Isaiah 57

1The righteous one perishes,

and no one takes it to heart;
faithful men are swept away,
with no one realizing
that the righteous one is swept away
from the presence
Or away because
of evil.
2 He will enter into peace
they will rest on their beds
Either their deathbeds or their graves

everyone who lives uprightly.

Pagan Religion Denounced

3 But come here,
you sons of a sorceress,
offspring of an adulterer and a prostitute!
Lit and she acted as a prostitute

4 Who is it you are mocking?
Who is it you are opening your mouth
and sticking out your tongue at?
Isn’t it you, you rebellious children, d
you race of liars,
5 who burn with lust among the oaks,
under every green tree, e
who slaughter children in the
wadi: A seasonal stream that flows only in the rainy season
below the clefts of the rocks? g
6 Your portion is among the smooth stones of the wadi;
indeed, they are your lot.
You have even poured out a
drink offering: An offering of a specified amount of wine or beer given along with animal sacrifices; it was poured over the sacrifice before it was burned.
drink offering to them;
you have offered a
grain offering(s): An offering given along with animal sacrifices or given by itself. A portion was burnt and the priests and participant ate the remainder.
grain offering;
should I be satisfied with these?
7 You have placed your bed
on a high and lofty mountain; j
you also went up there to offer sacrifice.
8 You have set up your memorial
behind the door and doorpost.
For away from Me, you stripped,
went up, and made your bed wide, k
and you have made a bargain
Lit you cut
for yourself with them.
You have loved their bed;
you have gazed on their genitals.
Lit hand
In Hb, the word hand is probably a euphemism for “genitals.”

9 You went to the king with oil
and multiplied your perfumes;
you sent your couriers far away o
and sent them down even to
Sheol: A Hebrew word for either the grave or the realm of the dead
10 You became weary on your many journeys,
but you did not say, “I give up!” q
You found a renewal of your strength;
Lit found life of your hand

therefore you did not grow weak.
11 Who was it you dreaded and feared,
so that you lied and didn’t remember Me
or take it to heart?
Have I not kept silent for such a long time
LXX reads And I, when I see you, I pass by
and you do not
fear(s) God or the Lord/ the fear of the Lord: No single English word conveys every aspect of the word fear in this phrase. The meaning includes worshipful submission, reverential awe, and obedient respect to the covenant-keeping God of Israel.
fear Me?
12 I will expose your righteousness,
and your works – they will not profit you.
13 When you cry out,
let your collection of idols deliver you!
The wind will carry all of them off,
a breath will take them away.
But whoever takes refuge in Me
will inherit the land v
and possess My holy mountain. w

Healing and Peace

14 He said,
“Build it up, build it up, prepare the way,
remove every obstacle from My people’s way.” x
15 For the High and Exalted One
who lives forever, whose name is Holy y says this:
“I live in a high and holy place,
and with the oppressed and lowly of spirit, z
to revive the spirit of the lowly
and revive the heart of the oppressed. aa
16 For I will not accuse you forever,
and I will not always be angry; ab
for then the spirit would grow weak before Me,
even the breath of man, which I have made.
17 Because of his sinful greed I was angry, ac
so I struck him; I was angry and hid;
Lit him; hiding and I am angry

but he went on turning back to the desires of his heart.
18 I have seen his ways, but I will heal him;
I will lead him and restore comfort
to him and his mourners, ae
19 creating words of praise.”
Lit creating fruit of the lips
The Lord says,
“Peace, peace to the one who is far or near, ah
and I will heal him.
20 But the wicked are like the storm-tossed sea, ai
for it cannot be still,
and its waters churn up mire and muck.
21 There is no peace for the wicked,”
says my God. aj
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