Invitation to the Lord’s Salvation
1 “Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink—even if you have no
money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk—it’s all free!
2 Why spend your money on food that does not give you
strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen, and I will tell
you where to get food that is good for the soul!
3 “Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, for the life of your soul
is at stake. I am ready to make an everlasting covenant with you. I will
give you all the mercies and unfailing love that I promised to David.
4 He displayed my power by being my witness and a leader
among the nations.
5 You also will command the nations, and they will come
running to obey, because I, the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, have
made you glorious.”
6 Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while
he is near.
7 Let the people turn from their wicked deeds. Let them
banish from their minds the very thought of doing wrong! Let them turn to
the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will
8 “My thoughts are completely different from yours,” says the
Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are
my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your
10 “The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on
the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed
for the farmer and bread for the hungry.
11 It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always
produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper
everywhere I send it.
12 You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills
will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands!
13 Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow.
Where briers grew, myrtles will sprout up. This miracle will bring great
honor to the Lord’s name; it will be an everlasting sign of his power and