NASB — Isaiah 66 — KJV

Heaven Is God’s Throne

1 Thus says the LORD,
  “aHeaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool.
  Where then is a bhouse you could build for Me?
  And where is a place that II may rest?
  2 “For aMy hand made all these things,
  Thus all these things came into being,” declares the LORD.
  “But to this one I will look,
  To him who is humble and bcontrite of spirit, and who ctrembles at My word.

[1] ILit is My resting place? a1K 8:27; Ps 11:4; Mt 5:34, 35; 23:22 b2S 7:5-7; Jr 7:4; Jn 4:20, 21; Ac 7:48-50
[2] aIs 40:26 bPs 34:18; Is 57:15; Mt 5:3, 4; Lk 18:13, 14 cPs 119:120; Is 66:5

Hypocrisy Rebuked

  3 ¶ “[But] he who kills an ox is [like] one who slays a man;
  He who sacrifices a lamb is [like] the one who breaks a dog’s neck;
  He who offers a grain offering [is like one who offers] aswine’s blood;
  He who Ibburns incense is [like] the one who blesses an idol.
  As they have chosen their c[own] ways,
  And their soul delights in their dabominations,
  4 So I will achoose their Ipunishments
  And will bbring on them what they dread.
  Because I called, but cno one answered;
  I spoke, but they did not listen.
  And they did devil in My sight
  And chose that in which I did not delight.”
  5 Hear the word of the LORD, you who atremble at His word:
  “Your brothers who bhate you, who cexclude you for My name’s sake,
  Have said, ‘Let the LORD be glorified, that we may see your joy.’
  But dthey will be put to shame.
  6 “A voice of uproar from the city, a voice from the temple,
  The voice of the LORD who is arendering recompense to His enemies.

[3] ILit offers a memorial of incense aIs 65:4 bLv 2:2; Is 1:13 cIs 57:17; 65:2 dIs 44:19
[4] ILit ill treatments aPv 1:31, 32; Is 65:7 bPv 10:24 cPv 1:24; Is 65:12; Jr 7:13 d2K 21:2, 6; Is 59:7; 65:12; Jr 7:30
[5] aIs 66:2 bPs 38:20; Is 60:15 cMt 5:10-12; 10:22; Jn 9:34; 15:18-20 dLk 13:17
[6] aIs 59:18; 65:6; Jol 3:7

  7 ¶ “Before she travailed, ashe brought forth;
  Before her pain came, bshe gave birth to a boy.
  8aWho has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things?
  Can a land be Iborn in one day?
  Can a nation be brought forth all at once?
  As soon as Zion travailed, she also brought forth her sons.
  9 “Shall I bring to the point of birth and anot give delivery?” says the LORD.
  “Or shall I who gives delivery shut [the womb]?” says your God.

[7] aIs 37:3; 54:1 bRv 12:5
[8] ILit travailed with aIs 64:4
[9] aIs 37:3

Joy in Jerusalem’s Future

  10 “Be ajoyful with Jerusalem and rejoice for her, all you who blove her;
  Be exceedingly cglad with her, all you who mourn over her,
  11 That you may nurse and abe satisfied with her comforting breasts,
  That you may suck and be delighted with her bbountiful bosom.”
  12 For thus says the LORD, “Behold, I extend apeace to her like a river,
  And the bglory of the nations like an overflowing stream;
  And you will Ibe nursed, you will be ccarried on the IIhip and fondled on the knees.
  13 “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will acomfort you;
  And you will be comforted in Jerusalem.”
  14 Then you will asee [this], and your bheart will be glad,
  And your cbones will flourish like the new grass;
  And the dhand of the LORD will be made known to His servants,
  But He will be eindignant toward His enemies.
  15 For behold, the LORD will come in afire
  And His bchariots like the whirlwind,
  To render His anger with fury,
  And His rebuke with flames of fire.
  16 For the LORD will execute judgment by afire
  And by His bsword on all flesh,
  And those slain by the LORD will be many.
  17 “Those who sanctify and purify themselves [to go] to the agardens,
  IFollowing one in the center,
  Who eat bswine’s flesh, detestable things and mice,
  Will ccome to an end altogether,” declares the LORD.

[10] aDt 32:43; Is 65:18; Ro 15:10 bPs 26:8; 122:6 cPs 137:6
[11] aIs 49:23; 60:16; Jol 3:18 bIs 60:1, 2; 62:2
[12] ILit nurse IILit side aPs 72:3, 7; Is 48:18 bIs 60:5; 61:6 cIs 60:4
[13] aIs 12:1; 40:1, 2; 49:13; 51:3; 2Co 1:3, 4
[14] aIs 33:20 bZc 10:7 cPv 3:8; Is 58:11 dEzr 7:9; 8:31 eIs 10:5; 13:5; 34:2
[15] aIs 10:17; 30:27, 33; 31:9 bPs 68:17; Is 5:28; Hab 3:8
[16] aIs 30:30; Ezk 38:22 bIs 65:12; Ezk 38:21
[17] ILit After aIs 1:29; 65:3 bLv 11:7; Is 65:4 cIs 1:28, 31

18 ¶ “For I Iknow their works and their athoughts; IIthe time is coming to bgather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My glory. 19 I will set a asign among them and will send survivors from them to the nations: bTarshish, IPut, cLud, IIMeshech, dTubal and IIIJavan, to the distant ecoastlands that have neither heard My fame nor seen My glory. And they will fdeclare My glory among the nations. 20 Then they shall abring all your brethren from all the nations as a grain offering to the LORD, on horses, in chariots, in litters, on mules and on camels, to My bholy mountain Jerusalem,” says the LORD, “just as the sons of Israel bring their grain offering in a cclean vessel to the house of the LORD. 21 I will also take some of them for apriests [and] for Levites,” says the LORD.
  22 “For just as the anew heavens and the new earth
  Which I make will endure before Me,” declares the LORD,
  “So your boffspring and your cname will endure.
  23 “And it shall be from anew moon to new moon
  And from sabbath to sabbath,
  All Imankind will come to bbow down before Me,” says the LORD.
  24 “Then they will go forth and look
  On the acorpses of the men
  Who have Ibtransgressed against Me.
  For their cworm will not die
  dAnd their fire will not be quenched;
  And they will be an eabhorrence to all IImankind.”

[18] ISo with Gr; Heb omits know IILit it is coming aIs 59:7; 65:2 bIs 45:22-25; Jr 3:17
[19] ISo with Gr; Heb Pul IISo with Gr; Heb those who draw the bow IIII.e. Greece aIs 11:10, 12; 49:22; 62:10 bIs 2:16; 60:9 cEzk 27:10 dGn 10:2 eIs 11:11; 24:15; 60:9 f1Ch 16:24; Is 42:12
[20] aIs 43:6; 49:22; 60:4 bIs 2:2, 3; 11:9; 56:7; 65:11, 25 cIs 52:11
[21] aEx 19:6; Is 61:6; 1P 2:5, 9
[22] aIs 65:17; He 12:26, 27; 2P 3:13; Rv 21:1 bIs 61:8, 9; 65:22, 23; Jn 10:27-29; 1P 1:4, 5 cIs 56:5
[23] ILit flesh aIs 1:13, 14; Ezk 46:1, 6 bIs 19:21, 23; 27:13; 49:7
[24] IOr rebelled IILit flesh aIs 5:25; 34:3 bIs 1:28; 24:20 cIs 14:11; Mk 9:48 dIs 1:31; Mt 3:12 eDn 12:2


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The glorious God will be served in humble sincerety.

1 ¶ Thus saith the LORD, The heaven [is] my throne, and the earth [is] my footstool: where [is] the house that ye build unto me? and where [is] the place of my rest? 2 For all those [things] hath mine hand made, and all those [things] have been, saith the LORD: but to this [man] will I look, [even] to [him that is] poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. 3 He that killeth an ox [is as if] he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, [as if] he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, [as if he offered] swine's blood; he that burneth incense, [as if] he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. 4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose [that] in which I delighted not.

[1] 2S 7:5; 1K 8:27; 1Ch 28:2; 2Ch 6:18; Ps 11:4; 99:9; 132:7; Jr 7:4; Mal 1:11; Mt 5:34; 23:21; 24:2; Jn 4:20; Ac 7:48; 17:24.
[2] Gn 1:1; 2K 22:19; 2Ch 34:27; Ezr 9:4; 10:3; Ps 34:18; 51:17; 119:120, 161; 138:6; Pv 28:14; Is 40:26; 57:15; 61:1; 66:5; Jr 31:19; Ezk 9:4; Hab 3:16; Mt 5:3; Lk 18:13; Ac 9:6; 16:29; Php 2:12; Col 1:17; He 1:2.
[3] Lv 2:2; Dt 14:8; 23:18; Jg 5:8; 10:14; Pv 15:8; 21:27; Is 1:11; 65:3, 12; 66:17; Am 5:21.
[4] 1K 22:19; 2K 21:2, 6; Ps 81:12; Pv 1:24, 31; 10:24; Is 50:2; 65:3, 12; Jr 7:13; Mt 22:2; 24:24; 2Th 2:10.

He comforteth the humble with the marvellous generation,

5 ¶ Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed. 6 A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence to his enemies. 7 Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. 8 Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? [or] shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. 9 Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut [the womb]? saith thy God.

[5] Ps 38:20; Pv 13:13; So 1:6; Is 5:19; 66:2; Jr 36:16, 23; Mt 5:10; 10:22; Lk 6:22; Jn 9:34; 15:18; 16:2; Ac 2:33; 26:9; 1Th 2:15; 2Th 1:6; Tit 2:13; He 9:28; 1P 4:12; 1Jn 3:13.
[6] Is 34:8; 59:18; 65:5; Jol 3:7; Am 1:2.
[7] Is 54:1; Ga 4:26; Rv 12:1.
[8] Is 49:20; 64:4; Ac 2:41; 4:4; 21:20; Ro 15:18; 1Co 2:9.
[9] Gn 18:14; Is 37:3.

and with the gracious benefits of the Church.

10 Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her: 11 That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory. 12 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon [her] sides, and be dandled upon [her] knees. 13 As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem. 14 And when ye see [this], your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the LORD shall be known toward his servants, and [his] indignation toward his enemies.

[10] Dt 32:43; Ps 26:8; 84:1; 122:6; 137:6; Is 44:23; 61:2; 65:18; Ezk 9:4; Jn 16:20; Ro 15:9; Rv 11:3.
[11] Ps 36:8; Is 60:5, 16; Jol 3:18; 1P 2:2.
[12] Ps 72:3; Is 9:7; 45:14; 48:18; 49:19; 54:3; 60:4, 5, 16; 66:11, 19.
[13] Ps 137:6; Is 51:3; 65:18; 66:10; 1Th 2:7.
[14] Ezr 7:9; 8:18, 22, 31; Pv 3:8; 17:22; Is 26:19; 65:12; 66:5; Ezk 37:1; Ho 14:4; Zc 10:7; Mal 3:18; Jn 16:22; He 10:27.

God's severe judgments against the wicked.

15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. 16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many. 17 They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one [tree] in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD. 18 For I [know] their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.

[15] Ps 11:6; 21:9; 50:3; 97:3; Is 30:27, 33; Jr 4:3; Dn 11:40; Am 7:4; Mt 22:7; 2Th 1:6; 2P 3:10.
[16] Is 27:1; 34:5; Ezk 38:21; 39:2; Rv 19:11.
[17] Lv 11:2; Dt 14:3; Is 1:29; 65:3.
[18] Dt 31:21; Jb 42:2; Ps 67:2; 72:11, 17; 82:8; 86:9; Is 2:2; 37:28; 66:10; Ezk 38:10; 39:21; Jol 3:2; Am 5:12; Mt 9:4; 12:25; Lk 5:22; Jn 5:42; 17:24; Ro 15:8; 16:26; 1Co 3:20; 2Co 4:4; He 4:12; Rv 2:2, 9, 13; 11:15.

The Gentiles shall have an holy Church,

19 And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, [to] Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, [to] Tubal, and Javan, [to] the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles. 20 And they shall bring all your brethren [for] an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD. 21 And I will also take of them for priests [and] for Levites, saith the LORD. 22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. 23 And it shall come to pass, [that] from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.

[19] Gn 10:4, 13; 1Ch 1:7, 11; Ps 72:10; Is 11:10; 18:3, 7; 24:15; 29:24; 42:4; 43:6; 49:1, 12; 51:5; 52:15; 55:5; 62:10; 65:1; Ezk 27:10, 13; 30:5; 38:2; 39:1; Zp 2:11; Mal 1:11; Mt 7:11; 28:19; Mk 16:15; Lk 2:34; Ro 11:1; 15:21; Ep 3:8.
[20] Is 11:9; 43:6; 49:12; 54:3; 56:7; 60:3, 9; 65:11, 25; Ro 12:1; 15:16; Php 2:17; 1P 2:5.
[21] Ex 19:6; Is 61:6; Jr 13:18; 1P 2:5, 9; Rv 1:6; 5:10; 20:6.
[22] Is 65:17; Mt 28:20; Jn 10:27; He 12:27; 1P 1:4; 2P 3:13; Rv 21:1.
[23] 2K 4:23; Ps 65:2; 81:3; 86:9; Is 1:13; Ezk 46:1, 6; Zc 8:20; 14:14, 16; Mal 1:11; Jn 4:23; Col 2:16; Rv 15:4.

and see the damnation of the wicked.

24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

[24] Ps 58:10; Is 14:11; 34:10; 65:15; 66:16; Ezk 39:9; Dn 12:2; Zc 14:12, 18; Mt 3:12; Mk 9:44; 1Th 2:15; Rv 14:10; 19:17.


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