Isaiah 57 ©
The blessedness of the righteous in death, who are taken out of the way of evil. God reproveth the Jews for their idolatry: he comforteth the penitent with promises of mercy.
THE arighteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and b1merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from 2the evil to come.
fAgainst whom do ye sport yourselves? against whom gmake ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue? are ye not hchildren of transgression, ia seed of falsehood,
Enflaming yourselves 5with idols junder every green tree, kslaying the children in the valleys under the *clifts of the rocks?
oBehind the doors also and the posts hast thou set up thy remembrance: for pthou hast *discovered thyself to another than me, and art gone up; qthou hast enlarged thy bed, and 6made thee a cov enant with them; thou lovedst their bed 7where thou sawest it.
vAnd of whom hast thou been afraid or feared, that thou whast lied, and hast not remembered me, nor laid it to thy heart? xhave not I held my peace even of old, and thou fearest me not?
¶zWhen thou criest, let thy companies deliver thee; but athe wind shall carry them all away; vanity shall take them : but bhe that putteth his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit cmy holy mountain;
For thus saith ethe high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, fwhose name is Holy; gI dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is hof a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
lI have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and mrestore comforts unto him and to his mourners.
I create nthe fruit of the lips; oPeace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him.