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Isaiah 55

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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God's Offer of Mercy
1 # Rev 21.6; 22.17 The LORD says,
“Come, everyone who is thirsty —
here is water!
Come, you that have no money —
buy corn and eat!
Come! Buy wine and milk —
it will cost you nothing!
2Why spend money on what does not satisfy?
Why spend your wages and still be hungry?
Listen to me and do what I say,
and you will enjoy the best food of all.
3 # Acts 13.34 “Listen now, my people, and come to me;
come to me, and you will have life!
I will make a lasting covenant with you
and give you the blessings I promised to David.
4I made him a leader and commander of nations,
and through him I showed them my power.
5Now you will summon foreign nations;
at one time they did not know you,
but now they will come running to join you!
I, the LORD your God, the holy God of Israel,
will make all this happen;
I will give you honour and glory.”
6Turn to the LORD and pray to him,
now that he is near.
7Let the wicked leave their way of life
and change their way of thinking.
Let them turn to the LORD, our God;
he is merciful and quick to forgive.
8“My thoughts,” says the LORD, “are not like yours,
and my ways are different from yours.
9As high as the heavens are above the earth,
so high are my ways and thoughts above yours.
10 # 2 Cor 9.10 “My word is like the snow and the rain
that come down from the sky to water the earth.
They make the crops grow
and provide seed for sowing and food to eat.
11So also will be the word that I speak —
it will not fail to do what I plan for it;
it will do everything I send it to do.
12“You will leave Babylon with joy;
you will be led out of the city in peace.
The mountains and hills will burst into singing,
and the trees will shout for joy.
13Cypress trees will grow where now there are briars;
myrtle trees will come up in place of thorns.
This will be a sign that will last for ever,
a reminder of what I, the LORD, have done.”