Isaiah 55:2
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New International Version
Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.

King James Bible
Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore do ye spend money for [that which is] not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye [that which is] good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

World English Bible
Why do you spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which doesn't satisfy? listen diligently to me, and eat you that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

Young's Literal Translation
Why do ye weigh money for that which is not bread? And your labour for that which is not for satiety? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat good, And your soul doth delight itself in fatness.

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

So here לא עץ lo ets means him who is far from being an inert piece of wood, but is an animated and active being; not an instrument, but an agent.

Isaiah 55:2Wherefore do ye spend - Why should ye be so zealously attached to a doctrine from which your souls derive neither comfort nor nourishment?

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

do ye

Isaiah 44:20 He feeds on ashes: a deceived heart has turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say...

Jeremiah 2:13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns...

Hosea 8:7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it has no stalk; the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield...

Hosea 12:1 Ephraim feeds on wind, and follows after the east wind: he daily increases lies and desolation...

Habakkuk 2:13 Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labor in the very fire...

Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Luke 15:15,16 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine...

Romans 9:31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness.

Romans 10:2,3 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge...

Philippians 3:4-7 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinks that he has whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more...

Hebrews 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats...

spend. Heb. weigh

Isaiah 46:6 They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance, and hire a goldsmith; and he makes it a god: they fall down, yes...

hearken

Isaiah 51:1,4,7 Listen to me, you that follow after righteousness, you that seek the LORD: look to the rock from where you are hewn...

Exodus 15:26 And said, If you will diligently listen to the voice of the LORD your God, and will do that which is right in his sight...

Deuteronomy 11:13 And it shall come to pass, if you shall listen diligently to my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God...

Psalm 34:11 Come, you children, listen to me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

Proverbs 1:33 But whoever listens to me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

Proverbs 7:23 Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hastens to the snare, and knows not that it is for his life.

Proverbs 8:32 Now therefore listen to me, O you children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.

Mark 7:14 And when he had called all the people to him, he said to them, Listen to me every one of you, and understand:

Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

eat

Isaiah 25:6 And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make to all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees...

Psalm 22:26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.

Psalm 36:8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of your house; and you shall make them drink of the river of your pleasures.

Psalm 63:5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise you with joyful lips:

Proverbs 9:5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.

Jeremiah 31:14 And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, said the LORD.

Matthew 22:4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner...

Luke 15:23 And bring here the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:

John 6:48-58 I am that bread of life...

Library
October 4. "Instead of the Brier, the Myrtle Tree" (Isa. Lv. 13).
"Instead of the brier, the myrtle tree" (Isa. lv. 13). God's sweetest memorial is the transformed thorn and the thistle blooming with flowers of peace and sweetness, where once grew recriminations. Beloved, God is waiting to make just such memorials in your life, out of the things that are hurting you most to-day. Take the grievances, the separations, the strained friendships and the broken ties which have been the sorrow and heartbreak of your life, and let God heal them, and give you grace to make
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

God's Ways and Man's
'For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. 9. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.'-- ISAIAH lv. 8, 9. Scripture gives us no revelations concerning God merely in order that we may know about Him. These words are grand poetry and noble theology, but they are meant practically and in fiery earnestness. The 'for' at the beginning of each clause points us back to the previous
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Warmly Affectionate Dutch
Sunday, 22.--I went to the new church, so called still, though four or five hundred years old. It is larger, higher, and better illuminated than most of our cathedrals. The screen that divides the church from the choir is of polished brass and shines like gold. I understood the Psalms that were sung, and the text well, and a little of the sermon which Mr. De H. delivered with great earnestness. At two I began the service at the English church, an elegant building, about the size of West Street Chapel.
John Wesley—The Journal of John Wesley

The Passing and the Permanent
'For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but My kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of My peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.'--ISAIAH liv, 10.-- There is something of music in the very sound of these words. The stately march of the grand English translation lends itself with wonderful beauty to the melody of Isaiah's words. But the thought that lies below them, sweeping as it does through the whole creation, and parting all things
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Cross References
Matthew 5:6
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

John 6:27
Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval."

Psalm 22:26
The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the LORD will praise him-- may your hearts live forever!

Ecclesiastes 6:2
God gives some people wealth, possessions and honor, so that they lack nothing their hearts desire, but God does not grant them the ability to enjoy them, and strangers enjoy them instead. This is meaningless, a grievous evil.

Isaiah 1:19
If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land;

Isaiah 10:27
In that day their burden will be lifted from your shoulders, their yoke from your neck; the yoke will be broken because you have grown so fat.

Isaiah 25:6
On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine-- the best of meats and the finest of wines.

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