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Isaiah 57 (Lexham English Bible)

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Idolatry is Adultery

1 The righteous [one] perishes, and there is no one who takesa [it] to heart. And men of faithfulness [are] gathered, while there is no one who understands, for the righteous is gathered from the presence of wickedness. 2 he enters [into] peace; they will rest on their beds, walking straight ahead of him. 3 "Butb you, come near here, you children of a soothsayer, offspring [of] an adulterer and she [who] commits fornication. 4 At whom do you make fun? At whom do you {open}c [your] mouth [and] {stick out}d [your] tongue? [Are] you not children of transgression, offspring of deception, 5 who burn with lust among the oaks, under every leafy tree, who slaughter children in the valleys, under the clefts of the rocks? 6 Your portion [is] among [the] smooth [stones] of [the] valley; they, they [are] your lot; indeed, to them you have poured out a drink offering, you have brought a food offering. Shall I relent concerning these [things]? 7 You have set your bed upon a high and lofty mountain; indeed, you went up there to slaughter sacrifice. 8 And you have set your symbol behind the door and the doorpost; for you departe from me, and you go up; you make your bed wide, and you {make a deal with}f them, you have loved their bed; you have seen [their] {genitals}.g 9 And you climbed down to the king with oil, and you made your perfumes numerous, and you sent your envoys {far away},h and you {sent down deep}i to Sheol. 10 You grow weary by the greatness of your way, [but] you did not say, 'Despairing!' You found the {renewal}j of your {strength},k therefore you do not grow weak. 11 And of whom were you afraid and feared, that you deceived and did not remember me? Did you not place [it] on your heart? [Have] I not been silent, even from long ago, and [so] you do not fear me? 12 I myself will declare your righteousness and your works, butl they will not benefit you. 13 When {you cry},m let your collection deliver you, and [the] wind will carry all of them away; a breath will take [them] away. Butn he who takes refuge in me shall take possession [of] [the] land, and he shall inherit my {holy mountain}."o

Peace for the Contrite

14 And one shall say, "Build up, build up! Clear [the] way! Remove [the] obstaclesp from the way of my people!" 15 For thus says [the] high and lofty one who resides forever, and [whose] name [is] holy: "I reside [in] a high and holy place, and with [the] {contrite} and humble of spirit, to revive [the] spirit of [the] humble, and to revive [the] heart of [the] {contrite}. 16 For I will not attack forever, and I will not be angry forever, for [the] spirit will grow faint before me, and [the] breaths [that] I myself I have made. 17 I was angry because of his sin of gain, and I struck him; I hid and I was angry, butq he walked apostate, in the waysr of his heart. 18 I have seen his ways, buts I will heal him; and I will lead him and give him and his mourners comfort as a recompense, 19 creating fruit of lips. Peace, peace to the far and near," says Yahweh, "and I will heal him. 20 Butt the wicked [are] like the churning sea, that is not able to keep quiet, and its waters toss up mire and mud. 21 There is no peace," says my God, "for the wicked."
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