Isaiah 57:14-21 (Common English Bible)

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Peace for the remorseful

14 It will be said: "Survey, survey; build a road! Remove barriers from my people's road!" 15 The one who is high and lifted up, who lives forever, whose name is holy, says: I live on high, in holiness, and also with the crusheda and the lowly, reviving the spirit of the lowly, reviving the heart of those who have been crushed.b 16 I won't always accuse, nor will I be enraged forever. It is my own doing that their spirit is exhausted— I gave them breath! 17 I was enraged about their illegal profits; I struck them; in rage I withdrew from them. Yet they went on wandering wherever they wanted. 18 I have seen their ways, but I will heal them. I will guide them, and reward them with comfort. And for those who mourn, 19 I will create reason for praise:c utter prosperity to those far and near, and I will heal them, says the LORD. 20 But the wicked are like the churning sea that can't keep still. They churn up from their waters muck and mud. 21 There is no peace, says my God, for the wicked.
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