Bible: Isaiah 55:6-13

55:6 Seek the Lord while he makes himself available; 1 

call to him while he is nearby!

55:7 The wicked need to abandon their lifestyle 2 

and sinful people their plans. 3 

They should return 4  to the Lord, and he will show mercy to them, 5 

and to their God, for he will freely forgive them. 6 

55:8Indeed, 7  my plans 8  are not like 9  your plans,

and my deeds 10  are not like 11  your deeds,

55:9 for just as the sky 12  is higher than the earth,

so my deeds 13  are superior to 14  your deeds

and my plans 15  superior to your plans.

55:10 16 

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. 17 

No, it is realized as I desire

and is fulfilled as I intend.” 18 

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, 19 

a permanent reminder that will remain. 20 

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