Isaiah 57:8-18 NIV

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, and you looked with lust on their naked bodies.

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9 You went to Moleka with olive oil and increased your perfumes. You sent your ambassadorsb far away; you descended to the very realm of the dead!

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    • Í 57:9 - Or "to the king"
    • Î 57:9 - Or "idols"
      10 You wearied yourself by such going about, but you would not say, ‘It is hopeless.’ You found renewal of your strength, and so you did not faint.

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      11 “Whom have you so dreaded and feared that you have not been true to me, and have neither remembered me nor taken this to heart? Is it not because I have long been silent that you do not fear me?

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

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      13 When you cry out for help, let your collection of idols save you! The wind will carry all of them off, a mere breath will blow them away. But whoever takes refuge in me will inherit the land and possess my holy mountain.”

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      Comfort for the Contrite

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

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      15 For this is what the high and exalted One says— he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.

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      16 I will not accuse them forever, nor will I always be angry, for then they would faint away because of me— the very people I have created.

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      17 I was enraged by their sinful greed; I punished them, and hid my face in anger, yet they kept on in their willful ways.

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      18 I have seen their ways, but I will heal them; I will guide them and restore comfort to Israel’s mourners,

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