Isaiah 55:1-13 Reading the Passage

Seek the Lord – Isaiah 55:1-13

55 Come, everyone who is thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk, without money and without cost! (2) Why do you spend money for that which is not bread, and your wages for that which does not satisfy? Listen to my counsel, and eat what is good, and let your soul enjoy the richest food. (3) Incline your ear and come to me; listen to me, and your soul shall live—I will make an everlasting covenant with you, one that is in accordance with the unchangeable mercies I showed David. (4) See, I have made him to be a witness to the Gentile peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. (5) You will call a nation that you do not know, and a nation that did not know you will run to you; because of Jehovah your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has honored you.

(6) Seek Jehovah while he may be found; call to him while he is near. (7) Let the wicked man forsake his way, and let the unrighteous man forsake his thoughts. Let him return to Jehovah, and he will have mercy on him. Let him return to our God, for he will abundantly pardon—(8) for my thoughts are not like your thoughts, neither are your ways the same as my ways, declares Jehovah. (9) As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. (10) As the rain and snow come down from heaven, and do not return there again, but water the earth, causing it to flourish and bud so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, (11) so shall it be with my word that proceeds from my mouth: it shall not return to me without having the desired effect—it will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

(12) You will go out with joy and be led out in peace; the mountains and the hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. (13) The pine tree will grow instead of the thorn bush, and the myrtle tree will grow instead of the briers. This will be for Jehovah’s honor, an everlasting tribute that shall not be destroyed.

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