Bible: Isa 55:1-13

The Lord Gives an Invitation

55:1Hey, 1  all who are thirsty, come to the water!

You who have no money, come!

Buy and eat!

Come! Buy wine and milk

without money and without cost! 2 

55:2 Why pay money for something that will not nourish you? 3 

Why spend 4  your hard-earned money 5  on something that will not satisfy?

Listen carefully 6  to me and eat what is nourishing! 7 

Enjoy fine food! 8 

55:3 Pay attention and come to me!

Listen, so you can live! 9 

Then I will make an unconditional covenantal promise to 10  you,

just like the reliable covenantal promises I made to David. 11 

55:4 Look, I made him a witness to nations, 12 

a ruler and commander of nations.”

55:5 Look, you will summon nations 13  you did not previously know;

nations 14  that did not previously know you will run to you,

because of the Lord your God,

the Holy One of Israel, 15 

for he bestows honor on you.

55:6 Seek the Lord while he makes himself available; 16 

call to him while he is nearby!

55:7 The wicked need to abandon their lifestyle 17 

and sinful people their plans. 18 

They should return 19  to the Lord, and he will show mercy to them, 20 

and to their God, for he will freely forgive them. 21 

55:8Indeed, 22  my plans 23  are not like 24  your plans,

and my deeds 25  are not like 26  your deeds,

55:9 for just as the sky 27  is higher than the earth,

so my deeds 28  are superior to 29  your deeds

and my plans 30  superior to your plans.

55:10 31 

The rain and snow fall from the sky

and do not return,

but instead water the earth

and make it produce and yield crops,

and provide seed for the planter and food for those who must eat.

55:11 In the same way, the promise that I make

does not return to me, having accomplished nothing. 32 

No, it is realized as I desire

and is fulfilled as I intend.” 33 

55:12 Indeed you will go out with joy;

you will be led along in peace;

the mountains and hills will give a joyful shout before you,

and all the trees in the field will clap their hands.

55:13 Evergreens will grow in place of thorn bushes,

firs will grow in place of nettles;

they will be a monument to the Lord, 34 

a permanent reminder that will remain. 35 

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