The blessed death of the righteous.
Isaiah 57:1 The righteous one, hath perished, And, not a man, hath taken it to heartYea, the men of lovingkindness, have been withdrawn, No one considering, That, from the presence of calamity, hath the righteous been withdrawn. Isaiah 57:2 He entereth into peace, Let them rest upon their couches,Each one who went on a straight path.
God reproveth the Jews for their whorish idolatry.
Isaiah 57:3 But, ye, . . . draw near hither, Ye sons of divination,Ye seed of an adulterer, when [your mother] committed unchastity! Isaiah 57:4 Against whom, would ye disport yourselves? Against whom, would ye widen the mouth, and lengthen the tongue,Are not, ye, Children of transgression, A Seed of falsehood. Isaiah 57:5 Who inflame yourselves, With the terebinths, Under every green treeSlaying the children, In the torrent-valleys, Under the clefts of the crags: Isaiah 57:6 Among the smooth stones of the torrentvalley, is thy portion, They, they, are thy lot; Even to them, hast thou, Poured out a drink-offering. Caused to ascend a gift. Over these things, can I cease to grieve? Isaiah 57:7 On a mountain high and uplifted, hast thou set thy couch,Even thither, hast thou gone up, to offer sacrifice; Isaiah 57:8 And, behind the door and the post, hast thou set thy symbol, For, with another than me, hast thou uncovered thyself and gone upHast widened thy couch, And hast solemnised for thyself a covenant from them, Thou hast loved their couch, a sign, hast thou seen; Isaiah 57:9 And hast gone to the king with oil, And hast multiplied thy perfumes,And hast sent thy messengers afar, And . . . lowered thyself as far as hades! Isaiah 57:10 With the length of thy journey, thou wast wearied, Thou didst not say, Hopeless! The reviving of thy power, thou didst find, For this cause, hast thou not become sick. Isaiah 57:11 Whom, then hadst thou been anxious about and feared, that thou shouldest speak falsely, When, me, thou rememberedst not, caredst not for me? Did not, I, keep silence, even from age-past times, Although, me, thou wouldest not fear? Isaiah 57:12 I, will expose thy righteousness,And thy worksbut they will not profit thee!
He giveth evangelical promises to the penitent.
Isaiah 57:13 When thou makest outcry, let thy gathered throngs deliver thee! But, all of them, shall, A wind, catch upA breath, take away! Whereas, he that seeketh refuge in me, Shall inherit the land, And possess my holy, mountain. Isaiah 57:14 And one saidCast ye upcast ye up, prepare ye a way,Lift the stumbling-block out of the way of my people. Isaiah 57:15 For, thus, saith he that is high, and lifted upInhabiting futurity, And, holy, is his name: A high and holy place, will I inhabit, Also with the crushed and lowly in spirit, To revive the spirit of the lowly, and, To revive the heart of them who are crushed; Isaiah 57:16 For, not age-abidingly, will I contend, Nor perpetually, will I be wroth,For, spirit, before me, would faint, Even, the breathing souls, which, I, had made. Isaiah 57:17 Because of his iniquitous gain, was I wrothand smote him, Hiding myself that I might be wroth,But he went on, turning aside in the way of his own heart. Isaiah 57:18 His ways, have I beheld, That I might heal him,And guide him, And restore consolations to him, and to his mourners: Isaiah 57:19 Creating the fruit of the lipsProsperity! Prosperity! For him that is far off, and for him that is near, saith Yahweh, So should I heal him. Isaiah 57:20 But, the lawless, are like the sea when tossed,For, rest, it cannot! But its waters toss out mire and dirt. Isaiah 57:21 No, well-being, saith my God, to the lawless!