Bible: Isa 56-66

The Lord Invites Outsiders to Enter

56:1 This is what the Lord says,

Promote 1  justice! Do what is right!

For I am ready to deliver you;

I am ready to vindicate you openly. 2 

56:2 The people who do this will be blessed, 3 

the people who commit themselves to obedience, 4 

who observe the Sabbath and do not defile it,

who refrain from doing anything that is wrong. 5 

56:3 No foreigner who becomes a follower of 6  the Lord should say,

The Lord will certainly 7  exclude me from his people.’

The eunuch should not say,

Look, I am like a dried-up tree.’

56:4 For this is what the Lord says:

“For the eunuchs who observe my Sabbaths

and choose what pleases me

and are faithful to 8  my covenant,

56:5 I will set up within my temple and my walls a monument 9 

that will be better than sons and daughters.

I will set up a permanent monument 10  for them that will remain.

56:6 As for foreigners who become followers of 11  the Lord and serve him,

who love the name of the Lord and want to be his servants

all who observe the Sabbath and do not defile it,

and who are faithful to 12  my covenant

56:7 I will bring them to my holy mountain;

I will make them happy in the temple where people pray to me. 13 

Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar,

for my temple will be known as a temple where all nations may pray.” 14 

56:8 The sovereign Lord says this,

the one who gathers the dispersed of Israel:

“I will still gather them up.” 15 

The Lord Denounces Israel’s Paganism

56:9 All you wild animals in the fields, come and devour,

all you wild animals in the forest!

56:10 All their watchmen 16  are blind,

they are unaware. 17 

All of them are like mute dogs,

unable to bark.

They pant, 18  lie down,

and love to snooze.

56:11 The dogs have big appetites;

they are never full. 19 

They are shepherds who have no understanding;

they all go their own way,

each one looking for monetary gain. 20 

56:12 Each one says, 21 

‘Come on, I’ll get some wine!

Let’s guzzle some beer!

Tomorrow will be just like today!

We’ll have everything we want!’ 22 

57:1 The godly 23  perish,

but no one cares. 24 

Honest people disappear, 25 

when no one 26  minds 27 

that the godly 28  disappear 29  because of 30  evil. 31 

57:2 Those who live uprightly enter a place of peace;

they rest on their beds. 32 

57:3 But approach, you sons of omen readers,

you offspring of adulteresses and prostitutes! 33 

57:4 At whom are you laughing?

At whom are you opening your mouth

and sticking out your tongue?

You are the children of rebels,

the offspring of liars, 34 

57:5 you who practice ritual sex 35  under the oaks and every green tree,

who slaughter children near the streams under the rocky overhangs. 36 

57:6 Among the smooth stones of the stream are the idols you love;

they, they are the object of your devotion. 37 

You pour out liquid offerings to them,

you make an offering.

Because of these things I will seek vengeance. 38 

57:7 On every high, elevated hill you prepare your bed;

you go up there to offer sacrifices.

57:8 Behind the door and doorpost you put your symbols. 39 

Indeed, 40  you depart from me 41  and go up

and invite them into bed with you. 42 

You purchase favors from them, 43 

you love their bed,

and gaze longingly 44  on their genitals. 45 

57:9 You take olive oil as tribute 46  to your king, 47 

along with many perfumes. 48 

You send your messengers to a distant place;

you go all the way to Sheol. 49 

57:10 Because of the long distance you must travel, you get tired, 50 

but you do not say, ‘I give up.’ 51 

You get renewed energy, 52 

so you don’t collapse. 53 

57:11 Whom are you worried about?

Whom do you fear, that you would act so deceitfully

and not remember me

or think about me? 54 

Because I have been silent for so long, 55 

you are not afraid of me. 56 

57:12 I will denounce your so-called righteousness and your deeds, 57 

but they will not help you.

57:13 When you cry out for help, let your idols 58  help you!

The wind blows them all away, 59 

a breeze carries them away. 60 

But the one who looks to me for help 61  will inherit the land

and will have access to 62  my holy mountain.”

57:14 He says, 63 

“Build it! Build it! Clear a way!

Remove all the obstacles out of the way of my people!

57:15 For this is what the high and exalted one says,

the one who rules 64  forever, whose name is holy:

“I dwell in an exalted and holy place,

but also with the discouraged and humiliated, 65 

in order to cheer up the humiliated

and to encourage the discouraged. 66 

57:16 For I will not be hostile 67  forever

or perpetually angry,

for then man’s spirit would grow faint before me, 68 

the life-giving breath I created.

57:17 I was angry because of their sinful greed;

I attacked them and angrily rejected them, 69 

yet they remained disobedient and stubborn. 70 

57:18 I have seen their behavior, 71 

but I will heal them and give them rest,

and I will once again console those who mourn. 72 

57:19 I am the one who gives them reason to celebrate. 73 

Complete prosperity 74  is available both to those who are far away and those who are nearby,”

says the Lord, “and I will heal them.

57:20 But the wicked are like a surging sea

that is unable to be quiet;

its waves toss up mud and sand.

57:21 There will be no prosperity,” says my God, “for the wicked.”

The Lord Desires Genuine Devotion

58:1Shout loudly! Don’t be quiet!

Yell as loud as a trumpet!

Confront my people with their rebellious deeds; 75 

confront Jacob’s family with their sin! 76 

58:2 They seek me day after day;

they want to know my requirements, 77 

like a nation that does what is right

and does not reject the law of their God.

They ask me for just decrees;

they want to be near God.

58:3 They lament, 78  ‘Why don’t you notice when we fast?

Why don’t you pay attention when we humble ourselves?’

Look, at the same time you fast, you satisfy your selfish desires, 79 

you oppress your workers. 80 

58:4 Look, your fasting is accompanied by 81  arguments, brawls,

and fistfights. 82 

Do not fast as you do today,

trying to make your voice heard in heaven.

58:5 Is this really the kind of fasting I want? 83 

Do I want a day when people merely humble themselves, 84 

bowing their heads like a reed

and stretching out 85  on sackcloth and ashes?

Is this really what you call a fast,

a day that is pleasing to the Lord?

58:6 No, this is the kind of fast I want. 86 

I want you 87  to remove the sinful chains,

to tear away the ropes of the burdensome yoke,

to set free the oppressed, 88 

and to break every burdensome yoke.

58:7 I want you 89  to share your food with the hungry

and to provide shelter for homeless, oppressed people. 90 

When you see someone naked, clothe him!

Don’t turn your back on your own flesh and blood! 91 

58:8 Then your light will shine like the sunrise; 92 

your restoration will quickly arrive; 93 

your godly behavior 94  will go before you,

and the Lord’s splendor will be your rear guard. 95 

58:9 Then you will call out, and the Lord will respond;

you will cry out, and he will reply, ‘Here I am.’

You must 96  remove the burdensome yoke from among you

and stop pointing fingers and speaking sinfully.

58:10 You must 97  actively help the hungry

and feed the oppressed. 98 

Then your light will dispel the darkness, 99 

and your darkness will be transformed into noonday. 100 

58:11 The Lord will continually lead you;

he will feed you even in parched regions. 101 

He will give you renewed strength, 102 

and you will be like a well-watered garden,

like a spring that continually produces water.

58:12 Your perpetual ruins will be rebuilt; 103 

you will reestablish the ancient foundations.

You will be called, ‘The one who repairs broken walls,

the one who makes the streets inhabitable again.’ 104 

58:13 You must 105  observe the Sabbath 106 

rather than doing anything you please on my holy day. 107 

You must look forward to the Sabbath 108 

and treat the Lord’s holy day with respect. 109 

You must treat it with respect by refraining from your normal activities,

and by refraining from your selfish pursuits and from making business deals. 110 

58:14 Then you will find joy in your relationship to the Lord, 111 

and I will give you great prosperity, 112 

and cause crops to grow on the land I gave to your ancestor Jacob.” 113 

Know for certain that the Lord has spoken. 114 

Injustice Brings Alienation from God

59:1 Look, the Lord’s hand is not too weak 115  to deliver you;

his ear is not too deaf to hear you. 116 

59:2 But your sinful acts have alienated you from your God;

your sins have caused him to reject you and not listen to your prayers. 117 

59:3 For your hands are stained with blood

and your fingers with sin;

your lips speak lies,

your tongue utters malicious words.

59:4 No one is concerned about justice; 118 

no one sets forth his case truthfully.

They depend on false words 119  and tell lies;

they conceive of oppression 120 

and give birth to sin.

59:5 They hatch the eggs of a poisonous snake

and spin a spider’s web.

Whoever eats their eggs will die,

a poisonous snake is hatched. 121 

59:6 Their webs cannot be used for clothing;

they cannot cover themselves with what they make.

Their deeds are sinful;

they commit violent crimes. 122 

59:7 They are eager to do evil, 123 

quick to shed innocent blood. 124 

Their thoughts are sinful;

they crush and destroy. 125 

59:8 They are unfamiliar with peace;

their deeds are unjust. 126 

They use deceitful methods,

and whoever deals with them is unfamiliar with peace. 127 

Israel Confesses its Sin

59:9 For this reason deliverance 128  is far from us 129 

and salvation does not reach us.

We wait for light, 130  but see only darkness; 131 

we wait for 132  a bright light, 133  but live 134  in deep darkness. 135 

59:10 We grope along the wall like the blind,

we grope like those who cannot see; 136 

we stumble at noontime as if it were evening.

Though others are strong, we are like dead men. 137 

59:11 We all growl like bears,

we coo mournfully like doves;

we wait for deliverance, 138  but there is none,

for salvation, but it is far from us.

59:12 For you are aware of our many rebellious deeds, 139 

and our sins testify against us;

indeed, we are aware of our rebellious deeds;

we know our sins all too well. 140 

59:13 We have rebelled and tried to deceive the Lord;

we turned back from following our God.

We stir up 141  oppression and rebellion;

we tell lies we concocted in our minds. 142 

59:14 Justice is driven back;

godliness 143  stands far off.

Indeed, 144  honesty stumbles in the city square

and morality is not even able to enter.

59:15 Honesty has disappeared;

the one who tries to avoid evil is robbed.

The Lord watches and is displeased, 145 

for there is no justice.

The Lord Intervenes

59:16 He sees there is no advocate; 146 

he is shocked 147  that no one intervenes.

So he takes matters into his own hands; 148 

his desire for justice drives him on. 149 

59:17 He wears his desire for justice 150  like body armor, 151 

and his desire to deliver is like a helmet on his head. 152 

He puts on the garments of vengeance 153 

and wears zeal like a robe.

59:18 He repays them for what they have done,

dispensing angry judgment to his adversaries

and punishing his enemies. 154 

He repays the coastlands. 155 

59:19 In the west, people respect 156  the Lord’s reputation; 157 

in the east they recognize his splendor. 158 

For he comes like a rushing 159  stream

driven on by wind sent from the Lord. 160 

59:20A protector 161  comes to Zion,

to those in Jacob who repent of their rebellious deeds,” 162  says the Lord.

59:21As for me, this is my promise to 163  them,” says the Lord. “My spirit, who is upon you, and my words, which I have placed in your mouth, will not depart from your mouth or from the mouths of your children and descendants from this time forward,” 164  says the Lord.

Zion’s Future Splendor

60:1Arise! Shine! For your light arrives!

The splendor 165  of the Lord shines on you!

60:2 For, look, darkness covers the earth

and deep darkness covers 166  the nations,

but the Lord shines on you;

his splendor 167  appears over you.

60:3 Nations come to your light,

kings to your bright light.

60:4 Look all around you! 168 

They all gather and come to you –

your sons come from far away

and your daughters are escorted by guardians.

60:5 Then you will look and smile, 169 

you will be excited and your heart will swell with pride. 170 

For the riches of distant lands 171  will belong to you

and the wealth of nations will come to you.

60:6 Camel caravans will cover your roads, 172 

young camels from Midian and Ephah.

All the merchants of Sheba 173  will come,

bringing gold and incense

and singing praises to the Lord. 174 

60:7 All the sheep of Kedar will be gathered to you;

the rams of Nebaioth will be available to you as sacrifices. 175 

They will go up on my altar acceptably, 176 

and I will bestow honor on my majestic temple.

60:8 Who are these who float along 177  like a cloud,

who fly like doves to their shelters? 178 

60:9 Indeed, the coastlands 179  look eagerly for me,

the large ships 180  are in the lead,

bringing your sons from far away,

along with their silver and gold,

to honor the Lord your God, 181 

the Holy One of Israel, 182  for he has bestowed honor on you.

60:10 Foreigners will rebuild your walls;

their kings will serve you.

Even though I struck you down in my anger,

I will restore my favor and have compassion on you. 183 

60:11 Your gates will remain open at all times;

they will not be shut during the day or at night,

so that the wealth of nations may be delivered,

with their kings leading the way. 184 

60:12 Indeed, 185  nations or kingdoms that do not serve you will perish;

such nations will be totally destroyed. 186 

60:13 The splendor of Lebanon will come to you,

its evergreens, firs, and cypresses together,

to beautify my palace; 187 

I will bestow honor on my throne room. 188 

60:14 The children of your oppressors will come bowing to you;

all who treated you with disrespect will bow down at your feet.

They will call you, ‘The City of the Lord,

Zion of the Holy One of Israel.’ 189 

60:15 You were once abandoned

and despised, with no one passing through,

but I will make you 190  a permanent source of pride

and joy to coming generations.

60:16 You will drink the milk of nations;

you will nurse at the breasts of kings. 191 

Then you will recognize that I, the Lord, am your deliverer,

your protector, 192  the powerful ruler of Jacob. 193 

60:17 Instead of bronze, I will bring you gold,

instead of iron, I will bring you silver,

instead of wood, I will bring you 194  bronze,

instead of stones, I will bring you 195  iron.

I will make prosperity 196  your overseer,

and vindication your sovereign ruler. 197 

60:18 Sounds of violence 198  will no longer be heard in your land,

or the sounds of 199  destruction and devastation within your borders.

You will name your walls, ‘Deliverance,’

and your gates, ‘Praise.’

60:19 The sun will no longer supply light for you by day,

nor will the moon’s brightness shine on you;

the Lord will be your permanent source of light

the splendor of your God will shine upon you. 200 

60:20 Your sun will no longer set;

your moon will not disappear; 201 

the Lord will be your permanent source of light;

your time 202  of sorrow will be over.

60:21 All of your people will be godly; 203 

they will possess the land permanently.

I will plant them like a shoot;

they will be the product of my labor,

through whom I reveal my splendor. 204 

60:22 The least of you will multiply into 205  a thousand;

the smallest of you will become a large nation.

When the right time comes, I the Lord will quickly do this! 206 

The Lord Will Rejuvenate His People

61:1 The spirit of the sovereign Lord is upon me,

because the Lord has chosen 207  me. 208 

He has commissioned 209  me to encourage 210  the poor,

to help 211  the brokenhearted,

to decree the release of captives,

and the freeing of prisoners,

61:2 to announce the year when the Lord will show his favor,

the day when our God will seek vengeance, 212 

to console all who mourn,

61:3 to strengthen those who mourn in Zion,

by giving them a turban, instead of ashes,

oil symbolizing joy, 213  instead of mourning,

a garment symbolizing praise, 214  instead of discouragement. 215 

They will be called oaks of righteousness, 216 

trees planted by the Lord to reveal his splendor. 217 

61:4 They will rebuild the perpetual ruins

and restore the places that were desolate; 218 

they will reestablish the ruined cities,

the places that have been desolate since ancient times.

61:5 219 Foreigners will take care of 220  your sheep;

foreigners will work in your fields and vineyards.

61:6 You will be called, ‘the Lord’s priests,

servants of our God.’ 221 

You will enjoy 222  the wealth of nations

and boast about 223  the riches you receive from them. 224 

61:7 Instead of shame, you will get a double portion; 225 

instead of humiliation, they will rejoice over the land they receive. 226 

Yes, 227  they will possess a double portion in their land

and experience lasting joy.

61:8 For I, the Lord, love justice

and hate robbery and sin.

I will repay them because of my faithfulness; 228 

I will make a permanent covenant with them.

61:9 Their descendants will be known among the nations,

their offspring among the peoples.

All who see them will recognize that

the Lord has blessed them.” 229 

61:10 I 230  will greatly rejoice 231  in the Lord;

I will be overjoyed because of my God. 232 

For he clothes me in garments of deliverance;

he puts on me a robe symbolizing vindication. 233 

I look like a bridegroom when he wears a turban as a priest would;

I look like a bride when she puts on her jewelry. 234 

61:11 For just as the ground produces its crops

and a garden yields its produce,

so the sovereign Lord will cause deliverance 235  to grow,

and give his people reason to praise him in the sight of all the nations. 236 

The Lord Takes Delight in Zion

62:1For the sake of Zion I will not be silent;

for the sake of Jerusalem 237  I will not be quiet,

until her vindication shines brightly 238 

and her deliverance burns like a torch.”

62:2 Nations will see your vindication,

and all kings your splendor.

You will be called by a new name

that the Lord himself will give you. 239 

62:3 You will be a majestic crown in the hand of the Lord,

a royal turban in the hand of your God.

62:4 You will no longer be called, “Abandoned,”

and your land will no longer be called “Desolate.”

Indeed, 240  you will be called “My Delight is in Her,” 241 

and your land “Married.” 242 

For the Lord will take delight in you,

and your land will be married to him. 243 

62:5 As a young man marries a young woman,

so your sons 244  will marry you.

As a bridegroom rejoices over a bride,

so your God will rejoice over you.

62:6 I 245  post watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem;

they should keep praying all day and all night. 246 

You who pray to 247  the Lord, don’t be silent!

62:7 Don’t allow him to rest until he reestablishes Jerusalem, 248 

until he makes Jerusalem the pride 249  of the earth.

62:8 The Lord swears an oath by his right hand,

by his strong arm: 250 

“I will never again give your grain

to your enemies as food,

and foreigners will not drink your wine,

which you worked hard to produce.

62:9 But those who harvest the grain 251  will eat it,

and will praise the Lord.

Those who pick the grapes will drink the wine 252 

in the courts of my holy sanctuary.”

62:10 Come through! Come through the gates!

Prepare the way for the people!

Build it! Build the roadway!

Remove the stones!

Lift a signal flag for the nations!

62:11 Look, the Lord announces to the entire earth: 253 

“Say to Daughter Zion,

Look, your deliverer comes!

Look, his reward is with him

and his reward goes before him!’ 254 

62:12 They will be called, “The Holy People,

the Ones Protected 255  by the Lord.”

You will be called, “Sought After,

City Not Abandoned.”

The Victorious Divine Warrior

63:1 Who is this who comes from Edom, 256 

dressed in bright red, coming from Bozrah? 257 

Who 258  is this one wearing royal attire, 259 

who marches confidently 260  because of his great strength?

“It is I, the one who announces vindication,

and who is able to deliver! 261 

63:2 Why are your clothes red?

Why do you look like someone who has stomped on grapes in a vat? 262 

63:3I have stomped grapes in the winepress all by myself;

no one from the nations joined me.

I stomped on them 263  in my anger;

I trampled them down in my rage.

Their juice splashed on my garments,

and stained 264  all my clothes.

63:4 For I looked forward to the day of vengeance,

and then payback time arrived. 265 

63:5 I looked, but there was no one to help;

I was shocked because there was no one offering support. 266 

So my right arm accomplished deliverance;

my raging anger drove me on. 267 

63:6 I trampled nations in my anger,

I made them drunk 268  in my rage,

I splashed their blood on the ground.” 269 

A Prayer for Divine Intervention

63:7 I will tell of the faithful acts of the Lord,

of the Lord’s praiseworthy deeds.

I will tell about all 270  the Lord did for us,

the many good things he did for the family of Israel, 271 

because of 272  his compassion and great faithfulness.

63:8 He said, “Certainly they will be my people,

children who are not disloyal.” 273 

He became their deliverer.

63:9 Through all that they suffered, he suffered too. 274 

The messenger sent from his very presence 275  delivered them.

In his love and mercy he protected 276  them;

he lifted them up and carried them throughout ancient times. 277 

63:10 But they rebelled and offended 278  his holy Spirit, 279 

so he turned into an enemy

and fought against them.

63:11 His people remembered the ancient times. 280 

Where is the one who brought them up out of the sea,

along with the shepherd of 281  his flock?

Where is the one who placed his holy Spirit among them, 282 

63:12 the one who made his majestic power available to Moses, 283 

who divided the water before them,

gaining for himself a lasting reputation, 284 

63:13 who led them through the deep water?

Like a horse running on flat land 285  they did not stumble.

63:14 Like an animal that goes down into a valley to graze, 286 

so the Spirit of the Lord granted them rest.

In this way 287  you guided your people,

gaining for yourself an honored reputation. 288 

63:15 Look down from heaven and take notice,

from your holy, majestic palace!

Where are your zeal 289  and power?

Do not hold back your tender compassion! 290 

63:16 For you are our father,

though Abraham does not know us

and Israel does not recognize us.

You, Lord, are our father;

you have been called our protector from ancient times. 291 

63:17 Why, Lord, do you make us stray 292  from your ways, 293 

and make our minds stubborn so that we do not obey you? 294 

Return for the sake of your servants,

the tribes of your inheritance!

63:18 For a short time your special 295  nation possessed a land, 296 

but then our adversaries knocked down 297  your holy sanctuary.

63:19 We existed from ancient times, 298 

but you did not rule over them,

they were not your subjects. 299 

64:1 300  If only you would tear apart the sky 301  and come down!

The mountains would tremble 302  before you!

64:2 As when fire ignites dry wood,

or fire makes water boil,

let your adversaries know who you are, 303 

and may the nations shake at your presence!

64:3 When you performed awesome deeds that took us by surprise, 304 

you came down, and the mountains trembled 305  before you.

64:4 Since ancient times no one has heard or perceived, 306 

no eye has seen any God besides you,

who intervenes for those who wait for him.

64:5 You assist 307  those who delight in doing what is right, 308 

who observe your commandments. 309 

Look, you were angry because we violated them continually.

How then can we be saved? 310 

64:6 We are all like one who is unclean,

all our so-called righteous acts are like a menstrual rag in your sight. 311 

We all wither like a leaf;

our sins carry us away like the wind.

64:7 No one invokes 312  your name,

or makes an effort 313  to take hold of you.

For you have rejected us 314 

and handed us over to our own sins. 315 

64:8 Yet, 316  Lord, you are our father.

We are the clay, and you are our potter;

we are all the product of your labor. 317 

64:9 Lord, do not be too angry!

Do not hold our sins against us continually! 318 

Take a good look at your people, at all of us! 319 

64:10 Your chosen 320  cities have become a desert;

Zion has become a desert,

Jerusalem 321  is a desolate ruin.

64:11 Our holy temple, our pride and joy, 322 

the place where our ancestors praised you,

has been burned with fire;

all our prized possessions have been destroyed. 323 

64:12 In light of all this, 324  how can you still hold back, Lord?

How can you be silent and continue to humiliate us?

The Lord Will Distinguish Between Sinners and the Godly

65:1I made myself available to those who did not ask for me; 325 

I appeared to those who did not look for me. 326 

I said, ‘Here I am! Here I am!’

to a nation that did not invoke 327  my name.

65:2 I spread out my hands all day long

to my rebellious people,

who lived in a way that is morally unacceptable,

and who did what they desired. 328 

65:3 These people continually and blatantly offend me 329 

as they sacrifice in their sacred orchards 330 

and burn incense on brick altars. 331 

65:4 They sit among the tombs 332 

and keep watch all night long. 333 

They eat pork, 334 

and broth 335  from unclean sacrificial meat is in their pans.

65:5 They say, ‘Keep to yourself!

Don’t get near me, for I am holier than you!’

These people are like smoke in my nostrils,

like a fire that keeps burning all day long.

65:6 Look, I have decreed: 336 

I will not keep silent, but will pay them back;

I will pay them back exactly what they deserve, 337 

65:7 for your sins and your ancestorssins,” 338  says the Lord.

“Because they burned incense on the mountains

and offended 339  me on the hills,

I will punish them in full measure.” 340 

65:8 This is what the Lord says:

“When 341  juice is discovered in a cluster of grapes,

someone says, ‘Don’t destroy it, for it contains juice.’ 342 

So I will do for the sake of my servants

I will not destroy everyone. 343 

65:9 I will bring forth descendants from Jacob,

and from Judah people to take possession of my mountains.

My chosen ones will take possession of the land; 344 

my servants will live there.

65:10 Sharon 345  will become a pasture for sheep,

and the Valley of Achor 346  a place where cattle graze; 347 

they will belong to my people, who seek me. 348 

65:11 But as for you who abandon the Lord

and forget about worshiping at 349  my holy mountain,

who prepare a feast for the god called ‘Fortune,’ 350 

and fill up wine jugs for the god called ‘Destiny 351 

65:12 I predestine you to die by the sword, 352 

all of you will kneel down at the slaughtering block, 353 

because I called to you, and you did not respond,

I spoke and you did not listen.

You did evil before me; 354 

you chose to do what displeases me.”

65:13 So this is what the sovereign Lord says:

“Look, my servants will eat, but you will be hungry!

Look, my servants will drink, but you will be thirsty!

Look, my servants will rejoice, but you will be humiliated!

65:14 Look, my servants will shout for joy as happiness fills their hearts! 355 

But you will cry out as sorrow fills your hearts; 356 

you will wail because your spirits will be crushed. 357 

65:15 Your names will live on in the curse formulas of my chosen ones. 358 

The sovereign Lord will kill you,

but he will give his servants another name.

65:16 Whoever pronounces a blessing in the earth 359 

will do so in the name of the faithful God; 360 

whoever makes an oath in the earth

will do so in the name of the faithful God. 361 

For past problems will be forgotten;

I will no longer think about them. 362 

65:17 For look, I am ready to create

new heavens and a new earth! 363 

The former ones 364  will not be remembered;

no one will think about them anymore. 365 

65:18 But be happy and rejoice forevermore

over what I am about to create!

For look, I am ready to create Jerusalem 366  to be a source of joy, 367 

and her people to be a source of happiness. 368 

65:19 Jerusalem will bring me joy,

and my people will bring me happiness. 369 

The sound of weeping or cries of sorrow

will never be heard in her again.

65:20 Never again will one of her infants live just a few days 370 

or an old man die before his time. 371 

Indeed, no one will die before the age of a hundred, 372 

anyone who fails to reach 373  the age of a hundred will be considered cursed.

65:21 They will build houses and live in them;

they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.

65:22 No longer will they build a house only to have another live in it, 374 

or plant a vineyard only to have another eat its fruit, 375 

for my people will live as long as trees, 376 

and my chosen ones will enjoy to the fullest what they have produced. 377 

65:23 They will not work in vain,

or give birth to children that will experience disaster. 378 

For the Lord will bless their children

and their descendants. 379 

65:24 Before they even call out, 380  I will respond;

while they are still speaking, I will hear.

65:25 A wolf and a lamb will graze together; 381 

a lion, like an ox, will eat straw, 382 

and a snake’s food will be dirt. 383 

They will no longer injure or destroy

on my entire royal mountain,” 384  says the Lord.

66:1 This is what the Lord says:

“The heavens are my throne

and the earth is my footstool.

Where then is the house you will build for me?

Where is the place where I will rest?

66:2 My hand made them; 385 

that is how they came to be,” 386  says the Lord.

I show special favor 387  to the humble and contrite,

who respect what I have to say. 388 

66:3 The one who slaughters a bull also strikes down a man; 389 

the one who sacrifices a lamb also breaks a dog’s neck; 390 

the one who presents an offering includes pig’s blood with it; 391 

the one who offers incense also praises an idol. 392 

They have decided to behave this way; 393 

they enjoy these disgusting practices. 394 

66:4 So I will choose severe punishment 395  for them;

I will bring on them what they dread,

because I called, and no one responded,

I spoke and they did not listen.

They did evil before me; 396 

they chose to do what displeases me.”

66:5 Hear the word of the Lord,

you who respect what he has to say! 397 

Your countrymen, 398  who hate you

and exclude you, supposedly for the sake of my name,

say, “May the Lord be glorified,

then we will witness your joy.” 399 

But they will be put to shame.

66:6 The sound of battle comes from the city;

the sound comes from the temple!

It is the sound of the Lord paying back his enemies.

66:7 Before she goes into labor, she gives birth!

Before her contractions begin, she delivers a boy!

66:8 Who has ever heard of such a thing?

Who has ever seen this?

Can a country 400  be brought forth in one day?

Can a nation be born in a single moment?

Yet as soon as Zion goes into labor she gives birth to sons!

66:9Do I bring a baby to the birth opening and then not deliver it?”

asks the Lord.

“Or do I bring a baby to the point of delivery and then hold it back?”

asks your God. 401 

66:10 Be happy for Jerusalem

and rejoice with her, all you who love her!

Share in her great joy,

all you who have mourned over her!

66:11 For 402  you will nurse from her satisfying breasts and be nourished; 403 

you will feed with joy from her milk-filled breasts. 404 

66:12 For this is what the Lord says:

“Look, I am ready to extend to her prosperity that will flow like a river,

the riches of nations will flow into her like a stream that floods its banks. 405 

You will nurse from her breast 406  and be carried at her side;

you will play on her knees.

66:13 As a mother consoles a child, 407 

so I will console you,

and you will be consoled over Jerusalem.”

66:14 When you see this, you will be happy, 408 

and you will be revived. 409 

The Lord will reveal his power to his servants

and his anger to his enemies. 410 

66:15 For look, the Lord comes with fire,

his chariots come like a windstorm, 411 

to reveal his raging anger,

his battle cry, and his flaming arrows. 412 

66:16 For the Lord judges all humanity 413 

with fire and his sword;

the Lord will kill many. 414 

66:17As for those who consecrate and ritually purify themselves so they can follow their leader and worship in the sacred orchards, 415  those who eat the flesh of pigs and other disgusting creatures, like mice 416 they will all be destroyed together,” 417  says the Lord. 66:18 I hate their deeds and thoughts! So I am coming 418  to gather all the nations and ethnic groups; 419  they will come and witness my splendor. 66:19 I will perform a mighty act among them 420  and then send some of those who remain to the nations – to Tarshish, Pul, 421  Lud 422  (known for its archers 423 ), Tubal, Javan, 424  and to the distant coastlands 425  that have not heard about me or seen my splendor. They will tell the nations of my splendor. 66:20 They will bring back all your countrymen 426  from all the nations as an offering to the Lord. They will bring them 427  on horses, in chariots, in wagons, on mules, and on camels 428  to my holy hill Jerusalem,” says the Lord, “just as the Israelites bring offerings to the Lord’s temple in ritually pure containers. 66:21 And I will choose some of them as priests and Levites,” says the Lord. 66:22 For just as the new heavens and the new earth I am about to make will remain standing before me,” says the Lord, “so your descendants and your name will remain. 66:23 From one month 429  to the next and from one Sabbath to the next, all people 430  will come to worship me,” 431  says the Lord. 66:24 They will go out and observe the corpses of those who rebelled against me, for the maggots that eat them will not die, 432  and the fire that consumes them will not die out. 433  All people will find the sight abhorrent.” 434 

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