Isaiah 65

A Rebellious People

1I 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.
2 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,
3A people who continually g  provoke Me to My face,
Offering sacrifices in h  gardens and i  burning incense on bricks;
4Who 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.
5Who 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.
6Behold, 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.”

8Thus 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.
9I 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
12I 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.”

13Therefore, 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.
14Behold, 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.
15You 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.
16Because 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

17For 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.
20No 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.
22They 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.

24It 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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