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Isaiah 65:1-25

65  I have consented to answer those who had not asked; I have let myself be found by those who had not looked for me; I have said “Here, here I am” to a nation that had not called my name; 2*  I have spread out my hands all day to a stubborn and disobedient people, those who go on a course that is not good, following their own notions— 3  the people that provoke me to my face all the time, sacrificing in the gardens and making burnings on the bricks; 4***  those who sit in the graves and spend nights in the crypts, those who eat hogs’ flesh and their dishes hold broth of stale offerings, 5*  those who say “Keep to yourself, do not come near me, because I should consecrate you”: these are a smoke in my nostrils, a fire burning all day. 6*  I have it written down before me that I will not sit still but will pay back, right back into their laps, 7*  your guilt and the guilt of your fathers together, quoth Jehovah, who made burnings on the mountains and flouted me on the hills, and I in the past measured out their earnings into their laps. 8  Says Jehovah, As the juice is found in the cluster of grapes, and one says “Do not break it off, because it has a blessing in it,” so I will do for my servants’ sake, not breaking all off. 9  And I will bring a stock out of Jacob and a possessor of my highlands out of Judah, and my chosen shall possess it and my servants shall reside there; 10  and the Sharon shall become a sheep-pasture and Trouble Vale a sleeping-place for cattle for my people who look to me. 11  But you, you that leave Jehovah, you that forget my sacred mountain, you that set a table for Lady Luck and fill mixed bowls for Destiny, 12  I will destine you to the sword and you shall all stoop for slaughtering. Since I called and you did not answer, I spoke and you did not listen, and you did what I disapproved and chose what I disliked, 13  therefore the Lord Jehovah says “Here will my servants be eating and you going hungry; here will my servants be drinking and you going thirsty; here will my servants be gladdened and you disappointed; 14*  here will my servants be caroling in jollity of heart and you crying out for misery of heart and howling for agony of spirit; 15  and you shall leave your name to my chosen for an oath, ‘and Jehovah bring you to your death,’ and my servants shall be called by a different name, 16  whereas he who blesses himself in the country shall bless himself by the God of faithfulness, and he who swears in the country, shall swear by the God of faithfulness, because the past distresses are forgotten and because they are shrouded from my eyes. 17  “For here I am creating a new sky and a new earth, and the past shall not be remembered nor thought of, 18  but they shall be joyous and gleeful forevermore over what I create, for here I am creating a Jerusalem that is a glee and her people a joy. 19  And I will be gleeful over Jerusalem and joyous over my people; and there shall never again be heard in her the sound of weeping or of crying out. 20*  Not again shall there be found there one who is a child in years and has grown old, who does not fill out his time; for a boy shall die a hundred years old, and a sinner get a curse when he is a hundred years old. 21  And they shall build houses and live there, and plant vineyards and eat the fruit of them. 22*  They shall not build and another live there, they shall not plant and another eat, for my people’s lifetime shall be like that of a tree, and my chosen shall wear out the work of their hands. 23  They shall not toil bootlessly nor bear children for sudden death; for they are the stock of Jehovah’s blessed ones, and have their offspring with them. 24  Before they call, I will answer; while they are still speaking, I will hear. 25*  Wolf and lamb shall pasture in unity, and lion shall eat straw like ox and snake have dust for its food; they shall not do harm nor havoc in all my sacred highland,” says Jehovah.


65:2 Var. to a stubborn people
65:4 Conj. spend nights between rocks
65:4 Lit. their dishes are
65:4 (broth) Var. pieces
65:5 Var.* because you have to hold me sacred
65:6 Conj. your laps
65:7 Var. their guilt and the guilt of their fathers
65:14 Var. for jollity
65:20 Lit. a child in days
65:22 Lit. days shall be like those
65:25 Lit. shall pasture like one