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Isaiah 57 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

Remove Every Stumbling Block

57 The righteous one perishes,
    but no one takes it to heart.
Godly men are taken away,
    but no one discerns
        that the righteous man is taken from evil.
He enters into shalom.
    They rest on their beds,
    each who walked in his integrity.
But as for you, come here, you children of a sorceress,
offspring of an adulterer and prostitute.

Whom are you mocking?
At whom do you open your mouth wide
    and stick out your tongue?
Are you not children of transgression,
    offspring of deceit?
You who burn with lust among the oaks
    and under every green tree,
who sacrifice your children in the wadis
    and under the clefts of the rocks?
Among the smooth stones of the wadi is your portion—
they are your lot.
To them you have even poured out a drink offering,
made a grain offering.
Shall I relent concerning these things?
Upon a high and lofty mountain you made your bed.
You also went up there to offer sacrifice.
Behind the door and the doorpost
you have set up your memorial sign.
For away from Me, you uncovered,
    went up and made your bed wide,
    and cut covenant with them.
You loved their bed—
    you looked on their nakedness.
You journeyed to the king with oil
and multiplied your perfumes.
You sent your ambassadors far away,
and made them go down to Sheol.
10 You wearied of the length of your way,
    yet you did not say, “It is hopeless!”
You found renewed strength,
    so you did not weaken.
11 “Whom was it you dreaded and feared,
    so that you lied.
But you did not remember Me
    or take it to heart?
Have I not kept silent a long time—
    yet you do not fear Me?
12 I will expose your ‘righteousness’, and your deeds—
they will not profit you.
13 When you cry out,
    will your collection of idols save you?
The wind will carry them off,
    a breath will take them away.
But he who takes refuge in Me
    will possess the land,
    and will inherit My holy mountain.”

14 Then it will be said:
“Build up, build up, prepare the way,
remove every stumbling block out of the way of My people.”

15 For thus says the High and Exalted One
    who inhabits eternity, whose Name is Holy:
“I dwell in a high and holy place,
yet also with a contrite and humble spirit,
    to revive the spirit of the humble,
    and revive the heart of the contrite.
16 For I will not contend forever,
nor will I always be angry,
for the spirit would grow weak before Me,
    the breath of those whom I made.
17 Because of the iniquity of his unjust gain I was angry;
I struck him; I hid My face; I was angry—
    but he went on backsliding in the way of his heart.
18 I have seen his ways, but I will heal him.
I will lead him and restore comfort to him
    and his mourners.
19 Creating the praise of lips:
Shalom, shalom to him who is far and to him who is near,’
    says Adonai, ‘and I will heal him.’”

20 But the wicked are like a troubled sea,
for it cannot rest,
and its waters toss up mire and dirt.
21 “There is no shalom,” says my God
“for the wicked.”

Tree of Life Version (TLV)

Tree of Life (TLV) Translation of the Bible. Copyright © 2015 by The Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society.

Isaiah 57 New International Version (NIV)

57 The righteous perish,
    and no one takes it to heart;
the devout are taken away,
    and no one understands
that the righteous are taken away
    to be spared from evil.
Those who walk uprightly
    enter into peace;
    they find rest as they lie in death.

“But you—come here, you children of a sorceress,
    you offspring of adulterers and prostitutes!
Who are you mocking?
    At whom do you sneer
    and stick out your tongue?
Are you not a brood of rebels,
    the offspring of liars?
You burn with lust among the oaks
    and under every spreading tree;
you sacrifice your children in the ravines
    and under the overhanging crags.
The idols among the smooth stones of the ravines are your portion;
    indeed, they are your lot.
Yes, to them you have poured out drink offerings
    and offered grain offerings.
    In view of all this, should I relent?
You have made your bed on a high and lofty hill;
    there you went up to offer your sacrifices.
Behind your doors and your doorposts
    you have put your pagan symbols.
Forsaking me, you uncovered your bed,
    you climbed into it and opened it wide;
you made a pact with those whose beds you love,
    and you looked with lust on their naked bodies.
You went to Molek[a] with olive oil
    and increased your perfumes.
You sent your ambassadors[b] far away;
    you descended to the very realm of the dead!
10 You wearied yourself by such going about,
    but you would not say, ‘It is hopeless.’
You found renewal of your strength,
    and so you did not faint.

11 “Whom have you so dreaded and feared
    that you have not been true to me,
and have neither remembered me
    nor taken this to heart?
Is it not because I have long been silent
    that you do not fear me?
12 I will expose your righteousness and your works,
    and they will not benefit you.
13 When you cry out for help,
    let your collection of idols save you!
The wind will carry all of them off,
    a mere breath will blow them away.
But whoever takes refuge in me
    will inherit the land
    and possess my holy mountain.”

Comfort for the Contrite

14 And it will be said:

“Build up, build up, prepare the road!
    Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people.”
15 For this is what the high and exalted One says—
    he who lives forever, whose name is holy:
“I live in a high and holy place,
    but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly
    and to revive the heart of the contrite.
16 I will not accuse them forever,
    nor will I always be angry,
for then they would faint away because of me—
    the very people I have created.
17 I was enraged by their sinful greed;
    I punished them, and hid my face in anger,
    yet they kept on in their willful ways.
18 I have seen their ways, but I will heal them;
    I will guide them and restore comfort to Israel’s mourners,
19     creating praise on their lips.
Peace, peace, to those far and near,”
    says the Lord. “And I will heal them.”
20 But the wicked are like the tossing sea,
    which cannot rest,
    whose waves cast up mire and mud.
21 “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 57:9 Or to the king
  2. Isaiah 57:9 Or idols
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