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THE LORD’S RESPONSE

65 “I was sought by those who did not ask;

I was found by those who did not seek me.

I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’

to a nation that did not call onA my name.b

I spread out my hands all day long

to a rebellious peoplec

who walk in the path that is not good,

following their own thoughts.

These people continually anger me

to my face,

sacrificing in gardens,d

burning incense on bricks,

sitting among the graves,

spending nights in secret places,

eating the meat of pigs,e

and putting polluted broth in their bowls.B

They say, ‘Keep to yourself,

don’t come near me, for I am too holy for you!’

These practices are smoke in my nostrils,

a fire that burns all day long.

Look, it is written in front of me:

I will not keep silent,f but I will repay;g

I will repay them fullyC

for your iniquities and the iniquitiesh

of yourD fathers together,”

says the Lord.

“Because they burned incense on the mountains

and reproached me on the hills,i

I will reward them fullyE

for their former deeds.”

The Lord says this:

“As the new wine is found in a bunch of grapes,

and one says, ‘Don’t destroy it,

for there’s some goodF in it,

so I will act because of my servants

and not destroy them all.

I will produce descendants from Jacob,j

and heirs to my mountains from Judah;

my chosenk ones will possess it,

and my servants will dwell there.l

10 Sharon will be a pasture for flocks,m

and the Valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down,n

for my people who have sought me.o

11 But you who abandon the Lord,

who forget my holy mountain,

who prepare a table for Fortune

and fill bowls of mixed wine for Destiny,G

12 I will destine you for the sword,

and all of you will kneel down to be slaughtered,

because I called and you did not answer,

I spoke and you did not hear;

you did what was evil in my sight

and chose what I did not delight in.”p

13 Therefore, this is what the Lord God says:

“My servants will eat,

but you will be hungry;

my servants will drink,

but you will be thirsty;

my servants will rejoice,

but you will be put to shame.

14 My servants will shout for joy from a glad heart,

but you will cry out from an anguished heart,

and you will lament out of a broken spirit.

15 You will leave your name behind

as a curse for my chosen ones,q

and the Lord God will kill you;

but he will give his servants another name.r

16 Whoever asks for a blessing in the land

will ask for a blessing by the God of truth,s

and whoever swears in the land

will swear by the God of truth.

For the former troubles will be forgotten

and hidden from my sight.

A NEW CREATION

17 “For I will create a new heaven and a new earth;t

the past events will not be remembered or come to mind.

18 Then be glad and rejoice forever

in what I am creating;

for I will create Jerusalem to be a joy

and its people to be a delight.

19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem

and be glad in my people.

The sound of weeping and crying

will no longer be heard in her.a

20 In her, a nursing infant will no longer live

only a few days,A

or an old man not live out his days.

Indeed, the one who dies at a hundred years old will be mourned as a young man,B

and the one who misses a hundred years will be considered cursed.b

21 People will build houses and live in them;

they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.c

22 They will not build and others live in them;

they will not plant and others eat.

For my people’s lives will be

like the lifetime of a tree.d

My chosen ones will fully enjoy

the work of their hands.

23 They will not labor without successe

or bear children destined for disaster,

for they will be a people blessed by the Lord

along with their descendants.f

24 Even before they call, I will answer;g

while they are still speaking, I will hear.

25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together,C

and the lion will eat straw like cattle,h

but the serpent’s food will be dust!i

They will not do what is evil or destroy

on my entire holy mountain,”j

says the Lord.

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