December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- 1 All you who are thirsty, come to the water! You who have no money, come, receive grain and eat; Come, without paying and without cost, drink wine and milk!
- Why spend your money for what is not bread; your wages for what fails to satisfy? Heed me, and you shall eat well, you shall delight in rich fare.
- Come to me heedfully, listen, that you may have life. I will renew with you the everlasting covenant, the benefits assured to David.
- As I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander of nations,
- So shall you summon a nation you knew not, and nations that knew you not shall run to you, Because of the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, who has glorified you.
- Seek the LORD while he may be found, call him while he is near.
- Let the scoundrel forsake his way, and the wicked man his thoughts; Let him turn to the LORD for mercy; to our God, who is generous in forgiving.
- For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.
- As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts.
- For just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down And do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, Giving seed to him who sows and bread to him who eats,
- So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.
- Yes, in joy you shall depart, in peace you shall be brought back; Mountains and hills shall break out in song before you, and all the trees of the countryside shall clap their hands.
- 2 In place of the thornbush, the cypress shall grow, instead of nettles, the myrtle. This shall be to the LORD'S renown, an everlasting imperishable sign.
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1 [1-3] God's salvation is freely extended to his people and to all nations; through him will the benefits assured to David be renewed; cf Isaiah 12:3; John 7:37.
2  Thornbush . . . nettles: suggestive of the desert and therefore symbolic of suffering and hardship; cypress, myrtle: suggestive of fertile land and therefore symbolic of joy and strength.
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