Isaiah 56

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The Book of the Prophet Isaiah

Chapter 57

1

The righteous perisheth,1 and no man layeth6 [it] to heart: and merciful men [are] taken away,12 none considering56 that the righteous is taken away8 from the evil [to come].

2

He shall enter4 into peace: they shall rest4 in their beds, [each one] walking6 [in] his uprightness.

3

But draw near3 hither, ye sons of the sorceress,26 the seed of the adulterer18 and the whore.4

4

Against whom do ye sport101 yourselves? against whom make ye a wide55 mouth, [and] draw out55 the tongue? [are] ye not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood,

5

Enflaming12 yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying6 the children in the valleys under the clifts of the rocks?

6

Among the smooth [stones] of the stream [is] thy portion; they, they [are] thy lot: even to them hast thou poured1 a drink offering, thou hast offered52 a meat offering. Should I receive comfort11 in these?

7

Upon a lofty and high12 mountain hast thou set1 thy bed: even thither wentest thou up1 to offer2 sacrifice.

8

Behind the doors also and the posts hast thou set up1 thy remembrance: for thou hast discovered14 [thyself to another] than me, and art gone up;4 thou hast enlarged52 thy bed, and made4 thee [a covenant] with them; thou lovedst1 their bed where thou sawest1 [it].

9

And thou wentest4 to the king with ointment, and didst increase55 thy perfumes, and didst send17 thy messengers far off, and didst debase55 [thyself even] unto hell.

10

Thou art wearied1 in the greatness of thy way; [yet] saidst1 thou not, There is no hope:12 thou hast found1 the life of thine hand; therefore thou wast not grieved.1

11

And of whom hast thou been afraid1 or feared,4 that thou hast lied,17 and hast not remembered1 me, nor laid1 [it] to thy heart? have not I held my peace56 even of old, and thou fearest4 me not?

12

I will declare55 thy righteousness, and thy works; for they shall not profit55 thee.

13

When thou criest,2 let thy companies deliver55 thee; but the wind shall carry them all away;4 vanity shall take4 [them]: but he that putteth his trust6 in me shall possess4 the land, and shall inherit4 my holy mountain;

14

And shall say,1 Cast ye up,3 cast ye up,3 prepare16 the way, take up54 the stumblingblock out of the way of my people.

15

For thus saith1 the high6 and lofty12 One that inhabiteth6 eternity, whose name [is] Holy; I dwell4 in the high and holy [place], with him also [that is] of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive53 the spirit of the humble, and to revive53 the heart of the contrite ones.12

16

For I will not contend4 for ever, neither will I be always wroth:4 for the spirit should fail4 before me, and the souls [which] I have made.1

17

For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth,1 and smote55 him: I hid53 me, and was wroth,4 and he went on4 frowardly in the way of his heart.

18

I have seen1 his ways, and will heal4 him: I will lead55 him also, and restore17 comforts unto him and to his mourners.

19

I create6 the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to [him that is] far off, and to [him that is] near, saith1 the LORD; and I will heal1 him.

20

But the wicked [are] like the troubled12 sea, when it cannot 3201 4 rest,53 whose waters cast up4 mire and dirt.

21

[There is] no peace, saith1 my God, to the wicked.

Isaiah 58