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Isaiah 57

The blessed death of the righteous.

Isaiah 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 before the evil. Isaiah 57:2 He entereth into peace: they rest in their beds, [each one] that hath walked in his uprightness.

God reproveth the Jews for their whorish idolatry.

Isaiah 57:3 But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the harlot. Isaiah 57:4 Against whom do ye sport yourselves? Against whom do ye make a wide mouth, [and] draw out the tongue? Are ye not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood, Isaiah 57:5 inflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the children in the valleys under the clefts of the rocks? Isaiah 57:6 Among the smooth [stones] of the torrent is thy portion; they, they are thy lot: even to them hast thou poured out a drink-offering, thou hast offered an oblation. Shall I be comforted myself as to these things? Isaiah 57:7 Upon a lofty and high mountain hast thou set thy bed: even thither didst thou go up to offer sacrifice. Isaiah 57:8 Behind the doors also and the posts hast thou set up thy remembrance: for apart from me, thou hast uncovered thyself, and art gone up; thou hast enlarged thy bed, and hast made agreement with them; thou lovedst their bed, thou sawest their nakedness. Isaiah 57:9 And thou wentest to the king with ointment, and didst multiply thy perfumes, and didst send thy messengers afar off, and didst debase thyself unto Sheol. Isaiah 57:10 Thou wast wearied by the multitude of thy ways; [but] thou saidst not, It is of no avail. Thou didst find a quickening of thy strength; therefore thou wast not sick [of it]. Isaiah 57:11 And of whom hast thou been afraid or feared, that thou hast lied, and hast not remembered me, nor taken it to heart? Have not I even of long time held my peace, and thou fearest me not? Isaiah 57:12 I will declare thy righteousness, and thy works; and they shall not profit thee.

He giveth evangelical promises to the penitent.

Isaiah 57:13 When thou criest, let them that are gathered by thee deliver thee! But a wind shall carry them all away, a breath shall take them; but he that putteth his trust in me shall inherit the land, and possess my holy mountain. Isaiah 57:14 And it shall be said, Cast up, cast up, prepare the way, take up the stumbling-blocks out of the way of my people. Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, and whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy [place], and with him that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. Isaiah 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. Isaiah 57:17 For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him; I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on backslidingly in the way of his heart. Isaiah 57:18 I have seen his ways, and will heal him; and I will lead him, and will restore comforts unto him and to those of his that mourn. Isaiah 57:19 I create the fruit of the lips: peace, peace to him [that is] afar off, and to him [that is] nigh, saith Jehovah; and I will heal him. Isaiah 57:20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, which cannot rest, and whose waters cast up mire and dirt. Isaiah 57:21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.

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