Isaiah 66

VIN(i) 1 the LORD says, “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build to me? Where will I rest? 2 And my hand has made all these things, and all these came to be," declares the LORD, "but I look to this one: to the humble and the contrite of spirit and the one frightened at my word. 3 He who kills an ox is as he who kills a man; he who sacrifices a lamb, as he who breaks a dog's neck; he who offers an offering, as he who offers pig's blood; he who burns frankincense, as he who blesses an idol. Yes, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delights in their abominations: 4 "Therefore I will choose harsh treatment for them and bring on them what they fear. I called, but no one answered. I spoke, but they did not listen. They did what I consider evil. They chose what I do not like." 5 Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at his word: Your brothers who hate you, who cast you out for my name's sake, have said, Let the LORD be glorified, that we may see your joy. But it is those who will be put to shame. 6 "Listen to the uproar from the city. Listen to the sound from the temple. It is the sound of the LORD paying back his enemies as they deserve. 7 Before she was in labor she gave birth; before labor pains came to her, she gave birth to a son. 8 "Who has heard of such a thing? 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 sons. 9 "Do I bring a mother to the moment of birth 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. 10 "Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her, all you who love her: rejoice for joy with her, all you who mourn over her; 11 "You will nurse and be satisfied from her comforting breasts. You will nurse and be satisfied at her full breasts." 12 This is what the LORD says: "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. 13 "As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you. You will be comforted in Jerusalem." 14 When you see it, your heart will rejoice 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. 15 For behold, the LORD will come with fire, and his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. 16 For by fire and by His sword the LORD will execute judgment with all flesh; and the slain of the LORD will be many. 17 Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves to go to the gardens, behind one in the midst, eating swine's flesh and the abomination and the mouse, they will come to an end together, says the LORD. 18 And I know their works and their imagination. I am going to gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory. 19 "I will set up a sign among them 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. 20 They will bring all your brothers 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. 21 And I will also take some of them for myself as priests and Levites," says the LORD. 22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, will remain before me, says the LORD, so will your seed and your name remain. 23 And it will be, from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, all flesh will come to worship before Me, says the LORD. 24 “They will go out, and look at the dead bodies of the men who have transgressed against me; for their worm will not die, nor will their fire be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind.”