Isaiah 65

Judgment and Salvation

1 a  I was ready to be sought by b  those who did not ask for me;
I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me.
I said, “Here I am, here I am,”
to a nation that was not called by
Or  that did not call upon
my name.
2 d  I spread out my hands all the day
to a rebellious people,
who walk in a way that is not good,
following their own devices;
3a people who provoke me
to my face continually,
e  sacrificing in gardens
and making offerings on bricks;
4who sit in tombs,
and spend the night in secret places;
f  who eat pig’s flesh,
and broth of tainted meat is in their vessels;
5who say, “Keep to yourself,
do not come near me, for I am too holy for you.”
g  These are a smoke in my nostrils,
a fire that burns all the day.
6Behold h  it is written before me:
i  “I will not keep silent, but I will repay;
j  I will indeed repay into their lap
7both your iniquities k  and your fathersiniquities together,

says the  Lord;
l  because they made offerings on the mountains
m  and insulted me on the hills,
I will measure into their lap
payment for their former deeds.”
Or  I will first measure their payment into their lap

8 Thus says the  Lord:
o  As the new wine is found in the cluster,
and they say, ‘Do not destroy it,
for there is a blessing in it,’
so I will do for my servantssake,
p  and not destroy them all.
9 q  I will bring forth offspring from Jacob,
and from Judah possessors of my mountains;
my chosen shall possess it,
and my servants shall dwell there.
10 r  Sharon shall become a pasture for flocks,
and s  the Valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down,
for my people t  who have sought me.
11But u  you who forsake the  Lord,
who forget v  my holy mountain,
who w  set a table for Fortune
and x  fill cups of mixed wine for Destiny,
12I will destine you to the sword,
and all of you shall bow down to the slaughter,
y  because, when I called, you did not answer;
when I spoke, you did not listen,
z  but you did what was evil in my eyes
and chose what I did not delight in.”
13 Therefore thus says the Lord  God:
Behold, aa  my servants shall eat,
but you shall be hungry;
behold, my servants shall drink,
but you shall be thirsty;
behold, my servants shall rejoice,
but you shall be put to shame;
14behold ab  my servants shall sing for gladness of heart,
but you shall cry out for pain of heart
and shall wail for breaking of spirit.
15You shall leave your name to ac  my chosen ad  for a curse,
and the Lord  God will put you to death,
but his servants ae  he will call by another name.
16So that he who af  blesses himself in the land
shall bless himself by ag  the God of truth,
and he who takes an oath in the land
shall swear by ah  the God of truth;
ai  because the former troubles are forgotten
and are hidden from my eyes.

New Heavens and a New Earth

17 For behold, aj  I create new heavens
and a new earth,
and the former things shall not be remembered
or come into mind.
18But be glad and rejoice forever
in that which I create;
for behold ak  I create Jerusalem to be a joy,
and her people to be a gladness.
19 al  I will rejoice in Jerusalem
and be glad in my people;
am  no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping
and the cry of distress.
20No more shall there be in it
an infant who lives but a few days,
or an old man who does not fill out his days,
for an  the young man shall die a hundred years old,
and ao  the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed.
21 ap  They shall build houses and inhabit them;
they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
22 aq  They shall not build and another inhabit;
they shall not plant and another eat;
ar  for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be,
and my chosen shall long enjoy
Hebrew  shall wear out
the work of their hands.
23 at  They shall not labor in vain
au  or bear children for calamity
Or  for sudden terror

for aw  they shall be the offspring of the blessed of the  Lord,
and their descendants with them.
24 ax  Before they call I will answer;
ay  while they are yet speaking I will hear.
25 az  The wolf and the lamb shall graze together;
the lion shall eat straw like the ox,
and ba  dust shall be the serpent’s food.
bb  They shall not hurt or destroy
in all my holy mountain,”

says the  Lord.
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