The Humble and Contrite in Spirit

Isaiah 66

1 God's Message: "Heaven's my throne,
earth is my footstool.
What sort of house could you build for me?
What holiday spot reserve for me?
I made all this! I own all this!"
God's Decree.
"But there is something I'm looking for:
a person simple and plain,
reverently responsive to what I say.

3 "Your acts of worship
are acts of sin:
Your sacrificial slaughter of the ox
is no different from murdering the neighbor;
Your offerings for worship,
no different from dumping pig's blood on the altar;
Your presentation of memorial gifts,
no different from honoring a no-god idol.
You choose self-serving worship,
you delight in self-centered worship - disgusting!
Well, I choose to expose your nonsense
and let you realize your worst fears,
Because when I invited you, you ignored me;
when I spoke to you, you brushed me off.
You did the very things I exposed as evil,
you chose what I hate."

5 But listen to what God has to say
to you who reverently respond to his Word:
"Your own families hate you
and turn you out because of me.
They taunt you, 'Let us see God's glory!
If God's so great, why aren't you happy?'
But they're the ones
who are going to end up shamed."

6 Rumbles of thunder from the city!
A voice out of the Temple!
God's voice,
handing out judgment to his enemies:

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