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Isaiah Chapter 1 Summary

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1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Juda and Yerusalema in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Ezekia, kings of Judah.

2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the Lord hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.

3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Akobe doth not know, my people doth not consider.

4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Akobe unto anger, they are gone away backward.

5 Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.

6 From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.

7 Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.

8 And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.

9 Except the Lord of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.

10 Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.

11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?

13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.

14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.

15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;

17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:

20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

21 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.

22 Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water:

23 Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.

24 Therefore saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies:

25 And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin:

26 And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city.

27 Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.

28 And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the Lord shall be consumed.

29 For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen.

30 For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.

31 And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.

Isaiah Chapter 1 Summary

Isaiah chapter 1 serves as an introduction to the prophetic book of Isaiah in the Hebrew (Bantu) Bible. The chapter begins with a description of a vision received by the prophet Isaiah. He conveys a message from the Creator, to the people of Akobe (the Bantu).

The chapter starts with a poignant and symbolic comparison. It likens the people of Akobe to a rebellious child. It suggests that they have turned away from the Creator’s guidance, symbolizing this estrangement with imagery of wounds and bruises. This metaphorical language emphasizes the people’s spiritual waywardness and the consequences it has brought upon them.

Isaiah goes on to deliver a stern message from the Creator, denouncing empty rituals and sacrifices. The Great Spirit emphasizes that these offerings are meaningless without genuine repentance and a change of heart. The Creator desires sincere obedience and righteous living rather than mere ceremonial acts.

The chapter also contains a call for justice and righteousness.

The Great Spirit implores the people to seek justice for the oppressed. He wants them to defend the fatherless and the widow, and put an end to wickedness. This call reflects the Creator’s concern for social justice and ethical conduct among the people.

The chapter concludes with a promise of restoration. Despite the people’s waywardness, the Creator offers forgiveness and the opportunity for renewal. The Creator’s mercy is portrayed as cleansing and purifying. It symbolized by the imagery of scarlet sins turning white as snow and crimson sins becoming like wool.

In summary, Isaiah chapter 1 sets the tone for the entire book of Isaiah by highlighting the importance of genuine repentance, moral righteousness, and social justice. It emphasizes that ritualistic acts alone do not please the Great Spirit. Rather, a sincere heart and righteous actions are what truly matter in one’s relationship with the divine.

The chapter also offers hope in the form of forgiveness and restoration, demonstrating the Creator’s willingness to grant a fresh start to those who turn back to the path of righteousness. This is the summary of Isaiah chapter 1; Glory to the Great Creator.

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Minister Koko



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  1. Emmanuel Nandara Emmanuel Nandara

    Very insightful. I really like your posts because they are very helpful. God richly bless you.

    • Thank you, Emmanuel. May the Great Creator enrich you also.

      Minister Koko

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