Bible: Isaiah 65:1-7

The Lord Will Distinguish Between Sinners and the Godly

65:1I 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 ancestorssins,” 14  says the Lord.

“Because they burned incense on the mountains

and offended 15  me on the hills,

I will punish them in full measure.” 16 

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