Judgment and Salvation
1 # Cited Rom. 10:20; [Eph. 2:12, 13] I was ready to be sought by #[ch. 2:2, 3; 18:7; 19:19, 25; Zech. 14:16]those who did not ask for me;
I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me.
I said, “Here I am, here I am,”
to a nation that was not called by#65:1 Or that did not call upon my name.
I spread out my hands all the day
to a rebellious people,
who walk in a way that is not good,
following their own devices;
3a people who provoke me
to my face continually,
# ch. 1:29; 66:17; [ch. 57:3-6] sacrificing in gardens
and making offerings on bricks;
4who sit in tombs,
and spend the night in secret places;
# ch. 66:17 who eat pig’s flesh,
and broth of tainted meat is in their vessels;
5who say, “Keep to yourself,
do not come near me, for I am too holy for you.”
# ch. 1:31; 9:18 These are a smoke in my nostrils,
a fire that burns all the day.
6Behold, #[Jer. 2:22; 17:1] it is written before me:
Ps. 50:3 “I will not keep silent, but I will repay;
Ps. 79:12; [Jer. 16:18] I will indeed repay into their lap
7both your iniquities #Ex. 20:5; [Matt. 23:35] and your fathers’ iniquities together,
says the Lord;
# [Ezek. 20:27, 28] because they made offerings on the mountains
# [Ezek. 20:27, 28] and insulted me on the hills,
I will measure into their lap
payment for their former deeds.”#65:7 Or I will first measure their payment into their lap
8Thus says the Lord:
# [ch. 17:6] “As the new wine is found in the cluster,
and they say, ‘Do not destroy it,
for there is a blessing in it,’
so I will do for my servants’ sake,
# [ch. 2:21] and not destroy them all.
9 # [ch. 27:6; 37:31] I will bring forth offspring from Jacob,
and from Judah possessors of my mountains;
my chosen shall possess it,
and my servants shall dwell there.
10 # ch. 33:9; 35:2 Sharon shall become a pasture for flocks,
and #Hos. 2:15; [Josh. 7:26] the Valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down,
for my people #[ch. 51:1]who have sought me.
11But #[Josh. 24:20] you who forsake the Lord,
who forget #ver. 25; Joel 3:17 my holy mountain,
who #Ezek. 23:41; [1 Cor. 10:21]set a table for Fortune
and #Ezek. 23:41; [1 Cor. 10:21]fill cups of mixed wine for Destiny,
12I will destine you to the sword,
and all of you shall bow down to the slaughter,
# ch. 66:4; Prov. 1:24; Jer. 7:13 because, when I called, you did not answer;
when I spoke, you did not listen,
# ch. 66:4 but you did what was evil in my eyes
and chose what I did not delight in.”
13Therefore thus says the Lord God:
“Behold, #ch. 55:1; Ps. 22:26my 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 put to shame;
14behold, #[Ps. 5:11]my servants shall sing for gladness of heart,
but you shall cry out for pain of heart
and shall wail for breaking of spirit.
15You shall leave your name to #ver. 9 my chosen #[Deut. 28:37; Jer. 29:22; Zech. 8:13] for a curse,
and the Lord God will put you to death,
but his servants #ch. 62:2he will call by another name,
16so that he who #Jer. 4:2 blesses himself in the land
shall bless himself by #Jer. 4:2 the God of truth,
and he who takes an oath in the land
shall swear by #[Deut. 32:4] the God of truth;
# [ch. 43:18, 19] because the former troubles are forgotten
and are hidden from my eyes.
New Heavens and a New Earth
17“For behold, #ch. 66:22; 2 Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21:1I create new heavens
and a new earth,
and the former things shall not be remembered
or come into mind.
18But be glad and rejoice forever
in that which I create;
for behold, #[Jer. 31:7]I create Jerusalem to be a joy,
and her people to be a gladness.
19 # ch. 62:5; 66:10 I will rejoice in Jerusalem
and be glad in my people;
# ch. 35:10; Rev. 21:4 no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping
and the cry of distress.
20No more shall there be in it
an infant who lives but a few days,
or an old man who does not fill out his days,
for #[Prov. 3:2] the young man shall die a hundred years old,
and #Eccles. 8:12the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed.
Ezek. 28:26; [Deut. 28:30] They shall build houses and inhabit them;
they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
22 # [See ver. 21 above] They shall not build and another inhabit;
they shall not plant and another eat;
# See Ps. 92:12-14 for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be,
and my chosen shall long enjoy#65:22 Hebrew shall wear out the work of their hands.
23 # ch. 49:4 They shall not labor in vain
# [Deut. 28:41] or bear children for calamity,#65:23 Or for sudden terror
for #ch. 61:9; See Ps. 115:12-15they shall be the offspring of the blessed of the Lord,
and their descendants with them.
24 # [Ps. 32:5] Before they call I will answer;
# [Dan. 9:21] while they are yet speaking I will hear.
25 # ch. 11:6, 7 The wolf and the lamb shall graze together;
the lion shall eat straw like the ox,
and #Gen. 3:14; Mic. 7:17 dust shall be the serpent’s food.
# ch. 11:9 They shall not hurt or destroy
in all my holy mountain,”
says the Lord.