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Isaiah 65

65
LXV
1I am sought of them who asked not of me;
I am found of them that sought me not:
I have said: Behold me! behold me!
Unto a nation that was not called by my name.
2I have spread out my hands all the day to a rebellious people,
Who walk in a way that was not good, after their own devices.
3A people who provoke me to anger continually to my face,
Sacrificing in the gardens, and burning incense on the tiles:
4Who dwell in the sepulchres, and lodge in the caverns;
Who eat swine’s flesh,
And broth of abominable meats is in their vessels;
5Who say: Keep by thyself; come not near to me, for I am holier than thou.
These are a smoke in my nose,
A fire that burneth all the day long.
6Behold I it is written before me:
I will not keep silence, but I will surely recompense,
Even recompense into their bosom,
7Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together, saith Jehovah;
For that they have burnt incense on the mountains, and dishonoured me upon the hills;
Yea, I will measure the reward of their former work into their bosom.
8Thus saith Jehovah:
As when new wine is found in a cluster of grapes,
And one saith: Destroy it not, for a blessing is in it:
So will I do for my servants’ sakes; I will not destroy the whole.
9For I will cause to go forth from Jacob a seed,
And from Judah an inheritor of my mountains;
And my chosen shall inherit it,
And my servants shall dwell there.
10And Sharon shall be a fold for the flocks,
And the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie down in,
For my people that have sought me.
11But ye, who have deserted Jehovah,
And have forgotten my holy mountain;
Who set in order a table for Gad,
And fill out a libation for Meni:
12You will I number out to the sword,
And all of you shall bow down to the slaughter:
Because, when I called, ye did not answer;
When I spake, ye did not hear:
But ye did that which was evil in my sight,
And did choose that wherein I delighted not.
13Therefore thus saith the Lord Jehovah:
Behold! my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry;
Behold! my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty;
Behold! my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed:
14Behold! my servants shall sing aloud for gladness of heart;
But ye shall cry aloud for sorrow of heart;
And ye Shall howl through the anguish of a broken spirit.
15And ye shall leave your name for an execration unto my chosen;
For the Lord Jehovah shall slay thee,
And call his servants by another name.
16Whoso blesseth himself upon the earth,
Shall bless himself by the God of truth;
And whoso sweareth upon the earth,
Shall swear by the God of truth;
Because the former troubles are forgotten,
And because they ore hidden from mine eyes.
17For behold! I create new heavens, and a new earth;
And the former shall not be remembered,
Nor come into mind.
18But ye shall rejoice and exult for ever in that which I create;
For behold! I create Jerusalem an exultation,
And her people a joy.
19And I will exult in Jerusalem,
And rejoice in my people;
And there shall no more be heard in her The voice of weeping,
Nor the voice of a distressful cry.
20There shall be no more thence an infant of days,
Nor an old man that hath not fulfilled his days;
For he that dieth an hundred years old shall die a youth;
And he that falleth short of an hundred years shall be held accursed.
21And they shall build houses, and shall inhabit them;
And they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.
22They shall not build, and another inhabit;
They shall not plant, and another eat:
For as the days of a tree shall be the days of my people,
And my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
23They shall not labour in vain,
Nor bring forth children for instant death;
For they are the seed of the blessed of Jehovah;
And their offspring shall be with them.
24And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer;
And while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
25The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
And the lion shall eat straw like the ox:
But as for the serpent, dust shall be his food.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain,
Saith Jehovah.

Isaiah 65

65
The Lord’s Response
1“I was sought by those who did not ask;
I was found by those who did not seek me.
I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’
to a nation that did not call on#65:1 Or that was not called by my name.#Is 63:19; Hs 1:10; Rm 10:20; Jms 2:7
2I spread out my hands all day long
to a rebellious people#Rm 10:21
who walk in the path that is not good,
following their own thoughts.
3These people continually anger me
to my face,
sacrificing in gardens,#Is 1:29; 66:17
burning incense on bricks,
4sitting among the graves,
spending nights in secret places,
eating the meat of pigs,#Lv 11:7; Is 66:3,17
and putting polluted broth in their bowls.#65:3–4 These vv. describe pagan worship.
5They say, ‘Keep to yourself,
don’t come near me, for I am too holy for you!’
These practices are smoke in my nostrils,
a fire that burns all day long.
6Look, it is written in front of me:
I will not keep silent,#Ps 50:3,21; Is 42:14; 64:12 but I will repay;#Jr 16:18
I will repay them fully#65:6 Lit repay into their lap
7for your iniquities and the iniquities#Is 13:11
of your#65:7 LXX, Syr read for their iniquities and the iniquities of their ancestors together,”
says the Lord.
“Because they burned incense on the mountains
and reproached me on the hills,#Ezk 20:27–28; Hs 9:10; Zch 8:14; Mal 3:7
I will reward them fully#65:7 Lit reward into their lap
for their former deeds.”
8The Lord says this:
“As the new wine is found in a bunch of grapes,
and one says, ‘Don’t destroy it,
for there’s some good#65:8 Or there’s a blessing in it,’
so I will act because of my servants
and not destroy them all.
9I will produce descendants from Jacob,#Jr 31:36–37
and heirs to my mountains from Judah;
my chosen#Is 41:8 ones will possess it,
and my servants will dwell there.#Is 49:8; 60:21; Am 9:11–15
10Sharon will be a pasture for flocks,#Is 33:9; 35:2
and the Valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down,#Jos 7:26; Hs 2:15
for my people who have sought me.#Is 51:1
11But you who abandon the Lord,
who forget my holy mountain,
who prepare a table for Fortune
and fill bowls of mixed wine for Destiny,#65:11 Pagan gods
12I will destine you for the sword,
and all of you will kneel down to be slaughtered,
because I called and you did not answer,
I spoke and you did not hear;
you did what was evil in my sight
and chose what I did not delight in.”#2Ch 36:15–16; Pr 1:24; Is 41:28; 50:2; 66:4; Jr 7:13
13Therefore, this is what the Lord God says:
“Look! My servants will eat,
but you will be hungry.
Look! My servants will drink,
but you will be thirsty.
Look! My servants will rejoice,
but you will be put to shame.
14Look! My servants will shout for joy from a glad heart,
but you will cry out from an anguished heart,
and you will lament out of a broken spirit.
15You will leave your name behind
as a curse for my chosen ones,#Jr 24:9; 25:18; Zch 8:13
and the Lord God will kill you;
but he will give his servants another name.#Is 62:2
16Whoever asks for a blessing in the land
will ask for a blessing by the God of truth,#Ps 31:5; 2Co 1:20; Rv 3:7,14
and whoever swears in the land
will swear by the God of truth.
For the former troubles will be forgotten
and hidden from my sight.
A New Creation
17“For I will create new heavens and a new earth;#Is 66:22; 2Pt 3:13; Rv 21:1
the past events will not be remembered or come to mind.
18Then be glad and rejoice forever
in what I am creating;
for I will create Jerusalem to be a joy
and its people to be a delight.
19I will rejoice in Jerusalem
and be glad in my people.
The sound of weeping and crying
will no longer be heard in her.#Is 25:8; 30:19; 35:10; 51:11; Rv 7:17; 21:4
20In her, a nursing infant will no longer live
only a few days,#65:20 Lit her, no longer infant of days
or an old man not live out his days.
Indeed, the one who dies at a hundred years old
will be mourned as a young man,#65:20 Lit the youth of a hundred years will die
and the one who misses a hundred years
will be considered cursed.#Ec 8:12–13; Is 3:11; 22:14
21People will build houses and live in them;
they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.#Jos 24:13; Is 37:30; Jr 29:5,28; Ezk 28:26; Zph 1:13
22They will not build and others live in them;
they will not plant and others eat.
For my people’s lives will be
like the lifetime of a tree.#Ps 92:12–14
My chosen ones will fully enjoy
the work of their hands.
23They will not labor without success#Dt 28:3–12; Is 55:2
or bear children destined for disaster,
for they will be a people blessed by the Lord
along with their descendants.#Is 61:9
24Even before they call, I will answer;#Ps 91:15; Is 55:6; 58:9; Dn 9:20–23; 10:12
while they are still speaking, I will hear.
25The wolf and the lamb will feed together,#65:25 Lit as one
and the lion will eat straw like cattle,#Is 11:6–9
but the serpent’s food will be dust!#Gn 3:14; Mc 7:17
They will not do what is evil or destroy
on my entire holy mountain,”#Is 11:9; 27:13; 56:7
says the Lord.