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Isaiah 57 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The righteous pass away; the godly often die before their time. And no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come. 1 The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.
2 For the godly who die will rest in peace. 2 Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.
3 "But you -- come here, you witches' children, you offspring of adulterers and prostitutes! 3 "But you--come here, you sons of a sorceress, you offspring of adulterers and prostitutes!
4 Whom do you mock, making faces and sticking out your tongues? You children of sinners and liars! 4 Whom are you mocking? At whom do you sneer and stick out your tongue? Are you not a brood of rebels, the offspring of liars?
5 You worship your idols with great passion beneath every green tree. You slaughter your children as human sacrifices down in the valleys, under overhanging rocks. 5 You burn with lust among the oaks and under every spreading tree; you sacrifice your children in the ravines and under the overhanging crags.
6 Your gods are the smooth stones in the valleys. You worship them with drink offerings and grain offerings. They, not I, are your inheritance. Does all this make me happy? 6 [The idols] among the smooth stones of the ravines are your portion; they, they are your lot. Yes, to them you have poured out drink offerings and offered grain offerings. In the light of these things, should I relent?
7 You have committed adultery on the mountaintops by worshiping idols there, and so you have been unfaithful to me. 7 You have made your bed on a high and lofty hill; there you went up to offer your sacrifices.
8 Behind closed doors, you have set up your idols and worship them instead of me. This is adultery, for you are loving these idols instead of loving me. You have climbed right into bed with these detestable gods. 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 on their nakedness.
9 You have given olive oil and perfume to Molech as your gift. You have traveled far, even into the world of the dead, to find new gods to love. 9 You went to Molech with olive oil and increased your perfumes. You sent your ambassadors far away; you descended to the grave itself !
10 You grew weary in your search, but you never gave up. You strengthened yourself and went on. 10 You were wearied by all your ways, but you would not say, 'It is hopeless.' You found renewal of your strength, and so you did not faint.
11 Why were you more afraid of them than of me? How is it that you don't even remember me or think about me? Is it because I have not corrected you that you have no fear of me?" 11 "Whom have you so dreaded and feared that you have been false to me, and have neither remembered me nor pondered this in your hearts? Is it not because I have long been silent that you do not fear me?
12 "Now I will expose your so-called good deeds that you consider so righteous. None of them will benefit or save you. 12 I will expose your righteousness and your works, and they will not benefit you.
13 Let's see if your idols can do anything for you when you cry to them for help. They are so helpless that a breath of wind can knock them down! But whoever trusts in me will possess the land and inherit my holy mountain. 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 the man who makes me his refuge will inherit the land and possess my holy mountain."
14 I will say, 'Rebuild the road! Clear away the rocks and stones so my people can return from captivity.'" 14 And it will be said: "Build up, build up, prepare the road! Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people."
15 The high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, the Holy One, says this: "I live in that high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts. 15 For this is what the high and lofty One says-- he who lives forever, whose name is holy: "I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.
16 For I will not fight against you forever; I will not always show my anger. If I did, all people would pass away -- all the souls I have made. 16 I will not accuse forever, nor will I always be angry, for then the spirit of man would grow faint before me-- the breath of man that I have created.
17 I was angry and punished these greedy people. I withdrew myself from them, but they went right on sinning. 17 I was enraged by his sinful greed; I punished him, and hid my face in anger, yet he kept on in his willful ways.
18 I have seen what they do, but I will heal them anyway! I will lead them and comfort those who mourn. 18 I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will guide him and restore comfort to him,
19 Then words of praise will be on their lips. May they have peace, both near and far, for I will heal them all," says the LORD. 19 creating praise on the lips of the mourners in Israel. Peace, peace, to those far and near," says the LORD. "And I will heal them."
20 "But those who still reject me are like the restless sea. It is never still but continually churns up mire and dirt. 20 But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud.
21 There is no peace for the wicked," says my God. 21 "There is no peace," says my God, "for the wicked."