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TitleIsaiah 65
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsParry, Donald W.
Book TitleThe Book of Isaiah: A New Translation (Preliminary Edition)
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
CitySpringville, UT
KeywordsBible; Isaiah (Book); Isaiah (Prophet); Old Testament

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The Iniquity of Ancient Israel (65:1–7)

The Lord

65 1I [am found of them who seek after Me; I give unto all of them that ask of Me][1];
I am [not] found of them that sought Me not [or that inquired not after Me:
I said unto My servant, “Behold Me,[2] look upon Me, I will send you] unto a nation that [are] not called by My name.”

2[For] I have spread out My hands all day to a people, who walk [not in My ways, and their works are evil and] not good, [and they walk] after their own thoughts.

3The people who continually provoke Me to My face,
sacrificing in gardens
and burning incense upon bricks,

4who sit in tombs
and spend the night in secret places,

who eat the flesh of pigs
and broth of abominable [beasts and pollute] their vessels.

5Who say,


“Keep to yourself; do not come near me,
for I am too holy for you.”

The Lord

These are smoke in My nostrils,
fire that burns all day.

6Behold, it is written before Me,
“I will not remain silent,

but I will repay,
and I will repay into their bosom

7both your iniquities
and your father’s iniquities,”


says the LORD,

The Lord

“because they burned incense on the mountains
and taunted Me on the hills,

and I will measure their former deeds into their bosom.”


Blessings for the Righteous, Cursings for the Sinful (65:8–16)


8Thus the LORD says,

The Lord

“As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one says,

Unnamed individual

‘Do not destroy it, for a blessing is in it,’

The Lord

so, I will do for My servants’ sake and not destroy them all.

9And I will bring forth offspring from Jacob
and from Judah, those who will inherit My mountains;

My chosen[3] will inherit it,
and My servants will dwell there.

10And Sharon will become a pasture for flocks,
and the Valley of Achor, a place for herds to lie down,
for My people who have sought Me.

11But you who forsake the LORD,
who forget My holy mountain,

who set a table for Fortune
and fill a jug of mixed wine for Meni,

12I have destined you to the sword,
and all of you will bow down to the slaughter,

because I called, but you did not answer;
I spoke, but you did not listen,

but you did evil in My eyes,
and I did not delight in what you chose.”


13Therefore, thus says the LORD,

The Lord

“Behold, My servants will eat,
but you will be hungry.

Behold, My servants will drink,
but you will be thirsty.

Behold, My servants will rejoice,
but you will be put to shame.

14Behold, My servants will sing with gladness of heart,
but you will cry out for pain of heart,
and you will wail for anguish of spirit.

15You will leave your name as a curse for My chosen ones,
and the Lord, the LORD, will slay you,
but He will call His servants a different name.

16So that he who invokes blessings in the land
will do so by the God of truth;

and he who takes an oath in the land
will take an oath by the God of truth,

because the former troubles are forgotten
and are hidden from My eyes.”


The Glorious Millennium (65:17–25)

The Lord

17“For behold, I create new heavens
and a new earth,

and the former things will not be remembered,
nor come upon the heart.

18But rejoice
and be joyful forever in that which I create,

for behold, I create Jerusalem for joy
and its people, for exultation.

19I will be joyful in Jerusalem
and rejoice in My people,

and there will no more be heard in it the sound of weeping,
and the cry of distress.

20[In those days][4] there will not be from there an infant of days,
nor an old man who does not fill out his [day],

for the child will [not] die [but live to be] a hundred years old;
but the sinner [living to be] a hundred years old, will be accursed.

21They will build houses and inhabit them,
and they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.

22They will not build and another inhabit;
they will not plant, and another eat.

For the days of My people will be like the days of a tree,
and My chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands.

23They will not labor in vain
or give birth for calamity,

for they are the offspring of the blessed of the LORD,
and their descendants with them.

24And it will come to pass, before they call, I will answer;
while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

25The wolf and the lamb will feed together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox,
and dust will be the food of the serpent;

they will not harm
nor destroy in all My holy mountain,”


says the LORD.


[1] Bracketed words in verses 1–2 are from JST.

[2] Here am I, here am I. This expression can also be translated, “Behold me, behold me.” “Here am I” is generally uttered by God’s prophets, but here the Lord uses the expression.

[3] “Chosen” can also be translated “elect.” God’s chosen, His servants, are the righteous saints.

[4] Bracketed words in verse 20 are from JST.


Scripture Reference

Isaiah 65:1