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Israel Does Not Follow God

57 Those who are right with God may die,
    but no one pays attention.
Good people are taken away,
    but no one understands.
Those who do right are being taken away from evil
and are given peace.
Those who live as God wants
    find rest in death.

“Come here, you magicians!
    Come here, you children of prostitutes and those who take part in adultery!
Of whom are you making fun?
    Whom are you insulting?
    At whom do you stick out your tongue?
You turn against God,
    and you are liars.
You have sexual relations under every green tree
    to worship your gods.
You kill children in the ravines
    and sacrifice them in the rocky places.
You take the smooth rocks from the ravines
    as your portion.
You pour drink offerings on them to worship them,
    and you give grain offerings to them.
    Do you think this makes me want to show you mercy?
You make your bed on every hill and mountain,
    and there you offer sacrifices.
You have hidden your idols
    behind your doors and doorposts.
You have left me, and you have uncovered yourself.
    You have pulled back the covers and climbed into bed.
You have made an agreement with those whose beds you love,
    and you have looked at their nakedness.
You use your oils and perfumes
    to look nice for Molech.
You have sent your messengers to faraway lands;
    you even tried to send them to the place of the dead.
10 You were tired from doing these things,
    but you never gave up.
You found new strength,
    so you did not quit.

11 “Whom were you so afraid of
    that you lied to me?
You have not remembered me
    or even thought about me.
I have been quiet for a long time.
    Is that why you are not afraid of me?
12 I will tell about your ‘goodness’ and what you do,
    and those things will do you no good.
13 When you cry out for help,
    let the gods you have gathered help you.
The wind will blow them all away;
    just a puff of wind will take them away.
But the person who depends on me will receive the land
    and own my holy mountain.”

The Lord Will Save His People

14 Someone will say, “Build a road! Build a road! Prepare the way!
    Make the way clear for my people.”
15 And this is the reason: God lives forever and is holy.
    He is high and lifted up.
He says, “I live in a high and holy place,
    but I also live with people who are sad and humble.
I give new life to those who are humble
    and to those whose hearts are broken.
16 I will not accuse forever,
    nor will I always be angry,
because then human life would grow weak.
    Human beings, whom I created, would die.
17 I was angry because they were dishonest in order to make money.
    I punished them and turned away from them in anger,
    but they continued to do evil.
18 I have seen what they have done, but I will heal them.
    I will guide them and comfort them and those who felt sad for them.
    They will all praise me.
19 I will give peace, real peace, to those far and near,
    and I will heal them,” says the Lord.
20 But evil people are like the angry sea,
    which cannot rest,
    whose waves toss up waste and mud.
21 “There is no peace for evil people,” says my God.

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

“But you—come here, you children of a sorceress,(F)
    you offspring of adulterers(G) and prostitutes!(H)
Who are you mocking?
    At whom do you sneer
    and stick out your tongue?
Are you not a brood of rebels,(I)
    the offspring of liars?
You burn with lust among the oaks(J)
    and under every spreading tree;(K)
you sacrifice your children(L) in the ravines
    and under the overhanging crags.
The idols(M) among the smooth stones of the ravines are your portion;
    indeed, they are your lot.
Yes, to them you have poured out drink offerings(N)
    and offered grain offerings.
    In view of all this, should I relent?(O)
You have made your bed on a high and lofty hill;(P)
    there you went up to offer your sacrifices.(Q)
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,(R)
    and you looked with lust on their naked bodies.(S)
You went to Molek[a](T) with olive oil
    and increased your perfumes.(U)
You sent your ambassadors[b](V) far away;
    you descended to the very realm of the dead!(W)
10 You wearied(X) yourself by such going about,
    but you would not say, ‘It is hopeless.’(Y)
You found renewal of your strength,(Z)
    and so you did not faint.

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

Comfort for the Contrite

14 And it will be said:

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


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