1 Cry aloud, spare
not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their
transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a
nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance
of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they
take delight in approaching to God.
3 Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore
have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold,
in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your
4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the
fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to
make your voice to be heard on high.
5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict
his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread
sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and
an acceptable day to the LORD?
6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands
of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed
go free, and that ye break every yoke?
7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring
the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the
naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from
thine own flesh?
8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine
health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall
go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.
9 Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt
cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the
midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and
10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy
the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity,
and thy darkness be as the noonday:
11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy
soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like
a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail
12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste
places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations;
and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer
of paths to dwell in.
13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy
pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the
holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing
thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking
thine own words:
14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause
thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee
with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the
LORD hath spoken it.
1 Behold, the LORD's
hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear
heavy, that it cannot hear:
2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God,
and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with
iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered
4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they
trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and
bring forth iniquity.
5 They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he
that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh
out into a viper.
6 Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover
themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity,
and the act of violence is in their hands.
7 Their feet run to evil, and they make hast to shed innocent
blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and
destruction are in their paths.
8 The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in
their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth
therein shall not know peace.
9 Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake
us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness,
but we walk in darkness.
10 We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if
we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are
in desolate places as dead men.
11 We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look
for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far
off from us.
12 For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our
sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us;
and as for our iniquities, we know them;
13 In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing
away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving
and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth
afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot
15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh
himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that
there was no judgment.
16 And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there
was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto
him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.
17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet
of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance
for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.
18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury
to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands
he will repay recompence.
19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and
his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come
in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard
20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn
from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.
21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD;
My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in
thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the
mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed,
saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.
1 Arise, shine;
for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon
2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross
darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and
his glory shall be seen upon thee.
3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the
brightness of thy rising.
4 Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves
together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and
thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.
5 Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall
fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall
be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come
6 The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries
of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall
bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises
of the LORD.
7 All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee,
the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come
up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house
of my glory.
8 Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their
9 Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish
first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold
with them, unto the name of the LORD thy God, and to the Holy
One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.
10 And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their
kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee,
but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.
11 Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall
not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the
forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.
12 For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall
perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.
13 The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree,
the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of
my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.
14 The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending
unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves
down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The
city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
15 Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man
went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a
joy of many generations.
16 Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt
suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD
am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.
17 For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver,
and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy
officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness.
18 Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor
destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls
Salvation, and thy gates Praise.
19 The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness
shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto
thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.
20 Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw
itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the
days of thy mourning shall be ended.
21 Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit
the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my
hands, that I may be glorified.
22 A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong
nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time.