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Isaiah 55

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1Ho! every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters!
And he that hath no money, come ye, buy, and eat;
Yea, come, buy ye wine and milk,
Without money and without price.
2Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread?
And your labour for that which satisfieth not?
Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good;
And let your soul delight itself in fatness.
3Incline your ear, and come unto me;
Hear, and your soul shall live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
Even the sure mercies of David.
4Behold! I have given him for a Witness to the people,
A Prince and a Commander to the people.
5Behold! a nation which thou knewest not shalt thou call,
And a nation which knew not thee, shall run unto thee;
Because of Jehovah thy God,
And because of the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.
6Seek ye Jehovah while he may be found,
Call ye upon him, while he is near:
7Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
And let him return unto Jehovah, that he may have compassion upon him;
And unto our God, for he aboundeth in forgiveness.
8For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
Neither are your ways my ways, saith Jehovah.
9For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are my ways higher than your ways,
And my thoughts than your thoughts.
10For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven,
And returneth not thither, but watereth the earth,
And maketh it bring forth and bud;
That it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11So shall my word be, which goeth forth out of my mouth;
It shall not return unto me void,
But it shall accomplish that which I please,
And shall prosper in that for which I shall have sent it.
12For ye shall go forth with joy,
And be led on with peace:
The mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing,
And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree,
And instead of the nettle shall come up the myrtle;
And it shall be unto Jehovah for a name,
For an everlasting sign which shall not be cut off.

Isaiah 55

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The Lord's Invitation
1 # Rev 21.6; 22.17. If you are thirsty,
come and drink water!
If you don't have any money,
come, eat what you want!
Drink wine and milk
without paying a cent.
2 # Si 24.19-22. Why waste your money
on what really isn't food?
Why work hard for something
that doesn't satisfy?
Listen carefully to me,
and you will enjoy
the very best foods.
3 # Ac 13.34. Pay close attention!
Come to me and live.
I will promise you
the eternal love and loyalty
that I promised David.
4I made him the leader and ruler
of the nations;
he was my witness to them.
5You will call out to nations
you have never known.
And they have never known you,
but they will come running
because I am the Lord,
the holy God of Israel,
and I have honored you.
God's Words Are Powerful
6Turn to the Lord!
He can still be found.
Call out to God! He is near.
7Give up your evil ways
and your evil thoughts.
Return to the Lord our God.
He will be merciful
and forgive your sins.
8The Lord says:
“My thoughts and my ways
are not like yours.
9Just as the heavens
are higher than the earth,
my thoughts and my ways
are higher than yours.
10 # 2 Co 9.10. “Rain and snow fall from the sky.
But they don't return
without watering the earth
that produces seeds to plant
and grain to eat.
11That's how it is with my words.
They don't return to me
without doing everything
I send them to do.”
God's People Will Celebrate
12When you are set free,
you will celebrate
and travel home in peace.
Mountains and hills will sing
as you pass by,
and trees will clap.
13Cypress and myrtle trees
will grow in fields
once covered by thorns.
And then those trees will stand
as a lasting witness
to the glory of the Lord.