Now it will come about that
         In the last days
         The mountain of the house of the LORD
         Will be established as the chief of the mountains,
         And will be raised above the hills;
         And all the nations will stream to it.
               3       And many peoples will come and say,
         “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
         To the house of the God of Jacob;
         That He may teach us concerning His ways
         And that we may walk in His paths.”
         For the law will go forth from Zion
         And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. 1995 (Is 2:2–3). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

Isaiah 9:1      Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea, along the Jordan—

         2      The people walking in darkness
         have seen a great light;
         on those living in the land of the shadow of death
         a light has dawned.
         3      You have enlarged the nation
         and increased their joy;
         they rejoice before you
         as people rejoice at the harvest,
         as men rejoice
         when dividing the plunder.
         4      For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,
         you have shattered
         the yoke that burdens them,
         the bar across their shoulders,
         the rod of their oppressor.
         5      Every warrior’s boot used in battle
         and every garment rolled in blood
         will be destined for burning,
         will be fuel for the fire.
         6      For to us a child is born,
         to us a son is given,
         and the government will be on his shoulders.
         And he will be called
         Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
         Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
         7      Of the increase of his government and peace
         there will be no end.
         He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom,
         establishing and upholding it
         with justice and righteousness
         from that time on and forever.
         The zeal of the LORD Almighty
         will accomplish this.

The Holy Bible: New International Version. (1984). (Is 9:1–7). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

         Isaiah 26:3      You will keep in perfect peace
         him whose mind is steadfast, 
         because he trusts in you. 

The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1984 (Is 26:3). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Isaiah 29:13 The Lord says: 

         “These people come near to me with their mouth
         and honor me with their lips, 
         but their hearts are far from me. 
         Their worship of me
         is made up only of rules taught by men.
         14      Therefore once more I will astound these people
         with wonder upon wonder; 
         the wisdom of the wise will perish, 
         the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.” 
         15      Woe to those who go to great depths
         to hide their plans from the LORD, 
         who do their work in darkness and think, 
         “Who sees us? Who will know?” 
         16      You turn things upside down, 
         as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! 
         Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, 
         “He did not make me”? 
         Can the pot say of the potter, 
         “He knows nothing”? 


The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1984 (Is 29:13–16). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

       Isaiah 40:11      He tends his flock like a shepherd: 
         He gathers the lambs in his arms
         and carries them close to his heart; 
         he gently leads those that have young. 

         12      Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, 
         or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? 
         Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, 
         or weighed the mountains on the scales
         and the hills in a balance? 
         13      Who has understood the mind of the LORD, 
         or instructed him as his counselor? 
         14      Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him, 
         and who taught him the right way? 
         Who was it that taught him knowledge
         or showed him the path of understanding? 

18      To whom, then, will you compare God? 

The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1984 (Is 40:11–14). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

       Isaiah 40:21      Do you not know? 
         Have you not heard? 
         Has it not been told you from the beginning? 
         Have you not understood since the earth was founded? 
         22      He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, 
         and its people are like grasshoppers. 
         He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, 
         and spreads them out like a tent to live in. 
         23      He brings princes to naught
         and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing. 
         24      No sooner are they planted, 
         no sooner are they sown, 
         no sooner do they take root in the ground, 
         than he blows on them and they wither, 
         and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff. 

         25      “To whom will you compare me? 
         Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One. 
         26      Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: 
         Who created all these? 
         He who brings out the starry host one by one, 
         and calls them each by name. 
         Because of his great power and mighty strength, 
         not one of them is missing. 

         27      Why do you say, O Jacob, 
         and complain, O Israel, 
         “My way is hidden from the LORD; 
         my cause is disregarded by my God”? 
         28      Do you not know? 
         Have you not heard? 
         The LORD is the everlasting God, 
         the Creator of the ends of the earth. 
         He will not grow tired or weary, 
         and his understanding no one can fathom. 
         29      He gives strength to the weary
         and increases the power of the weak. 
         30      Even youths grow tired and weary, 
         and young men stumble and fall; 
         31      but those who hope in the LORD
         will renew their strength. 
         They will soar on wings like eagles; 
         they will run and not grow weary, 
         they will walk and not be faint. 

The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1984 (Is 40:21–31). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

       Isaiah 40:31      but those who hope in the LORD
         will renew their strength. 
         They will soar on wings like eagles; 
         they will run and not grow weary, 
         they will walk and not be faint. 

The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1984 (Is 40:31). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

 Isaiah 41:10      So do not fear, for I am with you; 
         do not be dismayed, for I am your God. 
         I will strengthen you and help you; 
         I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.


The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1984 (Is 41:10). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.


   43: 10       “You are My witnesses,” declares the LORD,
         “And My servant whom I have chosen,
         So that you may know and believe Me
         And understand that I am He.
         Before Me there was no God formed,
         And there will be none after Me.

New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. 1995 (Is 43:10). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

53      Who has believed our message
         and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
         2      He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
         and like a root out of dry ground.
         He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
         nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
         3      He was despised and rejected by men,
         a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
         Like one from whom men hide their faces
         he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

         4      Surely he took up our infirmities
         and carried our sorrows,
         yet we considered him stricken by God,
         smitten by him, and afflicted.
         5      But he was pierced for our transgressions,
         he was crushed for our iniquities;
         the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
         and by his wounds we are healed.
         6      We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
         each of us has turned to his own way;
         and the LORD has laid on him
         the iniquity of us all.

         7      He was oppressed and afflicted,
         yet he did not open his mouth;
         he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
         and as a sheep before her shearers is silent,
         so he did not open his mouth.
         8      By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
         And who can speak of his descendants?
         For he was cut off from the land of the living;
         for the transgression of my people he was stricken.

         9      He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
         and with the rich in his death,
         though he had done no violence,
         nor was any deceit in his mouth.

         10      Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
         and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering,
         he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
         and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.
         11      After the suffering of his soul,
         he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
         by his knowledge my righteous
         servant will justify many,
         and he will bear their iniquities.
         12      Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
         and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
         because he poured out his life unto death,
         and was numbered with the transgressors.
         For he bore the sin of many,
         and made intercession for the transgressors.

The Holy Bible: New International Version. (1984). (Is 53). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

 Isaiah 53:6      We all, like sheep, have gone astray, 
         each of us has turned to his own way; 
         and the LORD has laid on him
         the iniquity of us all. 


The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1984 (Is 53:6). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

         Isaiah 55:6      Seek the LORD while he may be found; 
         call on him while he is near. 
         7      Let the wicked forsake his way
         and the evil man his thoughts. 
         Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, 
         and to our God, for he will freely pardon. 

         8      “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, 
         neither are your ways my ways,” 
                      declares the LORD. 
         9      “As the heavens are higher than the earth, 
         so are my ways higher than your ways
         and my thoughts than your thoughts. 

The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1984 (Is 55:6–9). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

       Isaiah 55:10      As the rain and the snow
         come down from heaven, 
         and do not return to it
         without watering the earth
         and making it bud and flourish, 
         so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 
         11      so is my word that goes out from my mouth: 
         It will not return to me empty, 
         but will accomplish what I desire
         and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. 

The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1984 (Is 55:10–11). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

         Isaiah 57:10      You were wearied by all your ways, 
         but you would not say, ‘It is hopeless.’ 
         You found renewal of your strength, 
         and so you did not faint. 

         11      “Whom have you so dreaded and feared
         that you have been false to me, 
         and have neither remembered me
         nor pondered this in your hearts? 
         Is it not because I have long been silent
         that you do not fear me? 
         12      I will expose your righteousness and your works, 
         and they will not benefit you. 
         13      When you cry out for help, 
         let your collection of idols save you! 
         The wind will carry all of them off, 
         a mere breath will blow them away. 
         But the man who makes me his refuge
         will inherit the land
         and possess my holy mountain.” 
14 And it will be said: 

         “Build up, build up, prepare the road! 
         Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people.” 
         15      For this is what the high and lofty One says— 
         he who lives forever, whose name is holy: 
         “I live in a high and holy place, 
         but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, 
         to revive the spirit of the lowly
         and to revive the heart of the contrite. 
         16      I will not accuse forever, 
         nor will I always be angry, 
         for then the spirit of man would grow faint before me— 
         the breath of man that I have created. 
         17      I was enraged by his sinful greed; 
         I punished him, and hid my face in anger, 
         yet he kept on in his willful ways. 
         18      I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; 
         I will guide him and restore comfort to him, 
         19      creating praise on the lips of the mourners in Israel. 
         Peace, peace, to those far and near,” 
         says the LORD. “And I will heal them.” 
         20      But the wicked are like the tossing sea, 
         which cannot rest, 
         whose waves cast up mire and mud. 
         21      “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.” 

The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1984 (Is 57:10–21). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Isaiah 58:1 “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. 
         Raise your voice like a trumpet. 
         Declare to my people their rebellion
         and to the house of Jacob their sins. 
         2      For day after day they seek me out; 
         they seem eager to know my ways, 
         as if they were a nation that does what is right
         and has not forsaken the commands of its God. 
         They ask me for just decisions
         and seem eager for God to come near them. 
         3      ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, 
         ‘and you have not seen it? 
         Why have we humbled ourselves, 
         and you have not noticed?’ 

         “Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please
         and exploit all your workers. 
         4      Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, 
         and in striking each other with wicked fists. 
         You cannot fast as you do today
         and expect your voice to be heard on high. 
         5      Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, 
         only a day for a man to humble himself? 
         Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed
         and for lying on sackcloth and ashes? 
         Is that what you call a fast, 
         a day acceptable to the LORD? 

         6      “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: 
         to loose the chains of injustice
         and untie the cords of the yoke, 
         to set the oppressed free
         and break every yoke? 
         7      Is it not to share your food with the hungry
         and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— 
         when you see the naked, to clothe him, 
         and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? 
         8      Then your light will break forth like the dawn, 
         and your healing will quickly appear; 
         then your righteousness will go before you, 
         and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. 
         9      Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; 
         you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. 

         “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, 
         with the pointing finger and malicious talk, 
         10      and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
         and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, 
         then your light will rise in the darkness, 
         and your night will become like the noonday. 
         11      The LORD will guide you always; 
         he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
         and will strengthen your frame. 
         You will be like a well-watered garden, 
         like a spring whose waters never fail. 
         12      Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
         and will raise up the age-old foundations; 
         you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, 
         Restorer of Streets with Dwellings. 

         13      “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
         and from doing as you please on my holy day, 
         if you call the Sabbath a delight
         and the LORD’s holy day honorable, 
         and if you honor it by not going your own way
         and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, 
         14      then you will find your joy in the LORD, 
         and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land
         and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.” 
                      The mouth of the LORD has spoken. 

The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1984 (Is 58:1–14). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.