Isaiah 65 - Prayer Tents



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Isaiah 65
Good News Translation
65The LORD said, "I was ready to answer my people's prayers, but they did not pray. I was ready for them to find me, but they did not even try. The nation did not pray to me, even though I was always ready to answer, 'Here I am; I will help you.'H1875H7592H3808H4672H1245H3808H559H1471H7121H8034 2I have always been ready to welcome my people, who stubbornly do what is wrong and go their own way.H6566H3027H3117H5637H5971H1980H1870H2896H310H4284 3They shamelessly keep on making me angry. They offer pagan sacrifices at sacred gardens and burn incense on pagan altars.H5971H3707H8548H6440H2076H1593H6999H3843 4At night they go to caves and tombs to consult the spirits of the dead. They eat pork and drink broth made from meat offered in pagan sacrifices.H3427H6913H3885H5341H398H2386H1320H4839H6564H6292H3627 5And then they say to others, 'Keep away from us; we are too holy for you to touch!' I cannot stand people like that - my anger against them is like a fire that never goes out.H559H7126H5066H6942H6227H639H784H3344H3117 6"I have already decided on their punishment, and their sentence is written down. I will not overlook what they have done, but will repay themH3789H6440H2814H7999H7999H2436 7for their sins and the sins of their ancestors. They have burned incense at pagan hill shrines and spoken evil of me. So I will punish them as their past deeds deserve."H5771H5771H1H3162H559H3068H6999H2022H2778H1389H4058H7223H6468H2436 8The LORD says, "No one destroys good grapes; instead, they make wine with them. Neither will I destroy all my people - I will save those who serve me.H559H3068H8492H4672H811H559H7843H1293H6213H5650H7843 9I will bless the Israelites who belong to the tribe of Judah, and their descendants will possess my land of mountains. My chosen people, who serve me, will live there.H3318H2233H3290H3063H3423H2022H972H3423H5650H7931 10They will worship me and will lead their sheep and cattle to pasture in the Plain of Sharon in the west and in Trouble Valley in the east.H8289H5116H6629H6010H5911H1241H7258H5971H1875 11"But it will be different for you that forsake me, who ignore Zion, my sacred hill, and worship Gad and Meni, the gods of luck and fate.H5800H3068H7913H6944H2022H6186H7979H1409H1408H4390H4469H4507 12It will be your fate to die a violent death, because you did not answer when I called you or listen when I spoke. You chose to disobey me and do evil.H4487H2719H3766H2874H7121H6030H1696H8085H6213H7451H5869H977H2654 13And so I tell you that those who worship and obey me will have plenty to eat and drink, but you will be hungry and thirsty. They will be happy, but you will be disgraced.H559H136H3069H5650H398H7456H5650H8354H6770H5650H8055H954 14They will sing for joy, but you will cry with a broken heart.H5650H7442H2898H3820H6817H3511H3820H3213H7667H7307 15My chosen people will use your name as a curse. I, the Sovereign LORD, will put you to death. But I will give a new name to those who obey me.H3240H8034H7621H972H136H3069H4191H7121H5650H312H8034 16Anyone in the land who asks for a blessing will ask to be blessed by the faithful God. Whoever takes an oath will swear by the name of the faithful God. The troubles of the past will be gone and forgotten."H1288H776H1288H430H543H7650H776H7650H430H543H7223H6869H7911H5641H5869 17The LORD says, "I am making a new earth and new heavens. The events of the past will be completely forgotten.H1254H2319H8064H2319H776H7223H2142H5927H3820 18Be glad and rejoice forever in what I create. The new Jerusalem I make will be full of joy, and her people will be happy.H7797H1523H5703H1254H1254H3389H1525H5971H4885 19I myself will be filled with joy because of Jerusalem and her people. There will be no weeping there, no calling for help.H1523H3389H7797H5971H6963H1065H8085H6963H2201 20Babies will no longer die in infancy, and all people will live out their life span. Those who live to be a hundred will be considered young. To die before that would be a sign that I had punished them.H5764H3117H2205H4390H3117H5288H4191H3967H8141H1121H2398H3967H8141H1121H7043 21People will build houses and get to live in them - they will not be used by someone else. They will plant vineyards and enjoy the wine - it will not be drunk by others.H1129H1004H3427H5193H3754H398H6529 22Like trees, my people will live long lives. They will fully enjoy the things that they have worked for.H1129H312H3427H5193H312H398H3117H6086H3117H5971H972H1086H4639H3027 23The work they do will be successful, and their children will not meet with disaster. I will bless them and their descendants for all time to come.H3021H7385H3205H928H2233H1288H3068H6631 24Even before they finish praying to me, I will answer their prayers.H7121H6030H1696H8085 25Wolves and lambs will eat together; lions will eat straw, as cattle do, and snakes will no longer be dangerous. On Zion, my sacred hill, there will be nothing harmful or evil."H2061H2924H7462H259H738H398H8401H1241H6083H5175H3899H7489H7843H6944H2022H559H3068


Good News Translation. Scripture taken from the Good News Translation in Today’s English Version- Second Edition Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society. Used by Permission. More details.

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