The blessed death of the righteous.
Isaiah 57:1 Bvt in the meane season the righteous perysheth, and no man regardeth it in his herte. Good godly people are taken awaye, and noman consydreth it. Namely: that the righteous is conuayed awaye thorowe the wicked, Isaiah 57:2 that he him selfe myght be in reste, lye quietly vpon his bed, & lyue after his owne pleasure.
God reproveth the Jews for their whorish idolatry.
Isaiah 57:3 Come hyther therfore ye charmers children, ye sonnes of the aduoutrer & the whore: Isaiah 57:4 Wherin take ye your pleasure? Vpon whom gape ye with your mouth and bleare out your tonge? Are ye not children of aduoutry, and a sede of dissimulacion? Isaiah 57:5 Ye take youre pleasure vnder the okes, and vnder all grene trees, the childe beyng slayne in the valleys, and dennes of stone. Isaiah 57:6 Thy part shalbe with the stony rockes by þe ryuer. Yea euen these shalbe thy part. For there thou hast poured meat and drinckeofferinges vnto them. Shoulde I ouerse that? Isaiah 57:7 Thou hast made thy bed vpon hye mountaynes, thou wentest vp thither, and there hast thou slayne sacryfyces. Isaiah 57:8 Behinde the dores and postes, hast thou set vp thy remembraunce. When thou haddest discouered thy selfe to another then me, when thou wentest doune & made thy bed wyder (that is) when thou diddest carue the certayne of yonder Idols, & louedest their couches, where thou sawest them. Isaiah 57:9 Thou wentest streyght to kinges with oyle & diuerse oyntmentes (that is) thou hast sente thy messaungers farre of, and yet arte thou fallen into the pyt therby. Isaiah 57:10 Thou hast had trouble for þe multitude of thine owne waies, yet saydest thou neuer: I will leaue of. Thou thynkest to haue lyfe (or health) of thy selfe, & therfore thou beleuest not that thou art syck. Isaiah 57:11 For when wilt thou be abashed or fear seinge: thou hast broken thy promise, and remembrest not me, neyther hast me in thyne herte? Thinkest thou, that I also will holde my peace (as a fore tyme) that thou fearest me not? Isaiah 57:12 Yea verely I wil declare thy goodnes and thy workes, but they shal not profyt that
He giveth evangelical promises to the penitent.
Isaiah 57:13 when thou criest, let thy chosen heape deliuer the. But þe winde shall take them al away, & cary them into the ayre. Neuertheles, they that put there trust in me, shal inheret the lande, and haue my holy hill in possession. Isaiah 57:14 And therfore thus he sayeth: Make ready, make ready, & clense the strete, take vp what ye can oute of the waye that ledeth to my people. Isaiah 57:15 For thus sayeth the hye and excellent, euen he that dwelleth in euerlastingnesse, whose name is the holy one. I dwell hye aboue & in the sanctuary, and with him also, that is of a contrite & humble spirite: that I maye heale a troubled mind, & a contrite hert. Isaiah 57:16 For I chide not euer, & am not wroth without ende. But þe blastinge goeth from me, though I make the breath. Isaiah 57:17 I am wroth with him for his couetousnes and lust, I smyte him, I hyd me, and am angry, when he turneth him selfe, & foloweth the by the waye of his owne herte. Isaiah 57:18 But yf I may se his right way againe, I make hym whole, I lede him and restore him vnto them, whome he maketh ioyfull, and that were sorye for him. Isaiah 57:19 I make the frutes of thankesgeuynge. I geue peace vnto them that are farre of, and to them that are nye. saye I the Lord, that make hym whole. Isaiah 57:20 But the wycked are lyke the raryng sea, that can not reste, whose water fometh with the myre and grauel. Isaiah 57:21 Euen so the wycked haue no peace, saieth my God.