Isaiah 66

The Humble and Contrite in Spirit

1 aThus says the Lord:
bHeaven is my throne,
and the earth is my footstool;
what is the house that you would build for me,
and what is the place of my rest?
2 cAll these things my hand has made,
and so all these things came to be,

declares the Lord.
dBut this is the one to whom I will look:
he who is humble and contrite in spirit
and trembles at my word.
3 e“He who slaughters an ox is like one who kills a man;
he who sacrifices a lamb, like one who breaks a dog’s neck;
he who presents a grain offering, like one who offers fpig’s blood;
he who makes a memorial offering of frankincense, like one who blesses an idol.
gThese have chosen their own ways,
and their soul delights in their abominations;
4 hI also will choose harsh treatment for them
and bring itheir fears upon them,
jbecause when I called, no one answered,
when I spoke, they did not listen;
kbut they did what was evil in my eyes
and chose that in which I did not delight.”
5 Hear the word of the Lord,
you who tremble at his word:
“Your brothers who hate you
and cast you out for my name’s sake
have said, l‘Let the Lord be glorified,
that we may see your joy’;
but it is they who shall be put to shame.
6 “The sound of an uproar from the city!
A sound from the temple!
The sound of the Lord,
mrendering recompense to his enemies!

Rejoice with Jerusalem

7 nBefore she was in labor
she gave birth;
before her pain came upon her
she delivered a son.
8Who has heard such a thing?
Who has seen such things?
Shall a land be born in one day?
Shall a nation be brought forth in one moment?
For oas soon as Zion was in labor
she brought forth her children.
9Shall I bring to the point of birth and not cause to bring forth?”
says the Lord;
“shall I, who cause to bring forth, shut the womb?”
says your God.
10 pRejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her,
all you who love her;
rejoice with her in joy,
all you who mourn over her;
11that you may nurse and be satisfied
from her consoling breast;
that you may drink deeply with delight
from her glorious abundance.”
Or breast

12 For thus says the Lord:
rBehold, I will extend peace to her like a river,
and the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream;
and syou shall nurse, you shall be carried upon her hip,
and bounced upon her knees.
13As one whom his mother comforts,
so tI will comfort you;
you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.
14You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice;
uyour bones shall flourish like the grass;
and vthe hand of the Lord shall be known to his servants,
and he shall show his indignation against his enemies.

Final Judgment and Glory of the Lord

15 For behold, wthe Lord will come in fire,
and xhis chariots like the whirlwind,
to render his anger in fury,
and his rebuke with flames of fire.
16For yby fire zwill the Lord enter into judgment,
and by his sword, with all flesh;
and those slain by the Lord shall be many.
17 aa“Those who sanctify and purify themselves to go into the gardens, following one in the midst, abeating pig’s flesh and the abomination and mice, shall come to an end together, declares the Lord.

18“For I know
Septuagint, Syriac; Hebrew lacks  know
their works and their thoughts, and the time is coming
Hebrew  and it is coming
aeto gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and shall see my glory,
19and I will set a sign among them. And from them afI will send survivors to the nations, to agTarshish, ahPul, and aiLud, who draw the bow, to ajTubal and akJavan, alto the coastlands far away, amthat have not heard my fame or seen my glory. And they shall declare my glory among the nations. 20 anAnd they shall bring all your brothers from all the nations aoas an offering to the Lord, on horses and in chariots and in litters and on mules and on dromedaries, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, says the Lord, just as the Israelites bring their grain offering in a clean vessel to the house of the Lord. 21 apAnd some of them also I will take for priests and for Levites, says the Lord.

22 For as aqthe new heavens and the new earth
that I make
shall remain before me, says the Lord,
so arshall your offspring and your name remain.
23 asFrom new moon to new moon,
and from Sabbath to Sabbath,
all flesh shall come to worship before me,
declares the Lord.
24“And they shall go out and look on the dead bodies of the men who have rebelled against me. For attheir worm shall not die, autheir fire shall not be quenched, and they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.”

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