The blessed death of the righteous.
Isaiah 57:1 The ryghteous perisheth, and no man regardeth it in hys hert, Good godly people are taken a waye, and no man consydreth it. Namely, that the ryghteous is conuayed awaye from the wycked. Isaiah 57:2 He commethe into peace, & godlye men rest in their chambres, and before the godly man goeth peace.
God reproveth the Jews for their whorish idolatry.
Isaiah 57:3 Come hyther therfore ye charmers children, ye sonnes of the aduoutrer and the whore: Isaiah 57:4 Wherin take ye youre pleasure? Upon whom gape ye with your mouth, & bleare out your tonge? Are ye not children of aduoutry, and a sede of dissimulacion? Isaiah 57:5 Ye make youre fyre vnder the okes, and vnder all grene trees, and ye offre chyldren in the valleys, and dennes of stone. Isaiah 57:6 Thy parte shalbe with the stony rockes by the riuer: Yee, euen these shall be thy parte. For there þu hast poured meat & drincke offringe vnto them. Shulde I delite in that? Isaiah 57:7 Thou hast made thy bed vpon hye mountaynes, thou wentest vp thyther, and there hast thou slayne sacrifices. Isaiah 57:8 Behynde þe dores and postes, hast thou sett vp thy remembraunce. When thou haddest dyscouered thy selfe to another then me, when thou wentest downe and made thy bed wyder, and wyth those Idols hast thou made a couenaunt, and louedest theyr couches, where thou sawest them. Isaiah 57:9 Thou wentest streyght to kynges wyth oyle & dyuerse oyntmentes (that is) thou hast sent thy messaungers farre of, & yet art thou fallen into the pyt therby. Isaiah 57:10 Thou art weery for the multitude of thyne awne wayes, yet saydest thou neuer: I wyll leaue of. Thou hast had þe lyfe þt thy handes wrought, & therfore thou art carelesse. Isaiah 57:11 For when wylt thou be abasshed or feare, seynge thou hast broken thy promyse, and remembrest not me, nether hast me in thyne hert? Thynkest thou, that I also wyll holde my peace (as afore tyme) that thou fearest me not? Isaiah 57:12 Yee, verely I wyl declare thy goodnes and thy workes, but they shall not profyt the:
He giveth evangelical promises to the penitent.
Isaiah 57:13 when thou cryest, let thy chosen heape deliuer the. But the wynde shall blowe them furth, and vanite shall take them all awey. Neuertheles, they that put their trust in me, shall inheret the lande, & haue my holy hyll in possessyon. Isaiah 57:14 And therfore thus he sayeth: Make playne, make playne, & clense the strete, take vp the stomblynge blockes out of the waye that ledeth to my people. Isaiah 57:15 For thus sayeth the hye & excellent, euen he that dwelleth in euerlastyngnesse, whose name is the holy one: I dwell hye aboue and in the sanctuary, and wyth hym also, that is of a contrite and humble sprete do I dwell: þt I maye heale a troubled mynde, and a contrite herte. Isaiah 57:16 For I chyde not euer, & am not wroth wyth out ende. But the blastyng goeth from me, and is included in the body, and I made the breath. Isaiah 57:17 I am wroth wyth hym for his couetousnes, I smyte him, I hyde me, and am angrye, when he turneth him selfe, & foloweth the by waye of his awne hert. Isaiah 57:18 I haue seen his wayes and I heale hym I lede him and restore to hym comforte, and to those that were sory for him Isaiah 57:19 I make the frutes of thankesgeuynge, that he maye saye. Peace peace vnto them that are farre of, and to them that are nye, sayth the Lorde, and I make hym whole. Isaiah 57:20 But the wycked are lyke the ragynge see, that cannot rest, whose water fometh wyth the myre & grauel. Isaiah 57:21 Euen so the wycked haue no peace, sayeth God.