Bible: Isaiah 65:18-25

65:18 But be happy and rejoice forevermore

over what I am about to create!

For look, I am ready to create Jerusalem 1  to be a source of joy, 2 

and her people to be a source of happiness. 3 

65:19 Jerusalem will bring me joy,

and my people will bring me happiness. 4 

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 5 

or an old man die before his time. 6 

Indeed, no one will die before the age of a hundred, 7 

anyone who fails to reach 8  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, 9 

or plant a vineyard only to have another eat its fruit, 10 

for my people will live as long as trees, 11 

and my chosen ones will enjoy to the fullest what they have produced. 12 

65:23 They will not work in vain,

or give birth to children that will experience disaster. 13 

For the Lord will bless their children

and their descendants. 14 

65:24 Before they even call out, 15  I will respond;

while they are still speaking, I will hear.

65:25 A wolf and a lamb will graze together; 16 

a lion, like an ox, will eat straw, 17 

and a snake’s food will be dirt. 18 

They will no longer injure or destroy

on my entire royal mountain,” 19  says the Lord.

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