Isaiah 55 (New International Version)
Invitation to the Thirsty

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  "Come, all you who are                     for he has...
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   so is my word that goes out              and all the trees of the field
from my mouth:
     It will not return to me...
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 For as the heavens are higher    prosper in the thing whereto I
than the earth, so are my ways    sent it.
higher than ...
hand.                                producing seed for farmers
Let the wicked abandon their       and food for the hungry...
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 But why study Hebrew?
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Dr. Frank Charles Thompson was born in 1858, in Elmira, New York. He was
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  1. 1. Isaiah 55 (New International Version) Invitation to the Thirsty 1 "Come, all you who are for he has endowed you thirsty, with splendor." come to the waters; 6 and you who have no Seek the LORD while he may money, be found; come, buy and eat! call on him while he is Come, buy wine and milk near. without money and without 7 cost. Let the wicked forsake his way 2 Why spend money on what is and the evil man his not bread, thoughts. and your labor on what Let him turn to the LORD, does not satisfy? and he will have mercy on him, Listen, listen to me, and and to our God, for he will eat what is good, freely pardon. and your soul will delight in 8 the richest of fare. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, 3 Give ear and come to me; neither are your ways my hear me, that your soul ways," may live. declares the LORD. I will make an everlasting 9 covenant with you, "As the heavens are higher my faithful love promised than the earth, to David. so are my ways higher than your ways 4 See, I have made him a and my thoughts than your witness to the peoples, thoughts. a leader and commander of 10 the peoples. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, 5 Surely you will summon and do not return to it nations you know not, without watering the earth and nations that do not and making it bud and know you will hasten to you, flourish, because of the LORD your so that it yields seed for God, the sower and bread for the the Holy One of Israel, eater,
  2. 2. 11 so is my word that goes out and all the trees of the field from my mouth: It will not return to me will clap their hands. empty, 13 but will accomplish what I Instead of the thornbush will desire grow the pine tree, and achieve the purpose and instead of briers the for which I sent it. myrtle will grow. This will be for the LORD's 12 You will go out in joy renown, and be led forth in peace; for an everlasting sign, the mountains and hills which will not be will burst into song before destroyed." you, Isaiah 55 (King James Version) 1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, Behold, thou shalt call a nation 5 come ye to the waters, and he that thou knowest not, and that hath no money; come ye, nations that knew not thee shall buy, and eat; yea, come, buy run unto thee because of the wine and milk without money LORD thy God, and for the Holy and without price. One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee. 2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and Seek ye the LORD while he 6 your labour for that which may be found, call ye upon him satisfieth not? hearken diligently while he is near: unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul Let the wicked forsake his way, 7 delight itself in fatness. and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return 3 Incline your ear, and come unto the LORD, and he will have unto me: hear, and your soul mercy upon him; and to our shall live; and I will make an God, for he will abundantly everlasting covenant with you, pardon. even the sure mercies of David. For my thoughts are not your 8 4 Behold, I have given him for a thoughts, neither are your ways witness to the people, a leader my ways, saith the LORD. and commander to the people.
  3. 3. 9 For as the heavens are higher prosper in the thing whereto I than the earth, so are my ways sent it. higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For ye shall go out with joy, 12 and be led forth with peace: the 10 For as the rain cometh down, mountains and the hills shall and the snow from heaven, and break forth before you into returneth not thither, but singing, and all the trees of the watereth the earth, and maketh field shall clap their hands. it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, Instead of the thorn shall 13 and bread to the eater: come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come 11 So shall my word be that up the myrtle tree: and it shall goeth forth out of my mouth: it be to the LORD for a name, for shall not return unto me void, an everlasting sign that shall but it shall accomplish that not be cut off. which I please, and it shall Isaiah 55 (The Message) Buy Without Money 1-5 "Hey there! All who are commitment with you, thirsty, the same that I made with come to the water! David: sure, solid, enduring Are you penniless? love. Come anyway—buy and eat! I set him up as a witness to the Come, buy your drinks, buy nations, wine and milk. made him a prince and leader Buy without money— of the nations, everything's free! And now I'm doing it to you: Why do you spend your money You'll summon nations you've on junk food, never heard of, your hard-earned cash on and nations who've never heard cotton candy? of you Listen to me, listen well: Eat will come running to you only the best, Because of me, your God, fill yourself with only the because The Holy of Israel finest. has honored you." Pay attention, come close now, listen carefully to my life- Seek God while he's here to 6-7 giving, life-nourishing words. be found, I'm making a lasting covenant pray to him while he's close at
  4. 4. hand. producing seed for farmers Let the wicked abandon their and food for the hungry, way of life So will the words that come out and the evil their way of of my mouth thinking. not come back empty-handed. Let them come back to God, They'll do the work I sent them who is merciful, to do, come back to our God, who is they'll complete the lavish with forgiveness. assignment I gave them. "I don't think the way you 8-11 "So you'll go out in joy, 12-13 think. you'll be led into a whole and The way you work isn't the complete life. way I work." The mountains and hills will lead God's Decree. the parade, "For as the sky soars high above bursting with song. earth, All the trees of the forest will so the way I work surpasses join the procession, the way you work, exuberant with applause. and the way I think is beyond No more thistles, but giant the way you think. sequoias, Just as rain and snow descend no more thornbushes, but from the skies stately pines— and don't go back until Monuments to me, to God, they've watered the earth, living and lasting evidence of Doing their work of making God." things grow and blossom,
  5. 5. Lexicon passages But why study Hebrew? The Old Testament was written 2,500 to 3,500 years ago by a people whose culture and lifestyle were very different from our own. When we read the Word of God as a modern day Christian, our culture and lifestyle often influence our interpretation of the words and phrases. The word rain is a good example of how culture can influence ones view of a word. To a bride and groom preparing for an outdoor wedding the news of rain has a negative meaning, but to the farmer in the middle of a drought, the same word has a positive meaning. For many of us, rain means a spoiled picnic but to the ancient Hebrews, rain meant life, for without it their nomadic life would end. Without a cultural understanding of the words in the Bible, much is missed or overlooked. Many times our modern culture can influence definitions of words in a way not intended by the original author. The Bible often refers to the keeping and breaking God's commands and covenant. To "keep" the commands of God is generally understood as to "obey" the commands, but this is not completely true since the Hebrew word "shamar" (rm#) literally means to guard or protect. The breaking of the commands is understood as "disobeying" but the Hebrew word "Parar" (rrp) literally means to trample underfoot). Jeff L Garrison www.StudyLight.org 2010 About the Thompson Chain Reference Bible Early in his ministry as a Methodist Preacher, Dr. Frank Charles Thompson realized that the reference Bibles then on the market failed to present the Bible as it should be presented - in a clear, scholarly, interesting, yet simple and compact form. He saw the need for a well-organized reference Bible that would be of practical use to the layman as well as a minister. He began his original research about 1890. After he completed the thought suggestions opposite the verses throughout the Bible, some of the men in his church saw his Bible and told him that this was what they needed to help them in their Bible study. They encouraged Dr. Thompson to have his Bible, with marginal references, published so that everyone could have the advantage of these helps in their Bible study. Today the Thompson Chain Study System® offers you a complete study library in one volume! With over 78 practical features for in depth scriptural appreciation and understanding, nothing can match what the Thompson Chain Reference Bible® offers!
  6. 6. About the Author Dr. Frank Charles Thompson was born in 1858, in Elmira, New York. He was ordained into the Methodist ministry in 1879. While pastoring in Genesee, county, New York, he began to make extensive notes in his bible. Members of his church offered to help pay for the publication of the marginal notes. The original hand- written notes in the margins of Dr. Thompson's personal Bible are on display at Kirkbride Bible Company offices in Indianapolis, Indiana. The first edition of the Thompson Chain-Reference Bible was published in 1908, by the Methodist's Book Concern of Dobbs Ferry, New York, and Thompson Chain rose to popularity by 1915. Now more than 11 million copies have been sold. In addition to his work with the chain-reference-bible, Dr. Thompson wrote two books: Bob's Hike to the Holy City, the Adventures of a Boy Scout and His Sister on the Hill Trail, in 1927 and Barriers to Eden, A Tale of Social Blockade, in 1939. Frank Charles Thompson died, in 1940.

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