Reading Isaiah’s Mind Chapter Sixty-Six verses 1 – 24**

Judgment and Hope

1. Thus saith the Lord. The-Heavens (persons with whom Jehovah and his spirit feel perfectly “comfortable” ) are my throne and the Earth (a temporary sphere where mankind has sufficient time and opportunity to turn his natural inclinations¬† into permanent,¬† unbreakable instinctive patterns of behavior) is the¬†footstool¬†*(total-domination; regal control; sovereign control)¬†for my feet (stepsImage result for god's footstool measures).¬†

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Where is this¬†(previously-mentioned;¬† ¬†aforementioned)¬†house (lineage; family; bloodline dynasty; line of hereditary rulers) that your¬†(Israel’s)¬†sons (posterity; offspring; descendants) were supposed to have built for me?¬†Where is this (my) place of rest¬†(relaxation; peace)¬†

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* footstool –On the one hand God exceeds the heavens and the earth by infinity (if He could even be described in these terms); on the other hand He actually has a localized throne in heaven (specifically, the third heaven) for the benefit of His creatures (Rev.4).¬†But it is only “in”¬†heaven – it isImage result for footstool in hebrew not technically speaking heaven itself. This passage is written in poetry, and this is typical poetic language – not wrong, but rather highly dramatic to make the point. If one were to rephrase this verse in prose it would be something like: “I rule in heaven; and I lord it over the earth”. For that is what the throne and throne’s footstool are really meant to convey, namely, powerful regal control – God’s sovereign control of the heavens is such that it is as if they were His very throne, and His sovereign control over the earth is such that it is as if it were merely the place where He rests His feet.
This brings us to the Hebrews 1:13¬†(quoting another piece of Hebrew poetry, namely, (Ps. 110:1). In this second quote the same figure of the Lord’s domination is in view. Just as God’s control over the earth is so complete that it is just as if it were a footrest to Him, so the Messiah’s domination and control over all His enemies will be made so complete on the day Jesus Christ returns to the earth (in the will and plan of the Father at the Second Advent) that it will be as if all who oppose Him were merely pieces of furniture beneath His feet. So,¬† it is the same essential metaphor working in both cases; it is just that the object of total domination is different in each case.

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2.¬†Hasn’t my hand (power; spirit) made all of these things? Haven’t all of these things come intoRelated image being because of my spoken declaration.

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The one (person; individual; worshipper)  who I esteem (respect and admire) the very most is the one (person; individual; worshipper) who is humble (meek;  differential; submissive) and contrite (regretful; penitent; remorseful) of spirit and trembles (shakes; becomes unglued) at my word. 

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3.¬†But As far as I (Jehovah) am concerned, whosoever is involved with the Sacrifice-of-the-Bull *is just like (no better than) one who kills a man. Whosoever sacrifices a lamb is just like (no better than) one who breaks a dog’s neck. Whosoever makes a grain offering is like someone¬†(no better than someone) who offers-up (sacrifices)¬† pigs blood. Those who burn incense are just like¬†(no better than)¬†men who worship idols. They’ve chosen their own (favorite; compulsive; habitual) ways and their souls delight in¬† their repeated abominations.¬†¬†¬†

 

* Sacrifice of the bullIn the Roman Empire¬†of the second to fourth centuries, “taurobolium”¬†referred to practices involving the¬†sacrifice¬†of a¬†bull, which after mid-second century became connected with the worship of the Great Mother of the Gods; though not previously limited to her cult, after AD 159 all private “taurobolia”¬†inscriptions mention the¬†Magna Mater. The best-known and most vivid description, though of the quite different taurobolium as it was revived in aristocratic pagan circles, is the notorious one that has colored early scholarship, which was provided in an anti-pagan poem by the late 4th-century Christian Prudentius¬†in Peristephanon:¬†the priest of the Great Mother, clad in a silk toga worn in the Gabinian¬† cincture, with golden crown and fillets on his head, takes his place in a trench covered by a platform of planks pierced with fine holes, on which a bull, magnificent with flowers and gold, is slain. The blood rains through the platform onto the priest below, who receives it on his face, and even on his tongue and palate, and after the baptism present himself before his fellow-worshippers purified and regenerated, and receives their salutations and reverence. Prudentius does not explicitly mention the¬†taurobolium, but the ceremony, in its new form, is unmistakable from other contemporaneous sources: “At Novaesium¬†on the Rhine in Germania Inferior, a blood pit was found in what was probably a Metroon”, Jeremy Rutter observes. Recent scholarship has called into question the reliability of Prudentius’ description. It is a late account by a Christian who was hostile to paganism and may have distorted the rite for effect.¬†Earlier inscriptions that mention the rite suggest a less gory and elaborate sacrificial rite. Therefore, Prudentius’ description may be based on a late evolution of the¬†taurobolium.

 

Sacrifices in Israel

One way to think about ancient sacrifices is as ‚Äúgifts‚ÄĚ given to God. When they performed sacrifices, ancient Israelites gave to God some of what they believed God had given them, expressing their close relationship with God and seeking to deepen that bond. In the¬†Hebrew¬†Bible, sacrifice always involves¬†transformation. One of the most common ways to¬†transform¬†something is to¬†destroy¬†it. Destruction removes the animal from the ordinary realm and transfers it to a transcendent one. Biblical texts tell us that God received the¬†smoke¬†of the burning sacrifice as a ‚Äúpleasing odor‚ÄĚ (see, for example, Lev. 1:13). In so doing, God enjoyed a fellowship meal with human beings in God‚Äôs dwelling on earth‚ÄĒthe temple.
The temple was a domestic setting, the place of God‚Äôs presence with the nation. One of the most common terms for the temple was ‚ÄĚhouse,‚ÄĚ and it had furnishings, such as a lamp and a table. The altar was a cooking surface, a barbecue, so to speak, where the sacrificial¬†animal was ‚Äúcooked.‚ÄĚ Burning up or ‚Äúover-cooking‚ÄĚ the sacrifices in the altar fire marked out the specialness of the food offerings.
Instructions for the performance of various types of sacrifices are found in the first seven chapters of the book of Leviticus. There are five main types of grain and animal sacrifice:
(1) Burnt offering (Hebrew, ‚Äėolah; literally, ‚Äúascending offering‚ÄĚ;¬†Lev 1,¬†Lev 6:8-13) could be a herd or flock animal (bull, sheep, or goat) or a bird (dove or pigeon). The whole animal was burned in the altar fire. It was the most extravagant sacrifice because the entirety was given to God.
(2) Grain offering (Hebrew,¬†minhah; literally, ‚Äúgift‚ÄĚ; Lev 2, Lev 6:14-23)¬†was an offering of fine flour or unleavened baked goods, mixed with oil. A handful of the offering was burned (with incense) in the altar fire. The rest went to the priests.
(3) Sacrifice of well-being/fellowship offering (Hebrew, zevah shelamim; Lev 3, Lev 7:11-35) could be a herd or flock animal. Innards (fat, kidneys, and part of the liver) were burned in the altar fire. Most of the animal was eaten, divided between the priests and the offerer. This sacrifice was associated with feasting and well-being.
(4) Sin/purification offering (Hebrew, hatta’t; Lev 4:1-5:13, Lev 6:24-30) dealt with disruption in the relationship between human beings and God. The offering depended on the identity and status of the person required to make it. The chief priest, for example, had to bring a bull, whereas ordinary Israelites brought a female goat or lamb. Those who were too poor to afford a goat or sheep could offer birds, and an offering of grain flour was acceptable from the very poor.
(5) Guilt offering (Hebrew,¬†‚Äôasham; literally, ‚Äúresponsibility‚ÄĚ;¬†Lev 5:14-6:7,¬†Lev 7:1-10) dealt with distinct categories of wrongdoing that disrupted the divine-human relationship, such as the unintentional desecration of sacred things. The prescribed sacrifice was a flock animal. As with the sacrifice of well-being and the sin offering, innards were burned in the altar fire; the animal‚Äôs flesh was eaten by the priests.
These five varied sacrificial offerings have one element in common: the burning of some portion in the altar fire to transform the offering into smoke or a ‚Äúpleasing odor‚ÄĚ that God could enjoy.
Sacrifice is not a do-it-yourself activity in Leviticus. Rather, priests are required to bring about the transfer and transformation of the offering. Not only are they expert in the proper procedures, but they also bear the risk of moving into God’s presence.
Every animal sacrifice includes special treatment of the animal’s blood, which various biblical passages identity with the life force of the animal (see, for example, Gen 9:4,  Deut. 12:23). Despite the clear importance of this ritual use of blood, only one verse in the entire Hebrew Bible appears to explain its significance (Lev. 17:11). This debated but crucial verse concerns life, not death; animal life on the altar preserves and enhances human life.

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4.¬†Consequently, I will choose harsh treatment for them and I will bring upon them “the very thingImage result for √ʬĬúI'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!√Ę¬Ä¬Ě gif they dread the most” (being ignored)¬†because I (Jehovah) called upon them, but not a single man¬†answered (responded to) me.

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In fact, when I (Jehovah), spoke (talked to them)¬†¬†no one¬†listened (paid attention to) Me (Jehovah). They’ve done evil in my sight and they’ve chosen what really pisses Me (Jehovah) off.

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5.¬† Ye (plural of thou) who tremble at His (Jehovah’s)¬†word,¬† hear (get an earful of; giveRelated image audience to) the “WORD OF THE LORD”.

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Your brothers who’ve¬†¬†hated (despised; scorned) you¬†(Israel’s people) and excluded (banished; exiled; overlooked) you because of My (Jehovah’s)¬†name¬†(authority; jurisdiction; dominion) have bragged, ¬†“Let the Lord be glorified that we may see (accept; acknowledge; witness) your (Israel’s) joy.” Yet these self-centered frauds will still be put to shame.

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6.¬†Can you hear that uproar (objection; outrage; frackus; outcry; hullabaloo complaint)¬†behind the¬†scenes¬†(public-show;¬†¬†facade)¬†¬†of false-humility¬†(modesty; meekness)¬†¬†and feigned-magnanimity¬†¬†(generosity & benevolence)¬†from Salt Lake Headquarters,Image result for a taste of your own medicine gif as Jehovah rewards Salt Lake’s presiding authorities with “Their-Just-Deserts” (the triumph of Israelite virtue over Salt Lake’s vice; “a dose of their own medicine”).¬†

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7.¬†Before she goes into labor,¬† Zion gives birth. Before labor pains overcome her,¬† Zion¬†quickly¬†(hastily;Image result for a child is born lickety-split)¬†¬†delivers ( (bears; brings into the world; gives life to) a son (successor; beneficiary; a scion; an heir)¬† to sit (reign; rule) from Israel’s throne.

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8.¬†Who in this world has ever¬†heard of such a fantastic thing? Who has ever seen (witnessed) such a Image result for that's fantastic gifmiraculous thing? Can an entire country be born in one day….or a nation be brought forth in a single moment?

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Yet, as soon as Zion (those who’ve spent 40+ years of their lives wandering in a personal wilderness in search of “The Holy Spirit of God”) is in labor, she gives birth to her children.

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9.¬†Tell me now, do I (Jehovah) bring Zion¬†(those who’ve spent 40+ years of their livesImage result for lock her up gif wandering in a personal wilderness in search of “The Holy Spirit of God”)¬† to the very brink of childbirth, only to stop the process and withhold Zion’s darling child”? , saith the Lord.

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Do I (Jehovah)¬†“lock-up”; shut-up; stop-up; ) Zion’s womb just when she is about to deliver her child?

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10.¬†Rejoice because of¬†Jerusalem (“Teachers of Peace and Salvation”). Be glad because of her, all youImage result for mourning gif who’ve loved her.

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Rejoice greatly over her all ye (plural of “thou”) who’ve been “in-mourning”¬† ¬†(grieving-the-loss)¬†of her.

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11.¬†From now on,¬† you will be¬†nursed (suckle) and well-satisfied at the warm and comforting¬†breasts (milkRelated image of kindness; source of nourishment) provided by¬†Jerusalem (“Teachers of Peace and Salvation”).

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You will drink deeply and delight in the overflowing warmth and abundance of Jerusalem (Teachers of Peace and Salvation). 

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12. For thus saith the Lord, “I will extend Peace to Zion like a river and the wealth of theImage result for baby bouncing on daddy's knee gif nations to her (Jerusalem; Zion) like a flooding stream”. You will be nursed (suckled) and be carried ( supported; lifted-up) and dandled (bounced; hugged; caressed; rocked; cuddled)¬†by Your Eternal-Father (Jehovah).¬†

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13.¬†As a mother comforts her infant, so I (Jehovah) will comfort you (Israel’s people) and you will beImage result for now that makes a lot of sense gif comforted (cheered; consoled; heartened; reassured) by Jerusalem (“Teachers of Peace and Salvation”).

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14. When you see (realize; recognize; accept; become fully aware of; clearly-understand) this, your hearts will rejoice and you will flourish (proliferate; thrive; prosper; grow)  like luxuriant green-grass.

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The hand (spirit; power) of the Lord will become familiar  (well known from long or closeRelated image association) to  servants who He (Jehovah) has hand-picked, groomed and tutored, but His fury will be shown to His foes (adversaries; enemies) 

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15.¬†Indeed (if truth be told) behold (observe something remarkable), the Lord is coming withImage result for an angry God gif fire (“the Spirit of God”) and his chariots¬†(cavalry; messengers on horseback, who he’s despatched; deputies he has brought on horseback) are like a whirlwind. Combined (cooperatively,¬† working together; with them; working hand in hand),¬†they will bring-down (unleash; express; communicate) his anger with fury and rebuke Salt Lake’s Melchizedek Priesthood Organization with his flaming¬†(red-hot;¬† angry; fiery; fiercely-burning) fire (Spirit).¬†

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16.¬† For with (by means of; thru)¬†fire (“the Spirit Of God”) Jehovah¬†will continue (keep-Image result for knocked-out gifon)¬†executing judgment and there will be many among the Human Race who will be slain (dispatched; “gotten rid of”; “KO’d; knocked-out”; overpowered) by the Sword (“Word-Of-God”).¬†

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17.¬†Those (Salt Lake’s presiding Authority) who consecrate (set-apart; anoint)¬†themselves as “holier-than-thou”¬†(sanctimonious; self-righteous; morally-superior) and point¬†(direct everyone’s attention) to General Authorities who claim to be morally/spiritually –cleansed (unadulterated; holy; pure; sound;¬† clear-headed) God’s (Idols)¬†coming from Salt Lake’s¬†“Garden-of-Prearranged (predetermined; fixed) Authority” who unitedly¬†(as one; together; alike; each other; to a man)¬†follow¬†(seek; want pursue)¬†power and authority¬†in the midst of¬†(within) an association (priesthood oganization; brotherhood; fraternity)¬† men who eat¬†(consume; “swallow”; believe; enjoy) the¬†“basar” (flesh; glad-tidings;Image result for stool-pigeons “breaking-news”) of swine (Salt Lake’s unclean prophets and apostles; pigs) and the abominations (disgusting-violations; disgusting-obscenities; filthy-disgraces; disgusting-atrocities)¬† of “Rats”¬†(double-crossers; betrayers; “stool-pigeons”). All at once, these guys will utterly disappear, ” saith the Lord.

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18. So, I am plumbing (measuring; judging) the High-Priests of Salt Lake who advance (benefit;  promote) themselves.

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These are men who¬†imagine (visualize; picture; see; envision) themselves bring-together (gathering-up;¬† penning-up; gaining control over; corralling; restricting; Image result for mr bean in church sleeping gifimprisoning)¬†“The-Nations”¬†(non-Israelites; Gentiles) while pointing (directing everyone’s attention) to Salt Lake’s crumby¬†talks and¬†speeches¬† (“boring-conference-talks”; mind-numbing-Sunday-sermons) so they can enter (claim to be part of; have intercourse with) Israel’s House (dynasty; line of hereditary rulers) and be¬†seen (mistaken-for; accepted-as; recognized-as), having in mind (in particular; namely)¬†“The Glory of God”.

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19.¬†I am setting-up (lifting-up)¬†a¬†sign¬†(warning; manifestation; harbinger)¬†among (amidst; right in the middle of) Salt Lake’s imprisoned (captive; incarcerated; imprisoned) Israelites and for their sake I¬† am sending¬†¬†(destining; directing) survivors (tough-cookies; troopers; fighters; a remnant) unto “The-Gentiles” (the Nation’s; non-Israel’s), having in mind,¬†¬†Tarshish (those who are broken-down; heavily burdened; in-subjection), Pul (those who roll-over; throw in the towel; give-up; surrender) and Lydia (those pushing¬† to guarantee their chances to succeed) who draw (use; bring-forth; evoke; pull; persuade by)¬†the¬†bow (power; force; effects) of¬†Tubal (confusion) and Greece (gratuitous-effervescence; “irritating bubbliness”; over-the-top” Sparkle; constant-vivacity and enthusiasm) as a means to¬†point¬†(direct everyone’s attention) to the remote¬†(cold; detached; unapproachable) Islands (unreachable; inaccessible Melcizedek Priesthood AuthoritiesImage result for √ʬĬúFrankly, my dear, I don√ʬĬôt give a damn gif) who are not acquainted with¬†(know not; are unfamiliar with)¬†my (Jehovah’s) name¬†(dominion; authority; jurisdiction), my fame (state of being known or talked about by many people, especially on account of notable achievements) nor do any of them have the slightest clue about what my Glory looks like or¬† feels like. They’re the ones who will first (begin the process to) proclaim¬†my (Jehovah’s)¬†Glory (honor) among The-Nations (Gentiles;¬† Non-Israelites).

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20.¬†They will end-up bringing, having in mind (particularly), all of your brothers¬†(“siblings”; extended family members), some on¬†horseback, some in chariots and some on camels (dromedaries; fast-moving dancing beasts)¬† and upon¬†mules (hybrid offspring of Salt Lake’s “ass-hole-men”¬†Image result for teachings of the Torah (asses) and fillies, typically they are sterile and used as a beast of burden) and the rest in wagons (vehicles used for transporting goods”) ,¬† saith the Lord, “from among all the Nations (Gentiles; non-Israelites) of the world¬†unto my (Jehovah’s)¬†Holy (sacred; angelic; saintly) mountain (administration) located amid (within; amongst; in the midst of)¬†Jerusalem (“Teachers of Peace and Salvation”) just like when¬†Israelites were bringing their grain-offerings (sacrifices that do not include sacrificial animals) to the temple (house; dynasty; lineage bloodline) of the Lord in ceremonially clean¬† vessels (useful-souls) i.e. Israelites into whom the Holy Spirit of God is embued (infused; poured; inculcated) .

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21.¬†Further (afterward; furthermore; finally), I(Jehovah) will select (choose; hand-pick)Image result for √ʬĬúCarpe Diem. Seize the day, boys√Ę¬Ä¬Ě gif some of them also to be Priests (holy-men) and Levites (ones who are joined to them; ones who are connected to them; ones who are attached to them.)” , saith the Lord.

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22.¬† Indeed (if truth be told) just¬†as the new (different way of defining) “Heavens” (person’s¬† with whom God and His Holy Spirit feel perfectly “At-Home”) and the new¬†(different way of defining and interpreting ) “The-Earth” (a temporary sphere of existence where manImage result for Harvey weinstein Mrs Doubtfire I'm so happy gif has sufficient time and opportunity to transform his natural inclinations into permanent,¬† unbreakable, instinctive patterns of behavior”) that I (Jehovah) have made will endure for the sake of my purposes and intentions.”¬† declareth the Lord, so will your name¬† and descendants endure¬†(remain in existence; last)

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23. As a result of one (a personal) New-Moon * (new-beginning; re-birth; fresh-start;Image result for The Notebook lets do it again gif reincarnation) followed by  another and as a result of one ( personal; special; private; specific; individual)  Shabbat (celebration) followed by another.

.* New Moon New Beginning -Think of it this way: The new moon is a birth. As the waxing phase journeys on, the moon grows and matures until its reaches its ripest point: the full moon. As the waning phase recedes our moon, turning it into a thin crescent, then dissolving it completely, that birth has become death.
Each lunar cycle, we are continually reincarnated (born again). Our spirits are filled with strength, ideas, power, and courage as the full moonImage result for New Moon gif builds and then as it dissipates, we are relieved of that power. It’s during a new moon that we can ruminate on our decisions, on our experiences, and rejuvenate ourselves so that we can start all over again.
The new moon is symbolic of the second chance we are given over and over again. If everything went wrong by the time of the full moon and we made every mistake we could have possibly made, the new moon gifts us with a clean slate. This is why the new moon is the perfect time to meditate, journal, organize, and plan our next move. The new moon’s purifying energy is there to aid us in our reflection.
The moon’s energy has the power to control the ebbs and flows of the ocean and can even impact human behaviors. This is why in astronomy the energy of the new moon is regarded as such a highly influential force. When it comes to the spiritual aspects of the new moon, many people participate in new moon rituals where they may meditate on their personal desires, dreams and intentions. The energy of the new moon helps people grow spiritually as they seek out the moon’s healing energy. In this manner, the new moon is rich with symbolism and it represents a time of great self-awareness where hopes and visions for the future can be manifested.

 

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24.¬†All of mankind will come¬†(return)¬†in order¬†to (so they may) bow-down (subjugate-themselves; prostrate-themselves; submit) to my intentions and purposes, “saith the Lord.¬† They will go-forth¬†(emerge; spring out of nowhere) and look upon the dead bodies of all the people whoImage result for gif √ʬĬĚThe greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist.√Ę¬Ä¬Ě have rebelled against me (Jehovah). Their worm¬†(maggot; Fly-larvae”) that grows within them will¬†never die nor will the condemnation by the Holy Spirit ever cease. They will be loathsome (hated; despised; damnable) to all of mankind (humanity; the Human-Race).

 

 

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