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Isaiah 57:9-19 (GOD'S WORD Translation)

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9 You've journeyed to the king with perfumed oils and put on plenty of perfume. You've sent your ambassadors far away and sent them down to Sheol. 10 You've tired yourself out with many journeys. You didn't think that it was hopeless. You've found renewed strength, so you didn't faint. 11 Whom did you dread and fear so much that you lied to me? You haven't remembered me or cared about me. I've been silent for a long time. Is that why you don't fear me? 12 I'll tell you about your righteous ways and what you have done, but they won't help you. 13 When you cry for help, let your collection of idols save you. A wind will carry them all away. A breath will take them away. But whoever trusts me will possess the land and inherit my holy mountain. 14 It will be said: "Build a road! Build a road! Prepare the way! Remove every obstacle in the way of my people!" 15 The High and Lofty One lives forever, and his name is holy. This is what he says: I live in a high and holy place. But I am with those who are crushed and humble. I will renew the spirit of those who are humble and the courage of those who are crushed. 16 I will not accuse you forever. I will not be angry with you forever. Otherwise, the spirits, the lives of those I've made, would grow faint in my presence. 17 I was angry because of their sinful greed, so I punished them, hid [from them], and remained angry. But they continued to be sinful. 18 I've seen their [sinful] ways, but I'll heal them. I'll guide them and give them rest. I'll comfort them and their mourners. 19 I'll create praise on their lips: "Perfect peace to those both far and near." "I'll heal them," says the LORD.
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