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Isaiah 66 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Final Judgment and Joyous Restoration
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This is what the LORD says:

Heaven is my throne,

and earth is my footstool.

Where could you possibly build a house for me?

And where would my resting place be?

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My hand made all these things,

and so they all came into being.

This is the LORD’s declaration.

I will look favorably on this kind of person:

one who is humble, submissive[fn] in spirit,

and trembles at my word.

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One person slaughters an ox, another kills a person;

one person sacrifices a lamb, another breaks a dog’s neck;

one person offers a grain offering, another offers pig’s blood;

one person offers incense, another praises an idol —

all these have chosen their ways

and delight in their abhorrent practices.

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So I will choose their punishment,

and I will bring on them what they dread

because I called and no one answered;

I spoke and they did not listen;

they did what was evil in my sight

and chose what I did not delight in.

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You who tremble at his word,

hear the word of the LORD:

“Your brothers who hate and exclude you

for my name’s sake have said,

‘Let the LORD be glorified

so that we can see your joy! ’

But they will be put to shame.”

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A sound of uproar from the city!

A voice from the temple —

the voice of the LORD,

paying back his enemies what they deserve!

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Before Zion was in labor, she gave birth;

before she was in pain, she delivered a boy.

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Who has heard of such a thing?

Who has seen such things?

Can a land be born in one day

or a nation be delivered in an instant?

Yet as soon as Zion was in labor,

she gave birth to her sons.

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“Will I bring a baby to the point of birth

and not deliver it? ”

says the LORD;

“or will I who deliver, close the womb? ”

says your God.

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Be glad for Jerusalem and rejoice over her,

all who love her.

Rejoice greatly with her,

all who mourn over her —

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so that you may nurse and be satisfied

from her comforting breast

and drink deeply and delight yourselves

from her glorious breasts.

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For this is what the LORD says:

I will make peace flow to her like a river,

and the wealth[fn] of nations like a flood;

you will nurse and be carried on her hip

and bounced on her lap.

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As a mother comforts her son,

so I will comfort you,

and you will be comforted in Jerusalem.

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You will see, you will rejoice,

and you[fn] will flourish like grass;

then the LORD’s power will be revealed to his servants,

but he will show his wrath against his enemies.

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Look, the LORD will come with fire —

his chariots are like the whirlwind —

to execute his anger with fury

and his rebuke with flames of fire.

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For the LORD will execute judgment

on all people with his fiery sword,

and many will be slain by the LORD.

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“Those who dedicate and purify themselves to enter the groves following their leader,[fn] eating meat from pigs, vermin,[fn] and rats, will perish together.”

This is the LORD’s declaration.

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“Knowing[fn] their works and their thoughts, I have come to gather all nations and languages; they will come and see my glory.

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“I will establish a sign among them, and I will send survivors from them to the nations ​— ​to Tarshish, Put,[fn] Lud (who are archers), Tubal, Javan, and the coasts and islands far away ​— ​who have not heard about me or seen my glory. And they will proclaim my glory among the nations.

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“They will bring all your brothers from all the nations as a gift to the LORD on horses and chariots, in litters, and on mules and camels, to my holy mountain Jerusalem,” says the LORD, “just as the Israelites bring an offering in a clean vessel to the house of the LORD.

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“I will also take some of them as priests and Levites,” says the LORD.

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“For just as the new heavens and the new earth,

which I will make,

will remain before me” —

this is the LORD’s declaration —

“so your offspring and your name will remain.

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“All mankind will come to worship me

from one New Moon to another

and from one Sabbath to another,”

says the LORD.

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“As they leave, they will see the dead bodies of those who have rebelled against me; for their worm will never die, their fire will never go out, and they will be a horror to all mankind.”

CSB Footnotes
Lit broken
Or glory
Lit your bones
Hb obscure
Lit abhorrent things
LXX, Syr; MT omits Knowing
LXX; MT reads Pul

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers.

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