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Chapter 66

1 Thus said Jehovah/God,
The heaven is My throne,
and the earth is My footstool.

Where is the house that you build unto Me?

And where is the place of My rest?

2 For all those things has My hand made,
and all those things have been,
said Jehovah/God.

But to this man will I look,
even to him who is poor
and of a contrite spirit,
and trembles at My word.

3 He who kills an ox is as if he slew a man.

He who sacrifices a lamb,
as if he cut off a dog's neck.

He who offers an oblation,
as if he offered swine's blood.

He who burns incense,
as if he blessed an idol.

Yes, they have chosen their own ways,
and their soul delights 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 spoke,
they did not hear.

But they did evil before My eyes,
and chose that in which I delighted not.

5 'Hear, listen and obey' {shama`}
the Word/doctrinal communication {dabar}
of Jehovah/God,
you who tremble at His word;
Your brethren who hated you,
who cast you out for my name's sake, said,
Let Jehovah/God 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 Jehovah/God
Who renders recompense to his enemies.

7 Before she travailed/'was in child birth',
she brought forth.

Before her pain came,
she was delivered of a man child.

8 Who has heard such a thing?

Who has 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/'went into child birth',
she brought forth her children.

9 Shall I bring to the birth,
and not cause to bring forth?
said Jehovah/God.

Shall I cause to bring forth,
and shut the womb?
said your 'Elohiym/Godhead.

10 Rejoice you with Jerusalem,
and be glad with her,
all you who love her.

Rejoice for joy with her,
all you who mourn for her.

11 That you may suck,
and be satisfied
with the breasts of her consolations.

That you may milk out,
and be delighted
with the abundance of her glory.

12 For thus said Jehovah/God,
Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river,
and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream.

Then shall you suck,
you shall be borne upon her sides,
and be dandled upon her knees.

13 As one whom his mother comforts,
so will I comfort you;
and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

14 And when you see this,
your heart/'right lobe' shall rejoice,
and your bones shall flourish like an herb
and the hand of Jehovah/God
shall be known toward His servants,
and His indignation toward His enemies.

15 For, behold, Jehovah/God 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 Jehovah/God plead with all flesh
and the slain of Jehovah/God shall be many.

17 Those who 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,
said Jehovah/God.

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.

19 And I will set a sign among them,
and I will send those who escape of them
unto the nations,
to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud,
who draw the bow,
to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off,
who 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 Jehovah/God
out of all nations upon horses,
and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules,
and upon swift animals/beasts,
to My holy mountain Jerusalem,
said Jehovah/God,
as the children of Israel
bring an offering in a clean vessel
into the house of Jehovah/God.

21 And I will also take of them for priests
and for Levites, said Jehovah/God.

22~~"For as the new heavens and the new earth,
which I will make,
shall remain before me,
said Jehovah/God,
so shall your seed/progeny and your name remain."

{Note: See II Peter 3:13 and surrounding for more description of this event and Revelation 22:1.}

23^~"And it shall come to pass,
that from one new moon to another,
and from one Sabbath to another,
shall all flesh {believers}
come to worship before me,"
said Jehovah/God.

24^~And they shall go forth,
and look upon the carcasses/corpses 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.