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Isaiah 57 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 57:1 - Good people pass away;
the godly often die before their time.
But no one seems to care or wonder why.
No one seems to understand
that God is protecting them from the evil to come.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 57:2 - For those who follow godly paths
will rest in peace when they die.
Idolatrous Worship Condemned
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 57:3 - “But you—come here, you witches’ children,
you offspring of adulterers and prostitutes!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 57:4 - Whom do you mock,
making faces and sticking out your tongues?
You children of sinners and liars!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 57:5 - You worship your idols with great passion
beneath the oaks and under every green tree.
You sacrifice your children down in the valleys,
among the jagged rocks in the cliffs.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 57:6 - Your gods are the smooth stones in the valleys.
You worship them with liquid offerings and grain offerings.
They, not I, are your inheritance.
Do you think all this makes me happy?
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 57:7 - You have committed adultery on every high mountain.
There you have worshiped idols
and have been unfaithful to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 57:8 - You have put pagan symbols
on your doorposts and behind your doors.
You have left me
and climbed into bed with these detestable gods.
You have committed yourselves to them.
You love to look at their naked bodies.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 57:9 - You have given olive oil to Molech[fn]
with many gifts of perfume.
You have traveled far,
even into the world of the dead,[fn]
to find new gods to love.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 57:10 - You grew weary in your search,
but you never gave up.
Desire gave you renewed strength,
and you did not grow weary.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 57:11 - “Are you afraid of these idols?
Do they terrify you?
Is that why you have lied to me
and forgotten me and my words?
Is it because of my long silence
that you no longer fear me?
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 57:12 - Now I will expose your so-called good deeds.
None of them will help you.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 57:13 - Let’s see if your idols can save you
when you cry to them for help.
Why, a puff of wind can knock them down!
If you just breathe on them, they fall over!
But whoever trusts in me will inherit the land
and possess my holy mountain.”
God Forgives the Repentant
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 57:14 - God says, “Rebuild the road!
Clear away the rocks and stones
so my people can return from captivity.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 57:15 - The high and lofty one who lives in eternity,
the Holy One, says this:
“I live in the high and holy place
with those whose spirits are contrite and humble.
I restore the crushed spirit of the humble
and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 57:16 - For I will not fight against you forever;
I will not always be angry.
If I were, all people would pass away—
all the souls I have made.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 57:17 - I was angry,
so I punished these greedy people.
I withdrew from them,
but they kept going on their own stubborn way.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 57:18 - I have seen what they do,
but I will heal them anyway!
I will lead them.
I will comfort those who mourn,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 57:19 - bringing words of praise to their lips.
May they have abundant peace, both near and far,”
says the LORD, who heals them.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 57:20 - “But those who still reject me are like the restless sea,
which is never still
but continually churns up mud and dirt.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 57:21 - There is no peace for the wicked,”
says my God.
NLT Footnotes
Or to the king.
Hebrew into Sheol.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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