NASB — Isaiah 55 — KJV

The Free Offer of Mercy

  1 “Ho! Every one who athirsts, come to the waters;
  And you who have bno Imoney come, buy and eat.
  Come, buy cwine and milk
  dWithout money and without cost.
  2 “Why do you Ispend money for what is anot bread,
  And your wages for what does not satisfy?
  Listen carefully to Me, and beat what is good,
  And cdelight yourself in abundance.
  3aIncline your ear and come to Me.
  Listen, that Iyou may blive;
  And I will make can everlasting covenant with you,
  [According to] the dfaithful mercies IIshown to David.
  4 “Behold, I have made ahim a witness to the peoples,
  A bleader and commander for the peoples.
  5 “Behold, you will call a anation you do not know,
  And a nation which knows you not will brun to you,
  Because of the LORD your God, even the Holy One of Israel;
  For He has cglorified you.”

[1] ILit silver aPs 42:1, 2; 63:1; 143:6; Is 41:17; 44:3; Jn 4:14; 7:37; Rv 21:6 bLm 5:4 cSo 5:1; Jol 3:18 dHo 14:4; Mt 10:8
[2] ILit weigh out silver aEc 6:2; Ho 8:7 bPs 22:26; Is 1:19; 62:8, 9 cIs 25:6; Jr 31:14
[3] ILit your soul IILit of David aIs 51:4 bLv 18:5; Ro 10:5 cIs 61:8 dAc 13:34
[4] aPs 18:43; Jr 30:9; Ho 3:5 bEzk 34:24; 37:24, 25; Dn 9:25; Mi 5:2
[5] aIs 45:14, 22-24; 49:6, 12, 23 bZc 8:22 cIs 60:9

  6aSeek the LORD while He may be found;
  bCall upon Him while He is near.
  7 aLet the wicked forsake his way
  And the unrighteous man his bthoughts;
  And let him creturn to the LORD,
  And He will have dcompassion on him,
  And to our God,
  For He will eabundantly pardon.
  8 “For My thoughts are not ayour thoughts,
  Nor are byour ways My ways,” declares the LORD.
  9 “For a[as] the heavens are higher than the earth,
  So are My ways higher than your ways
  And My thoughts than your thoughts.
  10 “For as the arain and the snow come down from heaven,
  And do not return there without watering the earth
  And making it bear and sprout,
  And furnishing bseed to the sower and bread to the eater;
  11 So will My aword be which goes forth from My mouth;
  It will bnot return to Me empty,
  Without caccomplishing what I desire,
  And without succeeding [in the matter] for which I sent it.
  12 “For you will go out with ajoy
  And be led forth with bpeace;
  The cmountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you,
  And all the dtrees of the field will clap [their] hands.
  13 “Instead of the athorn bush the bcypress will come up,
  And instead of the cnettle the myrtle will come up,
  And Iit will be a IIdmemorial to the LORD,
  For an everlasting esign which fwill not be cut off.”

[6] aPs 32:6; Is 45:19, 22; 49:8; Am 5:6 bIs 58:9; 65:24
[7] aIs 1:16, 19; 58:6 bIs 32:7; 59:7 cIs 31:6; 44:22 dIs 14:1; 54:8, 10 eIs 1:18; 40:2; 43:25; 44:22
[8] aIs 65:2; 66:18 bIs 53:6
[9] aPs 103:11
[10] aIs 30:23 b2Co 9:10
[11] aIs 45:23; Mt 24:35 bIs 44:26; 59:21 cIs 46:10; 53:10
[12] aPs 105:43; Is 51:11; 52:9 bIs 54:10, 13; Jr 29:11 cIs 44:23; 49:13 d1Ch 16:33
[13] II.e. the transformation of the desert IILit name aIs 7:19 bIs 60:13 cIs 5:6; 7:24; 32:13 dIs 63:12, 14; Jr 33:9 eIs 19:20 fIs 56:5


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The prophet, with the promises of Christ, calleth to faith,

1 ¶ Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2 Wherefore 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. 3 Incline 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. 4 Behold, I have given him [for] a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. 5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation [that] thou knowest not, and nations [that] knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.

[1] Ru 4:1; Ps 42:1; 63:1; 143:6; Pv 1:21; 8:4; So 1:2, 4; 5:1; Is 41:17; 52:3; Jol 3:18; Zc 2:6; 9:15; 10:7; Mt 13:44; 26:29; Jn 2:3; 4:10; 7:37; Ro 3:24; 1Co 3:2; Ep 2:4; 1P 2:2; Rv 3:18; 21:6; 22:1, 17.
[2] Ex 15:26; Dt 11:13; Ps 22:26; 34:11; 36:8; 63:5; Pv 1:33; 7:23; 8:32; 9:5; Is 25:6; 44:20; 46:6; 51:1, 4, 7; Jr 2:13; 31:14; Ho 8:7; 12:1; Hab 2:13; Mt 15:9; 22:4; Mk 7:14; Lk 15:15, 23; Jn 6:48; Ro 9:31; 10:2, 17; Php 3:4; He 13:9.
[3] Gn 17:7; 2S 7:8; 23:5; Ps 78:1; 89:28, 35; 119:112; Pv 4:20; Is 54:8; 61:8; Jr 32:40; 33:20, 26; 50:5; Ezk 37:24; Mt 11:28; 13:16; 17:5; Jn 5:24; 6:37, 44; 7:37; 8:47; 10:27; Ac 13:34; He 13:20.
[4] Ps 2:6; Is 49:8; Jr 30:9; Ezk 34:23; Dn 9:25; Ho 3:5; Mi 5:2; Mt 2:6; 28:18; Jn 3:16; 10:3, 27; 12:26; 13:13; 18:37; Ep 5:24; 2Th 1:8; 1Ti 6:13; He 2:10; 5:9; Rv 1:5; 3:14.
[5] Gn 49:10; Ps 18:43; 110:1; Is 11:10; 52:15; 56:8; 60:5, 9; Ho 1:10; Zc 2:11; 8:20; Lk 24:26; Jn 13:31; 17:1; Ac 3:13; 5:31; Ro 15:20; Ep 2:11; 3:5; He 5:5; 1P 1:11.

and to repentance.

6 ¶ Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

[6] Dt 4:7; 1Ch 28:9; 2Ch 19:3; Jb 8:5; Ps 14:2; 27:8; 32:6; 75:1; 95:7; 145:18; 148:14; Is 12:6; 45:19; 46:13; Jr 29:12; Ezk 8:6; Am 5:6; Mt 5:25; 7:7; 25:11; Lk 13:25; Jn 7:33; 8:21; 12:35; 2Co 6:1; Ep 3:13; He 2:3; 3:13.
[7] Gn 6:5; Ex 34:6; Nu 14:18; 2Ch 7:14; Ps 51:1; 66:18; 130:7; Pv 28:13; Is 1:16; 43:25; 44:22; Jr 3:3, 12; 4:14; 8:4; Ezk 3:18; 18:21, 27; 33:11, 14; Ho 14:1; Jna 3:10; Zc 8:17; Mt 9:13; 15:18; 23:25; Mk 7:21, 23; Lk 7:47; 11:39; 15:10, 24; Ac 3:19; 8:21; 26:20; Ro 5:16; 1Co 6:9; Ep 1:6; 1Ti 1:15; Jm 1:15; 4:8.

The happy success of them that believe.

8 ¶ For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For 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: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it. 12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth 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. 13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign [that] shall not be cut off.

[8] 2S 7:19; Ps 25:10; 40:5; 92:5; Pv 21:8; 25:3; Jr 3:1; Ezk 18:29; Dn 4:37; Ho 14:9.
[9] Ps 36:5; 77:19; 89:2; 103:11; Mt 11:25; Ro 11:31.
[10] Dt 32:2; 1S 23:4; Ps 65:9; 72:6; Is 5:6; 30:23; 61:11; Ezk 34:26; Ho 10:12; 2Co 9:9; Rv 11:6.
[11] Dt 32:2; Is 44:26; 45:23; 46:10; 54:9; Mt 24:35; Lk 8:11; Jn 6:63; Ro 10:17; 1Co 1:18; 3:6; Ep 1:9; 1Th 2:13; He 6:7; Jm 1:18; 1P 1:23.
[12] 1Ch 16:32; Ps 47:1; 65:13; 96:11; 98:7; 105:43; 148:4; Is 14:8; 35:1, 10; 42:10; 44:23; 48:20; 49:9, 13; 51:11; 65:13; Jr 30:19; 31:12; 33:6, 11; Zc 2:7; Lk 15:10; Ro 5:1, 11; 15:13; Ga 5:22; Col 1:11; Rv 19:1.
[13] Is 11:6; 41:19; 43:21; 54:10; 60:13, 21; 61:3; Jr 13:11; 33:9; 50:5; Mi 7:4; Lk 2:14; Jn 15:8; Ro 6:19; 1Co 6:9; 2Co 5:17; Ep 3:20; 1P 2:9; 4:11.


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