Isaiah 65

Judgment and Salvation

1 "I was a sought by those who did not ask for Me;
I was found by those who did not seek Me.
I said, 'Here I am, here I am,'
To a nation that b was not called by My name.
2 c I have stretched out My hands all day long to a d rebellious people,
Who e walk in a way that is not good,
According to their own thoughts;
3 A people f who provoke Me to anger continually to My face;
g Who sacrifice in gardens,
And burn incense on altars of brick;
4 h Who sit among the graves,
And spend the night in the tombs;
i Who eat swine's flesh,
And the broth of 1 abominable things is in their vessels;
5 j Who say, 'Keep to yourself,
Do not come near me,
For I am holier than you!'
These 2 are smoke in My nostrils,
A fire that burns all the day.
6 "Behold, k it is written before Me:
l I will not keep silence, m but will repay -
Even repay into their bosom -
7 Your iniquities and n the iniquities of your fathers together,"
Says the LORD,
o "Who have burned incense on the mountains
p And blasphemed Me on the hills;
Therefore I will measure their former work into their bosom."

8 Thus says the LORD:
"As the new wine is found in the cluster,
And one says, 'Do not destroy it,
For q a blessing is in it,'
So will I do for My servants' sake,
That I may not destroy them r all.
9 I will bring forth descendants from Jacob,
And from Judah an heir of My mountains;
My s elect shall inherit it,
And My servants shall dwell there.
10 t Sharon shall be a fold of flocks,
And u the Valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down,
For My people who have v sought Me.
11 "But you are those who forsake the LORD,
Who forget w My holy mountain,
Who prepare x a table for 3 Gad, 4
And who furnish a drink offering for 5 Meni. 6
12 Therefore I will number you for the sword,
And you shall all bow down to the slaughter;
y Because, when I called, you did not answer;
When I spoke, you did not hear,
But did evil before My eyes,
And chose that in which I do not delight."

13 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD:
"Behold, My servants shall eat,
But you shall be hungry;
Behold, My servants shall drink,
But you shall be thirsty;
Behold, My servants shall rejoice,
But you shall be ashamed;
14 Behold, My servants shall sing for joy of heart,
But you shall cry for sorrow of heart,
And z wail for 7 grief of spirit.
15 You shall leave your name a as a curse to b My chosen;
For the Lord GOD will slay you,
And c call His servants by another name;
16 d So that he who blesses himself in the earth
Shall bless himself in the God of truth;
And e he who swears in the earth
Shall swear by the God of truth;
Because the former troubles are forgotten,
And because they are hidden from My eyes.

New Heavens and a New Earth

17 "For behold, I create f new heavens and a new earth;
And the former shall not be remembered or 8 come to mind.
18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create;
For behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing,
And her people a joy.
19 g I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
And joy in My people;
The h voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her,
Nor the voice of crying.
20 "No more shall an infant from there live but a few days,
Nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days;
For the child shall die one hundred years old,
i But the sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed.
21 j They shall build houses and inhabit them;
They shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
22 They shall not build and another inhabit;
They shall not plant and k another eat;
For l as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people,
And m My elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
23 They shall not labor in vain,
n Nor bring forth children for trouble;
For o they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the LORD,
And their offspring with them.
24 "It shall come to pass
That p before they call, I will answer;
And while they are still speaking, I will q hear.
25 The r wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
The lion shall eat straw like the ox,
s And dust shall be the serpent's food.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,"
Says the LORD.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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