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Isaiah 66:1-8 (English Standard Version)

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The Humble and Contrite in Spirit

1 1Thus says the LORD: 2"Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest? 2 3All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the LORD. 4But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word. 3 5"He who slaughters an ox is like one who kills a man; he who sacrifices a lamb, like one who breaks a dog's neck; he who presents a grain offering, like one who offers 6pig's blood; he who makes a memorial offering of frankincense, like one who blesses an idol. 7These have chosen their own ways, and their soul delights in their abominations; 4 8I also will choose harsh treatment for them and bring 9their fears upon them, 10because when I called, no one answered, when I spoke, they did not listen; 11but they did what was evil in my eyes and chose that in which I did not delight." 5 Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at his word: "Your brothers who hate you and cast you out for my name's sake have said, 12'Let the LORD be glorified, that we may see your joy'; but it is they who shall be put to shame. 6 "The sound of an uproar from the city! A sound from the temple! The sound of the LORD, 13rendering recompense to his enemies!

Rejoice with Jerusalem

7 14"Before she was in labor she gave birth; before her pain came upon her she delivered a son. 8 Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall a land be born in one day? Shall a nation be brought forth in one moment? For 15as soon as Zion was in labor she brought forth her children.
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