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Isaiah 66 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Heaven Is God's Throne

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:1 - Thus says the LORD,
“Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool.
Where then is a house you could build for Me?
And where is a place that [fn]I may rest?
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:2 - “For My hand made all these things,
Thus all these things came into being,” declares the LORD.
“But to this one I will look,
To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.

Hypocrisy Rebuked

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:3 - But he who kills an ox is like one who slays a man;
He who sacrifices a lamb is like the one who breaks a dog’s neck;
He who offers a grain offering is like one who offers swine’s blood;
He who [fn]burns incense is like the one who blesses an idol.
As they have chosen their own ways,
And their soul delights in their abominations,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:4 - So I will choose their [fn]punishments
And will bring on them what they dread.
Because I called, but no one answered;
I spoke, but they did not listen.
And they did evil in My sight
And chose that in which I did not delight.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:5 - Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at His word:
“Your brothers who hate you, who exclude you for My name’s sake,
Have said, ‘Let the LORD be glorified, that we may see your joy.’
But they will be put to shame.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:6 - “A voice of uproar from the city, a voice from the temple,
The voice of the LORD who is rendering recompense to His enemies.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:7 - “Before she travailed, she brought forth;
Before her pain came, she gave birth to a boy.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:8 - “Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things?
Can a land be [fn]born in one day?
Can a nation be brought forth all at once?
As soon as Zion travailed, she also brought forth her sons.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:9 - “Shall I bring to the point of birth and not give delivery?” says the LORD.
“Or shall I who gives delivery shut the womb?” says your God.

Joy in Jerusalem's Future

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:10 - “Be joyful with Jerusalem and rejoice for her, all you who love her;
Be exceedingly glad with her, all you who mourn over her,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:11 - That you may nurse and be satisfied with her comforting breasts,
That you may suck and be delighted with her bountiful bosom.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:12 - For thus says the LORD, “Behold, I extend peace to her like a river,
And the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream;
And you will [fn]be nursed, you will be carried on the [fn]hip and fondled on the knees.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:13 - “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you;
And you will be comforted in Jerusalem.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:14 - Then you will see this, and your heart will be glad,
And your bones will flourish like the new grass;
And the hand of the LORD will be made known to His servants,
But He will be indignant toward His enemies.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:15 - For behold, the LORD will come in fire
And His chariots like the whirlwind,
To render His anger with fury,
And His rebuke with flames of fire.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:16 - For the LORD will execute judgment by fire
And by His sword on all flesh,
And those slain by the LORD will be many.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:17 - “Those who sanctify and purify themselves to go to the gardens,
[fn]Following one in the center,
Who eat swine’s flesh, detestable things and mice,
Will come to an end altogether,” declares the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:18 - “For I [fn]know their works and their thoughts; [fn]the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My glory.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:19 - “I will set a sign among them and will send survivors from them to the nations: Tarshish, [fn]Put, Lud, [fn]Meshech, Tubal and [fn]Javan, to the distant coastlands that have neither heard My fame nor seen My glory. And they will declare My glory among the nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:20 - “Then they shall bring all your brethren from all the nations as a grain offering to the LORD, on horses, in chariots, in litters, on mules and on camels, to My holy mountain Jerusalem,” says the LORD, “just as the sons of Israel bring their grain offering in a clean vessel to the house of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:21 - “I will also take some of them for priests and for Levites,” says the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:22 - “For just as the new heavens and the new earth
Which I make will endure before Me,” declares the LORD,
“So your offspring and your name will endure.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:23 - “And it shall be from new moon to new moon
And from sabbath to sabbath,
All [fn]mankind will come to bow down before Me,” says the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:24 - “Then they will go forth and look
On the corpses of the men
Who have [fn]transgressed against Me.
For their worm will not die
And their fire will not be quenched;
And they will be an abhorrence to all [fn]mankind.”
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: is My resting place?
Literally: offers a memorial of incense
Literally: ill treatments
Literally: travailed with
Literally: nurse
Literally: side
Literally: After
So with Gr; Heb omits know
Literally: it is coming
So with Gr; Heb Pul
So with Gr; Heb those who draw the bow
I.e. Greece
Literally: flesh
Or, rebelled
Literally: flesh

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