66:1 This is what the
“The heavens are my throne
and the earth is my footstool.
Where then is the house you will build for me?
Where is the place where I will rest?
66:2 My hand made them;1
that is how they came to be,”2 says the
I show special favor3 to the humble and contrite,
who respect what I have to say.4
66:3 The one who slaughters a bull also strikes down a man;5
the one who sacrifices a lamb also breaks a dog’s neck;6
the one who presents an offering includes pig’s blood with it;7
the one who offers incense also praises an idol.8
They have decided to behave this way;9
they enjoy these disgusting practices.10
66:4 So I will choose severe punishment11 for them;
I will bring on them what they dread,
because I called, and no one responded,
I spoke and they did not listen.
They did evil before me;12
they chose to do what displeases me.”
66:5 Hear the word of the
you who respect what he has to say!13
Your countrymen,14 who hate you
and exclude you, supposedly for the sake of my name,
say, “May the
then we will witness your joy.”15
But they will be put to shame.
66:6 The sound of battle comes from the city;
the sound comes from the temple!
It is the sound of the
66:7 Before she goes into labor, she gives birth!
Before her contractions begin, she delivers a boy!
66:8 Who has ever heard of such a thing?
Who has ever seen this?
Can a country16 be brought forth in one day?
Can a nation be born in a single moment?
Yet as soon as Zion goes into labor she gives birth to sons!
66:9 “Do I bring a baby to the birth opening and then not deliver it?”
“Or do I bring a baby to the point of delivery and then hold it back?”
asks your God.17
66:10 Be happy for Jerusalem
and rejoice with her, all you who love her!
Share in her great joy,
all you who have mourned over her!
66:11 For18 you will nurse from her satisfying breasts and be nourished;19
you will feed with joy from her milk-filled breasts.20
66:12 For this is what the
“Look, I am ready to extend to her prosperity that will flow like a river,
the riches of nations will flow into her like a stream that floods its banks.21
You will nurse from her breast22 and be carried at her side;
you will play on her knees.
66:13 As a mother consoles a child,23
so I will console you,
and you will be consoled over Jerusalem.”
66:14 When you see this, you will be happy,24
and you will be revived.25
and his anger to his enemies.26
66:15 For look, the
his chariots come like a windstorm,27
to reveal his raging anger,
his battle cry, and his flaming arrows.28
66:16 For the
with fire and his sword;
66:17 “As for those who consecrate and ritually purify themselves so they can follow their leader and worship in the sacred orchards,31 those who eat the flesh of pigs and other disgusting creatures, like mice32 – they will all be destroyed together,”33 says the