Bible: Isa 56-66
The Lord Invites Outsiders to Enter
56:1 This is what the
“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
The eunuch should not say,
‘Look, I am like a dried-up tree.’”
56:4 For this is what the
“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
who love the name of the
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
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
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
and invite them into bed with you. 42
You purchase favors from them, 43
you love their bed,
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,”
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
58:1 “Shout 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
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,
58:9 Then you will call out, and the
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
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
rather than doing anything you please on my holy day. 107
You must look forward to the Sabbath 108
and treat the
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
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
Injustice Brings Alienation from God
59:1 Look, the
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
and salvation does not reach us.
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
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.
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
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
in the east they recognize his splendor. 158
For he comes like a rushing 159 stream
driven on by wind sent from the
59:20 “A protector 161 comes to Zion,
to those in Jacob who repent of their rebellious deeds,” 162 says the
59:21 “As for me, this is my promise to 163 them,” says the
Zion’s Future Splendor
60:1 “Arise! Shine! For your light arrives!
The splendor 165 of the
60:2 For, look, darkness covers the earth
and deep darkness covers 166 the nations,
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
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
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
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
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 splendor of your God will shine upon you. 200
60:20 Your sun will no longer set;
your moon will not disappear; 201
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
The Lord Will Rejuvenate His People
61:1 The spirit of the sovereign
to help 211 the brokenhearted,
to decree the release of captives,
and the freeing of prisoners,
61:2 to announce the year when the
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,
They will be called oaks of righteousness, 216
trees planted by the
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.
foreigners will work in your fields and vineyards.
61:6 You will be called, ‘the
servants of our God.’ 221
You will enjoy 222 the wealth of nations
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
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
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
and give his people reason to praise him in the sight of all the nations. 236
The Lord Takes Delight in Zion
62:1 “For 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
62:3 You will be a majestic crown in the hand of the
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.”
and your land “Married.” 242
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
62:7 Don’t allow him to rest until he reestablishes Jerusalem, 248
until he makes Jerusalem the pride 249 of the earth.
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
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
“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
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 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
63:3 “I 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
I will tell about all 270 the
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
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
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 have been called our protector from ancient times. 291
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!
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
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.
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
We are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the product of your labor. 317
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,
How can you be silent and continue to humiliate us?
The Lord Will Distinguish Between Sinners and the Godly
65:1 “I 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 ancestors’ sins,” 338 says the
“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
“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,
they will belong to my people, who seek me. 348
65:11 But as for you who abandon the
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
“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
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!
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
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
66:1 This is what the
“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
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
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
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
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!
66:9 “Do I bring a baby to the birth opening and then not deliver it?”
“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!
you will feed with joy from her milk-filled breasts. 404
66:12 For this is what the
“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
and his anger to his enemies. 410
66:15 For look, the
his chariots come like a windstorm, 411
to reveal his raging anger,
his battle cry, and his flaming arrows. 412
66:16 For the
with fire and his sword;
66:17 “As 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