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Isaiah 1:2-20: A Bilingual Edition

John F. Hobbins
www.ancienthebrewpoetry.typepad.com

Last revised 5/4/2007

Isaiah 1:2-6 6‫־‬2 ‫ישעיהו א‬ Hear o heavens ‫ִשׁ ְמ ֤עוּ ָשׁ ַ֙מיִ ֙ם‬ give ear o earth ‫וְ ַה ֲא ִ ֣זינִ י ֶ֔א ֶרץ‬ Yahweh has spoken ‫הוה ִדּ ֵ ֑בּר‬ ֖ ָ ְ‫ִ ֥כּי־י‬ sons I reared and raised ‫רוֹמ ְמ ִתּי‬ ַ֔ ְ‫ָבּנִ ֙ים ִגּ ַ ֣דּ ְל ִתּי ו‬ and they rebelled against me ‫וְ ֵ ֖הם ָ ֥פּ ְשׁעוּ ִ ֽבי‬ an ox knows its owner ‫שׁוֹר ק ֵֹ֔נהוּ‬֙ ‫יָ ַ ֥דע‬ an ass its master’s pen ‫וַ ֲח ֖מוֹר ֵא ֣בוּס ְבּ ָע ָ ֑ליו‬ Israel does not know ‫ִי ְשׂ ָר ֵאל֙ ֣ל ֹא יָ ַ ֔דע‬ my people do not consider ‫בּוֹנֽ ן‬ ָ ‫ַע ִ ֖מּי ֥ל ֹא ִה ְת‬ O errant nation ‫֣הוֹי ׀ גּ֣ וֹי חֹ ֵ֗טא‬ iniquity laden people ‫ַ ֚עם ֶ ֣כּ ֶבד ָע ֔וֹן‬ brood of evildoers ‫ֶז֣  ַרע ְמ ֵר ֔ ִעים‬ miscreant sons ‫יתים‬ ֑ ִ ‫ָבּ ִ ֖נים ַמ ְשׁ ִח‬ who abandoned Yahweh ‫הוה‬ ָ֗ ְ‫ָעזְ ֣בוּ ֶאת־י‬ despised Israel’s Holy One ‫ת־ק ֥דוֹשׁ ִי ְשׂ ָר ֵ ֖אל‬ ְ ‫ִ ֽנ ֲא ֛צוּ ֶא‬ turned back ‫נָ ֹ֥זרוּ ָא ֽחוֹר‬ where shall one strike you again? ‫ַ ֣על־ ֶ ֥מה ֻת ֛כּוּ ֖עוֹד‬ you go on turning away ‫תּוֹסיפוּ ָס ָ ֑רה‬ ִ֣ the whole head is injured ‫כֹּל ֣ר ֹאשׁ ָל ֳח ֔ ִלי‬ the whole heart sick ‫וְ כֹל ֵל ָ ֖בב ַדָּ ֽוּי‬ from sole of foot to head ‫אשׁ‬ ֙ ֹ ‫ף־ר ֶגל וְ ַעד־ר‬ ֤ ֶ ‫ִמ ַכּ‬ no soundness in it ‫תם‬ ֹ ֔ ‫ֵ ֽאין ֣בּוֹ ְמ‬ sore and gash ‫בּוּרה‬ ֖ ָ ‫ֶ ֥פּ ַצע וְ ַח‬ raw wound ‫וּמ ָ ֣כּה ְט ִר ָיּ֑ה‬ ַ not drained ‫רוּ‬֙ ֹ ‫לֹא ֙ז‬ not dressed ‫וְ ֣ל ֹא ֻח ָ֔בּשׁוּ‬ not softened with oil ‫וְ ֥ל ֹא ֻר ְכּ ָ ֖כה ַבּ ָ ֽשּׁ ֶמן‬ .

Isaiah 1:7-9 9‫־‬7 ‫ישעיהו א‬ Your land is a desolation ‫ַא ְר ְצ ֶ ֣כם ְשׁ ָמ ָ֔מה‬ your cities consumed with fire ‫יכם ְשׂ ֻר ֣פוֹת ֵ ֑אשׁ‬ ֖ ֶ ‫ָע ֵר‬ your soil in your sight ‫ַא ְד ַמ ְת ֶ֗כם ְלנֶ ְג ְדּ ֶכ ֙ם‬ of which foreigners eat ‫זָ ִר ֙ים א ְֹכ ִ ֣לים א ָֹ֔תהּ‬ a desolation like a storm’s devastation ‫וּשׁ ָמ ָ ֖מה ְכּ ַמ ְה ֵפּ ַ ֥כת זָ ִ ֽרים‬ ְ lovely Zion left over ‫ת־ציּ֖ וֹן‬ ִ ‫נוֹת ָ ֥רה ַב‬ ְ ְ‫ו‬ like a hut in a vineyard ‫ְכּ ֻס ָ ֣כּה ְב ָ ֑כ ֶרם‬ like a lean-to in a melon patch ‫לוּנה ְב ִמ ְק ָ ֖שׁה‬ ֥ ָ ‫ִכּ ְמ‬ the city preserved ‫צוּרה‬ ֽ ָ ְ‫ְכּ ִ ֥עיר נ‬ if Yahweh of Armies ‫הוה ְצ ָב ֔אוֹת‬ ֣ ָ ְ‫לוּלי י‬ ֵ֙ had not left us a remnant ‫הוֹתיר ָ ֛לנוּ ָשׂ ִ ֖ריד‬ ִ֥ soon we’d have been like Sodom ‫ִכּ ְמ ָ ֑עט ִכּ ְס ֣דֹם ָה ִ֔יינוּ‬ to Gomorrah compare ‫ַל ֲעמ ָ ֹ֖רה ָדּ ִ ֽמינוּ‬ .

Isaiah 1:10-15 15‫־‬10 ‫ישעיהו א‬ Hear the word of Yahweh ‫הוה‬ ֖ ָ ְ‫ִשׁ ְמ ֥עוּ ְד ַבר י‬ notables of Sodom ‫יני ְס ֑ד ֹם‬֣ ֵ ‫ְק ִצ‬ give ear to our God’s direction ‫ֹלהינוּ‬ ֖ ֵ ‫תּוֹרת ֱא‬ ֥ ַ ‫ַה ֲא ִ ֛זינוּ‬ people of Gomorrah ‫ַ ֥עם ֲעמ ָ ֹֽרה‬ what to me are your many slaughters? ‫ָל ָמּה ִ ֤לּי רֹב־זִ ְב ֵח ֶיכ ֙ם‬ says Yahweh ‫הוה‬ ָ֔ ְ‫אמר י‬ַ֣ ֹ‫י‬ I am sated with whole-burnt rams ‫ילים‬ ֖ ִ ‫ָשׂ ַ ֛ב ְע ִתּי ע ֹ֥לוֹת ֵא‬ fat of fed beasts ‫יאים‬ ֑ ִ ‫וְ ֵ ֣ח ֶלב ְמ ִר‬ blood of bullocks ‫וְ ַ ֨דם ָפּ ִ ֧רים‬ lambs and he-goats ‫וּכ ָב ִ ֛שׂים וְ ַעתּוּ ִ ֖דים‬ ְ I’m not pleased that you come ‫֥ל ֹא ָח ָ ֽפ ְצ ִתּי ִ ֣כּי־ ָת ֔בֹאוּ‬ to see my face ‫ִל ְ ֯ר ֖אוֹת ָפּ ָ ֑ני‬ who asked this from your hand ‫י־ב ֵ ֥קּשׁ ֛ז ֹאת ִמיֶּ ְד ֶ ֖כם‬ִ ‫ִמ‬ that you trample my courts ‫מס ֲח ֵצ ָ ֽרי‬ ֹ ֥ ‫ְר‬ Do not continue ‫תוֹסיפוּ‬ ִ֗ ‫֣ל ֹא‬ bringing offerings ‫יא ִמנְ ֯חֹת‬֙ ‫ָה ִב‬ its savor is false ‫ָ֔שׁ ְוא ְק ֧טֹ ֶרת‬ to me an abomination ‫תּוֹע ָ ֛בה ִ ֖היא ִ ֑לי‬ ֵ new moon and sabbath ‫֤חֹ ֶדשׁ וְ ַשׁ ָבּ ֙ת‬ calling of convocation ‫ְק ֣ר ֹא ִמ ְק ָ ֔רא‬ Ì cannot abide ‫אוּכל‬ ֥ ַ ‫לֹא‬ assembled evil your new moons ‫יכם‬ ֤ ֶ ‫ָ ֖אוֶ ן וַ ֲע ָצ ָ ֽרה ָח ְד ֵשׁ‬ your seasons my soul hates ‫וּמוֹע ֵד ֶיכ ֙ם ָשׂנְ ָ ֣אה נַ ְפ ִ֔שׁי‬ֲ they’re a burden to me ‫ָהי֥ וּ ָע ַ ֖לי ָל ֑טֹ ַרח‬ I’m weary of bearing them ‫נִ ְל ֵ ֖א ִיתי נְ ֽשׂ ֹא‬ and when you spread out your hands ‫וּב ָפ ִר ְשׂ ֶ ֣כם ַכּ ֵפּ ֶ֗יכם‬ ְ I’ll hide my eyes from you ‫ַא ְע ִ ֤לים ֵעינַ ֙י ִמ ֶ֔כּם‬ no matter how much you pray ‫י־ת ְר ֥בּוּ ְת ִפ ָ ֖לּה‬ ַ ‫ַ ֛גּם־ ִ ֽכּ‬ Ì will not listen ‫יננִּ י שׁ ֵ ֹ֑מ ַע‬ ֣ ֶ ‫ֵא‬ your hands are covered with blood ‫יכם ָדּ ִ ֥מים ָמ ֵ ֽלאוּ׃‬ ֖ ֶ ‫יְ ֵד‬ .

Isaiah 1:16-20 20‫־‬16 ‫ישעיהו א‬ Wash get clean ‫צוּ ִהזַּ ֔כּוּ‬ ֙ ‫ַר ֲח‬ remove your evil doings ‫יכם‬ ֖ ֶ ‫ָה ִ ֛סירוּ ֥ר ֹ ַע ַמ ַע ְל ֵל‬ from before my eyes ‫יני‬֑ ָ ‫ִמ ֶ ֣נּ  ֶגד ֵע‬ cease dealing harshly ‫ִח ְד ֖לוּ ָה ֵ ֽר ַע‬ practice dealing kindly ‫יטב‬ ֛ ֵ ‫ִל ְמ ֥דוּ ֵה‬ seek after justice ‫ִדּ ְר ֥שׁוּ ִמ ְשׁ ָ ֖פּט‬ correct the violent ‫ַא ְשּׁ ֣רוּ ָח ֑מוֹץ‬ defend the fatherless ‫ִשׁ ְפ ֣טוּ יָ ֔תוֹם‬ plead for the widow ‫ִ ֖ריבוּ ַא ְל ָמ ָנֽה‬ Come let’s settle the case ‫כוּ־נא וְ נִ ָ ֽוּ ְכ ָ ֖חה‬ ֛ ָ ‫ְל‬ says Yahweh ‫הוה‬ ֑ ָ ְ‫אמר י‬ַ֣ ֹ‫י‬ though your sins be like scarlet robes ‫יכם ַכּ ָשּׁנִ ֙ים‬֤ ֶ ‫ִאם־יִ ְֽהי֨ וּ ֲח ָט ֵא‬ they’ll turn white as snow ‫שּׁ ֶלג יַ ְל ִ֔בּינוּ‬ ֣ ֶ ‫ַכּ‬ though red as crimson dye ‫תּוֹלע‬ ֖ ָ ‫ִאם־יַ ְא ִ ֥דּימוּ ַכ‬ they’ll become like fleece ‫ַכּ ֶ ֥צּ ֶמר יִ ְהיֽ וּ‬ if you acquiesce and obey ‫וּשׁ ַמ ְע ֶ ֑תּם‬ ְ ‫ֹאבוּ‬ ֖ ‫ִאם־תּ‬ you’ll eat of the good of the land ‫ֹאכלוּ‬ ֽ ֵ ‫֥טוּב ָה ָ ֖א ֶרץ תּ‬ if you refuse and revolt ‫יתם‬֑ ֶ ‫וּמ ִר‬ ְ ‫ם־תּ ָמ ֲאנ֖ וּ‬ ְ ‫֯ ִא‬ you’ll be eaten by the sword ‫ֶ ֣ח ֶרב ְתּ ֻא ְכּ ֔לוּ‬ Yahweh’s mouth has spoken ‫הוה ִדּ ֵ ֽבּר‬ ֖ ָ ְ‫ִ ֛כּי־ ִ ֥פּי י‬ .