Isaiah 66

Heaven Is God’s Throne

1Thus says the  Lord, a  Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool.
Where then is a b  house you could build for Me?
And where is a place that
Lit is My resting place?
I may rest?
2“For d  My hand made all these things,
Thus all these things came into being,” declares the  Lord.
But to this one I will look,
To him who is humble and e  contrite of spirit, and who f  trembles at My word.

Hypocrisy Rebuked

3But he who kills an ox is like one who slays a man;
He who sacrifices a lamb is like the one who breaks a dog’s neck;
He who offers a grain offering is like one who offers g  swine’s blood;
He who
Lit offers a memorial of incense
i  burns incense is like the one who blesses an idol.
As they have chosen their j  own ways,
And their soul delights in their k  abominations,
4So I will l  choose their
Lit ill treatments
And will n  bring on them what they dread.
Because I called, but o  no one answered;
I spoke, but they did not listen.
And they did p  evil in My sight
And chose that in which I did not delight.”
5Hear the word of the  Lord, you who q  tremble at His word:
Your brothers who r  hate you, who s  exclude you for My name’s sake,
Have said, ‘Let the  Lord be glorified, that we may see your joy.’
But t  they will be put to shame.
6A voice of uproar from the city, a voice from the temple,
The voice of the  Lord who is u  rendering recompense to His enemies.

7Before she travailed v  she brought forth;
Before her pain came w  she gave birth to a boy.
8 x  Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things?
Can a land be
Lit travailed with
born in one day?
Can a nation be brought forth all at once?
As soon as Zion travailed, she also brought forth her sons.
9Shall I bring to the point of birth and z  not give delivery?” says the  Lord.
Or shall I who gives delivery shut the womb?” says your God.

Joy in Jerusalem’s Future

10 “Be aa  joyful with Jerusalem and rejoice for her, all you who ab  love her;
Be exceedingly ac  glad with her, all you who mourn over her,
11That you may nurse and ad  be satisfied with her comforting breasts,
That you may suck and be delighted with her ae  bountiful bosom.”
12For thus says the  Lord, “Behold, I extend af  peace to her like a river,
And the ag  glory of the nations like an overflowing stream;
And you will
Lit nurse
be nursed, you will be ai  carried on the
Lit side
hip and fondled on the knees.
13As one whom his mother comforts, so I will ak  comfort you;
And you will be comforted in Jerusalem.”
14Then you will al  see this, and your am  heart will be glad,
And your an  bones will flourish like the new grass;
And the ao  hand of the  Lord will be made known to His servants,
But He will be ap  indignant toward His enemies.
15For behold, the  Lord will come in aq  fire
And His ar  chariots like the whirlwind,
To render His anger with fury,
And His rebuke with flames of fire.
16For the  Lord will execute judgment by as  fire
And by His at  sword on all flesh,
And those slain by the  Lord will be many.
17Those who sanctify and purify themselves to go to the au  gardens,
Lit After
Following one in the center,
Who eat aw  swine’s flesh, detestable things and mice,
Will ax  come to an end altogether,” declares the  Lord.

18“For I
So with Gr; Heb omits know
know their works and their az  thoughts;
Lit it is coming
the time is coming to bb  gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My glory.
19I will set a bc  sign among them and will send survivors from them to the nations: bd  Tarshish,
So with Gr; Heb Pul
Put, bf  Lud,
So with Gr; Heb those who draw the bow
Meshech, bh  Tubal and
I.e. Greece
Javan, to the distant bj  coastlands that have neither heard My fame nor seen My glory. And they will bk  declare My glory among the nations.
20“Then they shall bl  bring all your brethren from all the nations as a grain offering to the  Lord, on horses, in chariots, in litters, on mules and on camels, to My bm  holy mountain Jerusalem,” says the  Lord, “just as the sons of Israel bring their grain offering in a bn  clean vessel to the house of the  Lord. 21I will also take some of them for bo  priests and for Levites,” says the  Lord. 22For just as the bp  new heavens and the new earth
Which I make will endure before Me,” declares the  Lord,
So your bq  offspring and your br  name will endure.
23“And it shall be from bs  new moon to new moon
And from sabbath to sabbath,
Lit flesh
mankind will come to bu  bow down before Me,” says the  Lord.
24Then they will go forth and look
On the bv  corpses of the men
Who have
Or rebelled
bx  transgressed against Me.
For their by  worm will not die
bz  And their fire will not be quenched;
And they will be an ca  abhorrence to all
Lit flesh

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