The Lord says,
“I was ready to respond, but no one asked for help.
I was ready to be found, but no one was looking for me.
I said, ‘Here I am, here I am!’
to a nation that did not call on my name.*
2 All day long I opened my arms to a rebellious people.*
But they follow their own evil paths
and their own crooked schemes.
by worshiping idols in their sacred gardens.
They burn incense on pagan altars.
worshiping the dead.
They eat the flesh of pigs
and make stews with other forbidden foods.
‘Don’t come too close or you will defile me!
I am holier than you!’
These people are a stench in my nostrils,
an acrid smell that never goes away.
6 “Look, my decree is written out* in front of me:
I will not stand silent;
I will repay them in full!
Yes, I will repay them—
and for those of their ancestors,”
says the Lord.
“For they also burned incense on the mountains
and insulted me on the hills.
I will pay them back in full!
says the Lord.
“For just as good grapes are found among a cluster of bad ones
(and someone will say, ‘Don’t throw them all away—
some of those grapes are good!’),
so I will not destroy all Israel.
For I still have true servants there.
9 I will preserve a remnant of the people of Israel*
and of Judah to possess my land.
Those I choose will inherit it,
and my servants will live there.
for my people who have searched for me,
and the valley of Achor will be a place to pasture herds.
and have forgotten his Temple,
and because you have prepared feasts to honor the god of Fate
and have offered mixed wine to the god of Destiny,
All of you will bow down before the executioner.
For when I called, you did not answer.
When I spoke, you did not listen.
You deliberately sinned—before my very eyes—
and chose to do what you know I despise.”
“My servants will eat,
but you will starve.
My servants will drink,
but you will be thirsty.
My servants will rejoice,
but you will be sad and ashamed.
but you will cry in sorrow and despair.
for the Sovereign Lord will destroy you
and will call his true servants by another name.
will do so by the God of truth.
For I will put aside my anger
and forget the evil of earlier days.
and no one will even think about the old ones anymore.
And look! I will create Jerusalem as a place of happiness.
Her people will be a source of joy.
and delight in my people.
And the sound of weeping and crying
will be heard in it no more.
No longer will adults die before they have lived a full life.
No longer will people be considered old at one hundred!
Only the cursed will die that young!
and eat the fruit of their own vineyards.
and confiscate their vineyards.
For my people will live as long as trees,
and my chosen ones will have time to enjoy their hard-won gains.
and their children will not be doomed to misfortune.
For they are people blessed by the Lord,
and their children, too, will be blessed.
While they are still talking about their needs,
I will go ahead and answer their prayers!
The lion will eat hay like a cow.
But the snakes will eat dust.
In those days no one will be hurt or destroyed on my holy mountain.
I, the Lord, have spoken!”
65:1 Or to a nation that did not bear my name.
65:6 Or their sins are written out; Hebrew reads it stands written.
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