ContextHeaven Is Gods Throne
1Thus says the LORD,
Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool.
Where then is a house you could build for Me?
And where is a place that I may rest?
2For My hand made all these things,
Thus all these things came into being, declares the LORD.
But to this one I will look,
To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.
3But he who kills an ox is like one who slays a man;
He who sacrifices a lamb is like the one who breaks a dogs neck;
He who offers a grain offering is like one who offers swines blood;
He who burns incense is like the one who blesses an idol.
As they have chosen their own ways,
And their soul delights in their abominations,
4So I will choose their punishments
And will bring on them what they dread.
Because I called, but no one answered;
I spoke, but they did not listen.
And they did evil in My sight
And chose that in which I did not delight.
5Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at His word:
Your brothers who hate you, who exclude you for My names sake,
Have said, Let the LORD be glorified, that we may see your joy.
But they will be put to shame.
6A voice of uproar from the city, a voice from the temple,
The voice of the LORD who is rendering recompense to His enemies.
7Before she travailed, she brought forth;
Before her pain came, she gave birth to a boy.
8Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things?
Can a land be born in one day?
Can a nation be brought forth all at once?
As soon as Zion travailed, she also brought forth her sons.
9Shall I bring to the point of birth and not give delivery? says the LORD.
Or shall I who gives delivery shut the womb? says your God.
Joy in Jerusalems Future
10Be joyful with Jerusalem and rejoice for her, all you who love her;
Be exceedingly glad with her, all you who mourn over her,
11That you may nurse and be satisfied with her comforting breasts,
That you may suck and be delighted with her bountiful bosom.
12For thus says the LORD, Behold, I extend peace to her like a river,
And the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream;
And you will be nursed, you will be carried on the hip and fondled on the knees.
13As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you;
And you will be comforted in Jerusalem.
14Then you will see this, and your heart will be glad,
And your bones will flourish like the new grass;
And the hand of the LORD will be made known to His servants,
But He will be indignant toward His enemies.
15For behold, the LORD will come in fire
And His chariots like the whirlwind,
To render His anger with fury,
And His rebuke with flames of fire.
16For the LORD will execute judgment by fire
And by His sword on all flesh,
And those slain by the LORD will be many.
17Those who sanctify and purify themselves to go to the gardens,
Following one in the center,
Who eat swines flesh, detestable things and mice,
Will come to an end altogether, declares the LORD.
18For I know their works and their thoughts; the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My glory. 19I will set a sign among them and will send survivors from them to the nations: Tarshish, Put, Lud, Meshech, Tubal and Javan, to the distant coastlands that have neither heard My fame nor seen My glory. And they will declare My glory among the nations. 20Then they shall bring all your brethren from all the nations as a grain offering to the LORD, on horses, in chariots, in litters, on mules and on camels, to My holy mountain Jerusalem, says the LORD, just as the sons of Israel bring their grain offering in a clean vessel to the house of the LORD. 21I will also take some of them for priests and for Levites, says the LORD.
22For just as the new heavens and the new earth
Which I make will endure before Me, declares the LORD,
So your offspring and your name will endure.
23And it shall be from new moon to new moon
And from sabbath to sabbath,
All mankind will come to bow down before Me, says the LORD.
24Then they will go forth and look
On the corpses of the men
Who have transgressed against Me.
For their worm will not die
And their fire will not be quenched;
And they will be an abhorrence to all mankind.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
Thus saith Jehovah, Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: what manner of house will ye build unto me? and what place shall be my rest?
THUS saith the Lord: Heaven is my throne, and the earth my footstool: what is this house that you will build to me? and what is this place of my rest?
Darby Bible Translation
Thus saith Jehovah: The heavens are my throne, and the earth is my footstool: what is the house that ye will build unto me? and what is the place of my rest?
English Revised Version
Thus saith the LORD; The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: what manner of house will ye build unto me? and what place shall be my rest?
Webster's Bible Translation
Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build to me? and where is the place of my rest?
World English Bible
Thus says Yahweh, "Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: what kind of house will you build to me? and what place shall be my rest?
Young's Literal Translation
Thus said Jehovah: The heavens are My throne, And the earth My footstool, Where is this -- the house that ye build for Me? And where is this -- the place -- My rest?
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