Isaiah 66 (Holman Christian Standard)

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Final Judgment and Joyous Restoration

1 This is what the Lord says: Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. What house could you possibly build for Me? And what place could be My home? 2 My hand made all these things, and so they all came into being. [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration. I will look favorably on this kind of person: one who is humble, submissivea in spirit, and who trembles at My word. 3 One slaughters an ox, one kills a man; one sacrifices a lamb, one breaks a dog's neck; one offers a grain offering, one offers swine's blood; one offers incense, one praises an idol- all these have chosen their ways and delight in their abominations. 4 So I will choose their punishment,b and I will bring on them what they dread, because I called and no one answered; I spoke and they didn't hear; they did what is evil in My sight and chose what I didn't delight in.c 5 You who tremble at His word, hear the word of the Lord: "Your brothers who hate and exclude you because of Me have said: Let the Lord be glorified, so that we can see your joy! But they will be put to shame."d 6 A sound of uproar from the city! A voice from the temple- the voice of the Lord, paying back His enemies what they deserve! 7 Before Zion was in labor, she gave birth; before she was in pain, she delivered a boy. 8 Who has heard of such a thing? Who has seen such things? Can a land be born in one day, or a nation be delivered in an instant? Yet as soon as Zion was in labor, she gave birth to her sons. 9 "Will I bring a baby to the point of birth and not deliver [it]?" says the Lord; "or will I who deliver, close [the womb]?" says your God. 10 Be glad for Jerusalem and rejoice over her, all who love her. Rejoice greatly with her, all who mourn over her- 11 so that you may nurse and be satisfied from her comforting breast and drink deeply and delight yourselves from her glorious breasts. 12 For this is what the Lord says: I will make peace flow to her like a river, and the wealthe of nations like a flood; you will nurse and be carried on [her] hip, and bounced on [her] lap. 13 As a mother comforts her son, so I will comfort you, and you will be comforted in Jerusalem. 14 You will see, you will rejoice, and youf will flourish like grass;g then the Lord's power will be revealed to His servants, but He will show His wrath against His enemies. 15 Look, the Lord will come with fire- His chariots are like the whirlwind- to execute His anger with fury, and His rebuke with flames of fire.h 16 For the Lord will execute judgment on all flesh with His fiery sword, and many will be slain by the Lord. 17 "Those who dedicate and purify themselves to [enter] the groves following their leader,i eating meat from pigs, vermin, and rats, will perish together." [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration. 18 "Knowingj their works and their thoughts, I have come to gather all nations and languages; they will come and see My glory. 19 I will establish a sign among them, and I will send survivors from them to the nations-to Tarshish, Put,k Lud (who are archers), Tubal, Javan, and the islands far away-who have not heard of My fame or seen My glory. And they will proclaim My glory among the nations.l 20 They will bring all your brothers from all the nations as a gift to the Lord on horses and chariots, in litters, and on mules and camels, to My holy mountain Jerusalem, says the Lord, just as the Israelites bring an offering in a clean vessel to the house of the Lord. 21 I will also take some of them as priests and Levites," says the Lord. 22 "For just as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, will endure before Me"- the Lord's declaration- "so will your offspring and your name endure. 23 All mankind will come to worship Me, from one New Moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another," says the Lord. 24 "As they leave, they will see the dead bodies of the men who have rebelled against Me; for their maggots will never die, their fire will never go out, and they will be a horror to all mankind."
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