Isaiah 55

1“All you thirsty people, Come drink water! Don’t worry if you do not have money. Come, eat and drink until you are full! You do not need money; eat and drink until you are full. The food and wine cost nothing! 2Why waste your money on something that is not real food? Why should you work for something that does not really satisfy you? Listen very closely to me, and you will eat the good food. You will enjoy the food that satisfies your soul. 3Listen closely to the things I say. Listen to me so your souls will live. Come to me and I will make an agreement with you that will continue forever. It will be like the agreement that I made with David. I promised David that I would love him and be loyal to him forever. And you can trust that agreement. 4I made David a witness of my power for all nations. I promised David that he would become a ruler and a commander of many nations.” 5There are nations in places you don’t know, but you will call for those nations. Those nations don’t know you, but they will run to you. This will happen because the Lord, your God, wants it. This will happen because the Holy One of Israel honors you. 6So you should look for the Lord before it is too late. You should call to him now, while he is near. 7Evil people should stop living evil lives. They should stop thinking bad thoughts. They should come to the Lord again. Then the Lord will comfort them. Those people should come to the Lord because our God forgives. 8The Lord says, “Your thoughts are not like my thoughts. Your ways are not like my ways. 9The heavens are higher than the earth. In the same way, my ways are higher than your ways. And my thoughts are higher than your thoughts.” The Lord himself said these things. 10“Rain and snow fall from the sky. And they don’t go back to the sky until they touch the ground and make the ground wet. Then the ground makes plants sprout and grow. These plants make seeds for the farmer. And people use these seeds to make bread to eat. 11In the same way, my words leave my mouth, and they don’t come back until they make things happen. My words make the things happen that I want to happen. My words succeed in doing the things I send them to do. 12My words will go out with happiness, and they will bring peace. Mountains and hills will begin dancing with happiness. All the trees in the fields will clap their hands. 13Large cypress trees will grow where there were bushes. Myrtle trees will grow where there were weeds. These things will make the Lord famous. These things will be proof ˻that the Lord is powerful˼. This proof will never be destroyed.”

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