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Isaiah 66 (Lexham English Bible)

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Proper Worship

1 Thus says Yahweh: "Heaven [is] my throne, and the earth [is] the footstool for my feet. Where [is] this house that you would build for me? And where [is] this resting place for me? 2 And my hand has made all these [things], and all these {came to be},"a {declares} Yahweh, "but I look to this [one]: to [the] humble and [the] contrite of spirit and [the one] frightened at my word. 3 The one who slaughters [a] bull strikes a man; the one who slaughters [a] lamb for sacrifice breaks the neck [of] a dog. The one who offers an offering, [the] blood of swine; the one who offers frankincense blesses an idol. Indeed, they themselves have chosen their ways, and their soul delights in their abhorrence. 4 Indeed, I myself I will choose their ill treatment, and I will bring them objects of their dread, because I called, and {no one answered};b I spoke and they did not listen, butc they did the evil in my eyes, and they chose that in which I do not delight." 5 Hear the word of Yahweh, you who are frightened at his word: Your brothers who hate you, who exclude you for my name's sake have said, "Let Yahweh be honored so that we may see your joy!" But they themselves shall be ashamed. 6 A voice, an uproar from [the] city! A voice from [the] temple! The voice of Yahweh {paying back}d his enemies!

Zion’s Delivery

7 Before she was in labor she gave birth; before labor painse came to her, she gave birth to a son. 8 Who has heard [anything] like this? Who has seen [anything] like these [things]? Can a land be born in one day? Or can a nation be born in a moment? [Yet] when she was in labor, Zion indeed gave birth [to] her children. 9 Shall I myself I break open and not {deliver}?"f says Yahweh, "or I who {delivers}g lock up [the womb]?" says your God. 10 "Rejoice with Jerusalem and shout in exultation with her, all those who love her! Rejoice with her [in] joy, all those who mourn over her, 11 so that you may suck and be satisfied from her {consoling breast},h so that you may drink deeply and refresh yourselves from her {heavy breast}."i 12 For thus says Yahweh: "Look! I [am] about to spread prosperity out to her like a river, and [the] wealth of [the] nations like an overflowing stream, and you shall suck and be carried on the hip; and you shall you shall be played with on the knees. 13 As a man whose mother comforts him, so I myself will comfort you, and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

Yahweh’s Final Judgment

14 And you shall see and your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall {flourish}j like the grass, and the hand of Yahweh shall make itself known {to}k his servants, and he shall curse his enemies. 15 For look! Yahweh will come in fire, and his chariots like the storm wind, to {give back}l his anger in wrath, and his rebuke in flames of fire. 16 For Yahweh enters into judgment [on] all flesh with fire and his sword, and {those slain by}m Yahweh shall be many. 17 Those who sanctify themselves and those who cleanse themselves {to go into}n the gardens after [the] one in the middle, eating the flesh of swine and detestable thingso and rodentsp together shall come to an end!" {declares} Yahweh. 18 "And I--their works and thoughts!--[am] about to come to gather all nations and tongues, and they shall come and see my glory. 19 And I will set a sign among them, and I will send survivors from them to the nations: Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, who draw [the] bow; Tubal and Javan, the faraway coastlands that have not heard [of] my fame, and have not seen my glory. And they shall declare my glory among the nations, 20 and bring all your countrymenq from all the nations [as] an offering to Yahweh on horses and chariotsr and in litters and on mules and camels, tos {my holy mountain},t Jerusalem," says Yahweh, "just as the sons of Israel bring [an] offering in a clean vessel [to] the house of Yahweh. 21 And indeed, I will take some of them as priests [and] the Levites," says Yahweh. 22 "For just as the new heavens and earth that I [am] about to make shall stand before me," {declares}u Yahweh, "so shall your descendantsv and your name stand. 23 And this shall happen: From {new moon to new moon}w and from {Sabbath to Sabbath}x all flesh shall come to bow in worship before me," says Yahweh. 24 "And they shall go out and look at the corpses of the peopley {who have rebelled}z against me, for their worm shall not die, and their fire shall not be quenched, and they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh."
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