Judgment and Salvation

Isaiah 65

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