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Isaiah 57:14-21 (New International Version)

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Comfort for the Contrite

14 And it will be said: "Build up, build up, prepare the road!1 Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people."2 15 For this is what the high and lofty3 One says-- he who lives forever,4 whose name is holy: "I live in a high5 and holy place, but also with him who is contrite6 and lowly in spirit,7 to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.8 16 I will not accuse9 forever, nor will I always be angry,10 for then the spirit of man would grow faint before me-- the breath11 of man that I have created. 17 I was enraged by his sinful greed;12 I punished him, and hid13 my face in anger, yet he kept on in his willful ways.14 18 I have seen his ways, but I will heal15 him; I will guide16 him and restore comfort17 to him, 19 creating praise on the lips18 of the mourners in Israel. Peace, peace,19 to those far and near,"20 says the LORD. "And I will heal them." 20 But the wicked21 are like the tossing sea,22 which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire23 and mud. 21 "There is no peace,"24 says my God, "for the wicked."25
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