65 I, the Lord, was ready answer even those who were not asking and to be found by those who were not searching. To a nation that refused to worship me,[a] I said, “Here I am!”
2 All day long I have reached out to stubborn and sinful people going their own way. 3 They keep making me angry by sneering at me, while offering sacrifices to idols in gardens and burning incense to them on bricks. 4 They spend their nights hiding in burial caves; they eat the meat of pigs,[b] cooked in sauces made of stuff unfit to eat. 5 And then they say to others, “Don’t come near us! We’re dedicated to God.” Such people are like smoke, irritating my nose all day. 6 I have written this down; I won’t keep silent. I’ll pay them back just as their sins deserve. 7 I, the Lord, will make them pay for their sins and for those of their ancestors— they have disgraced me by burning incense on mountains.
8 Here is what the Lord says: A cluster of grapes that produces wine is worth keeping! So, because of my servants, I won’t destroy everyone. 9 I have chosen the people of Israel and Judah, and I will bless them with many descendants. They will settle here in this land of mountains, and it will be theirs.
65.1refused. . . me: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
65.4burial. . . pigs: Coming in contact with the dead or eating the meat of pigs made a person unacceptable to God.
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