1 “Come, all you who are thirsty,
to the waters!
And you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Yes, come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
2 Why do you spend money for what is not bread?
And spend your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
3 Incline your ear and come to me;
hear, and your soul will live.
And I will cut an everlasting covenant with you,
like the reliable covenant promises I made to David.
4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the peoples,
a leader and commander to the peoples.
5 Behold, you will call a nation that you do not know,
and a nation that did not know you will run to you,
because of Yahweh your God
and for the Holy One of Israel;
for he has glorified you.”
6 Seek Yahweh while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
7 Let the wicked person forsake his way
and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
and let him return to Yahweh,
and he will have mercy on him;
and let him return to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 For as the rain and the snow comes down from heaven
and does not return there,
but waters the earth
and makes it bring forth and bud
and gives seed to the sower
and bread to the eater,
11 so will my word be that goes forth out of my mouth;
it will not return to me void,
but it will accomplish what I please,
and it will prosper in the thing I sent it to do.
12 For you will go out with joy
and be led forth with peace;
the mountains and the hills will break forth into singing before you,
and all the trees of the fields will clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thorn will come up the fir tree,
and instead of the brier will come up the myrtle tree;
and it will be to Yahweh for a name,
for an everlasting sign that will not be cut off.”