We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
1:1 The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
1:10 Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom! Listen to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah!
1:11 What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the LORD; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats.
1:12 When you come to appear before me, who asked this from your hand? Trample my courts no more;
1:13 bringing offerings is futile; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and sabbath and calling of convocation-- I cannot endure solemn assemblies with iniquity.
1:14 Your new moons and your appointed festivals my soul hates; they have become a burden to me, I am weary of bearing them.
1:15 When you stretch out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.
1:16 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil,
1:17 learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.
1:18 Come now, let us argue it out, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
1:19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;
1:20 but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
You are 3 weeks late - this passage was read in synagogue before the 9th of Av - the fast day marking the Temple's destruction - which fell out in mid-July this year.
Again, the Hebrew is more direct and blunt than the English translation. For example 1.12 says:
So you come before me - who asked of you to tread my court?
1:15 is literally "when you spread your palms" - ie an ostentatious display of supplication.
... this passage is the 3rd and culminating passage of rebuke, leading up to the fast.
We have already begun the 7 passages of comfort, which will take us into the Jewish New Year through Sukkot (feast of booths).
The series also leads with Isaiah - chapter 40:
Comfort, comfort my people, says your Lord.
Speak to the heart of Jerusalem, and call to her; for her shame is full, her sin is expiated - for she took from G-d's had twice over for all her sins.
A voice calls in the desert - clear the way of G-d; lay a straight path in the plains for our Lord. Every valley shall be raised, and every hill and mount brought low, the crooked detour will be straight, and the crests become vales.
And the glory of G-d shall be revealed, and all flesh together shall see it, for the mouth of G-d has spoken.
A voice says - call out! and I said - what shall I call?
All flesh is as straw, and all His mercy a sprout in the field. The straw dried, the sprout withered, for the spirit of G-d blew through them; so the nation has withered.
The straw is dry, the sprout is withered - yet the word of our Lord will stand forever.
On a high mountain rise you up, harbinger of Zion, raise your voice and shout, harbinger of Jerusalem - shout out, fear not, say to the cities of Judea - here is your Lord.
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... like Jerusalem, the "harbinger of Zion" is also cast as a female.