|The righteous man perishes, |
and no one lays it to heart;
devout men are taken away,
while no one understands.
For the righteous man is taken away from calamity,
|Israel's idolatry condemned. Is.57.1-13|
|he enters into peace; |
they rest in their beds
who walk in their uprightness.
|But you, draw near hither, |
sons of the sorceress,
offspring of the adulterer and the harlot.
|Of whom are you making sport? |
Against whom do you open your mouth wide
and put out your tongue?
Are you not children of transgression,
the offspring of deceit,
|you who burn with lust among the oaks, |
under every green tree;
who slay your children in the valleys,
under the clefts of the rocks?
|Among the smooth stones of the valley is your portion; |
they, they, are your lot;
to them you have poured out a drink offering,
you have brought a cereal offering.
Shall I be appeased for these things?
|Upon a high and lofty mountain you have set your bed, |
and thither you went up to offer sacrifice.
|Behind the door and the doorpost you have set up your symbol; |
for, deserting me, you have uncovered your bed,
you have gone up to it, you have made it wide;
and you have made a bargain for yourself with them,
you have loved their bed, you have looked on nakedness.
|You journeyed to Molech with oil |
and multiplied your perfumes;
you sent your envoys far off,
and sent down even to Sheol.
|You were wearied with the length of your way, |
but you did not say, "It is hopeless";
you found new life for your strength,
and so you were not faint.
|Whom did you dread and fear, |
so that you lied,
and did not remember me,
did not give me a thought?
Have I not held my peace,
even for a long time,
and so you do not fear me?
|I will tell of your righteousness and your doings, |
but they will not help you.
|When you cry out, let your collection of idols deliver you! |
The wind will carry them off,
a breath will take them away.
But he who takes refuge in me shall possess the land,
and shall inherit my holy mountain.
|And it shall be said, "Build up, build up, prepare the way, |
remove every obstruction from my people's way."
|God's promise of help & healing. Is.57.14-21|
|For thus says the high and lofty One |
who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
"I dwell in the high and holy place,
and also with him who is of a contrite and humble spirit,
to revive the spirit of the humble,
and to revive the heart of the contrite.
|For I will not contend for ever, |
nor will I always be angry;
for from me proceeds the spirit,
and I have made the breath of life.
|Because of the iniquity of his covetousness I was angry, |
I smote him, I hid my face and was angry;
but he went on backsliding in the way of his own heart.
|I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; |
I will lead him and requite him with comfort,
creating for his mourners the fruit of the lips.
|Peace, peace, to the far and to the near, says the LORD; |
and I will heal him.
|But the wicked are like the tossing sea; |
for it cannot rest,
and its waters toss up mire and dirt.
|There is no peace, says my God, for the wicked."|
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