1 This is what the Lord says:
Heaven is my throne.
The earth is my footstool.
Where can you build a house or resting place for me?
“That is why all these things have come into being,”
declares the Lord.
I will pay attention to those
and who tremble at my word.
Whoever sacrifices a lamb is like someone who breaks a dog’s neck.
Whoever offers a grain sacrifice
Whoever burns incense is like someone who worships an idol.
People have certainly chosen their own ways,
and their souls delight in detestable things.
and bring on them what they fear.
I called, but no one answered.
I spoke, but they didn’t listen.
They did what I consider evil.
They chose what I don’t like.
Your relatives, who hate you and exclude you for my name’s sake, say,
“Let the Lord show his glory; then we will see your joy.”
But they will be put to shame.
Listen to the sound from the temple.
It is the sound of the Lord
paying back his enemies as they deserve.
Before she has labor pains, she delivers a child.
Who has seen such things?
Can a country be born in one day?
Can a nation be born in a moment?
When Zion went into labor,
she also gave birth to her children.
and not let her deliver?” asks the Lord.
“Do I cause a mother to deliver
and then make her unable to have children?” asks your God.
All who mourn for her, be glad with her.
You will nurse to your heart’s delight at her full breasts.
I will offer you peace like a river
and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing stream.
You will nurse and be carried in Jerusalem’s arms
and cuddled on her knees.
so will I comfort you.
You will be comforted in Jerusalem.
and you will flourish like new grass.
The power of the Lord will be made known to his servants,
but he will condemn his enemies.
and with his chariots like a thunderstorm.
He will pay them back with his burning anger
and punish them with flames of fire.
and he will judge all people with his sword.
Many people will be struck dead by the Lord.
and prepare themselves for their garden rituals.
They go into the garden
and devour pork, disgusting things, and mice.
“They will come to an end at the same time,”
declares the Lord.
18 Because of their actions and their thoughts,a
I am coming to gather the nations of every language.
They will come and see my glory.
and send some of their survivors to the nations:
to Tarshish, Put and Lud, Meshech, Rosh, Tubal, Javan,
and to the distant coastlands
who have not heard of my fame or seen my glory.
They will tell about my glory among the nations.
from every nation like a grain offering to the Lord.
“They will come on horses, in chariots, in wagons,
on mules and camels to my holy mountain, Jerusalem,”
declares the Lord.
They will come like the people of Israel who bring
their grain offerings in clean dishes to the Lord’s temple.
will continue in my presence,” declares the Lord.
“So your descendants and your name
will also continue in my presence.
all people will come to worship me,” declares the Lord.
and look at the corpses of those who have rebelled against me.
The worms that eat them will not die.
The fire that burns them will not go out.
All humanity will be disgusted by them.
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