"I permitted Myself to be sought by athose who did not ask for Me; I permitted Myself to be found by those who did not seek Me. I said, 'Here am I, here am I,' To a nation which bdid not call on My name.
"aI have spread out My hands all day long to a brebellious people, Who walk in the way which is not good, following their own cthoughts,
A people who continually aprovoke Me to My face, Offering sacrifices in bgardens and cburning incense on bricks;
Who sit among graves and spend the night in secret places; Who aeat swine's flesh, And the broth of unclean meat is in their pots.
"Who say, 'aKeep to yourself, do not come near me, For I am holier than you!' These are smoke in My nostrils, A fire that burns all the day.
"Behold, it is written before Me, I will anot keep silent, but bI will repay; I will even repay into their bosom,
Both their own ainiquities and the iniquities of their fathers together," says the Lord. "Because they have bburned incense on the mountains And cscorned Me on the hills, Therefore I will dmeasure their former work into their bosom."
Thus says the Lord, "As the new wine is found in the cluster, And one says, 'Do not destroy it, for there is benefit in it,' So I will act on behalf of My servants In order anot to destroy all of them.
"I will bring forth aoffspring from Jacob, And an bheir of My mountains from Judah; Even cMy chosen ones shall inherit it, And dMy servants will dwell there.
"aSharon will be a pasture land for flocks, And the bvalley of Achor a resting place for herds, For My people who cseek Me.
"But you who aforsake the Lord, Who forget My bholy mountain, Who set a table for Fortune, And who fill cups with mixed wine for Destiny,
I will destine you for the asword, And all of you will bow down to the bslaughter. Because I called, but you cdid not answer; I spoke, but you did not hear. And you did evil in My sight And chose that in which I did not delight."
Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, My servants will aeat, but you will be bhungry. Behold, My servants will cdrink, but you will be dthirsty. Behold, My servants will erejoice, but you will be fput to shame.
"Behold, My servants will ashout joyfully with a glad heart, But you will bcry out with a heavy heart, And you will wail with a broken spirit.
"You will leave your name for a acurse to My chosen ones, And the Lord GOD will slay you. But My servants will be called by banother name.
"Because he who is blessed in the earth Will be blessed by the aGod of truth; And he who swears in the earth Will bswear by the God of truth; Because the former troubles are forgotten, And because they are hidden from My sight!
"For behold, I create anew heavens and a new earth; And the bformer things will not be remembered or come to mind.
"But be aglad and rejoice forever in what I create; For behold, I create Jerusalem for rejoicing And her people for gladness.
"I will also arejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in My people; And there will no longer be heard in her The voice of bweeping and the sound of crying.
"No longer will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, Or an old man who does anot live out his days; For the youth will die at the age of one hundred And the bone who does not reach the age of one hundred Will be thought accursed.
"They will abuild houses and inhabit them; They will also bplant vineyards and eat their fruit.
"They will not build and aanother inhabit, They will not plant and another eat; For bas the lifetime of a tree, so will be the days of My people, And My chosen ones will cwear out the work of their hands.
"They will anot labor in vain, Or bear children for calamity; For they are the boffspring of those blessed by the Lord, And their descendants with them.
"It will also come to pass that before they call, I will aanswer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.
"The awolf and the lamb will graze together, and the blion will eat straw like the ox; and cdust will be the serpent's food. They will ddo no evil or harm in all My eholy mountain," says the Lord.