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TitleIsaiah 1
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsParry, Donald W.
Book TitleThe Book of Isaiah: A New Translation (Preliminary Edition)
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
CitySpringville, UT

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The Vision of Isaiah—Introduction (1:1)


1 1The vision of Isaiah, the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem during the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah—kings of Judah.

God Charges Israel for Its Sins (1:2–5a)


2Hear, O heavens!
And give ear, O earth! Because the LORD has spoken:

The Lord

“Children I have brought up and raised,
but they rebelled[1] against Me.

3The ox knows its purchaser
and the ass its owner’s feeding trough.

Israel did not know;
My people did not understand.”


4Woe! nation that sins,
people burdened with iniquity,

offspring of evildoers,
children who are corrupt.

They have abandoned[2] the LORD!
They have despised the Holy One of Israel!
They have turned their backs {on Him}! 

5Why will you be beaten again?
Why will you add apostasy?

Israel’s Spiritually Sick Condition: The People (1:5b–6) and the Land (1:7–9)

The Lord

Every head is sick;
every heart is diseased.

6From the sole of the foot to the head, there is no healthy part.
A wound, and a slash, and a fresh blow—

they have not been closed up nor wrapped,
neither softened with oil.

7Your land is desolate;
your cities are burned with fire.

Your soil? Strangers eat it in front of you;
it is a waste, overthrown by strangers.

8And the daughter of Zion is left as a hut in a vineyard,
as a temporary shelter in a cucumber field,
as a city besieged.


9If the LORD of Hosts[3] had not left us a few survivors,

we would have been like Sodom;

we would have been as Gomorrah.

Condemnation against Israel’s Apostate Temple Practices (1:10–15)


10Hear the word of the LORD, O rulers of Sodom;
give ear to the law of our God, O people of Gomorrah.

The Lord

11“What use is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me?”


says the LORD.

The Lord

“I have eaten My fill of burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fatted steers,
and the blood of bulls and lambs or male goats, I do not desire.

12When you come to see My face,
who required this from your hand to trample My courts?

13You will no longer bring a worthless offering;
incense, it is an abomination to Me;

new moon and Sabbath,
calling of an assembly—

I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred assembly;
14your new moons and your festivals My soul hates;

they have become a burden to Me;
I am weary of bearing them.

15And when you spread forth your palms, I will shut My eyes from you;
even when you pray much, I will not hear.

Your hands are full of blood,
your fingers with iniquity.

Israel Commanded to Repent and Cleanse Itself (1:16–20)

The Lord

Purify yourself!

Remove the evil of your deeds from before My eyes.
Stop the evil.

17Learn to do good,
seek justice,

make the oppressed happy,
administer justice for the orphan,
argue the case for the widow.

18 Come, please, and let us reason together,”[4]


says the LORD:

The Lord

“If your sins are as scarlet, like snow they will be made white;
if they are red like crimson, they will be like wool.

19 If you are willing and obedient[5], you will eat the good things of the land;
but if you refuse and rebel, by the sword you will be eaten.”


20 For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Lament for the Inhabitants of Jerusalem (1:21–24a)


21How[6] the faithful town has become a prostitute! Filled with justice;
righteousness lodged in her, but now—murderers!

22Your silver has become dross,
your wine diluted with water.

23Your rulers are rebels
and companions of thieves.

Everyone loves bribes
and chases after gifts.

24They do not administer justice for the orphan,
neither does the case of the widow come to them.

Zion to Be Redeemed, the Wicked Destroyed (1:24b–31)


24Therefore the Lord,
the LORD[7] of Hosts,
the Mighty One of Israel, declares:

The Lord

“Alas! I will get relief from My adversaries
and avenge me of My enemies.

25And I will turn My hand upon you,
and I will smelt away your dross like lye,
and I will take away all your slag.

26And I will restore your judges as at the first
and your counselors as at the beginning.

After this you will be called,
“The City of Righteousness,”
“The Faithful Town.”


27Zion will be redeemed with justice
and her repentant[8] ones with righteousness.

28But transgressors and sinners together will be crushed,
and those that forsake the LORD will perish.

29For you will be ashamed of the oaks that you have desired,
and you will be confounded because of the gardens that you have chosen.

30For you will be as an oak whose leaf withers
and as a garden without water.

31And the strong one will be as tinder
and his work as a spark,

and both will burn together,
and no one will quench them.

[1] “Rebel” (Hebrew psh‘) also means “to transgress.”

[2] “Abandon” (Hebrew ‘zv) can also read “forsaken.”

[3] This important title occurs sixty-two times in Isaiah. Hosts generally refers to God’s angels—He is the Lord of a great multitude of angels. Lord of Hosts, here and elsewhere, can also be translated “Lord of Armies,” referring to the Lord’s armies of angels.

[4] “Reason together” is technically a legal term in the Hebrew (ykhch), as if the Lord is calling the people to court.

[5] The Hebrew shm‘ literally means “to hear.” “To hear” in Hebrew also means “to obey.”

[6] The word how (Hebrew ’ykh) here introduces a lament similar to those in the book of Lamentations (see Lamentations 1:1; 2:1).

[7] “Lord” in lower case letters and “ Lord” in small capital letters are two different words in Hebrew. “Lord” (Hebrew ’adon) denotes one who has power or authority over others; ’adon can also be translated “master.” “ Lord” (Hebrew yhwh) is the name Jehovah in English (I am simplifying this).

[8] The Hebrew shwv denotes both “to return” and “to repent”; therefore, when we return to God, we are repentant.


Scripture Reference

Isaiah 1:1