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1:1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
1:2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.
1:3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.
1:4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.
1:5 Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.
1:6 From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.
1:7 Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.
1:8 And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.
1:9 Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.
1:10 Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.
1:11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.
1:12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? 1:13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.
1:14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.
1:15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
1:16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; 1:17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
1:19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: 1:20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
1:21 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.
1:22 Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water: 1:23 Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.
1:24 Therefore saith the LORD, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies: 1:25 And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin: 1:26 And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city.
1:27 Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.
1:28 And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed.
1:29 For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen.
1:30 For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.
1:31 And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.

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Everything King James Bible:Isaiah
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
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Book: Isaiah
Chapter: 1

The corruptions prevailing among the Jews. (1-9) Severe
censures. (10-15) Exhortations to Repentance. (16-20) The state
of Judah is lamented; with gracious promises of the Gospel
times. (21-31)

1-9 Isaiah signifies, "The Salvation of the Lord;" a very
suitable name for this Prophet, who prophesies So much of Jesus
the Saviour, and his Salvation. God's professing people did not
know or consider that they owed their lives and comforts to
God's fatherly care and kindness. How many are very careless in
the affairs of their souls! Not considering what we do know in
religion, does us as much harm, as ignorance of what we should
know. The wickedness was universal. Here is a comparison taken
from a sick and diseased body. The distemper threatens to be
mortal. From the sole of the foot even to the head; from the
meanest peasant to the greatest peer, there is No soundness, No
good principle, No religion, for that is the health of the soul.
Nothing but guilt and corruption; the sad effects of Adam's
fall. This Passage declares the total depravity of human nature.
While Sin remains unrepented, nothing is done toward healing
these wounds, and preventing fatal effects. Jerusalem was
exposed and unprotected, like the huts or sheds built up to
Guard ripening fruits. These are still to be seen in the East,
where fruits form a large part of the summer Food of the people.
But the Lord had a small remnant of pious servants at Jerusalem.
It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed. The evil
nature is in every one of us; only Jesus and his sanctifying
Spirit can restore us to spiritual health.

10-15 Judea was desolate, and their cities burned. This
awakened them to bring sacrifices and offerings, as if they
would Bribe God to remove the Punishment, and give them leave to
go On in their Sin. Many who will readily part with their
sacrifices, will not be persuaded to part with their sins. They
relied On the mere form as a service deserving a reward. The
most costly devotions of wicked people, without thorough
reformation of Heart and Life, cannot be acceptable to God. He
not only did not accept them, but he abhorred them. All this
shows that Sin is very hateful to God. If we allow ourselves in
secret Sin, or forbidden indulgences; if we reject the Salvation
of Christ, our very prayers will become Abomination.

16-20 Not only feel sorrow for the Sin committed, but break off
the practice. We must be doing, not stand idle. We must be doing
the good the Lord our God requires. It is Plain that the
sacrifices of the Law could not atone, even for outward national
crimes. But, blessed be God, there is a Fountain opened, in
which sinners of every Age and rank may be cleansed. Though our
sins have been as Scarlet and Crimson, a Deep Dye, a double Dye,
first in the Wool of original corruption, and afterwards in the
many threads of actual transgression; though we have often
dipped into Sin, By many backslidings; yet pardoning Mercy will
take out the stain, Ps 51:7. They should have all the
happiness and comfort they could desire. Life and Death, good
and evil, are set before us. O Lord, incline all of us to live
to thy Glory.

21-31 Neither holy cities nor royal ones are Faithful to their
trust, if religion does not Dwell in them. Dross may shine like
Silver, and the Wine that is mixed with water may still have the
Colour of Wine. Those have a great Deal to answer for, who do
not help the oppressed, but oppress them. Men may do much By
outward restraints; but only God Works effectually By the
influences of his Spirit, as a Spirit of Judgment. Sin is the
worst Captivity, the worst slavery. The Redemption of the
spiritual Zion, By the Righteousness and Death of Christ, and By
his powerful Grace, most fully accord with what is here meant.
Utter ruin is threatened. The Jews should become as a tree when
blasted By heat; as a garden without water, which in those hot
countries would soon be burned up. Thus shall they be that trust
in idols, or in an Arm of Flesh. Even the strong Man shall be as
Tow; not only soon broken, and pulled to Pieces, but easily
catching Fire. When the sinner has made himself as Tow and
stubble, and God makes himself as a consuming Fire, what can
prevent the utter ruin of the sinner?

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