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66Isaiah

1 These are the words of the LORD:
Heaven is my throne and earth my footstool.
Where will you build a house for me,
where shall my resting-place be?

The LORD judges the nations. Is.66.1-24
2 All these are of my own making
and all these are mine.
This is the very word of the LORD.

The man I look to is a man down-trodden and distressed,
one who reveres my words.

 
3 But to sacrifice an ox or to to sacrifice an ox or to: or those who sacrifice an ox and kill a man,
slaughter a sheep or break a dog's neck,
offer grain or offer pigs' blood,
burn incense as a token and worship an idol—
all these are the chosen practices of men
who are the chosen practices of men who: or have chosen their own devices and revel in their own loathsome rites.

 
4 I too will practise those wanton rites of theirs
and bring down on them the very things they dread;
for I called and no one answered,
I spoke and no one listened.
They did what was wrong in my eyes
and chose practices not to my liking.

 
5 Hear the word of the LORD, you who revere his word:
Your fellow-countrymen who hate you,
who spurn you because you bear my name, have said,
'Let the LORD show his glory,
then we shall see you rejoice';
but they shall be put to shame.

 
6 That roar from the city, that uproar in the temple,
is the sound of the LORD dealing retribution to his foes.

 
7 Shall a woman bear a child without pains?
give birth to a son before the onset of labour?

 
8 Who has heard of anything like this?
Who has seen any such thing?
Shall a country be born after one day's labour,
shall a nation be brought to birth all in a moment?
But Zion, at the onset of her pangs, bore her sons.

 
9 Shall I bring to the point of birth and not deliver?
the LORD says;
shall I who deliver close the womb?
your God has spoken.

 
10 Rejoice with Jerusalem and exult in her,
all you who love her;
share her joy with all your heart,
all you who mourn over her.

 
11 Then you may suck and be fed from the breasts that give comfort,
delighting in her plentiful milk.

 
12 For thus says the LORD:
I will send peace flowing over her like a river,
and the wealth of nations like a stream in flood,
it shall suckle you,
and you shall be carried in their arms
and dandled on their knees.

 
13 As a mother comforts her son,
so will I myself comfort you,
and you shall find comfort in Jerusalem.

 
14 This you shall see and be glad at heart,
your limbs shall be as fresh as grass in spring;
the LORD shall make his power known among his servants
and his indignation felt among his foes.

 
15 For see, the LORD is coming in fire,
with his chariots like a whirlwind,
to strike home with his furious anger
and with the flaming fire of his reproof.

 
16 The LORD will judge by fire,
with fire he will test all living men,
and many will be slain by the LORD;

 
17 those who hallow and purify themselves in garden-rites,
one after another in a magic ring,
those who eat the flesh of pigs and rats Or jerboas and all vile vermin,
shall meet their end, one and all,
says the LORD,.

 
18 for I know their deeds and their thoughts.

Then I myself will come to gather all nations and races,
and they shall come and see my glory;

 
19 and I will perform a sign among them.
I will spare some of them and send them to the nations,
to Tarshish, Put, and Lud Or Lydia,
to Meshek, Rosh Meshek, Rosh: prob. rdg, Heb those who draw the bow, Tubal, and Javan Or Greece,
distant coasts and islands which have never yet heard of me
and have not seen my glory;
these shall announce that glory among the nations.

 
20 From every nation they shall bring your countrymen
on horses, in chariots and wagons,
on mules and dromedaries,
as an offering to the LORD,
on my holy mountain Jerusalem,
says the LORD,
as the Israelites bring offerings.
in pure vessels to the LORD's house;
 
21 and some of them I will take for priests, for Levites,
says the LORD.
 
22 For, as the new heavens and the new earth
which I am making shall endure in my sight,
says the LORD,
so shall your race and your name endure;
 
23 and month by month at the new moon,
week by week on the sabbath,
all mankind shall come to bow down before me,
says the LORD;

 
24 and they shall come out and see
the dead bodies of those who have rebelled against me;
their worm shall not die nor their fire be quenched,
and they shall be abhorred by all mankind.

 
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