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66:1 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? 66:2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
66:3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol.
Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.
66:4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.
66:5 Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.
66:6 A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence to his enemies.
66:7 Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.
66:8 Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.
66:9 Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.
66:10 Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her: 66:11 That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.
66:12 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.
66:13 As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.
66:14 And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the LORD shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies.
66:15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.
66:16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.
66:17 They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.
66:18 For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.
66:19 And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles.
66:20 And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD.
66:21 And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith the LORD.
66:22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.
66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.
66:24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

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Everything King James Bible:Isaiah
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
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Book: Isaiah
Chapter: 66

Overview:
God looks at the Heart, and vengeance is threatened for guilt.
(1-4) The increase of the Church, when Jew and Gentile shall be
gathered to the Redeemer. (5-14) Every enemy of the Church shall
be destroyed, and the final ruin of ungodly men shall be seen.
(15-24)

1-4 The Jews gloried much in their Temple. But what
satisfaction can the Eternal Mind take in a House made with
men's hands? God has a Heaven and an Earth of his own making,
and temples of Man's making; but he overlooks them, that he may
look with favour to him who is Poor in Spirit and serious,
self-abasing and self-denying; whose Heart truly sorrows for
Sin: such a Heart is a living Temple for God. The Sacrifice of
the wicked is not only unacceptable, but a great Offence to God.
And he that now offers a Sacrifice after the Law, does in effect
set aside Christ's Sacrifice. He that burns Incense, puts
contempt upon the Incense of Christ's intercession, and is as if
he blessed an Idol. Men shall be deceived By the vain
confidences with which they deceive themselves. Unbelieving
hearts, and unpurified consciences, need No more to make them
miserable, than to have their own fears brought upon them.
Whatever men Put in the place of the priesthood, Atonement, and
Intercession of Christ, will be found hateful to God.

5-14 The Prophet turns to those that trembled at God's Word, to
comfort and encourage them. The Lord will appear, to the joy of
the humble believer, and to the confusion of hypocrites and
persecutors. When the Spirit was poured out, and the Gospel went
forth from Zion, multitudes were converted in a little time. The
Word of God, especially his promises, and ordinances, are the
consolations of the Church. The true happiness of all Christians
is increased By every convert brought to Christ. The Gospel
brings with it, wherever it is received in its power, such a
River of peace, as will carry us to the ocean of boundless and
endless bliss. Divine comforts reach the inward Man; the joy of
the Lord will be the strength of the believer. Both God's Mercy
and Justice shall be manifested, and for ever magnified.

15-24 A prophetic declaration is given of the Lord's vengeance
On all enemies of his Church, especially that of all
antichristian opposers of the Gospel in the latter days. Ver.

19,20, set forth the abundance of means for Conversion of
sinners. These expressions are figurative, and express the
plentiful and gracious Helps for bringing God's elect home to
Christ. All shall be welcome; and nothing shall be wanting for
their assistance and encouragement. A Gospel ministry shall be
set up in the Church; they would have solemn Worship before the
Lord. In the last verse the nature of the Punishment of sinners
in the world to come is represented. Then shall the righteous
and wicked be separated. Our Saviour applies this to the
Everlasting misery and Torment of impenitent sinners in the
future state. To the honour of that free Grace which thus
distinguishes them, let the redeemed of the Lord, with Humility,
and not without holy trembling, sing triumphant Songs. With this
affecting representation of the opposite states of the righteous
and wicked, characters which include the whole human race,
Isaiah concludes his prophecies. May God grant, for Christ's
sake, that our portion may be with those who fear and Love his
name, who cleave to his truths, and persevere in every good
work, looking to receive from the Lord Jesus Christ the gracious
invitation, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom
prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

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