64 1 Didst Thou not rend the heavens? Thou didst come down, From thy presence did mountains flow, 2 (As fire kindleth stubble—Fire causeth water to boil,) To make known Thy name to Thine adversaries, From Thy presence do nations tremble. 3 In Thy doing fearful things—we expect not, Thou didst come down, From Thy presence did mountains flow. 4 Even from antiquity 'men' have not heard, They have not given ear, Eye hath not seen a God save Thee, He doth work for those waiting for Him. 5 Thou hast met with the rejoicer And the doer of righteousness, In Thy ways they remember Thee, Lo, Thou hast been wroth when we sin, By them 'is' continuance, and we are saved.
6 And we are as unclean—all of us, And as a garment passing away, all our righteous acts; And we fade as a leaf—all of us. And our iniquities as wind do take us away. 7 And there is none calling in Thy name, Stirring up himself to lay hold on Thee, For Thou hast hid Thy face from us, And thou meltest us away by our iniquities. 8 And now, O Jehovah, thou 'art' our Father, We 'are' the clay, and Thou our Framer, And the work of Thy hand—all of us. 9 Be not wroth, O Jehovah, very sore, Nor for ever remember iniquity, Lo, look attentively, we beseech Thee, Thy people 'are' we all. 10 Thy holy cities have been a wilderness, Zion a wilderness hath been, Jerusalem a desolation. 11 Our holy and our beautiful house, Where praise Thee did our fathers, Hath become burnt with fire, And all our desirable things have become a waste. 12 For these dost Thou refrain Thyself, Jehovah? Thou art silent, and dost afflict us very sore!'
Punishment of the Rebellious
65 1 I have been inquired of by those who asked not, I have been found by those who sought Me not, I have said, 'Behold Me, behold Me,' Unto a nation not calling in My name. 2 I have spread out My hands all the day Unto an apostate people, Who are going in the way not good after their own thoughts. 3 The people who are provoking Me to anger, To My face continually, Sacrificing in gardens, and making perfume on the bricks: 4 Who are dwelling among sepulchres, And lodge in reserved places, Who are eating flesh of the sow, And a piece of abominable things—their vessels. 5 Who are saying, 'Keep to thyself, come not nigh to me, For I have declared thee unholy.' These 'are' a smoke in Mine anger, A fire burning all the day. 6 Lo, it is written before Me: 'I am not silent, but have recompensed; And I have recompensed into their bosom, 7 Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together, said Jehovah, Who have made perfume on the mountains, And on the heights have reproached Me, And I have measured their former work into their bosom.'
8 Thus said Jehovah: As the new wine is found in the cluster, And one hath said, 'Destroy it not for a blessing 'is' in it,' So I do for My servants' sake, not to destroy the whole. 9 And I have brought out from Jacob a seed, And from Judah a possessor of My mount, And possess it do My chosen ones, And My servants do dwell there. 10 And Sharon hath been for the habitation of a flock, And the valley of Achor for the lying down of a herd, For My people who have sought Me.
11 And ye 'are' those forsaking Jehovah, Who are forgetting My holy mountain, Who are setting in array for Gad a table, And who are filling for Meni a mixture. 12 And I have numbered you for the sword, And all of you for slaughter bow down, Because I called, and ye have not answered, I have spoken, and ye have not hearkened, And ye do the evil thing in Mine eyes, And on that which I desired not—fixed. 13 Therefore, thus said the Lord Jehovah: Lo, My servants do eat, and ye do hunger, Lo, My servants do drink, and ye do thirst, Lo, My servants rejoice, and ye are ashamed, 14 Lo, My servants sing from joy of heart, And ye cry from pain of heart, And from breaking of spirit ye do howl. 15 And ye have left your name For an oath for My chosen ones, And the Lord Jehovah hath put thee to death, And to His servants He giveth another name. 16 So that he who is blessing himself in the earth, Doth bless himself In the God of faithfulness, And he who is swearing in the earth, Doth swear by the God of faithfulness, Because the former distresses have been forgotten, And because they have been hid from Mine eyes.
New Heavens and a New Earth
17 For, lo, I am creating new heavens, and a new earth, And the former things are not remembered, Nor do they ascend on the heart. 18 But joy ye, and rejoice for ever, that I 'am' Creator, For, lo, I am creating Jerusalem a rejoicing, And her people a joy. 19 And I have rejoiced in Jerusalem, And have joyed in My people, And not heard in her any more Is the voice of weeping, and the voice of crying. 20 There is not thence any more a suckling of days, And an aged man who doth not complete his days, For the youth a hundred years old dieth, And the sinner, a hundred years old, is lightly esteemed. 21 And they have built houses, and inhabited, And planted vineyards, and eaten their fruit. 22 They do not build, and another inhabit, They do not plant, and another eat, For as the days of a tree 'are' the days of My people, And the work of their hands wear out do My chosen ones. 23 They labour not for a vain thing, Nor do they bring forth for trouble, For the seed of the blessed of Jehovah 'are' they, And their offspring with them. 24 And it hath come to pass, They do not yet call, and I answer, They are yet speaking, and I hear. 25 Wolf and lamb do feed as one, And a lion as an ox eateth straw, As to the serpent—dust 'is' its food, They do no evil, nor destroy, In all My holy mountain, said Jehovah!
The LORD's Judgments and Zion's Future Hope
66 1 Thus said Jehovah: The heavens 'are' My throne, And the earth My footstool, Where 'is' this—the house that ye build for Me? And where 'is' this—the place—My rest? 2 And all these My hand hath made, And all these things are, An affirmation of Jehovah! And unto this one I look attentively, Unto the humble and bruised in spirit, And who is trembling at My word. 3 Whoso slaughtereth the ox smiteth a man, Whoso sacrificeth the lamb beheadeth a dog, Whoso is bringing up a present—The blood of a sow, Whoso is making mention of frankincense, Is blessing iniquity. Yea, they have fixed on their own ways, And in their abominations their soul hath delighted. 4 I also—I fix on their vexations, And their fears I bring in to them, Because I have called, and there is none answering, I spake, and they have not hearkened, And they do the evil things in Mine eyes, And on that which I desired not—fixed.
5 Hear a word of Jehovah, Ye who are trembling unto His word, Said have your brethren who are hating you, Who are driving you out, for My name's sake: 'Honoured is Jehovah, and we look on your joy,' But they are ashamed. 6 A voice of noise 'is' from the city, a voice from the temple, The voice of Jehovah, giving recompence to His enemies. 7 Before she is pained she hath brought forth, Before a pang cometh to her, She hath delivered a male. 8 Who hath heard anything like this? Who hath seen anything like these? Is earth caused to bring forth in one day? Born is a nation at once? For she hath been pained, Zion also hath borne her sons. 9 'Do I bring to the birth, And not cause to bring forth?' saith Jehovah, 'Am not I He who is causing to beget? I have also restrained,' said thy God. 10 Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, And be glad in her, all ye loving her, Rejoice ye with her for joy, All ye are mourning for her, 11 So that ye suck, and have been satisfied, From the breast of her consolations, So that ye wring out, and have delighted yourselves From the abundance of her honour. 12 For thus said Jehovah: 'Lo, I am stretching out to her peace as a river, And as an overflowing stream the honour of nations, And ye have sucked, on the side ye are carried, And on the knees ye are dandled. 13 As one whom his mother comforteth, so do I comfort you, Yea, in Jerusalem ye are comforted. 14 And ye have seen, and rejoiced hath your heart, And your bones as tender grass do flourish, And the hand of Jehovah hath been known unto His servants, And He hath been indignant with His enemies.
15 For, lo, Jehovah in fire cometh, And as a hurricane His chariots, To refresh in fury His anger, And His rebuke in flames of fire. 16 For by fire and by His sword, Doth Jehovah do judgment with all flesh. And many have been Jehovah's pierced ones.' 17 Those sanctifying and cleansing themselves at the gardens, After Ahad in the midst, Eating flesh of the sow, And of the abomination, and of the mouse, Together are consumed, An affirmation of Jehovah. 18 And I—their works and their thoughts, I come to gather all the nations and tongues, And they have come and seen My honour. 19 And I have set among them a sign, And have sent out of them those escaping unto the nations, (Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, drawing bow, Tubal and Javan, the isles that are far off,) Who have not heard My fame, nor seen Mine honour, And they have declared Mine honour among nations. 20 And they have brought all your brethren out of all the nations, A present to Jehovah, On horses, and on chariot, and on litters, And on mules, and on dromedaries, Unto My holy mountain Jerusalem, said Jehovah, As the sons of Israel bring the present in a clean vessel, Into the house of Jehovah. 21 And also of them I take for priests, For Levites, said Jehovah. 22 For, as the new heavens and the new earth that I am making, Are standing before Me, An affirmation of Jehovah! So remain doth your seed and your name. 23 And it hath been from month to month, And from sabbath to sabbath, Come do all flesh to bow themselves before Me, Said Jehovah. 24 And they have gone forth, And looked on the carcases of the men Who are transgressing against me, For their worm dieth not, And their fire is not quenched, And they have been an abhorrence to all flesh!