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The Jewish Study Bible Contextualizes the Hebrew Bible with accompanying scholarly text on Jewish traditions and history.

Chapter 55

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1Ho, all who are thirsty, Come for water, Even if you have no money; Come, buy food and eat: Buy food without money, Wine and milk without cost. 2Why do you spend money for what is not bread, Your earnings for what does not satisfy? Give heed to Me, And you shall eat choice food And enjoy the richest viands. 3Incline your ear and come to Me; Hearken, and you shall be revived. And I will make with you an everlasting covenant, The enduring loyalty promised to David. 4 b‐ Cf. 2 Sam. 22.44–45 (Ps. 18.44–45 ). As I made him a leader c Cf. Targum; others “witness.” of peoples, A prince and commander of peoples, 5So you shall summon a nation you did not know, And a nation that did not know you Shall come running to you ‐b Cf. 2 Sam. 22.44–45 (Ps. 18.44–45 ). For the sake of the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel who has glorified you.

6Seek the LORD while He can be found, Call to Him while He is near. 7Let the wicked give up his ways, The sinful man his plans; Let him turn back to the LORD, And He will pardon him; To our God, For he freely forgives. 8For My plans are not your plans, Nor are My ways a Emendation yields “words”; cf. v. 11 and 40.8 . your ways a Emendation yields “words”; cf. v. 11 and 40.8 .

—declares the LORD.

9But as the heavens are high above the earth, So are My ways a Emendation yields “words”; cf. v. 11 and 40.8 . high above your ways a Emendation yields “words”; cf. v. 11 and 40.8 . And My plans above your plans. 10For as the rain or snow drops from heaven And returns not there, But soaks the earth And makes it bring forth vegetation, Yielding b‐ Lit. “seed for the sower and bread for the eater.” seed for sowing and bread for eating, ‐b Lit. “seed for the sower and bread for the eater.” 11So is the word that issues from My mouth: It does not come back to Me unfulfilled, But performs what I purpose, Achieves what I sent it to do. 12Yea, you shall leave c I.e., leave the Babylonian exile. in joy and be led home secure. Before you, mount and hill shall shout aloud, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 13Instead of the brier, a cypress shall rise; Instead of the nettle, a myrtle shall rise. These shall stand as a testimony to the LORD, As an everlasting sign that shall not perish.

Notes:

b‐b Cf. 2 Sam. 22.44–45 (Ps. 18.44–45 ).

c Cf. Targum; others “witness.”

a Emendation yields “words”; cf. v. 11 and 40.8 .

b‐b Lit. “seed for the sower and bread for the eater.”

c I.e., leave the Babylonian exile.

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