Fifth Reading: Isaiah 55:1-11

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah.

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 will eat well,

you will delight in rich fare,

Bend your ear and come to me,

listen, that you may have life.

I will make an everlasting covenant with you,

the faithful mercies shown to David.

See, I have made of you a witness to the peoples,

a leader and commander of the nations;

See, you will summon a nation you never knew,

and a nation which does not know you will come hurrying to you –

for the sake of Your God, the Holy One of Israel,

who will glorify you.

Seek Your God while God is still to be found,

call to God, while God is still near.

Let the wicked abandon their ways,

the evil their thoughts.

Let them turn back to God, who will take pity on them,

to Our God, who will generously forgive.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

nor are your ways my ways, says Your God.

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 the sower

and bread for food,

so will my word be

that goes forth from my mouth:

it shall not return to me empty,

but will carry out my will,

achieving the end for which I sent it.

The Word of God recorded in Isaiah.

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