Isaiah 66
International Standard Version

The Worship that God Commands

1This is what the LORD says:

“Heaven is my throne,

and the earth is my footstool.

Where is the housea that you would build for me,

and where will my resting place be?

2All these things my hand has made,

and so all these things came into being,”

declares the LORD.

“But this is the one to whom I will look favorably:

to the one who is humble and contrite in spirit,

and whob trembles atc my message.

3“Whoever slaughters an ox

is just liked one who kills a human being;

whoever sacrifices a lamb

is just like one who breaks a dog’s neck;

whoever makes a grain offering

is just like one who offers pig’s blood;

and whoever makes a memorial offering of frankincense

is just like one who blesses an idol.

Yes, these have chosen their own ways,

and they take delight in their contaminated actions.

4Thereforee I, too, will choose harsh treatment for them,

and will bring upon them what they dread.

For when I called, nof one answered;

when I spoke, they didn’t listen;

but they did what I consider to be evil,

and chose what doesn’t please me.”

The LORD Vindicates Zion

5“Hear this message from the LORD,

you who tremble at his words:g

“Your own brothers who hate you

and exclude you because of my name

have said: ‘Let the LORD be glorified;

he will seeh your joy,’

yet it is they who will be put to shame.

6“Listen to that uproar ini the city!

Listen to that noise from the Temple!

It is the sound of the LORD

paying back retribution to his enemies!

7 “Before she goes into labor she gives birth;

before her pains come upon her

she has deliveredj a son.

8Who has ever heard of such a thing?

Andk who ever seesl such things?

Can a country be born in a single day,

or can a nation be brought forth in a single moment?

Yet no sooner was Zion in labor

than she delivered her children.

9Am I to open the womb and not deliver?”

asksm the LORD.

“And when I bring to delivery, am I to closen the womb?”

asks your God.

10“Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be happy for her,

all you who love her;

rejoice with her in gladness,

all you who mourn over her,

11so that you may nurse and be satisfied

at her consoling breasts,

and so that you may drink deeply and take delight

from her glorious bosom.”

The Rule of God

12Thiso is what the LORD says:

“See, I will extend prosperity to her like a river,

and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream;

and you will nurse,

and youp will be carried on her hip,q

and bounced upon her knees.

13Like a child whom his mother comforts,

so I will comfort you;

and you will be comforted in Jerusalem.

14And when you look, your hearts will rejoice

and your bodies will flourish like grass;

and it will be made known

that the LORD’s hand is with his servants,

but his fury is with his enemies.

15“Take notice! The LORD will come with fire,

and his chariotr will bes like a whirlwind,

to pay back his anger—yes, his anger!—t in fury,

and his menacing rebukesu in flames of fire.

16For with fire and with his sword the LORD will proceed to judgmentv on all humanity,w

and those slain by the LORD will be many.”

17“Those who consecrate and purify themselves to enter the groves,x following the one at the center of those who eat the meat of pigs, disgusting things,y and rats, are all alike,”z saysaa the LORD. 18“But as for me, I know their actions and their thoughts. Comebb and gather all nations and languages, and they will come and see my glory.

19“I will put up signscc among them, and from them I will send survivors to the nations—to Tarshish, Libya,dd and Lydia,ee (who draw the bow),ff to Tubal and Greece,gg to the far off coastlands that have not heard of my fame or seen my glory. Then they will proclaim my glory among the nations. 20They will bring all—yes, all!—hh of your kindred from all the nations toii my holy mountain Jerusalem as an offering to the LORD—on horses, in chariots, in wagons, and on mules—yes, even on mules!—jj and on camels,” says the LORD, “just as the Israelis bring a grain offering in a clean vessel to the LORD’s house. 21Then I will also select some of them for myselfkk as priests and as Levites,”ll says the LORD.

22“For as the new heavens and the new earth

that I am about to make

will endure before me,” says the LORD,

“so will your descendants and your name endure.

23And from New Moon to New Moon,

and from Sabbath to Sabbath,mm

allnn humanity will come to worship before me,”

says the LORD.

24“Then they will go out and look upon the dead bodies of the people who rebelled against me. For their worm will not die, nor will their fire be extinguished, and they will remain an object of revulsion to alloo humanity.”


Footnotes:
a 66:1 i.e. a reconstructed Temple
b 66:2 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT lack who
c 66:2 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT use different Heb. prepositions
d 66:3 So 1QIsaa LXX; 1QIsab MT lack just like
e 66:4 Or So
f 66:4 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read and no
g 66:5 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read his word
h 66:5 So 1QIsaa; MT reads so that we may see; LXX reads so that the name of the Lord may be glorified
i 66:6 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read from
j 66:7 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT LXX read and she has delivered
k 66:8 So 1QIsaa LXX; 1QIsab MT lack And
l 66:8 So 1QIsaa. 1QIsab MT LXX read has seen
m 66:9 Lit. says
n 66:9 So 1QIsaa(imperfect); 1QIsab MT (perfect)
o 66:12 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read For this
p 66:12 1QIsaa feminine pl.; MT masculine pl.
q 66:12 Or arm
r 66:15 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read his chariots
s 66:15 1QIsaa MT LXX lack will be
t 66:15 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT LXX lack yes, his anger!
u 66:15 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT read his rebuke
v 66:16 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT read settle his claim
w 66:16 Lit. on the humanity; so 1QIsaa; MT reads on humanity
x 66:17 i.e. pagan sacred worship sites located in forested areas
y 66:17 Or vermin
z 66:17 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT LXX read alikethey will meet their end together
aa 66:17 So 1QIsaa; MT reads declares
bb 66:18 So IQIsaa; MT LXX read I am about to come
cc 66:19 So IQIsaa LXX; 1QIsab MT read a sign
dd 66:19 Lit. Put
ee 66:19 Lit. Lud
ff 66:19 The Lydians were known for their skills at archery
gg 66:19 Lit. Javan
hh 66:20 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT read bring all; LXX reads bring
ii 66:20 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT reads upon
jj 66:20 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT LXX lack yes, even on mules!
kk 66:21 So 1QIsaa LXX; 1QIsab MT LXX lack for myself
ll 66:21 i.e. the ministry formerly held by the descendants of Levi
mm 66:23 So 1QIsaa 4QIsac; lit. to her Sabbath; MT reads to his Sabbath
nn 66:23 Lit. the; so 1QIsaa; 4QIsab MT LXX lack all
oo 66:24 Lit. the; so1QIsaa; 4QIsab MT LXX lack all



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