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Isaiah 57:14-21 (Today's New International Version)

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Comfort for the Contrite

14 And it will be said: "Build up, build up, prepare the road!1 Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people."2 15 For this is what the high and exalted3 One says-- he who lives forever,4 whose name is holy: "I live in a high5 and holy place, but also with those who are contrite6 and lowly in spirit,7 to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.8 16 I will not accuse9 them forever, nor will I always be angry,10 for then they would faint away because of me-- the very people11 I have created. 17 I was enraged by their sinful greed;12 I punished them, and hid13 my face in anger, yet they kept on in their willful ways.14 18 I have seen their ways, but I will heal15 them; I will guide16 them and restore comfort17 to them, 19 creating praise on the lips18 of the mourners in Israel. Peace, peace,19 to those far and near,"20 says the LORD. "And I will heal them." 20 But the wicked21 are like the tossing sea,22 which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire23 and mud. 21 "There is no peace,"24 says my God, "for the wicked."25
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