Come to the Lord
1“Come, everyone who is thirsty,55:1 Ps 42:1–2; 63:1; 143:6; Is 41:17; 44:3; Jn 4:14; 7:37; Rv 21:6
come to the water;
and you without silver,
come, buy, and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without silver and without cost!
2Why do you spend silver on what is not food,
and your wages on what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
and you will enjoy the choicest of foods.55:2 Lit enjoy fatness
3Pay attention and come to me;
listen, so that you will live.
I will make a permanent covenant with you55:3 Gn 9:16; 17:7; 2Sm 23:5; Is 24:5; 59:21; 61:8
on the basis of the faithful kindnesses of David.55:3 Or with you, the faithful acts of kindness shown to David55:3 Ac 13:34
4Since I have made him a witness to the peoples,55:4 Ps 18:43
a leader and commander for the peoples,55:4 Ezk 34:24; 37:24–25; Dn 9:25; Mc 5:2
5so you will summon a nation you do not know,55:5 Is 45:14,22–24; 49:6
and nations who do not know you will run to you.55:5 Zch 8:22
For the Lord your God,
even the Holy One of Israel,55:5 Is 1:4
has glorified you.”55:5 Is 60:9

6Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call to him while he is near.55:6 Ps 32:6; Am 5:4
7Let the wicked one abandon his way
and the sinful one his thoughts;55:7 Ps 33:10; Is 32:7; 59:7; 65:2
let him return to the Lord,
so he may have compassion on him,
and to our God, for he will freely forgive.55:7 Is 1:18; 43:25; 44:22

8“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
and your ways are not my ways.”
This is the Lord’s declaration.
9“For as heaven is higher than earth,55:9 Ps 103:11
so my ways are higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10For just as rain and snow fall from heaven
and do not return there
without saturating the earth
and making it germinate and sprout,
and providing seed to sow
and food to eat,55:10 2Co 9:10
11so my word that comes from my mouth
will not return to me empty,
but it will accomplish what I please
and will prosper in what I send it to do.”55:11 Is 45:23; 46:10; 53:10

12You will indeed go out with joy
and be peacefully guided;
the mountains and the hills will break into singing before you,
and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.55:12 Ps 98:8; Is 44:23
13Instead of the thornbush, a cypress will come up,
and instead of the brier, a myrtle will come up;55:13 Is 35:1–2; 41:19; 60:13
this will stand as a monument for the Lord,55:13 Is 63:12–14; Jr 33:9
an everlasting sign that will not be destroyed.