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Israel’s Idolatry

57 “Also[a] the righteous are perishing,[b]
    but no one takes it to heart;
devout people[c] are taken away,
    while no one understands
        that the righteous person is taken away from calamity.
Then[d] he enters into peace,
    and[e] they’ll rest on his[f] couches,
        each one living righteously.[g]

“But as for you, come here,
    you children of a sorceress,
        you offspring of adulterers and prostitutes![h]
Whom are you mocking?
    And[i] against whom do you make a wide mouth
        and stick out your tongue?
Are you not children of transgression,
    the offspring of lies,
you who burn with lust among the oaks,
    under every spreading tree,
who slaughter your children in the ravines,
    under the clefts of the rocks?

“Among the smooth stones[j] of the ravines is your portion—
    there they are as[k] your lot.
To them you have poured out drink offerings;
    you have brought grain offerings.
        Should I be lenient over such things?

“You have made your bed
    on a high and lofty mountain,
        and you went up to offer sacrifice there.
Behind the doors and the doorposts
    you have set up your pagan sign.”
For in deserting me you have uncovered your bed—
    you have climbed up into it
        and have opened it wide.
And you[l] have made a pact for yourself with them;
    you have loved their bed,
        you have looked on their private parts.[m]
You went to Molech[n] with olive oil
    and increased your perfumes;
you sent your ambassadors far away,
    you sent them down even to Sheol[o] itself!
10 You grew tired with your many wanderings,[p]
    but you wouldn’t say: ‘It is hopeless.’
You found new strength for your desire,
    and so you did not falter.

11 “Whom did you so dread—
    and while you feared me[q]
that you lied,
    and you did not remember me,
        and[r] did not lay to heart these things?[s]
Haven’t I remained silent for a long time,
    and still you don’t fear me?”

12 “I will denounce your righteousness[t] and your works,
    for your collections of idols[u] will not benefit you.
13 When you cry out, let your collection deliver you!
    The wind will carry them all off,
        and[v] a mere breath will sweep them all away.”

God’s Reward for the Faithful

“But whoever[w] takes refuge in me will possess the land,
    and will inherit my holy mountain.
14 And one has said:[x]
    ‘Build up! Build up the road![y]
        Prepare the highway!
Remove every obstacle from my people’s way.’

15 “For this is what the high and lofty One says,
    who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
“He lives[z] in the height and in holiness,[aa]
    and also with the one who is of a contrite and humble spirit,
to revive the spirit of the humble,
    and to revive the heart of the contrite.
16 For I won’t accuse forever,
    nor will I always be angry;
for then the human spirit would grow faint before me—
    even the souls that I have created.
17 Because of his wicked greed I was angry,
    so I punished him;
and[ab] I hid my face, and was angry—
    but he kept turning back to his stubborn will.[ac]
18 I’ve seen his ways,[ad] yet I will heal him,[ae]
    and restore for him[af] comfort[ag] to him
        and for those who mourn for him[ah]
19 when[ai] I create the fruit of the lips:
    Peace[aj] to the one who is far away or near,” says the Lord,
        “and I’ll heal him.
20 But the wicked are tossed like the sea;[ak]
    for it is not able to[al] keep still,
        and its waters toss up mire and mud.

21 “Yet[am] there is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”


  1. Isaiah 57:1 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT lacks Also; cf. LXX
  2. Isaiah 57:1 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT LXX read righteous person has perished
  3. Isaiah 57:1 Lit. people of the mercy; so 1QIsaa MT reads people of mercy; LXX reads just men
  4. Isaiah 57:2 Or and; so 1QIsaa; MT LXX lack Then
  5. Isaiah 57:2 So 1QIsaa; MT lacks and
  6. Isaiah 57:2 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT read their
  7. Isaiah 57:2 Lit. one walking in his uprightness; so 1QIsaa 1QIsab; MT reads her uprightness
  8. Isaiah 57:3 So LXX (cf. Syriac); 1QIsaa MT read she has practiced prostitution
  9. Isaiah 57:4 So 1QIsaa LXX; 1QIsab MT lack And
  10. Isaiah 57:6 I.e. among the idols
  11. Isaiah 57:6 So 1QIsaa; 4QIsai MT reads they—yes, they!—are; LXX reads there this is
  12. Isaiah 57:8 1QIsaa reads sing.; MT reads pl.
  13. Isaiah 57:8 Lit. their hand; i.e. a euphemism for the male sex organ
  14. Isaiah 57:9 I.e. to the Canaanite deity; or to the king
  15. Isaiah 57:9 I.e. the afterlife
  16. Isaiah 57:10 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT reads your wandering
  17. Isaiah 57:11 So 1QIsaa; 4QIsad MT LXX read and fear
  18. Isaiah 57:11 So 1QIsaa 4QIsad LXX; MT lacks and
  19. Isaiah 57:11 So 1QIsaa; 4QIsad MT lack thing; LXX reads lay me to heart
  20. Isaiah 57:12 1QIsaa MT; 4QIsad reads justice
  21. Isaiah 57:12 1QIsaa lacks of idols; 4QIsad MT LXX read for they
  22. Isaiah 57:13 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT lacks and
  23. Isaiah 57:13 Lit. But the one; so 4QIsad MT; 1QIsaa reads But one (i.e. without article)
  24. Isaiah 57:14 So 1QIsaa; MT reads one will say; or I will say; LXX reads they will say
  25. Isaiah 57:14 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT lacks the road
  26. Isaiah 57:15 So 1QIsaa 4QIsad; MT reads I live
  27. Isaiah 57:15 So 1QIsaa; 4QIsad MT read in the high and holy place
  28. Isaiah 57:17 So 1QIsaa 4QIsad LXX; 1QIsab MT lack and
  29. Isaiah 57:17 Lit. into the way of his heart
  30. Isaiah 57:18 So 1QIsaa MT LXX; 4QIsad reads way
  31. Isaiah 57:18 So 1QIsaa; MT reads him, and I will guide him; LXX reads him, and I will exhort him
  32. Isaiah 57:18 So 1QIsaa; the reading is probably an error: MT LXX lack for him
  33. Isaiah 57:18 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT use different but related words
  34. Isaiah 57:18 Lit. for his mourners
  35. Isaiah 57:19 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab 4QIsad MT lack when
  36. Isaiah 57:19 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT read Peace, peace cf. LXX
  37. Isaiah 57:20 So 1QIsaa LXX; 4QIsad MT read are like the tossing sea
  38. Isaiah 57:20 So 1QIsaa; 4QIsad MT lack able to
  39. Isaiah 57:21 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX lack Yet