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The Prophets Before the Exile

(Category 8 of 16)

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The Righteousness of God’s Judgment


1 “I was asought by those who did not ask for Me; I was found by those who did not seek Me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’ To a nation that bwas not called by My name.
2 aI have stretched out My hands all day long to a brebellious people, Who cwalk in a way that is not good, According to their own thoughts;
3 A people awho provoke Me to anger continually to My face; bWho sacrifice in gardens, And burn incense on altars of brick;
4 aWho sit among the graves, And spend the night in the tombs; bWho eat swine’s flesh, And the broth of 1abominable things is in their vessels;
5 aWho say, ‘Keep to yourself, Do not come near me, For I am holier than you!’ These 1are smoke in My nostrils, A fire that burns all the day.

CHAPTER 65 References

1 aRom. 9:24;
10:20 bIs.
2 aRom. 10:21
bIs. 1:2, 23 cIs.
3 aDeut. 32:21
bIs. 1:29
4 aDeut. 18:11
bLev. 11:7; Is.
66:17 1Unclean
Lev. 7:18; 19:7
5 aMatt. 9:11;
Luke 7:39;
1Cause My
wrath to
6 aDeut. 32:34
bPs. 50:3 cPs.
7 aEx. 20:5
bEzek. 18:6
cIs. 57:7;
Ezek. 20:27,
8 aJoel 2:14
bIs. 1:9; Amos
9:8, 9
9 aMatt. 24:22
10 aIs. 33:9
bJosh. 7:24;
Hos. 2:15 cIs.
11 aIs. 56:7
bEzek. 23:41;
[1 Cor. 10:21] 1Lit. Troop or
Fortune; a pagan
deity 2Lit.
Number or
Destiny; a pagan
12 a2 Chr.
36:15, 16;
Prov. 1:24; Is.
41:28; 50:2;
66:4; Jer. 7:13

6 “Behold, ait is written before Me: bI will not keep silence, cbut will repay— Even repay into their bosom
7 Your iniquities and athe iniquities of your fathers together,” Says the LORD, b“Who have burned incense on the mountains cAnd blasphemed Me on the hills; Therefore I will measure their former work into their bosom.”

8 Thus says the LORD:

“As the new wine is found in the cluster, And one says, ‘Do not destroy it, For aa blessing is in it,’ So will I do for My servants’ sake, That I may not destroy them ball.
9 I will bring forth descendants from Jacob, And from Judah an heir of My mountains; My aelect shall inherit it, And My servants shall dwell there.
10 aSharon shall be a fold of flocks, And bthe Valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down, For My people who have csought Me.

11 “But you are those who forsake the LORD, Who forget aMy holy mountain, Who prepare ba table for 1Gad, And who furnish a drink offering for 2Meni.
12 Therefore I will number you for the sword, And you shall all bow down to the slaughter; aBecause, 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.”

13 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD:

“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 ashamed; 14 Behold, My servants shall sing for joy of heart, But you shall cry for sorrow of heart,

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And awail for 1grief of spirit.
15 You shall leave your name aas a curse to bMy chosen; For the Lord GOD will slay you, And ccall His servants by another name;
16 aSo that he who blesses himself in the earth Shall bless himself in the God of truth; And bhe who swears in the earth Shall swear by the God of truth; Because the former troubles are forgotten, And because they are hidden from My eyes.

The Glorious New Creation

17 “For behold, I create anew heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or 1come to mind.
18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; For behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing, And her people a joy.
19 aI will rejoice in Jerusalem, And joy in My people; The bvoice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her, Nor the voice of crying.

20 “No more shall an infant from there live but a few days, Nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days; For the child shall die one hundred years old, aBut the sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed.
21 aThey shall build houses and inhabit them; They shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
22 They shall not build and another inhabit; They shall not plant and aanother eat; For bas the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people, And cMy elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
23 They shall not labor in vain, aNor bring forth children for trouble; For bthey shall be the descendants of the blessed of the LORD, And their offspring with them.

24 “It shall come to pass That abefore they call, I will answer; And while they are still speaking, I will bhear.

14 aMatt. 8:12;
Luke 13:28
1Or a broken
15 aJer. 29:22;
Zech. 8:13 bIs.
65:9, 22 c[Acts
11:26] 16 aPs. 72:17;
Jer. 4:2 bDeut.
6:13; Zeph.
17 aIs. 51:16;
66:22; [2 Pet.
3:13]; Rev.
21:1 1Lit.
come upon
the heart
19 aIs. 62:4, 5
bIs. 35:10;
51:11; Rev.
7:17; 21:4
20 aEccl. 8:12,
13; Is. 3:11;
21 aEzek.
28:26; 45:4;
Hos. 11:11;
Amos 9:14
22 aIs. 62:8, 9
bPs. 92:12 cIs.
65:9, 15
23 aHos. 9:12
bIs. 61:9; [Jer.
32:38, 39; Acts
2:39] 24 aPs. 91:15;
Is. 58:9 bIs.
30:19; Dan.
25 aIs. 11:6–9
bGen. 3:14;
Mic. 7:17

CHAPTER 66 References

1 a1 Kin. 8:27;
2 Chr. 6:18;
Ps. 11:4; Matt.
5:34; Acts
2 aPs. 34:18;
[Is. 57:15;
61:1; Matt.
5:3, 4; Luke
18:13, 14] bPs.
34:18; 51:17
3 a[Is. 1:10–17;
58:1–7; Mic.
6:7, 8] bDeut.
4 aProv. 1:24;
Is. 65:12; Jer.
5 aPs. 38:20;
Is. 60:15;
[Luke 6:22,
23] bIs. 5:19
c[2 Thess.
1:10; Titus


25 The awolf and the lamb shall feed together, The lion shall eat straw like the ox, bAnd dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,” Says the LORD.

True Worship and False


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. a“But on this one will I look: bOn him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word.

3 “Hea who kills a bull is as if he slays a man; He who sacrifices a lamb, as if he bbreaks 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; aBecause, 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.”

The LORD Vindicates Zion

5 Hear the word of the LORD, You who tremble at His word: “Your brethren who ahated you, Who cast you out for My name’s sake, said, b‘Let the LORD be glorified, That cwe 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!

7 “Before she was in labor, she gave birth; Before her pain came, She delivered a male child.
8 Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things?

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Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, She gave birth to her children.
9 Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery?” says the LORD. “Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb?” says your God.
10 “Rejoice 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 feed and be satisfied With the consolation of her bosom, That you may drink deeply and be delighted With the abundance of her glory.”

12 For thus says the LORD:

“Behold, aI will extend peace to her like a river, And the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream. Then you shall bfeed; On her sides shall you be ccarried, And be dandled on her knees.
13 As one whom his mother comforts, So I will acomfort you; And you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”

The Reign and Indignation of God

14 When you see this, your heart shall rejoice, And ayour bones shall flourish like grass; The hand of the LORD shall be known to His servants, And His indignation to His enemies.
15 aFor 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 aHis sword The LORD will judge all flesh;

12 aIs. 48:18;
60:5 bIs. 60:16
cIs. 49:22; 60:4
13 aIs. 51:3;
[2 Cor. 1:3, 4] 14 aEzek. 37:1
15 aIs. 9:5;
[2 Thess. 1:8] 16 aIs. 27:1 bIs.
17 aIs. 65:3–8
1Lit. After one
2come to an
18 aIs. 59:7 bIs.
45:22–25; Jer.
19 aLuke 2:34
bMal. 1:11 1So
with MT, Tg.;
LXX Put (cf.
Jer. 46:9)
20 aIs. 49:22
bIs. 18:7;
[Rom. 15:16] 21 aEx. 19:6;
Is. 61:6; 1 Pet.
2:9; Rev. 1:6
22 aIs. 65:17;
Heb. 12:26,
27; 2 Pet. 3:13;
Rev. 21:1
23 aZech.
14:16 bZech.
24 aIs. 14:11;
Mark 9:44, 46,

And the slain of the LORD shall be bmany.

17 “Thosea who sanctify themselves and purify themselves, To go to the gardens 1After an idol in the midst, Eating swine’s flesh and the abomination and the mouse, Shall 2be consumed together,” says the LORD.

18 “For I know their works and their athoughts. It shall be that I will bgather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and see My glory.
19 a“I will set a sign among them; and those among them who escape I will send to the nations: to Tarshish and 1Pul and Lud, who draw the bow, and Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands afar off who have not heard My fame nor seen My glory. bAnd they shall declare My glory among the Gentiles.
20 “Then they shall abring all your brethren bfor an offering to the LORD out of all nations, on horses and in chariots and in litters, on mules and on camels, to My holy mountain Jerusalem,” says 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 some of them for apriests and Levites,” says the LORD.

22 “For as athe new heavens and the new earth Which I will make shall remain before Me,” says the LORD, “So shall your descendants and your name remain.
23 And ait shall come to pass That from one New Moon to another, And from one Sabbath to another, bAll flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says the LORD.

24 “And they shall go forth and look Upon the corpses of the men Who have transgressed against Me. For their aworm does not die, And their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.”

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God the Help of Those Who Seek Him

A Song of Ascents.

1 I aWILL lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help?
2 aMy help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.

3 aHe will not allow your foot to 1be moved; bHe who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

PSALM 121 References

1 a[Jer. 3:23] 2 a[Ps. 124:8] 3 a1 Sam. 2:9;
Prov. 3:23, 26
b[Ps. 127:1;
Prov. 24:12];
Is. 27:3 1slip
5 aIs. 25:4 bPs.
16:8 1protector
6 aPs. 91:5; Is.
49:10; Jon.
4:8; Rev. 7:16
7 aPs. 41:2
8 aDeut. 28:6;
[Prov. 2:8; 3:6] 1keep

5 The LORD is your 1keeper; The LORD is ayour shade bat your right hand.
6 aThe sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night.

7 The LORD shall 1preserve you from all evil; He shall apreserve your soul.
8 The LORD shall apreserve1 your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore.




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