The calling of the Gentiles.
Isaiah 65:1 I am sought [of them that] asked not [for me]: I am found [of them] that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, vnto a nation [that] was not called by my name.
The Jews, for their incredulity, idolatry, and hypocrisy, are rejected.
Isaiah 65:2 I haue spread out my hands all the day vnto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that [was] not good, after their owne thoughts: Isaiah 65:3 A people that prouoketh mee to anger continually to my face, that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense vpon altars of bricke: Isaiah 65:4 Which remaine among the graues, and lodge in the monuments, which eate swines flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels: Isaiah 65:5 Which say; Stand by thy selfe, come not neere to me; for I am holier then thou: these [are] a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day. Isaiah 65:6 Behold, it is written before me: I will not keepe silence, but will recompence, euen recompence into their bosome, Isaiah 65:7 Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together, (saith the LORD) which haue burnt incense vpon the mountaines, & blasphemed mee vpon the hils: therfore will I measure their former worke into their bosome.
A remnant shall be saved.
Isaiah 65:8 Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not, for a blessing [is] in it: so wil I doe for my seruants sakes, that I may not destroy them all. Isaiah 65:9 And I will bring forth a seede out of Iacob, and out of Iudah an inheritour of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my seruants shall dwell there. Isaiah 65:10 And Sharon shall be a fold of flockes, and the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie downe in, for my people that haue sought me.
Judgments on the wicked, and blessings on the godly.
Isaiah 65:11 But yee [are] they that for sake the LORD, that forget my holy mountaine, that prepare a table for that troope, and that furnish the drinke offring vnto that number. Isaiah 65:12 Therefore will I number you to the sword, and yee shall all bow downe to the slaughter: because when I called, yee did not answere; when I spake, yee did not heare, but did euill before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not: Isaiah 65:13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, my seruants shall eate, but ye shall be hungry: behold, my seruants shall drinke, but yee shall be thirstie: behold, my seruants shall reioyce, but yee shall be ashamed. Isaiah 65:14 Behold, my seruants shall sing for ioy of heart, but yee shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howle for vexation of spirit. Isaiah 65:15 And yee shall leaue your name for a curse vnto my chosen: for the Lord GOD shall slay thee, and call his seruants by another name: Isaiah 65:16 That he who blesseth himselfe in the earth, shall blesse himselfe in the God of trueth; and he that sweareth in the earth, shall sweare by the God of trueth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.
The blessed state of the new Jerusalem.
Isaiah 65:17 For behold, I create new heauens, and a new earth: & the former shal not be remembred, nor come into mind. Isaiah 65:18 But bee you glad and reioyce for euer [in that] which I create: for beholde, I create Ierusalem a reioycing, and her people a ioy. Isaiah 65:19 And I wil reioyce in Ierusalem, and ioy in my people, and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. Isaiah 65:20 There shalbe no more thence an infant of dayes, nor an olde man, that hath not filled his dayes: for the childe shall die an hundreth yeeres olde: but the sinner being an hundreth yeres old, shalbe accursed. Isaiah 65:21 And they shall builde houses, and inhabite [them], and they shall plant vineyards, and eate the fruit of them. Isaiah 65:22 They shal not build, and another inhabit: they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the daies of a tree, [are] the dayes of my people, and mine elect shal long enioy the worke of their hands. Isaiah 65:23 They shall not labour in vaine, nor bring forth for trouble: for they [are] the seede of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them. Isaiah 65:24 And it shal come to passe, that before they call, I will answere, & whiles they are yet speaking, I will heare. Isaiah 65:25 The wolfe and the lambe shall feede together, and the lyon shall eate straw like the bullocke: and dust shalbe the serpents meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountaine, sayth the LORD.