Bible: Isaiah 65:1-7
The Lord Will Distinguish Between Sinners and the Godly
65:1 “I made myself available to those who did not ask for me; 1
I appeared to those who did not look for me. 2
I said, ‘Here I am! Here I am!’
to a nation that did not invoke 3 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. 4
65:3 These people continually and blatantly offend me 5
as they sacrifice in their sacred orchards 6
and burn incense on brick altars. 7
65:4 They sit among the tombs 8
and keep watch all night long. 9
They eat pork, 10
and broth 11 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: 12
I will not keep silent, but will pay them back;
I will pay them back exactly what they deserve, 13
65:7 for your sins and your ancestors’ sins,” 14 says the
“Because they burned incense on the mountains
and offended 15 me on the hills,
I will punish them in full measure.” 16