57 ·Those who are right with God [The righteous] ·may die [perish; pass away], but no one ·pays attention [cares; L sets/takes it to heart]. ·Good people [The devout; People of lovingkindness/loyalty/covenant love] are taken away [C by death], but no one understands. ·Those who do right [The righteous] are being taken away ·from [to be spared from; or by the power of] evil 2 and are given peace. Those who ·live [walk] ·as God wants [uprightly] ·find rest in death [L rest on their beds].
3 “Come here, you ·magicians [L sons/children of a sorceress]! Come here, you ·children [offspring; seed] of prostitutes and adulterers! 4 Of whom are you ·making fun [mocking; ridiculing]? Whom are you ·insulting [sneering at; L opening your mouth at]? At whom do you stick out your tongue? You ·turn against God [L are children of rebellion], and you are ·liars [L the offspring/seed of liars]. 5 You ·have sexual relations [burn with lust; L inflame yourselves] beneath the oaks and under every green tree [C a reference to pagan fertility rites]. You ·kill [slaughter] children in the ·ravines [valleys] and ·sacrifice them in the rocky places [L under the rocky clefts; C child sacrifices, like those associated with the Phoenician god Molech; Lev. 18:21; 2 Kin. 23:19; Jer. 32:35]. 6 You take the smooth rocks from the ·ravines [valleys] as your portion. ·To them you are devoted [L They, they are your lot]. You pour drink offerings ·on them to worship them [L out to them], and you give grain [L gift; tribute] offerings [Lev. 2:1] to them. ·Do you think this makes me want to show you mercy [Should I relent because of these things; or Should I be happy about these things]? 7 You make your bed on every hill and mountain, and there you offer sacrifices. 8 You have hidden your ·idols [signs; pagan symbols; memorials] behind your doors and doorposts. You have ·left [deserted] me, and you have uncovered ·yourself [or your bed]. You have ·pulled back the covers [opened it] and climbed into bed. You have made an ·agreement [pact; covenant] with those whose beds you love, and you have looked at their nakedness [C euphemisms for sexual relations, here referring to pagan worship]. 9 You ·use your oils and perfumes to look nice for [L went with oil and increased your perfumes for] ·Molech [or the king]. You have sent your messengers to faraway lands; you even tried to send them to ·the place of the dead [or the grave; L Sheol]. 10 You were tired from doing these things, but you never ·gave up [L said, “It is hopeless”]. You found ·new strength [L the life of your hand], so you did not ·quit [faint; grow weary].
11 “Whom ·were you so afraid of [L did you fear or dread] that you lied to me? You have not remembered me or even ·thought about me [L set/taken it to heart]. ·I [or Is It because I…?] have been quiet for a long time. Is that why you are not afraid of me? 12 I will tell about your ‘·goodness [righteousness]’ and ·what you do [your works], and those things will ·do you no good [not profit/help you]. 13 When you cry out for help, let ·the gods you have gathered [your collection of idols] ·help [save; rescue] you. The wind will blow them all away; just a ·puff of wind [breath] will take them away. But the person who depends on me will ·receive [inherit] the land and ·own [possess] my holy mountain.”
The Lord Will Save His People
14 Someone will say, “Build ·a road [up; or it]! Build ·a road [up; or it]! Prepare the way [40:3; 62:10]! ·Make the way clear [Remove the obstacles] for my people.” 15 And this is the reason: God lives forever and is holy. He is high and ·lifted up [exalted]. He says, “I live in a high and holy place, but I also live with people who are ·sad [contrite] and ·humble [lowly in spirit]. I ·give new life to [revive the spirit of] those who are ·humble [lowly] and to those whose hearts are ·broken [contrite; repentant]. 16 I will not ·accuse [or contend/fight against them] forever, nor will I always be angry, because then ·human life [the spirit] would grow weak. ·Human beings [L The breath], whom I created, would die. 17 I was angry because ·they were dishonest in order to make money [of their sinful greed]. I punished them and ·turned away from them [L hid my face] in anger, but they ·continued to do evil [L turned away in the way of their heart]. 18 I have seen ·what they have done [their ways], but I will heal them. I will guide them and comfort them and those who ·felt sad for them [mourn]. ·They will all praise me [I will create praise on their lips; L …creating fruit of lips]. 19 ·I will give peace, real peace [L Peace, peace], to those far and near, and I will heal them,” says the Lord. 20 But ·evil people [the wicked] are like the ·angry [surging; tossing] sea, which cannot rest, whose waves toss up ·waste [mire; muck] and mud. 21 “There is no peace for ·evil people [the wicked],” says my God.
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