1 "I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; ¶ I was found by those who did not seek me. ¶ To a nation that did not call on my name, ¶ I said, 'Here am I, here am I.'
2 All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, ¶ who walk in ways not good, ¶ pursuing their own imaginations —
3 a people who continually provoke me to my very face, ¶ offering sacrifices in gardens ¶ and burning incense on altars of brick;
4 who sit among the graves and spend their nights keeping secret vigil; ¶ who eat the flesh of pigs, ¶ and whose pots hold broth of impure meat;
5 who say, 'Keep away; don't come near me, for I am too sacred for you!' ¶ Such people are smoke in my nostrils, ¶ a fire that keeps burning all day.
6 "See, it stands written before me: ¶ I will not keep silent but will pay back in full; ¶ I will pay it back into their laps —
7 both your sins and the sins of your ancestors," says the LORD. ¶ "Because they burned sacrifices on the mountains ¶ and defied me on the hills, ¶ I will measure into their laps ¶ the full payment for their former deeds."
8 This is what the LORD says: ¶ "As when juice is still found in a cluster of grapes ¶ and people say, 'Don't destroy it, ¶ there is still a blessing in it,' ¶ so will I do in behalf of my servants; ¶ I will not destroy them all.
9 I will bring forth descendants from Jacob, and from Judah those who will possess my mountains; ¶ my chosen people will inherit them, ¶ and there will my servants live.
10 Sharon will become a pasture for flocks, and the Valley of Achor a resting place for herds, ¶ for my people who seek me.
11 "But as for you who forsake the LORD ¶ and forget my holy mountain, ¶ who spread a table for Fortune ¶ and fill bowls of mixed wine for Destiny,
12 I will destine you for the sword, and all of you will fall in the slaughter; ¶ for I called but you did not answer, ¶ I spoke but you did not listen. ¶ You did evil in my sight ¶ and chose what displeases me."
13 Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: ¶ "My servants will eat, ¶ but you will go hungry; ¶ my servants will drink, ¶ but you will go thirsty; ¶ my servants will rejoice, ¶ but you will be put to shame.
14 My servants will sing out of the joy of their hearts, ¶ but you will cry out ¶ from anguish of heart ¶ and wail in brokenness of spirit.
15 You will leave your name for my chosen ones to use in their curses; ¶ the Sovereign LORD will put you to death, ¶ but to his servants he will give another name.
16 Whoever invokes a blessing in the land will do so by the one true God; ¶ whoever takes an oath in the land ¶ will swear by the one true God. ¶ For the past troubles will be forgotten ¶ and hidden from my eyes.
17 "See, I will create ¶ new heavens and a new earth. ¶ The former things will not be remembered, ¶ nor will they come to mind.
18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, ¶ for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight ¶ and its people a joy.
19 I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people; ¶ the sound of weeping and of crying ¶ will be heard in it no more.
20 "Never again will there be in it ¶ an infant who lives but a few days, ¶ or an old man who does not live out his years; ¶ the one who dies at a hundred ¶ will be thought a mere child; ¶ the one who fails to reach [^1] a hundred ¶ will be considered accursed.
21 They will build houses and dwell in them; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
22 No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat. ¶ For as the days of a tree, ¶ so will be the days of my people; ¶ my chosen ones will long enjoy ¶ the work of their hands.
23 They will not labor in vain, nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune; ¶ for they will be a people blessed by the LORD, ¶ they and their descendants with them.
24 Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, ¶ and dust will be the serpent's food. ¶ They will neither harm nor destroy ¶ on all my holy mountain," ¶ says the LORD.