The Righteousness of God’s Judgment
1“I was #Rom. 9:24; 10:20sought by those who did not ask for Me;
I was found by those who did not seek Me.
I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’
To a nation that #Is. 63:19was not called by My name.
2#Rom. 10:21I have stretched out My hands all day long to a #Is. 1:2, 23rebellious people,
Who #Is. 42:24walk in a way that is not good,
According to their own thoughts;
3A people #Deut. 32:21who provoke Me to anger continually to My face;
#Is. 1:29Who sacrifice in gardens,
And burn incense on altars of brick;
4#Deut. 18:11Who sit among the graves,
And spend the night in the tombs;
#Lev. 11:7; Is. 66:17Who eat swine’s flesh,
And the broth of abominable things is in their vessels;
5#Matt. 9:11; Luke 7:39; 18:9–12Who say, ‘Keep to yourself,
Do not come near me,
For I am holier than you!’
These are smoke in My nostrils,
A fire that burns all the day.
6“Behold, #Deut. 32:34it is written before Me:
#Ps. 50:3I will not keep silence, #Ps. 79:12but will repay—
Even repay into their bosom—
7Your iniquities and #Ex. 20:5the iniquities of your fathers together,”
Says the Lord,
#Ezek. 18:6“Who have burned incense on the mountains
#Is. 57:7; Ezek. 20:27, 28And blasphemed Me on the hills;
Therefore I will measure their former work into their bosom.”
8Thus says the Lord:
“As the new wine is found in the cluster,
And one says, ‘Do not destroy it,
For #Joel 2:14a blessing is in it,’
So will I do for My servants’ sake,
That I may not destroy them #Is. 1:9; Amos 9:8, 9all.
9I will bring forth descendants from Jacob,
And from Judah an heir of My mountains;
My #Matt. 24:22elect shall inherit it,
And My servants shall dwell there.
10#Is. 33:9Sharon shall be a fold of flocks,
And #Josh. 7:24; Hos. 2:15the Valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down,
For My people who have #Is. 55:6sought Me.
11“But you are those who forsake the Lord,
Who forget #Is. 56:7My holy mountain,
Who prepare #Ezek. 23:41; (1 Cor. 10:21)a table for Gad,
And who furnish a drink offering for Meni.
12Therefore I will number you for the sword,
And you shall all bow down to the slaughter;
#2 Chr. 36:15, 16; Prov. 1:24; Is. 41:28; 50:2; 66:4; Jer. 7:13Because, when I called, you did not answer;
When I spoke, you did not hear,
But did evil before My eyes,
And chose that in which I do not delight.”
13Therefore thus says the Lord God:
“Behold, My servants shall eat,
But you shall be hungry;
Behold, My servants shall drink,
But you shall be thirsty;
Behold, My servants shall rejoice,
But you shall be ashamed;
14Behold, My servants shall sing for joy of heart,
But you shall cry for sorrow of heart,
And #Matt. 8:12; Luke 13:28wail for grief of spirit.
15You shall leave your name #Jer. 29:22; Zech. 8:13as a curse to #Is. 65:9, 22My chosen;
For the Lord God will slay you,
And #(Acts 11:26)call His servants by another name;
16#Ps. 72:17; Jer. 4:2So that he who blesses himself in the earth
Shall bless himself in the God of truth;
And #Deut. 6:13; Zeph. 1:5he who swears in the earth
Shall swear by the God of truth;
Because the former troubles are forgotten,
And because they are hidden from My eyes.
The Glorious New Creation
17“For behold, I create #Is. 51:16; 66:22; (2 Pet. 3:13); Rev. 21:1new heavens and a new earth;
And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.
18But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create;
For behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing,
And her people a joy.
19#Is. 62:4, 5I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
And joy in My people;
The #Is. 35:10; 51:11; Rev. 7:17; 21:4voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her,
Nor the voice of crying.
20“No more shall an infant from there live but a few days,
Nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days;
For the child shall die one hundred years old,
#Eccl. 8:12, 13; Is. 3:11; 22:14But the sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed.
21#Ezek. 28:26; 45:4; Hos. 11:11; Amos 9:14They shall build houses and inhabit them;
They shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
22They shall not build and another inhabit;
They shall not plant and #Is. 62:8, 9another eat;
For #Ps. 92:12as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people,
And #Is. 65:9, 15My elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
23They shall not labor in vain,
#Hos. 9:12Nor bring forth children for trouble;
For #Is. 61:9; (Jer. 32:38, 39; Acts 2:39)they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the Lord,
And their offspring with them.
24“It shall come to pass
That #Ps. 91:15; Is. 58:9before they call, I will answer;
And while they are still speaking, I will #Is. 30:19; Dan. 9:20–23hear.
25The #Is. 11:6–9wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
The lion shall eat straw like the ox,
#Gen. 3:14; Mic. 7:17And dust shall be the serpent’s food.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,”
Says the Lord.