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Isaiah 57:9-19 (Common English Bible)

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9 You went down to Molecha with oil, and you slathered on your ointments; you sent your messengers far away, sent them down to the underworld.b 10 Worn out by all your efforts, yet you wouldn't say, "This is useless." You found new strength; therefore, you weren't tired. 11 Whom did you dread and fear so that you lied, didn't remember me or give me a thought? Isn't it because I was silent and closed my eyes that you stopped fearing me? 12 I will bring evidence about your righteousness and your actions; they won't help you. 13 When you cry out, let those things you've gathered save you! The wind will lift them all; one breath will take them away. but those taking refuge in me will inherit the land and possess my holy mountain.

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 crushedc and the lowly, reviving the spirit of the lowly, reviving the heart of those who have been crushed.d 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:e utter prosperity to those far and near, and I will heal them, says the LORD.
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