The blessed death of the righteous.
Isaiah 57:1 The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart; and mercifull men are taken away none considering that the righteous is taken away from the euill [to come]. Isaiah 57:2 Hee shall enter [into] peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking [in] his vprightnesse.
God reproveth the Jews for their whorish idolatry.
Isaiah 57:3 But draw neere hither, yee sonnes of the sorceresse, the seed of the adulterer, and the whore. Isaiah 57:4 Against whom doe ye sport your selues? against whom make ye a wide mouth, [and] draw out the tongue? [are] ye not children of transgression, a seede of falsehood? Isaiah 57:5 Inflaming your selues with idoles vnder euery greene tree, slaying the children in the valleys vnder the cliftes of the rockes? Isaiah 57:6 Among the smooth stones of the streame is thy portion; they, they [are] thy lot: euen to them hast thou powred a drinke offering, thou hast offered a meate offering. Should I receiue comfort in these? Isaiah 57:7 Upon a loftie and high mountaine hast thou set thy bed: euen thither wentest thou vp to offer sacrifice. Isaiah 57:8 Behinde the doores also and the posts hast thou set vp thy remembrance: for thou hast discouered thy selfe [to an other] then mee, and art gone vp: thou hast enlarged thy bed, and made a couenant with them: thou louedst their bed where thou sawest it. Isaiah 57:9 And thou wentest to the king with oyntment, and didst increase thy perfumes, and didst send thy messengers farre off, and didst debase thy selfe euen vnto hell. Isaiah 57:10 Thou art wearied in the greatnesse of thy way; [yet] saydst thou not, There is no hope: thou hast found the life of thine hand; therefore thou wast not grieued. Isaiah 57:11 And of whom hast thou bene afraid or feared, that thou hast lyed, and hast not remembred me, nor layed [it] to thy heart? haue not I held my peace euen of old, and thou fearest me not? Isaiah 57:12 I will declare thy righteousnes; and thy workes, for they shall not profit thee.
He giveth evangelical promises to the penitent.
Isaiah 57:13 When thou criest, let thy companies deliuer thee: but the winde shall cary them all away; Uanitie shall take [them]: but hee that putteth his trust in me, shall possesse the land, and shall inherit my holy mountaine. Isaiah 57:14 And shall say, Cast yee vp, cast yee vp; prepare the way, take vp the stumbling blocke out of the way of my people. Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the High and loftie One that inhabiteth eternitie, whose Name [is] Holy; I dwell in the high and holy [place]: with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to reuiue the spirit of the humble, and to reuiue the heart of the contrite ones. Isaiah 57:16 For I will not contend for euer, neither will I be alwayes wroth: for the spirit should faile before me, and the soules [which] I haue made. Isaiah 57:17 For the iniquitie of his couetousnesse was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and hee went on frowardly in the way of his heart. Isaiah 57:18 I haue seene his wayes, and will heale him: I will leade him also, and restore comforts vnto him, and to his mourners. Isaiah 57:19 I create the fruite of the lippes; peace, peace to him that is farre off, and to him that is neere, sayth the LORD, and I will heale him. Isaiah 57:20 But the wicked [are] like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast vp myre and dirt. Isaiah 57:21 [There is] no peace, sayth my God, to the wicked.