Isaiah 57
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1The righteous man perishes, and no one lays it to heart; devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from calamity;1The righteous man perishes, and no man takes it to heart; And devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from evil,
2he enters into peace; they rest in their beds who walk in their uprightness.2He enters into peace; They rest in their beds, Each one who walked in his upright way.
3But you, draw near, sons of the sorceress, offspring of the adulterer and the loose woman.3"But come here, you sons of a sorceress, Offspring of an adulterer and a prostitute.
4Whom are you mocking? Against whom do you open your mouth wide and stick out your tongue? Are you not children of transgression, the offspring of deceit,4"Against whom do you jest? Against whom do you open wide your mouth And stick out your tongue? Are you not children of rebellion, Offspring of deceit,
5you who burn with lust among the oaks, under every green tree, who slaughter your children in the valleys, under the clefts of the rocks?5Who inflame yourselves among the oaks, Under every luxuriant tree, Who slaughter the children in the ravines, Under the clefts of the crags?
6Among the smooth stones of the valley is your portion; they, they, are your lot; to them you have poured out a drink offering, you have brought a grain offering. Shall I relent for these things?6"Among the smooth stones of the ravine Is your portion, they are your lot; Even to them you have poured out a drink offering, You have made a grain offering. Shall I relent concerning these things?
7On a high and lofty mountain you have set your bed, and there you went up to offer sacrifice.7"Upon a high and lofty mountain You have made your bed. You also went up there to offer sacrifice.
8Behind the door and the doorpost you have set up your memorial; for, deserting me, you have uncovered your bed, you have gone up to it, you have made it wide; and you have made a covenant for yourself with them, you have loved their bed, you have looked on nakedness.8"Behind the door and the doorpost You have set up your sign; Indeed, far removed from Me, you have uncovered yourself, And have gone up and made your bed wide. And you have made an agreement for yourself with them, You have loved their bed, You have looked on their manhood.
9You journeyed to the king with oil and multiplied your perfumes; you sent your envoys far off, and sent down even to Sheol.9"You have journeyed to the king with oil And increased your perfumes; You have sent your envoys a great distance And made them go down to Sheol.
10You were wearied with the length of your way, but you did not say, “It is hopeless”; you found new life for your strength, and so you were not faint.10"You were tired out by the length of your road, Yet you did not say, 'It is hopeless.' You found renewed strength, Therefore you did not faint.
11Whom did you dread and fear, so that you lied, and did not remember me, did not lay it to heart? Have I not held my peace, even for a long time, and you do not fear me?11"Of whom were you worried and fearful When you lied, and did not remember Me Nor give Me a thought? Was I not silent even for a long time So you do not fear Me?
12I will declare your righteousness and your deeds, but they will not profit you.12"I will declare your righteousness and your deeds, But they will not profit you.
13When you cry out, let your collection of idols deliver you! The wind will carry them all off, a breath will take them away. But he who takes refuge in me shall possess the land and shall inherit my holy mountain.13"When you cry out, let your collection of idols deliver you. But the wind will carry all of them up, And a breath will take them away. But he who takes refuge in Me will inherit the land And will possess My holy mountain."
14And it shall be said, “Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstruction from my people’s way.”14And it will be said, "Build up, build up, prepare the way, Remove 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 the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.15For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, "I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite.
16For I will not contend forever, nor will I always be angry; for the spirit would grow faint before me, and the breath of life that I made.16"For I will not contend forever, Nor will I always be angry; For the spirit would grow faint before Me, And the breath of those whom I have made.
17Because of the iniquity of his unjust gain I was angry, I struck him; I hid my face and was angry, but he went on backsliding in the way of his own heart.17"Because of the iniquity of his unjust gain I was angry and struck him; I hid My face and was angry, And he went on turning away, in the way of his heart.
18I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him and restore comfort to him and his mourners,18"I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him and restore comfort to him and to his mourners,
19creating the fruit of the lips. Peace, peace, to the far and to the near,” says the LORD, “and I will heal him.19Creating the praise of the lips. Peace, peace to him who is far and to him who is near," Says the LORD, "and I will heal him."
20But the wicked are like the tossing sea; for it cannot be quiet, and its waters toss up mire and dirt.20But the wicked are like the tossing sea, For it cannot be quiet, And its waters toss up refuse and mud.
21There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”21"There is no peace," says my God, "for the wicked."
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