The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz concerning Judah and Jerusalem, which he received in the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah kings of Judah.
Listen, you heavens; earth, attend, for Yahweh is speaking, 'I have reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me.
The ox knows its owner and the donkey its master's crib; Israel does not know, my people do not understand.'
Disaster, sinful nation, people weighed down with guilt, race of wrong-doers, perverted children! They have abandoned Yahweh, despised the Holy One of Israel, they have turned away from him.
Where shall I strike you next, if you persist in treason? The whole head is sick, the whole heart is diseased,
from the sole of the foot to the head there is nothing healthy: only wounds, bruises and open sores not dressed, not bandaged, not soothed with ointment,
your country a desolation, your towns burnt down, your soil, foreigners lay it waste before your eyes, a desolation like devastation by foreigners.
The daughter of Zion is left like a shanty in a vineyard, like a shed in a cucumber field, like a city besieged.
Had Yahweh Sabaoth not left us a few survivors, we should be like Sodom, we should be the same as Gomorrah.
Hear what Yahweh says, you rulers of Sodom; listen to what our God teaches, you people of Gomorrah.
'What are your endless sacrifices to me?' says Yahweh. 'I am sick of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of calves. I take no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.
When you come and present yourselves before me, who has asked you to trample through my courts?
Bring no more futile cereal offerings, the smoke from them fills me with disgust. New Moons, Sabbaths, assemblies -- I cannot endure solemnity combined with guilt.
Your New Moons and your meetings I utterly detest; to me they are a burden I am tired of bearing.
When you stretch out your hands I turn my eyes away. You may multiply your prayers, I shall not be listening. Your hands are covered in blood,
wash, make yourselves clean. Take your wrong-doing out of my sight. Cease doing evil.
Learn to do good, search for justice, discipline the violent, be just to the orphan, plead for the widow.
'Come, let us talk this over,' says Yahweh. 'Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
If you are willing to obey, you shall eat the good things of the earth.
But if you refuse and rebel, the sword shall eat you instead -- for Yahweh's mouth has spoken.'
The faithful city, what a harlot she has become! Zion, once full of fair judgement, where saving justice used to dwell, but now assassins!
Your silver has turned into dross, your wine is watered.
Your princes are rebels, accomplices of brigands. All of them greedy for presents and eager for bribes, they show no justice to the orphan, and the widow's cause never reaches them.
Hence, the Lord Yahweh Sabaoth, the Mighty One of Israel, says this, 'Disaster, I shall get the better of my enemies, I shall avenge myself on my foes.
'I shall turn my hand against you, I shall purge your dross as though with potash, I shall remove all your alloy.
'And I shall restore your judges as at first, your counsellors as in bygone days, after which you will be called City of Saving Justice, Faithful City.'
Zion will be redeemed by fair judgement, and those who return, by saving justice.
Rebels and sinners alike will be destroyed, and those who abandon Yahweh will perish.
How ashamed you will be of the terebinths which gave you such delight; and how you will blush for the gardens which you chose!
For you will be like a terebinth with faded leaves, like a garden without water;
the strong will become like tinder, his work like the spark; both will go up in flames together, with no one to put them out.
The New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) is a Catholic translation of the Bible published in 1985. The New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) has become the most widely used Roman Catholic Bible outside of the United States. It has the imprimatur of Cardinal George Basil Hume.
Like its predecessor, the Jerusalem Bible, the New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) version is translated "directly from the Hebrew, Greek or Aramaic." The 1973 French translation, the Bible de Jerusalem, is followed only "where the text admits to more than one interpretation." Introductions and notes, with some modifications, are taken from the Bible de Jerusalem.
Source: The Very Reverend Dom (Joseph) Henry Wansbrough, OSB, MA (Oxon), STL (Fribourg), LSS (Rome), a monk of Ampleforth Abbey and a biblical scholar. He was General Editor of the New Jerusalem Bible. "New Jerusalem Bible, Regular Edition", pg. v.
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