Isaiah 57 NIV

1 The righteous perish,1 and no one ponders it in his heart;2 devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.3

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2 Those who walk uprightly4 enter into peace; they find rest5 as they lie in death.

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3 "But you--come here, you sons of a sorceress,6 you offspring of adulterers7 and prostitutes!8

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4 Whom are you mocking? At whom do you sneer and stick out your tongue? Are you not a brood of rebels,9 the offspring of liars?

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5 You burn with lust among the oaks10 and under every spreading tree;11 you sacrifice your children12 in the ravines and under the overhanging crags.

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6 [The idols]13 among the smooth stones of the ravines are your portion; they, they are your lot. Yes, to them you have poured out drink offerings14 and offered grain offerings. In the light of these things, should I relent?15

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7 You have made your bed on a high and lofty hill;16 there you went up to offer your sacrifices.17

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8 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,18 and you looked on their nakedness.19

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9 You went to Molecha20 with olive oil and increased your perfumes.21 You sent your ambassadorsb22 far away; you descended to the gravec23 itself !

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    • a 57:9 - Or "to the king"
    • b 57:9 - Or "idols"
    • c 57:9 - Hebrew "Sheol"
      10 You were wearied24 by all your ways, but you would not say, 'It is hopeless.'25 You found renewal of your strength,26 and so you did not faint.

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      11 "Whom have you so dreaded and feared27 that you have been false to me, and have neither remembered28 me nor pondered29 this in your hearts? Is it not because I have long been silent30 that you do not fear me?

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      12 I will expose your righteousness and your works,31 and they will not benefit you.

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      13 When you cry out32 for help, let your collection [of idols] save33 you! The wind will carry all of them off, a mere breath will blow34 them away. But the man who makes me his refuge35 will inherit the land36 and possess my holy mountain."37

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      Comfort for the Contrite

      14 And it will be said: "Build up, build up, prepare the road!38 Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people."39

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      15 For this is what the high and lofty40 One says-- he who lives forever,41 whose name is holy: "I live in a high42 and holy place, but also with him who is contrite43 and lowly in spirit,44 to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.45

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      16 I will not accuse46 forever, nor will I always be angry,47 for then the spirit of man would grow faint before me-- the breath48 of man that I have created.

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      17 I was enraged by his sinful greed;49 I punished him, and hid50 my face in anger, yet he kept on in his willful ways.51

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      18 I have seen his ways, but I will heal52 him; I will guide53 him and restore comfort54 to him,

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      19 creating praise on the lips55 of the mourners in Israel. Peace, peace,56 to those far and near,"57 says the LORD. "And I will heal them."

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      20 But the wicked58 are like the tossing sea,59 which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire60 and mud.

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      21 "There is no peace,"61 says my God, "for the wicked."62

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