The Glorious New Creation

17 “For behold, I create (A)new heavens and a new earth;
And the former shall not be remembered or [a]come to mind.
18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create;
For behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing,
And her people a joy.
19 (B)I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
And joy in My people;
The (C)voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her,
Nor the voice of crying.

20 “No more shall an infant from there live but a few days,
Nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days;
For the child shall die one hundred years old,
(D)But the sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed.
21 (E)They shall build houses and inhabit them;
They shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
22 They shall not build and another inhabit;
They shall not plant and (F)another eat;
For (G)as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people,
And (H)My elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
23 They shall not labor in vain,
(I)Nor bring forth children for trouble;
For (J)they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the Lord,
And their offspring with them.

24 “It shall come to pass
That (K)before they call, I will answer;
And while they are still speaking, I will (L)hear.
25 The (M)wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
The lion shall eat straw like the ox,
(N)And dust shall be the serpent’s food.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,”
Says the Lord.

True Worship and False

66 Thus says the Lord:

(O)“Heaven is My throne,
And earth is My footstool.
Where is the house that you will build Me?
And where is the place of My rest?
For all those things My hand has made,
And all those things exist,”
Says the Lord.
(P)“But on this one will I look:
(Q)On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit,
And who trembles at My word.

“He(R) who kills a bull is as if he slays a man;
He who sacrifices a lamb, as if he (S)breaks a dog’s neck;
He who offers a grain offering, as if he offers swine’s blood;
He who burns incense, as if he blesses an idol.
Just as they have chosen their own ways,
And their soul delights in their abominations,
So will I choose their delusions,
And bring their fears on them;
(T)Because, when I called, no one answered,
When I spoke they did not hear;
But they did evil before My eyes,
And chose that in which I do not delight.”


  1. Isaiah 65:17 Lit. come upon the heart

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