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Isaiah 66:1-6 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

The Worship God Demands

66 Thus says the Lord:
“Heaven is my throne
    and the earth is my footstool;
what is the house which you would build for me,
    and what is the place of my rest?
All these things my hand has made,
    and so all these things are mine,[a]
                says the Lord.
But this is the man to whom I will look,
    he that is humble and contrite in spirit,
    and trembles at my word.

“He who slaughters an ox is like him who kills a man;
    he who sacrifices a lamb, like him who breaks a dog’s neck;
he who presents a cereal offering, like him who offers swine’s blood;
    he who makes a memorial offering of frankincense, like him who blesses an idol.
These have chosen their own ways,
    and their soul delights in their abominations;
I also will choose affliction for them,
    and bring their fears upon them;
because, when I called, no one answered,
    when I spoke they did not listen;
but they did what was evil in my eyes,
    and chose that in which I did not delight.”

The Lord Vindicates Zion

Hear the word of the Lord,
    you who tremble at his word:
“Your brethren who hate you
    and cast you out for my name’s sake
have said, ‘Let the Lord be glorified,
    that we may see your joy’;
    but it is they who shall be put to shame.

“Hark, an uproar from the city!
    A voice from the temple!
The voice of the Lord,
    rendering recompense to his enemies!


  1. Isaiah 66:2 Gk Syr: Heb came to be
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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