"I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me.1 To a nation2 that did not call on my name,3 I said, 'Here am I, here am I.'
All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people,4 who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations5--
a people who continually provoke me to my very face,6 offering sacrifices in gardens7 and burning incense8 on altars of brick;
who sit among the graves9 and spend their nights keeping secret vigil; who eat the flesh of pigs,10 and whose pots hold broth of unclean meat;
who say, 'Keep away; don't come near me, for I am too sacred11 for you!' Such people are smoke12 in my nostrils, a fire that keeps burning all day.
"See, it stands written before me: I will not keep silent13 but will pay back14 in full; I will pay it back into their laps15--
both your sins16 and the sins of your fathers,"17 says the LORD. "Because they burned sacrifices on the mountains and defied me on the hills,18 I will measure into their laps the full payment19 for their former deeds."
This is what the LORD says: "As when juice is still found in a cluster of grapes20 and men say, 'Don't destroy it, there is yet some good in it,' so will I do in behalf of my servants;21 I will not destroy them all.
I will bring forth descendants22 from Jacob, and from Judah those who will possess23 my mountains; my chosen24 people will inherit them, and there will my servants live.2510
Sharon26 will become a pasture for flocks,27 and the Valley of Achor28 a resting place for herds, for my people who seek29 me.