Isaiah 57:9-19 (New International Reader's Version)

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9 You went to the god Molech with olive oil. You took a lot of perfume along with you. You sent your messengers to places far away. You even sent them down to the place of the dead. 10 All of your efforts wore you out. But you would not say, 'It's hopeless.' You received new strength. So you did not give up. 11 "Who are you so afraid of that you have not been true to me? You have not remembered me. You do not even care about me. I have not punished you for a long time. That is why you are not afraid of me. 12 You have not done what is right or good. I will let everyone know about it. And that will not be of any benefit to you. 13 Go ahead and cry out for help to all of the statues of your gods. See if they can save you! The wind will carry them off. Just a puff of air will blow them away. But anyone who comes to me for safety will receive the land. He will possess my holy mountain of Zion."

The LORD Comforts Those Who Aren't Proud

14 A messenger says, "Build up the road! Build it up! Get it ready! Remove anything that would keep my people from coming back." 15 The One who is highly honored lives forever. His name is holy. He says, "I live in a high and holy place. But I also live with anyone who turns away from his sins. I live with anyone who is not proud. I give new life to him. I give it to anyone who turns away from his sins. 16 I will not find fault with my people forever. I will not always be angry with them. If I were, I would cause their spirits to grow weak. The very breath of life would go out of the people I created. 17 I was very angry with them. They always longed for more and more of everything. So I punished them for that sin. I turned my face away from them because I was angry. But they kept on wanting their own way. 18 I have seen what they have done. But I will heal them. I will guide them. And I will comfort them just as I did before. 19 Then the people of Israel who are sorry for their sins will praise me. I will give perfect peace to those who are far away and those who are near. And I will heal them," says the Lord.
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