Isaiah 66New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
The Lord Judges Some People and Blesses Others
66 The Lord says,
“Heaven is my throne.
“The people I value are not proud.
5 Listen to the word of the Lord.
7 “Zion is like a woman who has a baby
12 The Lord continues,
“I will cause peace to flow over her like a river.
14 When you see that happen, your hearts will be filled with joy.
17 “Some people set themselves apart and make themselves pure. They do it so they can go into the gardens to worship other gods. They follow what the worship leader tells them to do. They are among those who eat the meat of pigs and rats. They also eat other ‘unclean’ things. Those people and the one they follow will come to a horrible end,” announces the Lord.
18 “They have planned to do many evil things. And they have carried out their plans. So I will come and gather the people of every nation and language. They will see my glory when I act.
19 “I will give them a sign. I will send to the nations some of those who are left alive. I will send some of them to the people of Tarshish, Libya and Lydia, who are famous for using bows. I will send others to Tubal and Greece. And I will send still others to islands far away. The people who live there have not heard about my fame. They have not seen my glory. But when I act, those I send will tell the nations about my glory. 20 And they will bring back all the people of Israel from all those nations. They will bring them to my holy mountain in Jerusalem. My people will ride on horses, mules and camels. They will come in chariots and wagons,” says the Lord. “Those messengers will bring my people as an offering to me. They will bring them to my temple, just as the Israelites bring their grain offerings in bowls that are ‘clean.’ 21 And I will choose some of them to be priests and Levites,” says the Lord.
22 “I will make new heavens and a new earth. And they will last forever,” announces the Lord. “In the same way, your name and your children after you will last forever. 23 Everyone will come and bow down to me. They will do it at every New Moon feast and on every Sabbath day,” says the Lord. 24 “When they go out of Jerusalem, they will see the dead bodies of those who refused to obey me. The worms that eat their bodies will not die. The fire that burns them will not be put out. It will make everyone sick just to look at them.”
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