1. The vision of Isaiah, the son of Amoz, that he saw regarding Judea and Jerusalem, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahoz and Hezekiah, kings of Judea.
2. Hear, O, Heaven and harken to my voice, O, Earth,
because Maryah is speaking:
children have I nurtured and raised to greatness,
but they have decided to take issue with me.*
3. Even an ox knows its pasture*
and the donkey its owner's trough,*
but Israel knows neither that,
nor my people understand what that means.*
4. Woe to a sinful nation,
a people deep in abomination,
a children gone crazy.
You have abandoned Maryah,
and have angered the saints of Israel,
and have turned backwards.
5. Wherefore have you gorged yourselves
and increased your persecution?
Every head is aching,
every heart is impatient.
6. From the sole of the foot
to the top of the brain,
there is no true place remaining,
only welts across the face,
swollen eyes and sound beatings,
that can neither be treated, nor redeemed,
nor softened with anointing.
7. Your land is at war,
your towns are burning in fire,
your land in front of you is consumed by foreigners,
and your quarry is as though stolen* by strangers.
8. And the daughter of Zion is forsaken,
like a tent in a field,
like a bushel after the harvest,
like a city taken over.
9. And if the Awesome Lord did not render us bare,
we would have become like Sodom;
we would have resembled Gomorrah.
10. The rulers of Sodom heard the lessons of Maryah,
and the people of Gomorrah recited the Law of our God.
11. "What good are your sacrifices to me?" said Maryah.*
"Did I desire the youth of the males
and the fat of the females,
but the blood of the bulls, the rams,
and the goats I refused?*
12. "When you come into my presence,*
who wanted this from you,*
as you barged* into my abodes?
13. Waste not your efforts in bringing me empty sacrifices,
that is the same as denigration to me;
at the beginning* of the month
and on the Sabbath you gather in the synagogue --
I cannot eat that which you gathered and shared.
14. "The start of your months and your holidays are repugnant* to me;
they are intolerable for me to bear;
15. "As you spread your arms,
I avert my eyes from you,
and though you increase your prayers,
I hear you not;
your hands are full of blood.
16. "Shower and cleanse yourselves
and spare me the sight of your evil deeds;*
17. "Quit your evil ways
and learn to do good
and strengthen your judgment,
and be good to the oppressed
and comfort* the orphans and the widows."
18. So, come and speak with Maryah,
and if your sins are red as crimson
they shall be whitened like snow,
and if they turn red like worms
they shall become like wool.
19. And if you adhere and listen,
you shall eat of the earth's bounty;
20. But if you do not adhere and remember,
you shall be consumed by the sword;
this is what Maryah's mouth spoke.
21. What happened to that faithful city
now a prostitute?
That was full of justice and an abode of holiness
now the abode of murderers?
22. Your currency has lost its value,*
your blood of kinship has been diluted by water.*
23. Your great ones have become your oppressors
and associated themselves with thieves;
they are merciful only if everything is at their mercy,*
and they are quick to exact punishment;*
the orphans they spare not in judgment,
and the just dues of the widow
find no reprieve amongst them.
24. Because of that says Maryah
of the Omnipotent Lordship,
the Sustainer of Israel,
"I shall repay my haters and punish my enemies.
25. "Then I shall return my hand over you
and expend all your oppressors,
and forego all your abominations.
26. "And I shall raise your judges as of old
and your kings as of yesterday,
and then you shall be called the city of holiness
and the city of faith.
27. "Zion shall be saved by the judgment
and be furnished by righteousness,
28. "And the smashing of abominations
and the sinners alike,
but those who abandon Maryah
shall be left with nothing.
29. "Because they will be humiliated*
by the idols that they worshipped*
and ashamed of the gardens that they chose.
30. "Because they will be like the nut tree
whose leaves have fallen,
and like the fountain of water
that has no water.
31. "And their efforts shall turn to wax
and their work shall become the wick;
they shall both burn as one
with no one to extinguish them."
Isaiah chapter two
*1:2.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Have taken me to task."
*1:2.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Recompense."
*1:2.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Details."
*1:3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Feeding trough."
*1:7 Lit. Ar. id.: "Returned to."
*1:11.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Wherefore should I have your sacrifices?"
*1:11.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "I did not desire?"
*1:12.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "To see my faces."
*1:12.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Wished this of your hands."
*1:12.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Trampled."
*1:13 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "By the head of."
*1:14.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "My soul denigrates."
*1:14.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "I find them difficult to accept."
*1:16 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Pass away your evil works from before my eyes."
*1:17 Lit. Ar. id.: "Medicate," or "treat."
*1:22.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Has been denigrated."
*1:22.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Your brotherly blood mixed by water."
*1:23.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "All of them are merciful to abject submission."
*1:23.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Repay with throes."
*1:29.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Embarrassed."
*1:29.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Desired."
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