Isaiah 57
Berean Study Bible

The Blessed Death of the Righteous
(1 Corinthians 15:50-58)

1The righteous perish,

and no one takes it to heart;

devout men are swept away,

with none considering

that the righteous are guided

from the presence of evil.

2Those who walk uprightly enter into peace;

they find rest, lying down in death.

God Condemns Idolatry

3But come here, you sons of a sorceress,

you offspring of adulterers and prostitutes!

4Whom are you mocking?

At whom do you snarl and stick out your tongue?

Are you not children of transgression,

offspring of deceit,

5who burn with lust among the oaks,

under every luxuriant tree,

who slaughter your children in the valleys,

under the clefts of the rocks?

6Among the smooth stones of the valley is your portion;

indeed, they are your lot.

Even to them you have poured out a drink offering,

you have offered a grain offering.

Should I relent because of these?

7On a high and lofty hill you have made your bed,

and there you went up to offer sacrifices.

8Behind the door and doorpost

you have set up your memorial.

Forsaking me, you uncovered your bed;

you climbed up and opened it wide.

And you have made a pact with those whose bed you have loved;

you have gazed upon their nakedness.

9You went to Molecha with oil

and multiplied your perfumes.

You have sent your envoysb a great distance;

you have descended even to Sheol itself.

10You are wearied by your many journeys,

but you did not say, “There is no hope!”

You found renewal of your strength;

therefore you did not grow weak.

11Whom have you dreaded and feared,

so that you lied and failed to remember Me

or take this to heart?

Have I not held My peace such a long time,

and still you do not fear Me?

12I will expose your righteousness and your works,

and they will not profit you.

13When you cry out,

let your companies of idols deliver you!

Yet the wind will carry off all of them,

a breath will take them away.

But he who seeks refuge in Me will inherit the land

and possess My holy mountain.”

Healing for the Repentant
(Jeremiah 3:11-25; Hosea 14:1-3; Zechariah 1:1-6)

14And it will be said,

“Build it up, build it up, prepare the way,

take every obstacle out of the way of My people.”

15For thus says the One who is high and lifted up,

who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:

“I dwell in a high and holy place,

and with the oppressed and humble of spirit,

to restore the spirit of the lowly

and revive the heart of the contrite.

16For I will not accuse you forever,

nor will I always be angry;

for then the spirit of man would grow weak before Me,

with the breath of those I have made.

17I was enraged by his sinful greed,

so I struck him and hid My face in anger;

yet he kept turning back

to the desires of his heart.

18I have seen his ways,

but I will heal him;

I will guide him and restore comfort

to him and his mourners,

19bringing praise to their lips.

“Peace, peace to those far and near,” says the LORD,

“and I will heal them.”

20But the wicked are like the storm-tossed sea,

for it cannot be still,

and its waves churn up mire and muck.

21“There is no peace,” says my God,

“for the wicked.”

Footnotes:

9 a Or to the king
9 b Or idols

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