Haftarah for Shabbat Rosh Chodesh
Yeshiyahu (Isaiah) 66:1—24
1So said HaShem, “The heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool; what House could you build for Me, and what could be My resting place? 2My hand made all these and thus they came into being, the words of HaShem—but it is to this that I look; to the poor and broken-spirited person who is zealous regarding My word.
3He who slaughters an ox is as if he slays a man; he who offers a sheep is as if he breaks a dog’s neck; he who brings up a meal-offering is as if he offers a swine’s blood; one who brings a frankincense remembrance is as if he brings a gift of extortion; they have even chosen their ways; and their souls have desired their abominations.
4I, too, will choose to mock them and what they dread I will bring upon them—because I have called, but they did not hear; they did what is evil in My eyes and what I did not desire they chose.
5Listen to the Word of HaShem, those who are zealous regarding His Word; your brethren who hate you and distance themselves from you say, “HaShem is glorified because of my reputation”—but we shall see your gladness and they will be shamed. 6A tumultuous sound comes from the city, a sound from the Sanctuary, the sound of HaShem dealing retribution to His enemies. 7When she has not yet felt her labor, she will have given birth! When the pain has not yet come to her, she will have delivered a son! 8Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen its like? Has a land gone through its labor in one day? Has a nation been born at one time, as Zion went through labor and gave birth to her children? 9Shall I bring a woman to the birthstool and not have her give birth? says HaShem. Shall I, Who causes birth, hold it back? says our G-d.
10Be glad with Yerusalim and rejoice in her, all who love her; exult with her exultation, all who mourned for her, 11so that you may nurse and be sated from the breast of her consolations; so that you may suck and delight from the glow of her glory. 12For so said HaShem, Behold!—I shall direct peace to her like a river, and the honor of nations like a surging stream and you shall suckle; you will be carried on a shoulder and dandled on knees. 13Like a man whose mother consoled him; so will I console you, and in Yerusalim will you be consoled. 14You shall see and your heart will exalt, and your bones will flourish like grass; the hand of HaShem will be known to His servants, and He will be angry with His enemies. 15For behold!—HaShem will arrive in fire and His chariots like the whirlwind, to requite His anger with wrath, and His rebuke with flaming fire. 16For with fire HaShem will judge, and with His sword against all flesh; many will be those slain by HaShem.
17Those who prepare and purify themselves to storm the gardens go one after another to the midst of the fray; together will be consumed those who eat the flesh of swine, of abominable creatures and rodents—the words of HaShem. 18I am aware of their deeds and their thoughts; the time has come to gather in all the nations and tongues; they shall come and see My glory.
19I shall put a sign upon them and send some as survivors to the nations; Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, the bow-drawers, Tubal and Yavan; the distant islands, who have not heard of My fame and not seen My glory, and they will declare My glory among the nations. 20They will bring all your brethren from all the nations as an offering to HaShem, on horses, on chariot, on covered wagons, on mules, and with joyful dances upon My holy mountain, Yerusalim, said HaShem; just as the Children of Yisra’el bring their offering in a pure vessel to the House of HaShem. 21From them, too, will I take to be Kohanim and Levites, said HaShem.
22For just as the new heavens and the new earth that I will make will endure before Me—the words of HaShem—so will your offspring and your name endure. 23And it shall be that, from New Moon to New Moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall come to prostrate themselves before Me, said HaShem.
24They shall go out and see the corpses of those who rebel against Me, for their worms will not die and their fires will not go out, and they shall be a disgrace for all flesh.
And it shall be that, from New Moon to New Moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall come to prostrate themselves before Me, said HaShem.