The Prophets Before the Exile
(Category 8 of 16)
An Invitation to Abundant Life
1 “Ho! aEveryone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, bCome, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price.
2 Why do you 1spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance.
3 Incline your ear, and acome to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; bAnd I will make an everlasting covenant with you— The csure mercies of David.
4 Indeed I have given him as aa witness to the people, bA leader and commander for the people.
5 aSurely you shall call a nation you do not know, bAnd nations who do not know you shall run to you, Because of the LORD your God, And the Holy One of Israel; cFor He has glorified you.”
6 aSeek the LORD while He may be bfound, Call upon Him while He is near.
7 aLet the 1wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man bhis thoughts; Let him return to the LORD, cAnd He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.
8 “Fora My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.
9 “Fora as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.
CHAPTER 55 References
1 a[Matt. 5:6;
21:6; 22:17] b[Matt. 13:44;
Rev. 3:18] 2 1Lit. weigh
3 aMatt. 11:28
bIs. 54:8; 61:8;
c2 Sam. 7:8;
[Acts 13:34] 4 a[John 18:37;
Rev. 1:5] b[Jer.
9:25] 5 aIs. 52:15;
Eph. 2:11, 12
bIs. 60:5 cIs.
6 aMatt. 5:25;
2 Cor. 6:2;
[Heb. 3:13] bPs. 32:6; Is.
7 aIs. 1:16 bIs.
3:12 1Lit. man
8 a2 Sam. 7:19
9 aPs. 103:11
10 aDeut. 32:2
11 aIs. 45:23;
12 aIs. 35:10
d1 Chr. 16:33
13 aIs. 41:19
bMic. 7:4 cJer.
CHAPTER 56 References
1 aIs. 46:13;
2 aEx. 20:8–11;
3 aIs. 14:1;
[Eph. 2:12–19] bDeut. 23:1;
Jer. 38:7; Acts
5 a1 Tim. 3:15
10 “For aas the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater,
11 aSo shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me 1void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall bprosper in the thing for which I sent it.
12 “Fora you shall go out with joy, And be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills Shall bbreak forth into singing before you, And call the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13 aInstead of bthe thorn shall come up the cypress tree, And instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree; And it shall be to the LORD cfor a name, For an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”
Salvation for the Gentiles
1 Thus says the LORD:
“Keep justice, and do righteousness, aFor My salvation is about to come, And My righteousness to be revealed.
2 Blessed is the man who does this, And the son of man who lays hold on it; aWho keeps from defiling the Sabbath, And keeps his hand from doing any evil.”
3 Do not let athe son of the foreigner Who has joined himself to the LORD Speak, saying, “The LORD has utterly separated me from His people”; Nor let the beunuch say, “Here I am, a dry tree.”
4 For thus says the LORD: “To the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths, And choose what pleases Me, And hold fast My covenant,
5 Even to them I will give in aMy house And within My walls a place band a name Better than that of sons and daughters;
I will give 1them an everlasting name That shall not be cut off.
6 “Also the sons of the foreigner Who join themselves to the LORD, to serve Him, And to love the name of the LORD, to be His servants— Everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, And holds fast My covenant—
7 Even them I will abring to My holy mountain, And make them joyful in My bhouse of prayer. cTheir burnt offerings and their sacrifices Will be daccepted on My altar; For eMy house shall be called a house of prayer ffor all nations.”
8 The Lord GOD, awho gathers the outcasts of Israel, says, b“Yet I will gather to him Others besides those who are gathered to him.”
Israel’s Irresponsible Leaders
9 aAll you beasts of the field, come to devour, All you beasts in the forest.
10 His watchmen are ablind, They are all ignorant; bThey are all dumb dogs, They cannot bark; 1Sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.
11 Yes, they are agreedy1 dogs Which bnever2 have enough. And they are shepherds Who cannot understand; They all look to their own way, Every one for his own gain, From his own territory.
12 “Come,” one says, “I will bring wine, And we will fill ourselves with intoxicating adrink; bTomorrow will be cas today, And much more abundant.”
Israel’s Futile Idolatry
1 The righteous perishes, And no man takes it to heart; aMerciful men are taken away, bWhile no one considers That the righteous is taken away from 1evil.
2 He shall enter into peace; They shall rest in atheir beds, Each one walking in his uprightness.
3 “But come here, aYou sons of the sorceress, You offspring of the adulterer and the harlot!
4 Whom do you ridicule? Against whom do you make a wide mouth And stick out the tongue?
5 1Lit. him
7 a[Is. 2:2, 3;
4:1, 2] bMatt.
13:15; 1 Pet.
2:5] dIs. 60:7
f[Mal. 1:11] 8 aPs. 147:2;
27:12; 54:7 bIs.
[John 10:16] 9 aJer. 12:9
10 aMatt. 15:14
bPhil. 3:2 1Or
11 aIs. 28:7;
[Mic. 3:5, 11] bEzek.
strong of soul
2Lit. do not
12 aIs. 28:7
Prov. 23:35; Is.
12:19; 1 Cor.
15:32 c2 Pet.
CHAPTER 57 References
1 aPs. 12:1
b1 Kin. 14:13
1Lit. the face
2 a2 Chr. 16:14
3 aIs. 1:4;
5 a2 Kin. 16:4
b2 Kin. 23:10;
Ps. 106:37, 38;
6 aJer. 3:9;
Hab. 2:19 bJer.
5:9, 29; 9:9
7 aJer. 3:6;
8 aEzek. 16:26
1Lit. cut, 2Lit.
hand, a euphemism
9 aHos. 7:11
10 aJer. 2:25;
51:12, 13 bPs.
8:11; Is. 42:14
Are you not children of transgression, Offspring of falsehood,
5 Inflaming yourselves with gods aunder every green tree, bSlaying the children in the valleys, Under the clefts of the rocks?
6 Among the smooth astones of the stream Is your portion; They, they, are your lot! Even to them you have poured a drink offering, You have offered a grain offering. Should I receive comfort in bthese?
7 “Ona a lofty and high mountain You have set byour bed; Even there you went up To offer sacrifice.
8 Also behind the doors and their posts You have set up your remembrance; For you have uncovered yourself to those other than Me, And have gone up to them; You have enlarged your bed And 1made a covenant with them; aYou have loved their bed, Where you saw their 2nudity.
9 aYou went to the king with ointment, And increased your perfumes; You sent your bmessengers far off, And even descended to Sheol.
10 You are wearied in the length of your way; aYet you did not say, ‘There is no hope.’ You have found the life of your hand; Therefore you were not grieved.
11 “And aof whom have you been afraid, or feared, That you have lied And not remembered Me, Nor taken it to your heart? Is it not because bI have 1held My peace from of old That you do not fear Me?
12 I will declare your righteousness And your works, For they will not profit you.
13 When you cry out, Let your collection of idols deliver you. But the wind will carry them all away, A breath will take them. But he who puts his trust in Me shall possess the land, And shall inherit My holy mountain.”
Healing for the Backslider
14 And one shall say, a“Heap it up! Heap it up! Prepare the way, Take the stumbling block out of the way of My people.”
15 For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, awhose name is Holy: b“I dwell in the high and holy place, cWith him who has a contrite and humble spirit, dTo revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
16 aFor I will not contend forever, Nor will I always be angry; For the spirit would fail before Me, And the souls bwhich I have made.
17 For the iniquity of ahis covetousness I was angry and struck him; bI hid and was angry, cAnd he went on 1backsliding in the way of his heart.
18 I have seen his ways, and awill heal him; I will also lead him, And restore comforts to him And to bhis mourners.
19 “I create athe fruit of the lips: Peace, peace bto him who is far off and to him who is near,” Says the LORD, “And I will heal him.”
20 aBut the wicked are like the troubled sea, When it cannot rest, Whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
21 “Therea is no peace,” Says my God, “for the wicked.”
14 aIs. 40:3;
15 aJob 6:10;
Luke 1:49 bPs.
Is. 66:2 dPs.
16 aPs. 85:5;
17 aIs. 2:7;
6:13 bIs. 8:17;
45:15; 59:2 cIs.
9:13 1Or turning
18 aJer. 3:22
19 aIs. 6:7;
20 aJob 15:20;
21 aIs. 48:22
PSALM 119 vv. 129 – 152
129 Your testimonies are wonderful; Therefore my soul keeps them.
130 The entrance of Your words gives light; aIt gives understanding to the bsimple.
131 I opened my mouth and apanted, For I longed for Your commandments.
132 aLook upon me and be merciful to me, bAs Your custom is toward those who love Your name.
133 aDirect my steps by Your word, And blet no iniquity have dominion over me.
134 aRedeem me from the oppression of man, That I may keep Your precepts.
135 aMake Your face shine upon Your servant, And teach me Your statutes.
136 aRivers of water run down from my eyes, Because men do not keep Your law.
137 aRighteous are You, O LORD, And upright are Your judgments.
138 aYour testimonies, which You have commanded, Are righteous and very faithful.
139 aMy zeal has 1consumed me, Because my enemies have forgotten Your words.
140 aYour word is very 1pure; Therefore Your servant loves it.
PSALM 119 vv. 129 – 152 References
130 aProv. 6:23
131 aPs. 42:1
132 aPs. 106:4
[2 Thess. 1:6] 133 aPs. 17:5
Rom. 6:12] 134 aLuke 1:74
6:25; Ps. 4:6
136 aJer. 9:1,
137 aEzra 9:15;
Neh. 9:33; Jer.
1:18; Dan. 9:7,
19:7–9] 139 aPs. 69:9;
1put an end
140 aPs. 12:6
142 a[Ps. 19:9;
John 17:17] 143 1Lit. found
147 aPs. 5:3
148 aPs. 63:1, 6
141 I am small and despised, Yet I do not forget Your precepts.
142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, And Your law is atruth.
143 Trouble and anguish have 1overtaken me, Yet Your commandments are my delights.
144 The righteousness of Your testimonies is everlasting; Give me understanding, and I shall live.
145 I cry out with my whole heart; Hear me, O LORD! I will keep Your statutes.
146 I cry out to You; Save me, and I will keep Your testimonies.
147 aI rise before the dawning of the morning, And cry for help; I hope in Your word.
148 aMy eyes are awake through the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word.
149 Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness; O LORD, revive me according to Your justice.
150 They draw near who follow after wickedness; They are far from Your law.
151 You are anear, O LORD, And all Your commandments are truth.
152 Concerning Your testimonies, I have known of old that You have founded them aforever.
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