55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he
that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yes, come, buy wine
and milk without money and without price.
55:2 Why do ye spend money for [that which is] not bread? and
your labor for [that which] satisfieth not? hearken diligently
to me, and eat ye [that which is] good, and let your soul
delight itself in fatness.
55:3 Incline your ear, and come to me: hear, and your soul shall
live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, [even]
the sure mercies of David.
55:4 Behold, I have given him [for] a witness to the people, a
leader and commander to the people.
55:5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation [that] thou knowest not,
and nations [that] knew not thee shall run to thee because of
the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel, for he hath
55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him
while he is near:
55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his
thoughts: and let him return to the LORD, and he will have
mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
55:8 For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your
ways my ways, saith the LORD.
55:9 For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my
ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
55:10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and
returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it
bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and
bread to the eater:
55:11 So shall my word be that proceedeth from my mouth: it
shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which
I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] for which I sent
55:12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace:
the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into
singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap [their]
55:13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir-tree, and
instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle-tree: and it
shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign [that]
shall not be cut off.