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Isaiah 65

The calling of the Gentiles.

Isaiah 65:1 They seke me, that hytherto haue not asked for me: they fynde me, þt hyther to haue not sought me. I haue sayde I am here, I am here. I am founde of a people that neuer called vpon my name.

The Jews, for their incredulity, idolatry, and hypocrisy, are rejected.

Isaiah 65:2 For thus longe haue I euer holden out my handes to an vnfaythfull people, þt go not the ryght waye, but after their awne ymaginacyons: Isaiah 65:3 To a people that is euer defyinge me to my face. They make their oblacyons in gardens, and their smoke vpon aulters of brycke, Isaiah 65:4 they lurcke amonge the graues, and lye in the dennes all nyght. They eat swynes fleshe, & vncleane broth is in their vessels. Isaiah 65:5 If þu comest nye them, they saye touch me not, for I am holyer then thou All these men when I am angry, shalbe turned to smoke & fyre, that shall burne for euer. Isaiah 65:6 Beholde it is wryten before my face, & shall not be forgotten, but recompensed. I shall rewarde it them into their bosome: Isaiah 65:7 I meane youre mysdedes, and the mysdedes of youre fathers together (sayeth the Lorde) which haue made their smokes vpon þe mountaynes, and blasphemed me vpon the hylles: therfore will I measure their olde dedes into their bosome againe.

A remnant shall be saved.

Isaiah 65:8 Moreouer, thus sayeth the Lorde: lyke as when one wolde gather holy grapes, men saye vnto hym: breake it not of for it is holy: euen so wyll I do also for my seruauntes sakes, that I wyll not destroye them all. Isaiah 65:9 But I wyll take a sede out of Iacob, & out of Iuda one, to take possession of my hyll. My chosen shall possesse these thinges, & my seruauntes shall dwell there. Isaiah 65:10 Saron shalbe a shepefolde, & the valley of Achor shall geue þe stallynge for the catell of my people, þt feare me.

Judgments on the wicked, and blessings on the godly.

Isaiah 65:11 But as for you, ye are they þt haue forsaken the Lord, and forgotten my holy hill. Ye haue set vp an aulter vnto Iuppiter, & geuen rych dryncke offerynges vnto the planettes. Isaiah 65:12 Therfore wyll I nombre you with the swerde, þt ye shall be destroyed all together. For when I called, no man gaue me answere: when I spake, ye herkened not vnto me, but dyd wyckednes before myne eyes, and chose the thynge þt pleased me not: Isaiah 65:13 Therfore thus sayeth þe Lorde God: Beholde, my seruauntes shall eate, but ye shall haue honger: Beholde, my seruauntes shall dryncke, but ye shall suffre thurste. Beholde, my seruauntes shall be mery, but ye shall be confounded. Isaiah 65:14 Beholde, my seruauntes shall reioyce for very quyetnesse of herte: But ye shall crye for sorowe of hert, and complayne for vexacyon of mynde. Isaiah 65:15 Youre name shall you leaue accursed amonge my chosen, for God the Lorde shall slaye you, and call his seruauntes by another name. Isaiah 65:16 Who so reioyseth vpon earth, shall reioyse in þe true God. And who so sweareth vpon earth, shall sweare in the true God. For þe olde enmyte shalbe forgotten, and taken awaye oute of my syght.

The blessed state of the new Jerusalem.

Isaiah 65:17 For lo, I shall make a newe heauen, and a newe earth. And as for þe olde, they shall neuer be thought vpon, ner kepte in mynde: Isaiah 65:18 but þe Lorde sayth be glad and euermore reioyse, for the thynges, that I shall do. For why: Beholde, I shall make a ioyfull Ierusalem, and his people ioyfull, Isaiah 65:19 yee, I my selfe will reioyse wyth Ierusalem, & be glad wt my people. And the voyce of wepynge and waylinge shall not be herde in her from thence forth. Isaiah 65:20 There shall nether be chylde ner olde man, that haue not their full dayes. But when the chylde commeth to an hondreth yeare olde, it shall dye. And yf he þt is an hundreth yeare of age do wronge, he shalbe cursed. Isaiah 65:21 They shall buylde houses, & dwell in them: they shall plante vyneyardes, & eate þe frute of them. Isaiah 65:22 They shall not buylde, and another possesse: they shall not plant and another eate: But the lyfe of my people shalbe lyke a tre, and so shall the worcke of their handes. Isaiah 65:23 My chosen shall lyue longe, they shall not laboure in vayne, ner begett wyth trouble: for they are the hye blessed sede of the Lorde, and their frutes with them. Isaiah 65:24 And it shalbe, that or euer they call, I shall answere them. Whyle they are yet but thinckynge howe to speake, I shall heare them. Isaiah 65:25 The wolff and the lambe shall fede together, and the lyon shall eate haye lyke the bullock. But earth shalbe the serpentes meate. There shall no man hurte ner slaye another, in all my holy hyll, sayeth the Lorde.

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