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Isaiah 65:13-16

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65:13 So this is what the sovereign Lord says:

“Look, my servants will eat, but you will be hungry!

Look, my servants will drink, but you will be thirsty!

Look, my servants will rejoice, but you will be humiliated!

65:14 Look, my servants will shout for joy as happiness fills their hearts! 1 

But you will cry out as sorrow fills your hearts; 2 

you will wail because your spirits will be crushed. 3 

65:15 Your names will live on in the curse formulas of my chosen ones. 4 

The sovereign Lord will kill you,

but he will give his servants another name.

65:16 Whoever pronounces a blessing in the earth 5 

will do so in the name of the faithful God; 6 

whoever makes an oath in the earth

will do so in the name of the faithful God. 7 

For past problems will be forgotten;

I will no longer think about them. 8 

1 tn Heb “from the good of the heart.”

2 tn Heb “from the pain of the heart.”

3 tn Heb “from the breaking of the spirit.”

4 tn Heb “you will leave your name for an oath to my chosen ones.”

sn For an example of such a curse formula see Jer 29:22.

5 tn Or “in the land” (NIV, NCV, NRSV). The same phrase occurs again later in this verse, with the same options.

6 tn Heb “will pronounce a blessing by the God of truth.”

7 tn Heb “will take an oath by the God of truth.”

8 tn Heb “for the former distresses will be forgotten, and they will be hidden from my eyes.”



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