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Idolatry is Adultery

1 The righteous [one] perishes, and there is no one who takes [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.

References for Isaiah 57:1

    • a 57:1 - Or "sets"
      2 he enters [into] peace; they will rest on their beds, walking straight ahead of him.
      3 "But you, come near here, you children of a soothsayer, offspring [of] an adulterer and she [who] commits fornication.

      References for Isaiah 57:3

          4 At whom do you make fun? At whom do you {open} [your] mouth [and] {stick out} [your] tongue? [Are] you not children of transgression, offspring of deception,

          References for Isaiah 57:4

            • c 57:4 - Literally "widen"
            • d 57:4 - Literally "make long"
              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 depart from me, and you go up; you make your bed wide, and you {make a deal with} them, you have loved their bed; you have seen [their] {genitals}.

              References for Isaiah 57:8

                • e 57:8 - The reading tradition (Qere) has "uncover," which makes no sense in context, but with different vowels it would be "depart"
                • f 57:8 - Literally "cut off for yourself from"
                • g 57:8 - Literally "hand"
                  9 And you climbed down to the king with oil, and you made your perfumes numerous, and you sent your envoys {far away}, and you {sent down deep} to Sheol.

                  References for Isaiah 57:9

                    • h 57:9 - Literally "to from far"
                    • i 57:9 - Literally "humiliated"
                      10 You grow weary by the greatness of your way, [but] you did not say, 'Despairing!' You found the {renewal} of your {strength}, therefore you do not grow weak.

                      References for Isaiah 57:10

                        • j 57:10 - Literally "life"
                        • k 57:10 - Literally "hand;" compare the "hand" in verse 8
                          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, but they will not benefit you.

                          References for Isaiah 57:12

                              13 When {you cry}, let your collection deliver you, and [the] wind will carry all of them away; a breath will take [them] away. But he who takes refuge in me shall take possession [of] [the] land, and he shall inherit my {holy mountain}."

                              References for Isaiah 57:13

                                • m 57:13 - Literally "your crying"
                                • n 57:13 - Or "And"
                                • o 57:13 - Literally "mountain of holiness "

                                  Peace for the Contrite

                                  14 And one shall say, "Build up, build up! Clear [the] way! Remove [the] obstacles from the way of my people!"

                                  References for Isaiah 57:14

                                    • p 57:14 - Hebrew "obstacle"
                                      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, but he walked apostate, in the ways of his heart.

                                      References for Isaiah 57:17

                                          18 I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; and I will lead him and give him and his mourners comfort as a recompense,

                                          References for Isaiah 57:18

                                              19 creating fruit of lips. Peace, peace to the far and near," says Yahweh, "and I will heal him.
                                              20 But the wicked [are] like the churning sea, that is not able to keep quiet, and its waters toss up mire and mud.

                                              References for Isaiah 57:20

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