Isaiah 65

A Rebellious People

I permitted Myself to be sought by a those who did not ask for Me;
I permitted Myself to be found by those who did not seek Me.
I said, ‘Here am I, here am I,’
To a nation which b did not call on My name.
c I have spread out My hands all day long to a d rebellious people,
Who walk in the way which is not good
Lit after
following their own f thoughts,
A people who continually g provoke Me to My face,
Offering sacrifices in h gardens and i burning incense on bricks;
Who sit among graves and spend the night in secret places;
Who j eat swine’s flesh,
And the broth of unclean meat is in their pots.
Who say, ‘ k Keep to yourself, do not come near me,
For I am holier than you!’
These are smoke in My
Lit nose
A fire that burns all the day.
Behold, it is written before Me,
I will m not keep silent, but n I will repay;
I will even repay into their bosom,
Lit your
their own p iniquities and the iniquities of their fathers together,” says the  Lord.
Because they have q burned incense on the mountains
And r scorned Me on the hills,
Therefore I will s measure their former work into their bosom.”

Thus says the  Lord, As the new wine is found in the cluster,
And one says, ‘Do not destroy it, for there is
Lit blessing
benefit in it,’
So I will act on behalf of My servants
In order u not to destroy
Lit the whole
all of them.
I will bring forth w offspring from Jacob,
And an x heir of My mountains from Judah;
Even y My chosen ones shall inherit it,
And z My servants will dwell there.
10  aa Sharon will be a pasture land for flocks,
And the ab valley of Achor a resting place for herds,
For My people who ac seek Me.
11 “But you who ad forsake the  Lord,
Who forget My ae holy mountain,
Who set a table for
Heb Gad
And who fill cups with mixed wine for
Heb Meni
12 I will destine you for the ah sword,
And all of you will bow down to the ai slaughter.
Because I called, but you aj did not answer;
I spoke, but you did not hear.
And you did evil in My sight
And chose that in which I did not delight.”

13 Therefore, thus says the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God, Behold, My servants will al eat, but you will be am hungry.
Behold, My servants will an drink, but you will be ao thirsty.
Behold, My servants will ap rejoice, but you will be aq put to shame.
14 Behold, My servants will ar shout joyfully with a glad heart,
But you will as cry out with a
Lit pain of
heavy heart,
And you will wail with a broken spirit.
15 You will leave your name for a au curse to My chosen ones,
And the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God will slay you.
So with Gr; Heb He will call His servants
My servants will be called by ax another name.
16 Because he who
Or bless(es) himself
is blessed in the earth
Or bless(es) himself
be blessed by the ba God of truth;
And he who swears in the earth
Will bb swear by the God of truth;
Because the former troubles are forgotten,
And because they are hidden from My sight!

New Heavens and a New Earth

17 For behold, I create bc new heavens and a new earth;
And the bd former things will not be remembered or come to
Lit heart
18 “But be bf glad and rejoice forever in what I create;
For behold, I create Jerusalem for rejoicing
And her people for gladness.
19 “I will also bg rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in My people;
And there will no longer be heard in her
The voice of bh weeping and the sound of crying.
20 No longer will there be
Lit from there
in it an infant who lives but a few days,
Or an old man who does bj not
Lit fill out
live out his days;
For the youth will die at the age of one hundred
And the
Lit one who misses the mark
bm one who does not reach the age of one hundred
Will be thought accursed.
21 “They will bn build houses and inhabit them;
They will also bo plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
22 They will not build and bp another inhabit,
They will not plant and another eat;
For bq as the
Lit days
lifetime of a tree, so will be the days of My people,
And My chosen ones will bs wear out the work of their hands.
23 “They will bt not labor in vain,
Or bear children for calamity;
For they are the
Lit seed
bv offspring of those blessed by the  Lord,
And their descendants with them.

24 It will also come to pass that before they call, I will bw answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear. 25 “The bx wolf and the lamb will graze together, and the by lion will eat straw like the ox; and bz dust will be the serpent’s food. They will ca do no evil or harm in all My cb holy mountain,” says the  Lord.
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