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Isaiah 55:6-7

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55:6 Seek the Lord while he makes himself available; 1 

call to him while he is nearby!

55:7 The wicked need to abandon their lifestyle 2 

and sinful people their plans. 3 

They should return 4  to the Lord, and he will show mercy to them, 5 

and to their God, for he will freely forgive them. 6 

1 tn Heb “while he allows himself to be found.” The Niphal form has a tolerative force here.

2 tn Heb “Let the wicked one abandon his way.” The singular is collective.

3 tn Heb “and the man of evil his thoughts.” The singular is collective.

4 tn Heb “let him return.” The singular is collective, meaning “let them.”

5 tn The imperfect with vav (ו) conjunctive after the jussive indicates purpose/result.

6 sn The appeal and promise of vv. 6-7 echoes the language of Deut 4:25-31; 30:1-10; and 1 Kgs 8:46-53, all of which anticipate the exile and speak of the prerequisites for restoration.



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