1 Thus says Jehovah, Heaven is My throne, and earth My footstool. Where, then, is the
house that you would build for Me? And where is the place of My rest?
2 For all those My hand has made, and all those exist, says Jehovah. But to this one will I have regard: To the lowly and contrite of spirit, and the one who trembles at My Word.
3 He who kills an ox is as if he killed a man; he who sacrifices a lamb is as if he broke a
dog's neck; he who offers an offering is as if he offered swine's blood; he who burns
incense is as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul
delights in their abominations.
4 I also will choose the things that delude them, and I will bring their fears upon them,
because when I called, no one answered; when I spoke, they have not obeyed. But they
did evil before My eyes and have chosen that in which I have not delighted.
5 Hear the Word of Jehovah, you who tremble at His Word: Your brothers who hated
you, who cast you out because of My name, said, Let Jehovah be glorified. But He will
appear for your joy, and they shall be ashamed.
6 A roaring sound from the city, a sound from the temple, the sound of Jehovah repaying
7 Before she writhed in labor, she gave birth; before her pangs came, she delivered a
8 Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth give birth in
one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion had gone into labor, she
had brought forth her children.
9 Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth, says Jehovah? Shall I beget, and
then restrain the womb? says your God.
10 Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all you who love her. Rejoice for joy
with her, all you who mourn for her;
11 that you may suckle and be satisfied with her comforting breasts; that you may suck
milk and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.
12 For thus says Jehovah, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory
of the nations like a flowing stream. Then you shall suckle, you shall be carried on her
sides and be dandled upon her knees.
13 As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.
14 And you shall see, and your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like the grass. And the hand of Jehovah shall be known toward His servants, and His indignation toward His enemies.
15 For behold, Jehovah will come with fire and with His chariots like a tempest, to
refresh His anger with fury, and His rebuke with flames of fire.
16 For by fire and by His sword Jehovah will judge all flesh; and the slain of Jehovah
shall be many.
17 Those who sanctify themselves, and purify themselves to go into the garden after an
idol that is in its midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall
come to an end together, says Jehovah.
18 For I know their works and their thoughts. It shall come to pass that I will gather all
the nations and tongues; and they shall come and see My glory.
19 And I will set a sign among them. And those among them who escape I will send to
the nations; to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud (who draw the bow), to Tubal, and Javan; to the far
away coasts that have not heard of My fame, nor seen My glory. And they shall declare
My glory among the nations.
20 And they shall bring all your brothers for an offering to Jehovah out of all nations on
horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and on mules, and on camels, to My holy mountain
Jerusalem, says Jehovah, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into
the house of Jehovah.
21 And I will also take some of them for priests and for Levites, says Jehovah.
22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before
Me, says Jehovah, so shall your seed and your name remain.
23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath
to another, all flesh shall come to bow down before Me, says Jehovah.
24 And they shall go out and observe the dead corpses of the men who have rebelled
against Me. For their worm does not die, nor is their fire quenched; and they shall be an
abhorrence to all flesh.