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Isaiah 65

See commentary, Ruins, Rebellion, Repentance, Redemption., Isaiah 63-66     |     See Bible Dictionary

The calling of the Gentiles, and the rejection of the Jews, for their incredulity, idolatry, and hypocrisy.

65:1 “I am inquired of by those who didn’t ask;
I am found by those who didn’t seek me:
I said,
See me, see me,
to a nation that was not called by my name.

65:2 I have spread out my hands all the day
to a rebellious people, who walk in a way
that is not good, after their own thoughts;

65:3 a people who provoke me to my face continually,
sacrificing in gardens, and burning incense on bricks;

65:4 who sit among the graves,
and lodge in the secret places;
who eat pig’s flesh,
and broth of abominable things is in their vessels;

65:5 who say,

Stand by yourself, don’t come near to me,
for I am holier than you.
These are a smoke in my nose,
a fire that burns all the day.

65:6 “Behold, it is written before me:
I will not keep silence, but will recompense,
yes, I will recompense into their bosom,

65:7 your own iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together,”

says Yahweh,
“who have burned incense on the mountains,
and blasphemed me on the hills;
therefore will I first measure their work into their bosom.”

A remnant shall be saved.

65:8 Thus says Yahweh,

“As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one says,
Don’t destroy it, for a blessing is in it:
so will I do for my servants’ sake, that I may not destroy them all.

65:9 I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob,
and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains;
and my chosen shall inherit it,
and my servants shall dwell there.

65:10 Sharon shall be a fold of flocks,
and the valley of Achor
a place for herds to lie down in,
for my people who have sought me.

Judgments on the wicked, and blessings on the godly.

65:11 “But you who forsake Yahweh,
who forget my holy mountain,
who prepare a table for Fortune,
and who fill up mixed wine to Destiny;

65:12 I will destine you to the sword,
and you shall all bow down to the slaughter; because
when I called,
you did not answer;
when I spoke,
you did not hear;
but you did that which was evil in my eyes,
and chose that in which I didn’t delight.”

65:13 Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh,

“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 disappointed;

65:14 behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart,
but you shall cry for sorrow of heart,
and shall wail for anguish of spirit.

65:15 You shall leave your name for a curse to my chosen;
and the Lord Yahweh will kill you;
and he will call his servants by another name:

65:16 so that he who blesses himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth;
and he who swears in the earth shall swear by the God of truth;
because the former troubles are forgotten,
and because they are hid from my eyes.

The blessed state of the new Jerusalem.

65:17 “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth;
and the former things shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

65:18 But be you glad and rejoice forever
in that which I create; for, behold,
I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.

65:19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people;
and there shall be heard in her no more
the voice of weeping and the voice of crying.

65:20 “There shall be no more there an infant of days,
nor an old man who has not filled his days;
for the child shall die one hundred years old,
and the sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed.

65:21 They shall build houses, and inhabit them;
and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.

65:22 They shall not build, and another inhabit;
they shall not plant, and another eat:
for as the days of a tree shall be the days of my people,
and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.

65:23 They shall not labor in vain,
nor bring forth for calamity;
for they are the seed of the blessed of Yahweh,
and their offspring with them.

65:24 It shall happen that, before they call, I will answer;
and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

65:25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox;
and dust shall be the serpent’s food.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain,”

says Yahweh.

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