Isaiah 65

Judgment and Salvation

1 "I was a sought by those who did not ask for Me;
I was found by those who did not seek Me.
I said, 'Here I am, here I am,'
To a nation that b was not called by My name.
2 c I have stretched out My hands all day long to a d rebellious people,
Who e walk in a way that is not good,
According to their own thoughts;
3 A people f who provoke Me to anger continually to My face;
g Who sacrifice in gardens,
And burn incense on altars of brick;
4 h Who sit among the graves,
And spend the night in the tombs;
i Who eat swine's flesh,
And the broth of 1 abominable things is in their vessels;
5 j Who say, 'Keep to yourself,
Do not come near me,
For I am holier than you!'
These 2 are smoke in My nostrils,
A fire that burns all the day.
6 "Behold, k it is written before Me:
l I will not keep silence, m but will repay -
Even repay into their bosom -
7 Your iniquities and n the iniquities of your fathers together,"
Says the LORD,
o "Who have burned incense on the mountains
p And blasphemed Me on the hills;
Therefore I will measure their former work into their bosom."

8 Thus says the LORD:
"As the new wine is found in the cluster,
And one says, 'Do not destroy it,
For q a blessing is in it,'
So will I do for My servants' sake,
That I may not destroy them r all.
9 I will bring forth descendants from Jacob,
And from Judah an heir of My mountains;
My s elect shall inherit it,
And My servants shall dwell there.
10 t Sharon shall be a fold of flocks,
And u the Valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down,
For My people who have v sought Me.
11 "But you are those who forsake the LORD,
Who forget w My holy mountain,
Who prepare x a table for 3 Gad, 4
And who furnish a drink offering for 5 Meni. 6
12 Therefore I will number you for the sword,
And you shall all bow down to the slaughter;
y Because, when I called, you did not answer;
When I spoke, you did not hear,
But did evil before My eyes,
And chose that in which I do not delight."

13 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD:
"Behold, My servants shall eat,
But you shall be hungry;
Behold, My servants shall drink,
But you shall be thirsty;
Behold, My servants shall rejoice,
But you shall be ashamed;
14 Behold, My servants shall sing for joy of heart,
But you shall cry for sorrow of heart,
And z wail for 7 grief of spirit.
15 You shall leave your name a as a curse to b My chosen;
For the Lord GOD will slay you,
And c call His servants by another name;
16 d So that he who blesses himself in the earth
Shall bless himself in the God of truth;
And e he who swears in the earth
Shall swear by the God of truth;
Because the former troubles are forgotten,
And because they are hidden from My eyes.

New Heavens and a New Earth

17 "For behold, I create f new heavens and a new earth;
And the former shall not be remembered or 8 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 g I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
And joy in My people;
The h 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,
i But the sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed.
21 j 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 k another eat;
For l as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people,
And m My elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
23 They shall not labor in vain,
n Nor bring forth children for trouble;
For o they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the LORD,
And their offspring with them.
24 "It shall come to pass
That p before they call, I will answer;
And while they are still speaking, I will q hear.
25 The r wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
The lion shall eat straw like the ox,
s And dust shall be the serpent's food.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,"
Says the LORD.

  1. Cross References
    Romans 9:24
    Even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
    Romans 10:20
    But Isaiah is very bold and says: "I was found by those who did not seek Me; I was made manifest to those who did not ask for Me.
  2. Cross References
    Isaiah 63:19
    We have become like those of old, over whom You never ruled, Those who were never called by Your name.
  3. Cross References
    Romans 10:21
    But to Israel he says: "All day long I have stretched out My hands To a disobedient and contrary people.
  4. Cross References
    Isaiah 1:2
    Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth! For the LORD has spoken: "I have nourished and brought up children, And they have rebelled against Me.
    Isaiah 1:23
    Your princes are rebellious, And companions of thieves; Everyone loves bribes, And follows after rewards. They do not defend the fatherless, Nor does the cause of the widow come before them.
  5. Cross References
    Isaiah 42:24
    Who gave Jacob for plunder, and Israel to the robbers? Was it not the LORD, He against whom we have sinned? For they would not walk in His ways, Nor were they obedient to His law.
  6. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 32:21
    They have provoked Me to jealousy by what is not God; They have moved Me to anger by their foolish idols. But I will provoke them to jealousy by those who are not a nation; I will move them to anger by a foolish nation.
  7. Cross References
    Isaiah 1:29
    For they shall be ashamed of the terebinth trees Which you have desired; And you shall be embarrassed because of the gardens Which you have chosen.
  8. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 18:11
    Or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.
  9. Cross References
    Leviticus 11:7
    And the swine, though it divides the hoof, having cloven hooves, yet does not chew the cud, is unclean to you.
    Isaiah 66:17
    Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves, To go to the gardens After an idol in the midst, Eating swine's flesh and the abomination and the mouse, Shall be consumed together," says the LORD.
  10. Cross References
    Matthew 9:11
    And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, "Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?
    Luke 7:39
    Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, "This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.
    Luke 18:9 - 12
    Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
  11. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 32:34
    Is this not laid up in store with Me, Sealed up among My treasures?
  12. Cross References
    Psalms 50:3
    Our God shall come, and shall not keep silent; A fire shall devour before Him, And it shall be very tempestuous all around Him.
  13. Cross References
    Psalms 79:12
    And return to our neighbors sevenfold into their bosom Their reproach with which they have reproached You, O Lord.
  14. Cross References
    Exodus 20:5
    You shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me.
  15. Cross References
    Ezekiel 18:6
    If he has not eaten on the mountains, Nor lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, Nor defiled his neighbor's wife, Nor approached a woman during her impurity.
  16. Cross References
    Isaiah 57:7
    On a lofty and high mountain You have set your bed; Even there you went up To offer sacrifice.
    Ezekiel 20:27
    Therefore, son of man, speak to the house of Israel, and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "In this too your fathers have blasphemed Me, by being unfaithful to Me.
    Ezekiel 20:28
    When I brought them into the land concerning which I had raised My hand in an oath to give them, and they saw all the high hills and all the thick trees, there they offered their sacrifices and provoked Me with their offerings. There they also sent up their sweet aroma and poured out their drink offerings.
  17. Cross References
    Joel 2:14
    Who knows if He will turn and relent, And leave a blessing behind Him - A grain offering and a drink offering For the LORD your God?
  18. Cross References
    Isaiah 1:9
    Unless the LORD of hosts Had left to us a very small remnant, We would have become like Sodom, We would have been made like Gomorrah.
    Amos 9:8
    Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are on the sinful kingdom, And I will destroy it from the face of the earth; Yet I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob," Says the LORD.
    Amos 9:9
    For surely I will command, And will sift the house of Israel among all nations, As grain is sifted in a sieve; Yet not the smallest grain shall fall to the ground.
  19. Cross References
    Matthew 24:22
    And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened.
  20. Cross References
    Isaiah 33:9
    The earth mourns and languishes, Lebanon is shamed and shriveled; Sharon is like a wilderness, And Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits.
  21. Cross References
    Joshua 7:24
    Then Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, the silver, the garment, the wedge of gold, his sons, his daughters, his oxen, his donkeys, his sheep, his tent, and all that he had, and they brought them to the Valley of Achor.
    Hosea 2:15
    I will give her her vineyards from there, And the Valley of Achor as a door of hope; She shall sing there, As in the days of her youth, As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.
  22. Cross References
    Isaiah 55:6
    Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.
  23. Cross References
    Isaiah 56:7
    Even them I will bring to My holy mountain, And make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices Will be accepted on My altar; For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.
  24. Cross References
    Ezekiel 23:41
    You sat on a stately couch, with a table prepared before it, on which you had set My incense and My oil.
    1 Corinthians 10:21
    You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord's table and of the table of demons.
  25. Cross References
    2 Chronicles 36:15
    And the LORD God of their fathers sent warnings...
    2 Chronicles 36:16
    But they mocked the messengers of God, despised...
    Proverbs 1:24
    Because I have called and you refused, I have s...
    Isaiah 41:28
    For I looked, and there was no man; I looked am...
    Isaiah 50:2
    Why, when I came, was there no man? Why, when I...
    Isaiah 66:4
    So will I choose their delusions, And bring the...
    Jeremiah 7:13
    And now, because you have done all these works,...
  26. Cross References
    Matthew 8:12
    "But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
    Luke 13:28
    There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out.
  27. Cross References
    Jeremiah 29:22
    And because of them a curse shall be taken up by all the captivity of Judah who are in Babylon, saying, "The LORD make you like Zedekiah and Ahab, whom the king of Babylon roasted in the fire".
    Zechariah 8:13
    And it shall come to pass That just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, So I will save you, and you shall be a blessing. Do not fear, Let your hands be strong.
  28. Cross References
    Isaiah 65:9
    I will bring forth descendants from Jacob, And from Judah an heir of My mountains; My elect shall inherit it, And My servants shall dwell there.
    Isaiah 65:22
    They shall not build and another inhabit; They shall not plant and another eat; For as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people, And My elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
  29. Cross References
    Acts 11:26
    And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
  30. Cross References
    Psalms 72:17
    His name shall endure forever; His name shall continue as long as the sun. And men shall be blessed in Him; All nations shall call Him blessed.
    Jeremiah 4:2
    And you shall swear, 'The LORD lives,' In truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; The nations shall bless themselves in Him, And in Him they shall glory.
  31. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 6:13
    You shall fear the LORD your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths in His name.
    Zephaniah 1:5
    Those who worship the host of heaven on the housetops; Those who worship and swear oaths by the LORD, But who also swear by Milcom.
  32. Cross References
    Isaiah 51:16
    And I have put My words in your mouth; I have covered you with the shadow of My hand, That I may plant the heavens, Lay the foundations of the earth, And say to Zion, 'You are My people.'
    Isaiah 66:22
    For as the new heavens and the new earth Which I will make shall remain before Me," says the LORD, "So shall your descendants and your name remain.
    2 Peter 3:13
    Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
    Revelation 21:1
    Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.
  33. Cross References
    Isaiah 62:4
    You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, Nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; But you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; For the LORD delights in you, And your land shall be married.
    Isaiah 62:5
    For as a young man marries a virgin, So shall your sons marry you; And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, So shall your God rejoice over you.
  34. Cross References
    Isaiah 35:10
    And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, And come to Zion with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, And sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
    Isaiah 51:11
    So the ransomed of the LORD shall return, And come to Zion with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness; Sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
    Revelation 7:17
    "for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."
    Revelation 21:4
    "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."
  35. Cross References
    Ecclesiastes 8:12
    Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days are prolonged, yet I surely know that it will be well with those who fear God, who fear before Him.
    Ecclesiastes 8:13
    But it will not be well with the wicked; nor will he prolong his days, which are as a shadow, because he does not fear before God.
    Isaiah 3:11
    Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, For the reward of his hands shall be given him.
    Isaiah 22:14
    Then it was revealed in my hearing by the LORD of hosts, "Surely for this iniquity there will be no atonement for you, Even to your death," says the Lord GOD of hosts.
  36. Cross References
    Ezekiel 28:26
    "And they will dwell safely there, build houses, and plant vineyards; yes, they will dwell securely, when I execute judgments on all those around them who despise them. Then they shall know that I am the LORD their God." '"
    Ezekiel 45:4
    It shall be a holy section of the land, belonging to the priests, the ministers of the sanctuary, who come near to minister to the LORD; it shall be a place for their houses and a holy place for the sanctuary.
    Hosea 11:11
    They shall come trembling like a bird from Egypt, Like a dove from the land of Assyria. And I will let them dwell in their houses," Says the LORD.
    Amos 9:14
    I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; They shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; They shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; They shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them.
  37. Cross References
    Isaiah 62:8
    The LORD has sworn by His right hand And by the arm of His strength: "Surely I will no longer give your grain As food for your enemies; And the sons of the foreigner shall not drink your new wine, For which you have labored.
    Isaiah 62:9
    But those who have gathered it shall eat it, And praise the LORD; Those who have brought it together shall drink it in My holy courts.
  38. Cross References
    Psalms 92:12
    The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
  39. Cross References
    Isaiah 65:9
    I will bring forth descendants from Jacob, And from Judah an heir of My mountains; My elect shall inherit it, And My servants shall dwell there.
    Isaiah 65:15
    You shall leave your name as a curse to My chosen; For the Lord GOD will slay you, And call His servants by another name.
  40. Cross References
    Hosea 9:12
    Though they bring up their children, Yet I will bereave them to the last man. Yes, woe to them when I depart from them!
  41. Cross References
    Isaiah 61:9
    Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles, And their offspring among the people. All who see them shall acknowledge them, That they are the posterity whom the LORD has blessed.
    Jeremiah 32:38
    They shall be My people, and I will be their God.
    Jeremiah 32:39
    Then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them.
    Acts 2:39
    "For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call."
  42. Cross References
    Psalms 91:15
    He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.
    Isaiah 58:9
    Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, 'Here I am.' "If you take away the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness.
  43. Cross References
    Isaiah 30:19
    For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem; You shall weep no more. He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; When He hears it, He will answer you.
    Daniel 9:20 - 23
    Now while I was speaking, praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God.
  44. Cross References
    Isaiah 11:6 - 9
    The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, The leopard shall lie down with the young goat, The calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little child shall lead them.
  45. Cross References
    Genesis 3:14
    So the LORD God said to the serpent: Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life.
    Micah 7:17
    They shall lick the dust like a serpent; They shall crawl from their holes like snakes of the earth. They shall be afraid of the LORD our God, And shall fear because of You.
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