A.E. Gardner, «Isaiah 65, 20: Centenarians or Millenarians?», Vol. 86 (2005) 88-96
Isa 65,20 which forms part of the future blessings of God’s servants, subsequent to the inauguration of the new heavens and new earth, is contentious theologically and linguistically. The present paper investigates why sinners persist in the future glorious age, concluding that human nature does not change with the appearance of the new heavens and new earth. Rather the latter indicate that no longer will the righteous suffer, nor will the land be devastated, because of the deeds of the unrighteous. Further it is noted that the usual translation of Isa 65,20 appears not to accord with Isa 65,22. It is argued that the LXX version is to be rejected as a later rationalisation. Instead yk should be taken as the dividing point of the verse and llq recognised as an allusion to Job 24,18.