Isaiah 65:1-16 NIV

Judgment and Salvation

1 "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.'

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2 All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people,4 who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations5--

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3 a people who continually provoke me to my very face,6 offering sacrifices in gardens7 and burning incense8 on altars of brick;

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4 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;

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5 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.

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6 "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--

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7 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."

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8 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.

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9 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.25

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10 Sharon26 will become a pasture for flocks,27 and the Valley of Achor28 a resting place for herds, for my people who seek29 me.

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11 "But as for you who forsake30 the LORD and forget my holy mountain,31 who spread a table for Fortune and fill bowls of mixed wine32 for Destiny,

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12 I will destine you for the sword,33 and you will all bend down for the slaughter;34 for I called but you did not answer,35 I spoke but you did not listen.36 You did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me."37

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13 Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "My servants will eat,38 but you will go hungry;39 my servants will drink,40 but you will go thirsty;41 my servants will rejoice,42 but you will be put to shame.43

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14 My servants will sing44 out of the joy of their hearts, but you will cry out45 from anguish of heart and wail in brokenness of spirit.

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15 You will leave your name to my chosen ones as a curse;46 the Sovereign LORD will put you to death, but to his servants he will give another name.47

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16 Whoever invokes a blessing48 in the land will do so by the God of truth;49 he who takes an oath in the land will swear50 by the God of truth. For the past troubles51 will be forgotten and hidden from my eyes.

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