|Book||Book of Isaiah|
|Bible part||Old Testament|
|Order in the Bible part||23|
Isaiah 55 is the fifty-fifth chapter of the Book of Isaiah in the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. This book contains the prophecies attributed to the prophet Isaiah, and is one of the Books of the Prophets. Chapters 40-55 are known as "Deutero-Isaiah" and date from the time of the Israelites' exile in Babylon.
Some ancient manuscripts containing this chapter in Hebrew language:
- Masoretic Text (10th century)
- Dead Sea Scrolls:
- 1QIsaa: complete
- 1QIsab: extant: verses 2‑13
- 4QIsac (4Q57): extant: verses 1‑6
Ancient translations in Koine Greek:
- Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters,
- and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat;
- yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
In the Septuagint, the invitation reads:
- Go to the water, ... go and buy.
- Incline your ear, and come unto me:
- hear, and your soul shall live;
- and I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
- even the sure mercies of David.
- For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
- neither are your ways my ways,
- saith the Lord.
- For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
- so are my ways higher than your ways,
- and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Anglican bishop Robert Lowth argues that the comparative "higher" is an incorrect translation here, stating this verse instead as:
- For as the heavens are high above the earth,
- For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven,
- and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth,
- and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give
- seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
- So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:
- it shall not return unto me void,
- but it shall accomplish that which I please,
- and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.