Judgment and Hope
66:1 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne,
and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye
build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?
66:2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all
those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will
I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit,
and trembleth at my word.
66:3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that
sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck; he that
offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood; he
that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they
have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in
66:4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring
their fears upon them; because when I called, none did
answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil
before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.
66:5 Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his
word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my
name's sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall
appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.
66:6 A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the
temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence to his
66:7 Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her
pain came, she was delivered of a man child.
66:8 Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such
things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day?
or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion
travailed, she brought forth her children.
66:9 Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring
forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and
shut the womb? saith thy God.
66:10 Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all
ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that
mourn for her:
66:11 That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts
of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted
with the abundance of her glory.
66:12 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace
to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a
flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon
her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.
66:13 As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort
you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.
66:14 And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and
your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the
LORD shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation
toward his enemies.
66:15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with
his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with
fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.
66:16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with
all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.
66:17 They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves
in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's
flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed
together, saith the LORD.
66:18 For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall
come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they
shall come, and see my glory.
66:19 And I will set a sign among them, and I will send
those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul,
and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the
isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have
seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the
66:20 And they shall bring all your brethren for an
offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and
in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift
beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as
the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel
into the house of the LORD.
66:21 And I will also take of them for priests and for
Levites, saith the LORD.
66:22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I
will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall
your seed and your name remain.
66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to
another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh
come to worship before me, saith the LORD.
66:24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases
of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm
shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and
they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.