Isaiah - Chapter 57

Isaiah - Chapter 57

New Threats Against Unworthy Leaders

1 The righteous perishes, And no man takes [it] to heart; Merciful men [are] taken away, While no one considers That the righteous is taken away from evil.

2 He shall enter into peace; They shall rest in their beds, [Each one] walking [in] his uprightness.

3 " But come here, You sons of the sorceress, You offspring of the adulterer and the harlot!

4 Whom do you ridicule? Against whom do you make a wide mouth [And] stick out the tongue? [Are] you not children of transgression, Offspring of falsehood,

5 Inflaming yourselves with gods under every green tree, Slaying the children in the valleys, Under the clefts of the rocks?

6 Among the smooth [stones] of the stream [Is] your portion; They, they, [are] your lot! Even to them you have poured a drink offering, You have offered a grain offering. Should I receive comfort in these?

7 "On a lofty and high mountain You have set your bed; EVEN there you went up To offer sacrifice.

8 Also behind the doors and their posts You have set up your remembrance; For you have uncovered yourself [to those other] than Me, And have gone up to them; You have enlarged your bed And made [a covenant] with them; You have loved their bed, Where you saw [their] nudity.

9 You went to the king with ointment, And increased your perfumes; You sent your messengers far off, And [even] descended to Sheol.

10 You are wearied in the length of your way; [Yet] you did not say, 'There is no hope.' You have found the life of your hand; Therefore you were not grieved.

11 " And of whom have you been afraid, or feared, That you have lied And not remembered Me, Nor taken [it] to your heart? Is it not because I have held My peace from of old That you do not fear Me?

12 I will declare your righteousness And your works, For they will not profit you.

13 When you cry out, Let your collection [of idols] deliver you. But the wind will carry them all away, A breath will take [them.] But he who puts his trust in Me shall possess the land, And shall inherit My holy mountain."

14 And one shall say, "Heap it up! Heap it up! Prepare the way, Take the stumbling block out of the way of My people."

15 For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name [is] Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy [place,] With him [who] has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

16 For I will not contend forever, Nor will I always be angry; For the spirit would fail before Me, And the souls [which] I have made.

17 For the iniquity of his covetousness I was angry and struck him; I hid and was angry, And he went on backsliding in the way of his heart.

18 I have seen his ways, and will heal him; I will also lead him, And restore comforts to him And to his mourners.

19 "I create the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace to [him who is] far off and to [him who is] near," Says the LORD, "And I will heal him."

20 But the wicked [are] like the troubled sea, When it cannot rest, Whose waters cast up mire and dirt.

21 "[There is] no peace," Says my God, "for the wicked."