But whoever sacrifices a bull7 is like one who kills a man, and whoever offers a lamb, like one who breaks a dog's neck; whoever makes a grain offering is like one who presents pig's8 blood, and whoever burns memorial incense,9 like one who worships an idol. They have chosen their own ways,10 and their souls delight in their abominations;11
so I also will choose harsh treatment for them and will bring upon them what they dread.12 For when I called, no one answered,13 when I spoke, no one listened. They did evil14 in my sight and chose what displeases me."15
Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at his word:16 "Your brothers who hate17 you, and exclude you because of my name, have said, 'Let the LORD be glorified, that we may see your joy!' Yet they will be put to shame.18
Who has ever heard of such a thing? Who has ever seen23 such things? Can a country be born in a day24 or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children.25
For this is what the LORD says: "I will extend peace33 to her like a river,34 and the wealth35 of nations like a flooding stream; you will nurse and be carried36 on her arm and dandled on her knees.
"Those who consecrate and purify themselves to go into the gardens,52 following the one in the midst ofa those who eat the flesh of pigs53 and rats54 and other abominable things--they will meet their end55 together," declares the LORD.
The meaning of the Hebrew for this clause is uncertain.
"I will set a sign59 among them, and I will send some of those who survive60 to the nations--to Tarshish,61 to the Libyansc and Lydians62 (famous as archers), to Tubal63 and Greece,64 and to the distant islands65 that have not heard of my fame or seen my glory.66 They will proclaim my glory among the nations.
Some Septuagint manuscripts "Put" (Libyans); Hebrew "Pul"
And they will bring67 all your brothers, from all the nations, to my holy mountain68 in Jerusalem as an offering to the LORD--on horses, in chariots and wagons, and on mules and camels,"69 says the LORD. "They will bring them, as the Israelites bring their grain offerings, to the temple of the LORD in ceremonially clean vessels.70