Isaiah 65

1 "I made myself accessible to those who didn't ask for me, I let myself be found by those who didn't seek me. I said, 'Here I am! Here I am!' to a nation not called by my name.
2 I spread out my hands all day long to a rebellious people who live in a way that is not good, who follow their own inclinations;
3 a people who provoke me to my face all the time, sacrificing in gardens and burning incense on bricks.
4 They sit among the graves and spend the night in caverns; they eat pig meat and their pots hold soup made from disgusting things.
5 They say, 'Keep your distance, don't come near me, because I am holier than you.' These are smoke in my nose, a fire that burns all day!
6 See, it is written before me; I will not be silent until I repay them; I will repay them to the full,
7 your own crimes and those of your ancestors together," says ADONAI. "They offered incense on the mountains and insulted me on the hills. First I will measure out their wages and then repay them in full."
8 Here is what ADONAI says: "As when juice is found in a cluster of grapes, and people say, 'Don't destroy it, there is still some good in it,' so I will do likewise for the sake of my servants, and not destroy them all.
9 I will bring forth descendants from Ya'akov, heirs of my mountains from Y'hudah; my chosen ones will possess them, and my servants will live there.
10 The Sharon will be a pasture for flocks, the Akhor Valley a place for cattle to rest, for my people who have sought me.
11 "But as for you who abandon ADONAI, who forget my holy mountain, who prepare a table for a Gad, a god of luck, and fill bowls of mixed wine for Meni, a god of destiny
12 I will destine you to the sword, you will all bow down to be slaughtered; because when I called, you did not answer; when I spoke, you did not hear, but did what was evil from my point of view and chose what did not please me."
13 Therefore this is what Adonai ELOHIM says: "My servants will eat, while you go hungry; my servants will drink, while you go thirsty. My servants will rejoice, while you will be ashamed.
14 Yes, my servants will sing for joy from their hearts, but you will cry out from the pain in your heart and howl from an anguished spirit.
15 My chosen will use your name as a curse - 'May Adonai ELOHIM strike you dead!' But to his servants he will give another name.
16 Thus someone on earth who blesses himself will bless himself by the God of truth, and someone on earth who swears an oath will swear by the God of truth; for past troubles will be forgotten, hidden from my eyes.
17 "For, look! I create new heavens and a new earth; past things will not be remembered, they will no more come to mind.
18 So be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for look! I am making Yerushalayim a joy, and her people a delight.
19 I will rejoice in Yerushalayim and take joy in my people. The sound of weeping will no longer be heard in it, no longer the sound of crying.
20 No more will babies die in infancy, no more will an old man die short of his days - he who dies at a hundred will be thought young, and at less than a hundred thought cursed.
21 They will build houses and live in them, they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
22 They will not build and others live there, they will not plant and others eat; for the days of my people will be like the days of a tree, and my chosen will themselves enjoy the use of what they make.
23 They will not toil in vain or raise children to be destroyed, for they are the seed blessed by ADONAI; and their offspring with them.
24 Before they call, I will answer; while they are still speaking, I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion eat straw like an ox (but the serpent - its food will be dust). They will not hurt or destroy anywhere on my holy mountain," says ADONAI.
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