The calling of the Gentiles.
Isaiah 65:1 They shal seke my, that hytherto haue not asked for me: they shall fynde me, that hitherto haue not sought me. Then shal I say immediatly to the people that neuer called vpon my name: I am here, I am here.
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 vnfaithfull people, that go not the ryght waye, but after their owne 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 swyne fleshe, and vncleane broth is in their vessels. Isaiah 65:5 Yf thou 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 and fyre, that shall burne for euer. Isaiah 65:6 Beholde it is written before my face and shal not be forgotten, but recompenced. I shall rewarde it them in their bosome. Isaiah 65:7 I meane youre misdedes, and the misdedes of youre fathers together (sayeth the Lorde) whyche haue made their smokes vpon the mountaynes, and blasphemed me vpon the hylles: therefore wyll I measure their olde dedes into their bosome agayne.
A remnant shall be saved.
Isaiah 65:8 Moreouer thus sayeth the Lord: lyke as when one would gather holy grapes, men say vnto him: breake it not of for it is holy: euen so wyll I do also for my seruauntes sake, that I wyll not destroye them all. Isaiah 65:9 But I wyl take a sede oute of Iacob, and out of Iuda one, to take possession of my hyl. My chosen shal possesse these thinges, and my seruauntes shal dwell there. Isaiah 65:10 Saron shalbe a shepefolde, and the valleye of Achor shall geue the stallinge for the catel of my people, that feare me.
Judgments on the wicked, and blessings on the godly.
Isaiah 65:11 But as for you, ye are they, that haue forsaken the Lorde, and forgotten my holy hil. Ye haue set vs an aulter vnto fortune, and geuen ryche drincke offerynges vnto treasure. Isaiah 65:12 Therfore will I nombre you with the swerde, that ye shalbe destroyed altogether. For when I called, noman gaue me answere: when I spake, ye herkened not vnto me, but dyd wyckednes before myne eyes, & chose the thing that pleased me not. Isaiah 65:13 Therfore thus saieth the 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 shalbe mery, but ye shalbe confounded. Isaiah 65:14 Beholde, my seruauntes shall reioyce for very quyetnesse of herte: But ye shal crye for sorowe of herte, and complayne for vexacyon of mynde. Isaiah 65:15 Youre name shal not be sworne by amonge my chosen, for God the Lorde shall slay you, and cal his seruauntes by another name. Isaiah 65:16 Who so reioyseth vpon earthe shall reioyse in the true God. And who so sweareth vpon earth, shal sweare in the true God. For the olde emnyte shalbe forgotten and taken awaye out of my syght.
The blessed state of the new Jerusalem.
Isaiah 65:17 For lo, I shall make a newe heauen, and a newe earthe. And as for the olde, they shall neuer be thought vpon, nor kept in minde: Isaiah 65:18 but men shalbe glad and euermore reioise, for the thinges, that I shall do. For why: Behold, I shal make a ioyfull Ierusalem, Isaiah 65:19 yea and my selfe wyl reioyse with Ierusalem, and be glad with my people: And the voyce of wepynge and waylinge shall not be heard in her from thenceforth. Isaiah 65:20 There shal neuer be chylde, nor olde man, that haue not their full dayes. But when the childe cometh to an hundreth yeare olde it shall dye. And yf he that is an hundreth yeare of age do wronge, he shalbe cursed. Isaiah 65:21 They shalt buylde houses, and dwell in them: they shall plante vyneyardes, and eate the frute of them. Isaiah 65:22 They shall not buylde, and another possesse: they shall not plante, and another eate. But the lyfe of my people shalbe lyke a tree, and so shall the worcke of their handes. Isaiah 65:23 My chosen shall lyue longe, they shal not laboure in vayne, nor beget with trouble, for they that are the hye blessed sede of the Lord, and their frutes with them. Isaiah 65:24 And it shalbe, that or euer they call, I shall answere them. While they are yet but thinckinge howe to speake. I shal heare them. Isaiah 65:25 The wolfe and the lambe shall fede together, and the lyon shall eate haye like the bullocke. But earthe shalbe the serpentes meate. There shal noman hurte nor slaye another, in al my holy hyll, sayeth the Lorde.