1I am inquired of by those who didn’t ask; I am found by those who didn’t
seek me: I said, See me, see me, to a nation that was not called by my name.
2I have spread out my hands all the day to a rebellious people, who walk
in a way that is not good, after their own thoughts;
3a people who
provoke me to my face continually, sacrificing in gardens, and burning
incense on bricks;
4who sit among the graves, and lodge in the secret
places; who eat pig’s flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their
5who say, Stand by yourself, don’t come near to me, for I am
holier than you. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burns all the day.
6Behold, it is written before me: I will not keep silence, but will
recompense, yes, I will recompense into their bosom,
iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together, says Yahweh, who
have burned incense on the mountains, and blasphemed me on the hills;
therefore will I first measure their work into their bosom.
Yahweh, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one says, Don’t destroy
it, for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants’ sake, that I may
not destroy them all.
9I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of
Judah an inheritor of my mountains; and my chosen shall inherit it, and my
servants shall dwell there.
10Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the
valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down in, for my people who have
11But you who forsake Yahweh, who forget my holy
mountain, who prepare a table for Fortune, and who fill up mixed wine to
12I will destine you to 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 you did that which was evil in my
eyes, and chose that in which I didn’t delight.
13Therefore thus says the
Lord Yahweh, 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 disappointed;
servants shall sing for joy of heart, but you shall cry for sorrow of
heart, and shall wail for vexation of spirit.
15You shall leave your
name for a curse to my chosen; and the Lord Yahweh will kill you; and he will
call his servants by another name:
16so that he who blesses himself in
the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he who swears in the
earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are
forgotten, and because they are hid from my eyes.
17For, behold, I create
new heavens and a new earth; and the former things shall not be remembered,
nor come into mind.
18But be you glad and rejoice forever in that
which I create; for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a
19I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people; and there shall
be heard in her no more the voice of weeping and the voice of crying.
20There shall be no more there an infant of days, nor an old man who has
not filled his days; for the child shall die one hundred years old, and the
sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed.
21They shall build
houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit
22They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not
plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree shall be the days of my
people, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth for calamity; for they are the seed
of the blessed of Yahweh, and their offspring with them.
happen that, before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet
speaking, I will hear.
25The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and
the lion shall eat straw like the ox; and dust shall be the serpent’s food.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, says Yahweh.