Amplified Bible

Isaiah 66

Heaven Is God’s Throne

1This is what the Lord says,

“Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool.
Where, then, is a house that you could build for Me?
And where will My resting place be?

“For all these things My hand has made,
So all these things came into being [by and for Me],” declares the Lord.
“But to this one I will look [graciously],
To him who is humble and contrite in spirit, and who [reverently] trembles at My word and honors My commands.

Hypocrisy Rebuked


“He who kills an ox [for pagan sacrifice] is [as guilty] as one who kills a man;
He who sacrifices a lamb, as one who breaks a dog’s neck;
He who offers a grain offering, as one who offers swine’s blood;
He who offers incense, as one who blesses an idol.
Such people have chosen their own ways,
And their soul delights in their repulsive acts;

So I will choose their punishments,
And will bring the things they dread upon them
Because I called, but no one answered;
I spoke, but they did not listen or obey.
But they did evil in My sight
And chose that in which I did not delight.”

Hear the word of the Lord, you who tremble [with awe-filled reverence] at His word:
“Your brothers who hate you, who exclude you for My Name’s sake,
Have said, ‘Let the Lord be glorified, that we may see your joy.’
But they will be put to shame.

“The sound of an uproar from the city! A voice from the temple!
The voice of the Lord, providing retribution to His enemies.


“Before she (Zion) was in labor, she gave birth;
Before her labor pain came, she gave birth to a boy.

“Who has heard of such a thing? Who has seen such things?
Can a land [a]be born in one day?
Or can a nation be brought forth in a moment?
As soon as Zion was in labor, she also brought forth her sons.

“Shall I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery?” says the Lord.
“Or shall I who gives delivery shut the womb?” says your God.

Joy in Jerusalem’s Future

10 
“Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for her, all you who love her;
Rejoice greatly with her, all you who mourn over her,
11 
That you may nurse and be satisfied with her comforting breasts,
That you may drink deeply and be delighted with her bountiful bosom.”
12 
For the Lord says this, “Behold, I extend peace to her (Jerusalem) like a river,
And the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream;
And you will be nursed, you will be carried on her hip and [playfully] rocked on her knees.
13 
“As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you;
And you will be comforted in Jerusalem.”
14 
When you see this, your heart will rejoice;
Your bones will flourish like new grass.
And the [powerful] hand of the Lord will be revealed to His servants,
But His indignation will be toward His enemies.
15 
For indeed, the Lord will come in fire
And His chariots will be like the stormy wind,
To render His anger with rage,
And His rebuke with flames of fire.
16 
For the Lord will execute judgment by fire
And by His sword on all mankind,
And those slain by the Lord will be many.
17 
“Those who [vainly attempt to] sanctify and cleanse themselves to go to the gardens [to sacrifice to idols],
Following after [b]one in the center,
Who eat swine’s flesh, [c]detestable things and mice,
Will come to an end together,” says the Lord.

18 “For I know their works and their thoughts. The time is coming to gather all nations and languages, and they will come and see My glory. 19 I will set up a [miraculous] sign among them, and from them I will send survivors to the nations: Tarshish, Pul (Put), Lud, Meshech, Tubal and Javan, to the distant islands and coastlands that have not heard of My fame nor seen My glory. And they will declare and proclaim My glory among the nations. 20 Then they shall bring all your countrymen (children of Israel) 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. 21 I will also take some of them as priests and Levites,” says the Lord.

22 
“For just as the new heavens and the new earth
Which I make will remain and endure before Me,” declares the Lord,
“So your offspring and your name will remain and endure.
23 
“And it shall be that from New Moon to New Moon
And from Sabbath to Sabbath,
All mankind will come to bow down and worship before Me,” says the Lord.
24 
“Then they will go forth and look
Upon the dead bodies of the [rebellious] men
Who have transgressed against Me;
For their worm (maggot) will not die,
And their fire will not go out;
And they will be an abhorrence to all mankind.”

Notas al pie

  1. Isaiah 66:8 Never in the history of the world had such a thing happened before—but God keeps His word. As foretold here and in Ezek 37:21, 22, Israel became a recognized nation, actually “born in one day.” After being away from their homeland for almost 2,000 years, the Jews were given a national homeland in Palestine by the Balfour Declaration in November 1917. In 1922, the League of Nations gave Great Britain the mandate over Palestine. On May 14, 1948, Great Britain withdrew her mandate, and immediately Israel was declared a sovereign state, and her growth and importance among nations was astonishing.
  2. Isaiah 66:17 Perhaps referring to the image of the Syrian god Adad. Some commentators also suggest that this may refer to the cultic leader in the center who shows by his example how to conduct the ceremonies.
  3. Isaiah 66:17 This may refer to a reptile of some kind.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

以赛亚书 66

耶和华的审判

1耶和华说:

“天是我的宝座,
地是我的脚凳,
你们要为我造怎样的殿宇?
哪里可作我的安歇之处?
一切都是我亲手创造的。
这是耶和华说的。
我看顾谦卑、悔过、
对我的话心存敬畏的人。

“至于那些任意妄为、以行可憎之事为乐、宰牛就像杀人、
献羊羔就像打断狗颈、
献谷物就像献猪血、
烧香就像颂赞偶像的人,
我必重重地惩罚他们,
使他们遭遇自己害怕的事。
因为我呼唤,无人回应;
我讲话,无人聆听。
他们做我视为恶的事,
专行令我不悦的事。”

对耶和华的话心存敬畏的人啊,要听祂的话:
“你们的弟兄憎恨你们,
因为我的缘故而弃绝你们,
他们讥讽说,
‘愿耶和华得荣耀,
我们好看看你们的欢乐!’
他们必受羞辱。
城中传出喧闹声,
殿中也传出声音,
这是耶和华报应祂仇敌的声音。

“锡安还没有阵痛就分娩,
还没有感到产痛就生下男婴。
谁曾听过看过这样的事?
一个国家能一日而生吗?
一个民族能在刹那间产生吗?
然而锡安刚开始分娩就生下了儿女。”
耶和华说:“我既使她临产,
难道不让她分娩吗?”
你的上帝说:“我既使她生产,
难道封闭她的胎吗?

10 “爱耶路撒冷的人啊,
要与她一同欢喜,为她高兴。
为她悲哀的人啊,
要与她尽情欢乐。
11 你们必在她舒适的怀抱里得到满足,
如婴儿欢快地在母亲怀中吮吸充足的奶汁。”

12 耶和华说:
“看啊,我赐给她的平安如川流不息的江河,
使万国的滚滚财富都归给她。
你们必被她抱在怀中,
摇在膝上。
13 母亲怎样抚慰孩子,
我也怎样抚慰你们,
使你们在耶路撒冷得到安慰。”
14 你们见到这些事,必满心欢喜,
身体如青草一样充满活力。
耶和华必向祂的仆人彰显大能,
向祂的仇敌发怒。

15 看啊,耶和华要在火中降临,
祂的战车好像旋风。
祂要发烈怒,用火焰惩罚。
16 因为耶和华要用火和剑审判世人,杀死许多人。

17 耶和华说:“那些奉献自己、洁净自己的人一个接一个进园中祭拜假神,又吃猪肉、老鼠及其他可憎之物,他们必一同灭亡。 18 我知道他们的所作所为和所思所想。我要召集万邦万民,使他们看见我的荣耀。 19 我要在他们中间行神迹,我要派一些生还者到他施、普勒、路德、米设、罗施、土巴、雅完各国,以及那些没有听过我名声也没有见过我荣耀的遥远海岛,在列国传扬我的荣耀。 20 他们必骑着马、驾着车、坐着轿、骑着骡子或骆驼,把你们的弟兄从各国带到我的圣山耶路撒冷,作为供物献给耶和华,好像以色列人用洁净的器皿把素祭带到耶和华的殿中。这是耶和华说的。” 21 耶和华说:“我要在他们中间立一些人做祭司和利未人。”

22 耶和华说:“正如我造的新天新地在我面前长存,
你们的名字和后裔也必长存。
23 每逢朔日和安息日,
世人都必来敬拜我。
这是耶和华说的。
24 他们必出去观看那些背叛我之人的尸体,
因为咬他们的虫永远不死,
烧他们的火永远不灭,
世人都必厌恶他们。”