Isaiah 65 - Prayer Tents



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Isaiah 65
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65"I've made myself available to those who haven't bothered to ask. I'm here, ready to be found by those who haven't bothered to look. I kept saying 'I'm here, I'm right here' to a nation that ignored me.H1875H7592H3808H4672H1245H3808H559H1471H7121H8034 2I reached out day after day to a people who turned their backs on me, People who make wrong turns, who insist on doing things their own way.H6566H3027H3117H5637H5971H1980H1870H2896H310H4284 3They get on my nerves, are rude to my face day after day, Make up their own kitchen religion, a potluck religious stew.H5971H3707H8548H6440H2076H1593H6999H3843 4They spend the night in tombs to get messages from the dead, Eat forbidden foods and drink a witch's brew of potions and charms.H3427H6913H3885H5341H398H2386H1320H4839H6564H6292H3627 5They say, 'Keep your distance. Don't touch me. I'm holier than thou.' These people gag me. I can't stand their stench.H559H7126H5066H6942H6227H639H784H3344H3117 6Look at this! Their sins are all written out— I have the list before me. I'm not putting up with this any longer. I'll pay them the wagesH3789H6440H2814H7999H7999H2436 7They have coming for their sins. And for the sins of their parents lumped in, a bonus." GOD says so. "Because they've practiced their blasphemous worship, mocking me at their hillside shrines, I'll let loose the consequences and pay them in full for their actions."H5771H5771H1H3162H559H3068H6999H2022H2778H1389H4058H7223H6468H2436 8GOD's Message: "But just as one bad apple doesn't ruin the whole bushel, there are still plenty of good apples left. So I'll preserve those in Israel who obey me. I won't destroy the whole nation.H559H3068H8492H4672H811H559H7843H1293H6213H5650H7843 9I'll bring out my true children from Jacob and the heirs of my mountains from Judah. My chosen will inherit the land, my servants will move in.H3318H2233H3290H3063H3423H2022H972H3423H5650H7931 10The lush valley of Sharon in the west will be a pasture for flocks, And in the east, the valley of Achor, a place for herds to graze. These will be for the people who bothered to reach out to me, who wanted me in their lives, who actually bothered to look for me.H8289H5116H6629H6010H5911H1241H7258H5971H1875 11"But you who abandon me, your GOD, who forget the holy mountains, Who hold dinners for Lady Luck and throw cocktail parties for Sir Fate,H5800H3068H7913H6944H2022H6186H7979H1409H1408H4390H4469H4507 12Well, you asked for it. Fate it will be: your destiny, Death. For when I invited you, you ignored me; when I spoke to you, you brushed me off. You did the very things I exposed as evil; you chose what I hate."H4487H2719H3766H2874H7121H6030H1696H8085H6213H7451H5869H977H2654 13Therefore, this is the Message from the Master, GOD: "My servants will eat, and you'll go hungry; My servants will drink, and you'll go thirsty; My servants will rejoice, and you'll hang your heads.H559H136H3069H5650H398H7456H5650H8354H6770H5650H8055H954 14My servants will laugh from full hearts, and you'll cry out heartbroken, yes, wail from crushed spirits.H5650H7442H2898H3820H6817H3511H3820H3213H7667H7307 15Your legacy to my chosen will be your name reduced to a cussword. I, GOD, will put you to death and give a new name to my servants.H3240H8034H7621H972H136H3069H4191H7121H5650H312H8034 16Then whoever prays a blessing in the land will use my faithful name for the blessing, And whoever takes an oath in the land will use my faithful name for the oath, Because the earlier troubles are gone and forgotten, banished far from my sight.H1288H776H1288H430H543H7650H776H7650H430H543H7223H6869H7911H5641H5869 17"Pay close attention now: I'm creating new heavens and a new earth. All the earlier troubles, chaos, and pain are things of the past, to be forgotten.H1254H2319H8064H2319H776H7223H2142H5927H3820 18Look ahead with joy. Anticipate what I'm creating: I'll create Jerusalem as sheer joy, create my people as pure delight.H7797H1523H5703H1254H1254H3389H1525H5971H4885 19I'll take joy in Jerusalem, take delight in my people: No more sounds of weeping in the city, no cries of anguish;H1523H3389H7797H5971H6963H1065H8085H6963H2201 20No more babies dying in the cradle, or old people who don't enjoy a full lifetime; One-hundredth birthdays will be considered normal— anything less will seem like a cheat.H5764H3117H2205H4390H3117H5288H4191H3967H8141H1121H2398H3967H8141H1121H7043 21They'll build houses and move in. They'll plant fields and eat what they grow.H1129H1004H3427H5193H3754H398H6529 22No more building a house that some outsider takes over, No more planting fields that some enemy confiscates, For my people will be as long-lived as trees, my chosen ones will have satisfaction in their work.H1129H312H3427H5193H312H398H3117H6086H3117H5971H972H1086H4639H3027 23They won't work and have nothing come of it, they won't have children snatched out from under them. For they themselves are plantings blessed by GOD, with their children and grandchildren likewise GOD-blessed.H3021H7385H3205H928H2233H1288H3068H6631 24Before they call out, I'll answer. Before they've finished speaking, I'll have heard.H7121H6030H1696H8085 25Wolf and lamb will graze the same meadow, lion and ox eat straw from the same trough, but snakes—they'll get a diet of dirt! Neither animal nor human will hurt or kill anywhere on my Holy Mountain," says GOD.H2061H2924H7462H259H738H398H8401H1241H6083H5175H3899H7489H7843H6944H2022H559H3068


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