Isaiah 57

57:1 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].
57:2 He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds,
 [each one] walking [in] his uprightness.
57:3 But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of
 the adulterer and the lewd.
57:4 Against whom do ye sport yourselves? against whom make ye a
 wide mouth, [and] thrust out the tongue? [are] ye not children
 of transgression, a seed of falsehood,
57:5 Inflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree,
 slaying the children in the valleys under the cliffs of the
57:6 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?
57:7 Upon a lofty and high mountain hast thou set thy bed: even
 thither thou wentest up to offer sacrifice.
57:8 Behind the doors also and the posts hast thou set up thy
 remembrance: for thou hast uncovered [thyself to another] than
 me, and hast gone up; thou hast enlarged thy bed, and made thee
 [a covenant] with them; thou lovedst their bed where thou
 sawest [it].
57:9 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] to hell.
57:10 Thou art wearied in the greatness of thy way; [yet] saidst
 thou not, There is no hope: thou hast found the life of thy
 hand; therefore thou wast not grieved.
57:11 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?
57:12 I will declare thy righteousness, and thy works; for they
 shall not profit thee.
57:13 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;
57:14 And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way,
 take up the stumbling-block out of the way of my people.
57:15 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.
57:16 For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always
 wroth: for the spirit would fail before me, and the souls
 [which] I have made.
57:17 For the iniquity of his covetousness I was wroth, and
 smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in
 the way of his heart.
57:18 I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him
 also, and restore comforts to him and to his mourners.
57:19 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.
57:20 But the wicked [are] like the troubled sea, when it cannot
 rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
57:21 [There is] no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.

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