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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (2013 REVISION)
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65 “I have let myself be searched for by those who did not ask for me;
I have let myself be found by those who did not look for me.+
I said, ‘Here I am, here I am!’ to a nation that was not calling on my name.+
2 I have spread out my hands all day long to a stubborn people,+
To those walking in the way that is not good,+
Following their own thoughts;+
3 A people who constantly offend me to my face,+
Sacrificing in gardens+ and making sacrificial smoke on bricks.
4 They sit among graves,+
And they pass the night in hidden places,
Eating the flesh of pigs,+
And the broth of foul things is in their vessels.+
5 They say, ‘Keep to yourself; do not approach me,
For I am holier than you.’
These are a smoke in my nostrils, a fire burning all day long.
6 Look! It is written before me;
I will not stand still,
But I will repay them,+
I will repay them in full measure
7 For their errors and for the errors of their forefathers as well,”+ says Jehovah.
“Because they have made sacrificial smoke on the mountains
And have reproached me on the hills,+
I will first measure out their wages in full.”
8 This is what Jehovah says:
“Just as when new wine is found in a cluster of grapes
And someone says, ‘Do not destroy it, for there is some good in it,’
So I will do for the sake of my servants;
I will not destroy them all.+
9 I will bring out of Jacob an offspring
And out of Judah the one to inherit my mountains;+
My chosen ones will take possession of it,
And my servants will reside there.+
10 Shar′on+ will become a pasture for sheep
And the Valley of A′chor+ a resting-place for cattle,
For my people who search for me.
11 But you are among those forsaking Jehovah,+
Those forgetting my holy mountain,+
Those setting a table for the god of Good Luck,
And those filling up cups of mixed wine for the god of Destiny.
12 So I will destine you for the sword,+
And all of you will bow down to be slaughtered,+
Because I called, but you did not answer,
I spoke, but you did not listen;+
You kept doing what was bad in my eyes,
And you chose what displeased me.”+
13 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says:
“Look! My servants will eat, but you will go hungry.+
Look! My servants will drink,+ but you will go thirsty.
Look! My servants will rejoice,+ but you will suffer shame.+
14 Look! My servants will shout joyfully because of the good condition of the heart,
But you will cry out because of the pain of heart
And you will wail because of a broken spirit.
15 You will leave behind a name that my chosen ones will use as a curse,
And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will put each of you to death,
But his own servants he will call by another name;+
16 So that anyone who seeks a blessing for himself in the earth
Will be blessed by the God of truth,
And anyone who swears an oath in the earth
Will swear by the God of truth.+
For the former distresses will be forgotten;
They will be concealed from my eyes.+
17 For look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth;+
And the former things will not be called to mind,
Nor will they come up into the heart.+
18 So exult and be joyful forever in what I am creating.
For look! I am creating Jerusalem a cause for joy
And her people a cause for exultation.+
19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem and exult in my people;+
No more will there be heard in her the sound of weeping or a cry of distress.”+
20 “No more will there be an infant from that place who lives but a few days,
Nor an old man who fails to live out his days.
For anyone who dies at a hundred will be considered a mere boy,
And the sinner will be cursed, even though he is a hundred years of age.
21 They will build houses and live in them,+
And they will plant vineyards and eat their fruitage.+
22 They will not build for someone else to inhabit,
Nor will they plant for others to eat.
For the days of my people will be like the days of a tree,+
And the work of their hands my chosen ones will enjoy to the full.
23 They will not toil for nothing,+
Nor will they bear children for distress,
Because they are the offspring made up of those blessed by Jehovah,+
And their descendants with them.+
24 Even before they call out, I will answer;
While they are yet speaking, I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together,
The lion will eat straw just like the bull,+
And the serpent’s food will be dust.
They will do no harm nor cause any ruin in all my holy mountain,”+ says Jehovah.