I am sought of them that askednot for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name.
I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebelliouspeople, which walketh in a way that was not good,after their own thoughts;
A people that provoketh me to angercontinually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick;
Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eatswine'sflesh, and broth[a]* of abominable things is in their vessels;
Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose,[b] a fire that burneth all the day.
Behold, it is writtenbefore me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense, even recompense into their bosom,
Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fatherstogether,saith the LORD, which have burned incense upon the mountains, and blasphemed me upon the hills: therefore will I measure their formerwork into their bosom.
Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants' sakes, that I may not destroy them all.
And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there.
And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie down in, for my people that have sought me.
But ye are they that forsake the LORD, that forget my holymountain, that prepare a table for that troop*,[c] and that furnish the drink offering unto that number.
Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but didevil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not.
Therefore thus saith the LordGOD, Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry: behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed:
Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation[d] of spirit.
And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the LordGOD shall slay thee, and call his servants by anothername:
That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the formertroubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.
For, behold, I createnewheavens and a newearth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come[e] into mind.
But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I createJerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.
And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.
There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundredyearsold; but the sinner being an hundredyearsold shall be accursed.
And they shall buildhouses, and inhabit them; and they shall plantvineyards, and eat the fruit of them.
They shall not build, and anotherinhabit; they shall not plant, and anothereat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.
And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
The wolf and the lamb shall feedtogether, and the lion shall eatstraw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent'smeat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holymountain,saith the LORD.