Haftarot according to the Yemenite Rite
Mas’ei Isaiah 1:120
Orthodox Jewish Bible
1 The chazon (vision) of Yeshayah ben Amotz, which he saw concerning Yehudah and Yerushalayim in the yamim of Uziyahu, Yotam, Achaz, and Yechizkiyahu, melachim of Yehudah.
2 Hear, O Shomayim, and give ear, O Eretz, for Hashem hath spoken; I have nourished and brought up banim, and they have rebelled against Me [i.e., willfully flouted My authority. See Yeshayah 53:5,8].
3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the donkey his master’s manger; but Yisroel doth not know, My people doth not consider.
4 Ah, goy choteh (sinful nation), a people weighed down with avon (guilt, iniquity), zera of evildoers, banim of corruption; they forsook Hashem, they have spurned the Kadosh Yisroel (the Holy One of Yisroel), they have turned their back on Him. [T.N. Here we see it is ‘My people’ (Ex 6:6-7) who are stricken, whereas in Yeshayah 53:8 it is Moshiach Ben Dovid who is stricken for My people.]
5 Why, seeing that ye will be stricken again, will ye rebel stubbornly again? The kol rosh is sick, and the kol levav faint.
6 From the sole of the regel even unto the rosh there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores; they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither soothed with shemen.
7 Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with eish; your land, zarim devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by zarim.
8 And the Bat Tziyon (i.e., Yerushalayim) is left as a sukkah in a kerem (vineyard), as a shack in a cucumber field, as an ir (city) under siege.
9 Except Hashem Tzva’os had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Amora (Gomorrah).
10 Hear the Devar Hashem, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the Torat Eloheinu, ye people of Amora (Gomorrah).
11 To what purpose is the multitude of your zevakhim unto Me? saith Hashem; I am fed up of the olot (burnt offerings) of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the dahm of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats.
12 When ye come to appear before Me, who hath required this at your hand, to trample khatzerai (My courts)?
13 Bring no more futile minchot; ketoret is an abomination unto Me; Rosh Chodesh (New Moon) and Shabbos, the calling of assemblies—I cannot endure aven (wickedness) and atzarah (solemn convocation).
14 Your Rosh Chodesh and your Mo’adim My Nefesh hateth; they are a burden unto Me; I am weary to bear them.
15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide Mine eyes from you; yea, when ye make many tefillah, I will not hear; your hands are full of dahmim.
16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before Mine eyes; cease to do evil;
17 Learn to do good; seek mishpat, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the almanah.
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith Hashem; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of ha’aretz;
20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the cherev; for the mouth of Hashem hath spoken.Read full chapter
Isaiah 1:1-20 • Hashem’s Refining Process
- (v.1-4) The true children of Hashem are the product of obedience, those who follow through their knowledge of Him with a heart for Him; otherwise they become another’s children, completely unacceptable to and for Him.
- (v.5-6) Rebellious children view punishment simply as a small price to pay to get what they want.
- (v.7-9) There comes a time when Hashem removes the unresponsive unfaithful and begins again with the responsive faithful.
- (v.10-15) An outward appearance of obedience never makes up for an inward pursuit of one’s own desires. This is actually the definition of “hypocrisy”.
- (v.16-17) Authentic recovery from hypocrisy is characterized by an authentic change in behavior.
- (v.18-20) The final, ultimate choice is to “consent and obey” (v.19) or “refuse and rebel” (v.20) before Hashem separates the faithful from the unfaithful.