The Humble and Contrite in Spirit

Isaiah 66

1 Thus says the LORD:
a "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?
2 For all those things My hand has made,
And all those things exist,"
Says the LORD.
b "But on this one will I look:
c On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit,
And who trembles at My word.

3 "He d who kills a bull is as if he slays a man;
He who sacrifices a lamb, as if he e 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,
4 So will I choose their delusions,
And bring their fears on them;
f 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."

5 Hear the word of the LORD,
You who tremble at His word:
"Your brethren who g hated you,
Who cast you out for My name's sake, said,
h 'Let the LORD be glorified,
That i we may see your joy.'
But they shall be ashamed."

6 The sound of noise from the city!
A voice from the temple!
The voice of the LORD,
Who fully repays His enemies!

  1. Cross References
    1 Kings 8:27
    But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built!
    2 Chronicles 6:18
    But will God indeed dwell with men on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built!
    Psalms 11:4
    The LORD is in His holy temple, The LORD's throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.
    Matthew 5:34
    But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God's throne.
    Acts 17:24
    God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 34:18
    The LORD is near to those who have a broken hea...
    Isaiah 57:15
    For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabi...
    Isaiah 61:1
    The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because ...
    Matthew 5:3
    Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is t...
    Matthew 5:4
    Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be ...
    Luke 18:13
    "And the tax collector, standing afar off, woul...
    Luke 18:14
    "I tell you, this man went down to his house ju...
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 34:18
    The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.
    Psalms 51:17
    The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart - These, O God, You will not despise.
  4. Cross References
    Isaiah 1:10 - 17
    Hear the word of the LORD, You rulers of Sodom; Give ear to the law of our God, You people of Gomorrah:
    Isaiah 58:1 - 7
    Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their transgression, And the house of Jacob their sins.
    Micah 6:7
    Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, Ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
    Micah 6:8
    He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?
  5. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 23:18
    You shall not bring the wages of a harlot or the price of a dog to the house of the LORD your God for any vowed offering, for both of these are an abomination to the LORD your God.
  6. Cross References
    Proverbs 1:24
    Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded.
    Isaiah 65:12
    Therefore I will number you for the sword, And you shall all bow down to the slaughter; 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.
    Jeremiah 7:13
    And now, because you have done all these works," says the LORD, "and I spoke to you, rising up early and speaking, but you did not hear, and I called you, but you did not answer.
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 38:20
    Those also who render evil for good, They are my adversaries, because I follow what is good.
    Isaiah 60:15
    Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, So that no one went through you, I will make you an eternal excellence, A joy of many generations.
    Luke 6:22
    Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, And revile you, and cast out your name as evil, For the Son of Man's sake.
    Luke 6:23
    Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, For in like manner their fathers did to the prophets.
  8. Cross References
    Isaiah 5:19
    That say, "Let Him make speed and hasten His work, That we may see it; And let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near and come, That we may know it.
  9. Cross References
    2 Thessalonians 1:10
    When He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.
    Titus 2:13
    Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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