The Lord’s Response
1“I was sought by those who did not ask; # LXX, Syr, DSS, Tg read 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 was not called by # LXX, Syr, DSS, Tg, Vg read that did not call on My name. # Is 63:19; Hs 1:10; Rm 10:20; Jms 2:7
2I spread out My hands all day long
to a rebellious people # Rm 10:21
who walk in the wrong path,
following their own thoughts.
3These people continually provoke Me
to My face,
sacrificing in gardens, # Is 1:29; 66:17
burning incense on bricks,
4sitting among the graves,
spending nights in secret places,
eating the meat of pigs, # Lv 11:7; Is 66:3,17
and putting polluted broth in their bowls. # These vv. describe pagan worship.
5They say, ‘Keep to yourself,
don’t come near me, for I am too holy for you! ’
These practices are smoke in My nostrils,
a fire that burns all day long.
6It is written before Me:
I will not keep silent, # Ps 50:3,21; Is 42:14; 64:12 but I will repay; # Jr 16:18
I will repay them fully # Lit repay into their lap
7for your iniquities and the iniquities # Is 13:11
of your # LXX, Syr read for their iniquities and the iniquities of their fathers together,”
says the Lord.
“Because they burned incense on the mountains
and reproached Me on the hills, # Ezk 20:27-28; Hs 9:10; Zch 8:14; Mal 3:7
I will reward them fully # Lit reward into their lap
for their former deeds.”
8The Lord says this:
As the new wine is found in a bunch of grapes,
and one says, ‘Don’t destroy it,
for there’s some good # Or there’s a blessing in it,’
so I will act because of My servants
and not destroy them all.
9I will produce descendants from Jacob, # Jr 31:36-37
and heirs to My mountains from Judah;
My chosen # Is 41:8 ones will possess it,
and My servants will dwell there. # Is 49:8; 60:21; Am 9:11-15
10Sharon will be a pasture for flocks, # Is 33:9; 35:2
and the Valley of Achor a place for cattle to lie down, # Jos 7:26; Hs 2:15
for My people who have sought Me. # Is 51:1
11But you who abandon the Lord,
who forget My holy mountain,
who prepare a table for Fortune
and fill bowls of mixed wine for Destiny, # Pagan gods
12I will destine you for the sword,
and all of you will kneel down to be slaughtered,
because I called and you did not answer,
I spoke and you did not hear;
you did what was evil in My sight
and chose what I did not delight in. # 2Ch 36:15-16; Pr 1:24; Is 41:28; 50:2; 66:4; Jr 7:13
13Therefore, this is what the Lord God says:
My servants will eat,
but you will be hungry;
My servants will drink,
but you will be thirsty;
My servants will rejoice,
but you will be put to shame.
14My servants will shout for joy from a glad heart,
but you will cry out from an anguished heart,
and you will lament out of a broken spirit.
15You will leave your name behind
as a curse for My chosen ones, # Jr 24:9; 25:18; Zch 8:13
and the Lord God will kill you;
but He will give His servants another name. # Is 62:2
16Whoever is blessed in the land
will be blessed by the God of truth, # Ps 31:5; 2Co 1:20; Rv 3:7,14
and whoever swears in the land
will swear by the God of truth.
For the former troubles will be forgotten
and hidden from My sight.
A New Creation
17“For I will create a new heaven and a new earth; # Is 66:22; 2Pt 3:13; Rv 21:1
the past events will not be remembered or come to mind.
18Then be glad and rejoice forever
in what I am creating;
for I will create Jerusalem to be a joy
and its people to be a delight.
19I will rejoice in Jerusalem
and be glad in My people.
The sound of weeping and crying
will no longer be heard in her. # Is 25:8; 30:19; 35:10; 51:11; Rv 7:17; 21:4
20In her, a nursing infant will no longer live
only a few days, # Lit her, no longer infant of days
or an old man not live out his days.
Indeed, the youth will die at a hundred years,
and the one who misses a hundred years will be cursed. # Ec 8:12-13; Is 3:11; 22:14
21People will build houses and live in them;
they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit. # Jos 24:13; Is 37:30; Jr 29:5,28; Ezk 28:26; Zph 1:13
22They will not build and others live in them;
they will not plant and others eat.
For My people’s lives will be
like the lifetime of a tree. # Ps 92:12-14
My chosen ones will fully enjoy
the work of their hands.
23They will not labor without success # Dt 28:3-12; Is 55:2
or bear children destined for disaster,
for they will be a people blessed by the Lord
along with their descendants. # Is 61:9
24Even before they call, I will answer; # Ps 91:15; Is 55:6; 58:9; Dn 9:20-23; 10:12
while they are still speaking, I will hear.
25The wolf and the lamb will feed together, # Lit as one
and the lion will eat straw like the ox, # Is 11:6-9
but the serpent’s food will be dust! # Gn 3:14; Mc 7:17
They will not do what is evil or destroy
on My entire holy mountain,” # Is 11:9; 27:13; 56:7
says the Lord.