The Compassion of the Lord

Isaiah 55

1 d "Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
e come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
2 f Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
3 Incline your ear, and come to me;
g hear, that your soul may live;
h and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
i my steadfast, sure love for j David.
4 k Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples,
l a leader and commander for the peoples.
5 k Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know,
and m a nation that did not know you shall run to you,
because of the Lord your God, and of the Holy One of Israel,
n for he has glorified you.

6 o "Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call upon him while he is near;
7 let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
9 p For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

10 q "For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
r giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but s it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

12 t "For you shall go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
u the mountains and the hills before you
shall break forth into singing,
and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13 v Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress;
instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle;
and it shall make a name for the Lord,
an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off."

  1. Cross References
    Isaiah 44:3
    For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.
    John 7:37
    On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.
    Matthew 5:6
    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
  2. Cross References
    Proverbs 9:5
    Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed.
  3. Cross References
    John 6:27
    Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.
  4. Cross References
    Proverbs 4:4
    He taught me and said to me, "Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live.
  5. Cross References
    Isaiah 61:8
    For I the Lord love justice; I hate robbery and wrong; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
    Jeremiah 32:40
    I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me.
    Ezekiel 37:26
    I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will set them in their land and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in their midst forevermore.
    Isaiah 54:8
    In overflowing anger for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you," says the Lord, your Redeemer.
    Isaiah 59:21
    "And as for me, this is my covenant with them," says the Lord : "My Spirit that is upon you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouth of your offspring, or out of the mouth of your children's offspring," says the Lord, "from this time forth and forevermore."
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 89:33 - 35
    But I will not remove from him my steadfast love or be false to my faithfulness.
    Acts 13:34
    And as for the fact that he raised him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he has spoken in this way, "'I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.
  7. Cross References
    Jeremiah 30:9
    But they shall serve the Lord their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them.
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 18:43
    You delivered me from strife with the people; you made me the head of the nations; people whom I had not known served me.
  9. Cross References
    Daniel 9:25
    Know therefore and understand that from the goi...
    Micah 5:2
    But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too lit...
    Acts 5:31
    God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and...
    Revelation 17:14
    They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb wi...
    Revelation 19:16
    On his robe and on his thigh he has a name writ...
    Isaiah 9:6 - 7
    For to us a child is born, to us a son is given...
  10. Cross References
    Isaiah 55:4
    Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples.
  11. Cross References
    Zechariah 8:22 - 23
    Many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat the favor of the Lord.
  12. Cross References
    Isaiah 44:23
    Sing, O heavens, for the Lord has done it; shout, O depths of the earth; break forth into singing, O mountains, O forest, and every tree in it! For the Lord has redeemed Jacob, and will be glorified in Israel.
    Acts 3:13
    The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him.
  13. Cross References
    Psalms 32:6
    Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him.
    Amos 5:4
    For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel: "Seek me and live.
  14. Cross References
    Psalms 103:11
    For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him.
  15. Cross References
    Psalms 148:8
    Fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word!
  16. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 9:10
    He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.
  17. Cross References
    Isaiah 40:8
    The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.
  18. Cross References
    Isaiah 35:10
    And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
    Isaiah 48:20 - 21
    Go out from Babylon, flee from Chaldea, declare this with a shout of joy, proclaim it, send it out to the end of the earth; say, "The Lord has redeemed his servant Jacob!
    Isaiah 52:12
    For you shall not go out in haste, and you shall not go in flight, for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.
  19. Cross References
    Isaiah 44:23
    Sing, O heavens, for the Lord has done it; shout, O depths of the earth; break forth into singing, O mountains, O forest, and every tree in it! For the Lord has redeemed Jacob, and will be glorified in Israel.
    Psalms 98:8
    Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together
  20. Cross References
    Isaiah 35:1 - 2
    The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus.
    Isaiah 41:19
    I will put in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive. I will set in the desert the cypress, the plane and the pine together.
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