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The Jewish Study Bible Contextualizes the Hebrew Bible with accompanying scholarly text on Jewish traditions and history.

Chapter 66

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1Thus said the LORD: The heaven is My throne And the earth is My footstool: Where could you build a house for Me, What place could serve as My abode? 2All this was made by My hand, And thus it all came into being

—declares the LORD.

Yet to such a one I look: To the poor and brokenhearted, Who is concerned about My word. 3 a Vv. 3–4 refer to practitioners of idolatrous rites; cf. v. 17 and 57.5–8; 65.1–12 . As for those who slaughter oxen and slay humans, Who sacrifice sheep and immolate b Lit. “break the necks of.” dogs, Who present as oblation the blood of swine, Who offer c Heb. mazkir refers to giving the “token portion” (’azkarah); cf. Lev. 2.2, etc. incense and worship false gods— Just as they have chosen their ways And take pleasure in their abominations, 4So will I choose to mock them, To bring on them the very thing they dread. For I called and none responded, I spoke and none paid heed. They did what I deem evil And chose what I do not want. 5Hear the word of the LORD, You who are concerned about His word! Your kinsmen who hate you, Who spurn you because of Me, d Lit. “My name.” are saying, “Let the LORD manifest His Presence, So that we may look upon your joy.” But theirs shall be the shame. 6Hark, tumult from the city, Thunder from the Temple! It is the thunder of the LORD As He deals retribution to His foes. 7Before she labored, she was delivered; Before her pangs came, she bore a son. 8Who ever heard the like? Who ever witnessed such events? Can a land pass through travail In a single day? Or is a nation born All at once? Yet Zion travailed And at once bore her children! 9Shall I who bring on labor not bring about birth?

—says the LORD.

Shall I who cause birth shut the womb?

—said your God.

10Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for her, All you who love her! Join in her jubilation, All you who mourned over her— 11That you may suck from her breast Consolation to the full, That you may draw from her bosom a Cf. Akkadiam zîzu, Arabic zîzat, “udder.”b‐ Glory to your delight. 12For thus said the LORD: I will extend to her Prosperity like a stream, The wealth of nations Like a wadi in flood; And you shall drink of it. You shall be carried on shoulders And dandled upon knees. 13As a mother comforts her son So I will comfort you; You shall find comfort in Jerusalem. 14You shall see and your heart shall rejoice, Your limbs shall flourish like grass. The power of the LORD shall be revealed In behalf of His servants; But He shall rage against His foes. 15See, the LORD is coming with fire— His chariots are like a whirlwind— To vent His anger in fury, His rebuke in flaming fire. 16For with fire will the LORD contend, With His sword, against all flesh; And many shall be the slain of the LORD.

17Those who sanctify and purify themselves to enter the groves, b‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. imitating one in the center, ‐b Meaning of Heb. uncertain. eating the flesh of the swine, the reptile, and the mouse, shall one and all come to an end—declares the LORD. 18 c Exact construction of this verse uncertain; for the insertions in brackets, cf. Kimhi. For I [know] their deeds and purposes.

[The time] has come to gather all the nations and tongues; they shall come and behold My glory. 19 I will set a sign among them, and send from them survivors to the nations: to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud—that draw the bow—to Tubal, Javan, and the distant coasts, that have never heard My fame nor beheld My glory. They shall declare My glory among these nations. 20 And out of all the nations, said the LORD, they shall bring all your brothers on horses, in chariots and drays, on mules and dromedaries, to Jerusalem My holy mountain as an offering to the LORD—just as the Israelites bring an offering in a pure vessel to the House of the LORD. 21 And from them likewise I will take some to be a‐ Some Heb. mss. read “priests and Levites.” levitical priests, ‐a Some Heb. mss. read “priests and Levites.” said the LORD.

22For as the new heaven and the new earth Which I will make Shall endure by My will

—declares the LORD—

So shall your seed and your name endure. 23And new moon after new moon, And sabbath after sabbath, All flesh shall come to worship Me

—said the LORD.

24They shall go out and gaze On the corpses of the men who rebelled against Me: Their worms shall not die, Nor their fire be quenched; They shall be a horror To all flesh.

And new moon after new moon, And sabbath after sabbath, All flesh shall come to worship Me

—said the LORD.

Notes:

a Vv. 3–4 refer to practitioners of idolatrous rites; cf. v. 17 and 57.5–8; 65.1–12 .

b Lit. “break the necks of.”

c Heb. mazkir refers to giving the “token portion” (’azkarah); cf. Lev. 2.2, etc.

d Lit. “My name.”

a Cf. Akkadiam zîzu, Arabic zîzat, “udder.”b‐

b Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

c Exact construction of this verse uncertain; for the insertions in brackets, cf. Kimhi.

a‐a Some Heb. mss. read “priests and Levites.”

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