Isaiah 55:1-13 NIV
Invitation to the Thirsty
1“Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to Me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
3Give ear and come to Me;
listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
My faithful love promised to David.
4See, I have made Him a witness to the peoples,
a ruler and commander of the peoples.
5Surely you will summon nations you know not,
and nations you do not know will come running to you,
because of the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel,
for He has endowed you with splendor.”
6Seek the Lord while He may be found;
call on Him while He is near.
7Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for He will freely pardon.
8“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways My ways,”
declares the Lord.
9“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.
10As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11so is My word that goes out from My Mouth:
It will not return to Me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
12You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.
13Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,
and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the Lord’s renown,
for an everlasting sign,
that will endure forever.”
This chapter first displays the fullness, freeness, excellence, and everlasting nature of the blessings of the Gospel, and foretells again the enlargement of Messiah's Kingdom, Isaiah 55:1-5. This view leads the prophet to exhort all to take the precious opportunity of sharing in such blessings, which were not, however, to be expected without repentance and reformation, Isaiah 55:6, Isaiah 55:7.
And as the things now and formerly predicted were so great as to appear incredible, the prophet points to the Omnipotence of God, Who would infallibly accomplish His word, and bring about those glorious deliverances which He had promised; the happy effects of which are again set forth by images beautiful and poetical in the highest degree, Isaiah 55:8-13.