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Isaiah 57

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God's Faithful People Suffer
57
1 God's faithful people
are dragged off and killed,
and no one even cares.
Evil sweeps them away,
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1 The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.
merciful...: Heb. men of kindness, or, godliness
from...: or, from that which is evil
2 but in death they find peace
for obeying God.
k 57.1,2 Evil ... God: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
2 He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.
enter into: or, go in
in his...: or, before him
The Lord Condemns Idolatry
3 You people are unfaithful!
You go to fortunetellers,
and you worship idols.
Now pay close attention!
3 But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore.
4 Who are you making fun of?
Who are you sneering at?
Look how your sins
have made fools of you.
4 Against whom do ye sport yourselves? against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue? are ye not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood,

5 All you think about is sex
under those green trees
where idols are worshiped.
You sacrifice your children
on altars built in valleys
under rocky slopes.
5 Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the children in the valleys under the clifts of the rocks?
with...: or, among the oaks
6 You have chosen to worship
idols made of stone;
l 57.6 You have ... stone: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
you have given them offerings
of wine and grain.
Should I be pleased?
6 Among the smooth stones of the stream is thy portion; they, they are thy lot: even to them hast thou poured a drink offering, thou hast offered a meat offering. Should I receive comfort in these?

7 You have spread out your beds
on the tops of high mountains,
where you sacrifice to idols.
7 Upon a lofty and high mountain hast thou set thy bed: even thither wentest thou up to offer sacrifice.
8 Even in your homes
you have placed pagan symbols
all around your huge beds.
Yes, you have rejected me,
sold yourselves to your lovers,
and gone to bed with them.
m 57.8 them: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 8.
8 Behind the doors also and the posts hast thou set up thy remembrance: for thou hast discovered thyself to another than me, and art gone up; thou hast enlarged thy bed, and made thee a covenant with them; thou lovedst their bed where thou sawest it.
made...: or, hewed it for thyself larger than theirs
where...: or, thou providedst room

9 You smear on olive oil
and all kinds of perfume
to worship the god Molech.
n 57.9 the god Molech: Or “the king.” In Hebrew “Molech” and “king” sound alike.
You even seek advice
from spirits of the dead.
9 And thou wentest to the king with ointment, and didst increase thy perfumes, and didst send thy messengers far off, and didst debase thyself even unto hell.
thou...: or, thou respectedst
10 Though you tired yourself out
by running after idols,
you refused to stop.
Your desires were so strong
that they kept you going.
10 Thou art wearied in the greatness of thy way; yet saidst thou not, There is no hope: thou hast found the life of thine hand; therefore thou wast not grieved.
life: or, living

11 Did you forget about me
and become unfaithful
because you were more afraid
of someone else?
Have I been silent so long
o 57.11 so long: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
that you no longer fear me?
11 And of whom hast thou been afraid or feared, that thou hast lied, and hast not remembered me, nor laid it to thy heart? have not I held my peace even of old, and thou fearest me not?
12 You think you're so good,
but I'll point out the truth.
12 I will declare thy righteousness, and thy works; for they shall not profit thee.
13 Ask your idols to save you
when you are in trouble.
Be careful though—
it takes only a faint breath
to blow them over.
But if you come to me
for protection,
this land and my holy mountain
will always belong to you.
13 When thou criest, let thy companies deliver thee; but the wind shall carry them all away; vanity shall take them: but he that putteth his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain;
The Lord Helps the Helpless
14 The Lord says,
“Clear the road!
Get it ready for my people.”
14 And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people.

15 Our holy God lives forever
in the highest heavens,
and this is what he says:
Though I live high above
in the holy place,
I am here to help those
who are humble
and depend only on me.
15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

16 My people, I won't stay angry
and keep on accusing you.
After all, I am your Creator.
I don't want you to give up
in complete despair.
16 For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.
17 Your greed made me furious.
That's why I punished you
and refused to be found,
while you kept returning
to your old sinful ways.
17 For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart.
frowardly: Heb. turning away

18 I know what you are like!
But I will heal you, lead you,
and give you comfort,
until those who are mourning
18 I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners.
19 start singing my praises.
p 57.18,19 until ... praises: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
57.19 Eph 2.17.
No matter where you are,
I, the Lord, will heal you
q 57.19 heal you: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
and give you peace.
19 I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him.

20 The wicked are a restless sea
tossing up mud.
20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
21 But I, the Lord, have promised
57.21 Is 48.22.
that none who are evil
will live in peace.
21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.

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