Isaiah 1-4 Young’s Literal Translation

A Sinful Nation

1 1  The Visions of Isaiah son of Amoz, that he hath seen concerning Judah and Jerusalem, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

2  Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth, For Jehovah hath spoken: Sons I have nourished and brought up, And they—they transgressed against Me. 3  An ox hath known its owner, And an ass the crib of its master, Israel hath not known, My people hath not understood. 4  Ah, sinning nation, a people heavy 'with' iniquity, A seed of evil doers, sons—corrupters! They have forsaken Jehovah, They have despised the Holy One of Israel, They have gone away backward. 5  Wherefore are ye stricken any more? Ye do add apostacy! Every head is become diseased, and every heart 'is' sick. 6  From the sole of the foot—unto the head, There is no soundness in it, Wound, and bruise, and fresh smiting! They have not been closed nor bound, Nor have they softened with ointment. 7  Your land 'is' a desolation, your cities burnt with fire, Your ground, before you strangers are consuming it, And a desolation as overthrown by strangers! 8  And left hath been the daughter of Zion, As a booth in a vineyard, As a lodge in a place of cucumbers—as a city besieged. 9  Unless Jehovah of Hosts had left to us a remnant, Shortly—as Sodom we had been, To Gomorrah we had been like!

A Call to True Repentance

10  Hear the word of Jehovah, ye rulers of Sodom, Give ear to the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah, 11  'Why to Me the abundance of your sacrifices? saith Jehovah, I have been satiated 'with' burnt-offerings of rams, And fat of fatlings; And blood of bullocks, and lambs, And he-goats I have not desired. 12  When ye come in to appear before Me, Who hath required this of your hand, To trample My courts? 13  Add not to bring in a vain present, Incense—an abomination it 'is' to Me, New moon, and sabbath, calling of convocation! Rendure not iniquity—and a restraint! 14  Your new moons and your set seasons hath My soul hated, They have been upon me for a burden, I have been weary of bearing. 15  And in your spreading forth your hands, I hide mine eyes from you, Also when ye increase prayer, I do not hear, Your hands of blood have been full.

16  Wash ye, make ye pure, Turn aside the evil of your doings, from before Mine eyes, Cease to do evil, learn to do good. 17  Seek judgment, make happy the oppressed, Judge the fatherless, strive 'for' the widow. 18  Come, I pray you, and we reason, saith Jehovah, If your sins are as scarlet, as snow they shall be white, If they are red as crimson, as wool they shall be! 19  If ye are willing, and have hearkened, The good of the land ye consume, 20  And if ye refuse, and have rebelled, 'By' the sword ye are consumed, For the mouth of Jehovah hath spoken.

The Judgment and Redemption of Zion

21  How hath a faithful city become a harlot? I have filled it 'with' judgment, Righteousness lodgeth in it—now murderers. 22  Thy silver hath become dross, Thy drink polluted with water. 23  Thy princes 'are' apostates, and companions of thieves, Every one loving a bribe, and pursuing rewards, The fatherless they judge not, And the plea of the widow cometh not to them. 24  Therefore—the affirmation of the Lord—Jehovah of Hosts, the Mighty One of Israel: Ah, I am eased of Mine adversaries, And I am avenged of Mine enemies, 25  And I turn back My hand upon thee, And I refine as purity thy dross, And I turn aside all thy tin, 26  And I give back thy judges as at the first, And thy counsellors as in the beginning, After this thou art called, 'A city of righteousness—a faithful city.' 27  Zion in judgment is redeemed, And her captivity in righteousness. 28  And the destruction of transgressors and sinners 'is' together, And those forsaking Jehovah are consumed. 29  For 'men' are ashamed because of the oaks That ye have desired, And ye are confounded because of the gardens That ye have chosen. 30  For ye are as an oak whose leaf is fading, And as a garden that hath no water. 31  And the strong hath been for tow, And his work for a spark, And burned have both of them together, And there is none quenching!

The LORD's Universal Reign of Peace

2 1  The thing that Isaiah son of Amoz hath seen concerning Judah and Jerusalem: 2  And it hath come to pass, In the latter end of the days, Established is the mount of Jehovah's house, Above the top of the mounts, And it hath been lifted up above the heights, And flowed unto it have all the nations. 3  And gone have many peoples and said, 'Come, and we go up unto the mount of Jehovah, Unto the house of the God of Jacob, And He doth teach us of His ways, And we walk in His paths, For from Zion goeth forth a law, And a word of Jehovah from Jerusalem. 4  And He hath judged between the nations, And hath given a decision to many peoples, And they have beat their swords to ploughshares, And their spears to pruning-hooks, Nation doth not lift up sword unto nation, Nor do they learn any more—war.

The LORD's Judgment on the Proud

5  O house of Jacob, come, And we walk in the light of Jehovah.'

6  For Thou hast left Thy people, the house of Jacob. For they have been filled from the east, And 'are' sorcerers like the Philistines, And with the children of strangers strike hands. 7  And its land is full of silver and gold, And there is no end to its treasures, And its land is full of horses, And there is no end to its chariots, 8  And its land is full of idols, To the work of its hands it boweth itself, To that which its fingers have made, 9  And the low boweth down, and the high is humbled, And Thou acceptest them not.

10  Enter into a rock, and be hidden in dust, Because of the fear of Jehovah, And because of the honour of His excellency. 11  The haughty eyes of man have been humbled, And bowed down hath been the loftiness of men, And set on high hath Jehovah alone been in that day. 12  For a day 'is' to Jehovah of Hosts, For every proud and high one, And for every lifted up and low one, 13  And for all cedars of Lebanon, The high and the exalted ones, And for all oaks of Bashan, 14  And for all the high mountains, And for all the exalted heights, 15  And for every high tower, And for every fenced wall, 16  And for all ships of Tarshish, And for all desirable pictures. 17  And bowed down hath been the haughtiness of man, And humbled the loftiness of men, And set on high hath Jehovah alone been in that day. 18  And the idols—they completely pass away. 19  And 'men' have entered into caverns of rocks, And into caves of dust, Because of the fear of Jehovah, And because of the honour of His excellency, In His rising to terrify the earth. 20  In that day doth man cast his idols of silver, And his idols of gold, That they have made for him to worship, To moles, and to bats, 21  To enter into cavities of the rocks, And into clefts of the high places, Because of the fear of Jehovah, And because of the honour of His excellency, In His rising to terrify the earth. 22  Cease for you from man, Whose breath 'is' in his nostrils, For—in what is he esteemed?

The LORD's Judgment on Judah and Jerusalem

3 1  For, lo, the Lord, Jehovah of Hosts, Is turning aside from Jerusalem, And from Judah, stay and staff, Every stay of bread, and every stay of water. 2  Hero and man of war, judge and prophet, And diviner and elder, 3  Head of fifty, and accepted of faces, And counsellor, and the wise of artificers, And the intelligent of charmers. 4  And I have made youths their heads, And sucklings rule over them. 5  And the people hath exacted—man upon man, Even a man on his neighbour, Enlarge themselves do the youths against the aged, And the lightly esteemed against the honoured. 6  When one layeth hold on his brother, 'Of' the house of his father, 'by' the garment, 'Come, a ruler thou art to us, And this ruin 'is' under thy hand.' 7  He lifteth up, in that day, saying: 'I am not a binder up, And in my house is neither bread nor garment, Ye do not make me a ruler of the people.' 8  For stumbled hath Jerusalem, and Judah hath fallen, For their tongue and their doings 'are' against Jehovah, To provoke the eyes of His glory.

9  The appearance of their faces witnessed against them, And their sin, as Sodom, they declared, They have not hidden! Wo to their soul, For they have done to themselves evil. 10  Say ye to the righteous, that 'it is' good, Because the fruit of their doings they eat. 11  Wo to the wicked—evil, Because the deed of his hand is done to him. 12  My people—its exactors 'are' sucklings, And women have ruled over it. My people—thy eulogists are causing to err, And the way of thy paths swallowed up. 13  Jehovah hath stood up to plead, And He is standing to judge the peoples. 14  Jehovah into judgment doth enter With elders of His people, and its heads: 'And ye, ye have consumed the vineyard, Plunder of the poor 'is' in your houses. 15  What—to you? ye bruise My people, And the faces of the poor ye grind.' An affirmation of the Lord, Jehovah of Hosts, And Jehovah saith:

Judgment on the Daughters of Zion

16  'Because that daughters of Zion have been haughty, And they walk stretching out the neck, And deceiving 'with' the eyes, Walking and mincing they go, And with their feet they make a tinkling, 17  The Lord also hath scabbed The crown of the head of daughters of Zion, And Jehovah their simplicity exposeth. 18  In that day doth the Lord turn aside The beauty of the tinkling ornaments, And of the embroidered works, And of the round tires like moons, 19  Of the drops, and the bracelets, and the mufflers, 20  Of the bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, And of the bands, And of the perfume boxes, and the amulets, 21  Of the seals, and of the nose-rings, 22  Of the costly apparel, and of the mantles, And of the coverings, and of the purses, 23  Of the mirrors, and of the linen garments, And of the hoods, and of the vails, 24  And it hath been, instead of spice is muck, And instead of a girdle, a rope, And instead of curled work, baldness, And instead of a stomacher a girdle of sackcloth. 25  For instead of glory, thy men by sword do fall, And thy might in battle. 26  And lamented and mourned have her openings, Yea, she hath been emptied, on the earth she sitteth!

4 1  And taken hold have seven women on one man, In that day, saying, 'Our own bread we do eat, And our own raiment we put on, Only, let thy name be called over us, Remove thou our reproach.'

Jerusalem's Glorious Future

2  In that day is the Shoot of Jehovah for desire and for honour, And the fruit of the earth For excellence and for beauty to the escaped of Israel. 3  And it hath been, he who is left in Zion, And he who is remaining in Jerusalem, 'Holy' is said of him, Of every one who is written for life in Jerusalem. 4  If the Lord hath washed away The filth of daughters of Zion, And the blood of Jerusalem purgeth from her midst, By the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. 5  Then hath Jehovah prepared Over every fixed place of Mount Zion, And over her convocations, A cloud by day, and smoke, And the shining of a flaming fire by night, That, over all honour a safe-guard, 6  And a covering may be, For a shadow by day from drought, And for a refuge, and for a hiding place, From inundation and from rain!


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