1The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come .2He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.3But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore.4Against whom do ye sport yourselves? against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue? are ye not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood,5Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the children in the valleys under the clifts of the rocks?6Among the smooth stones of the stream is thy portion; they, they are thy lot: even to them hast thou poured a drink offering, thou hast offered a meat offering. Should I receive comfort in these?7Upon a lofty and high mountain hast thou set thy bed: even thither wentest thou up to offer sacrifice.8Behind the doors also and the posts hast thou set up thy remembrance: for thou hast discovered thyself to another than me, and art gone up; thou hast enlarged thy bed, and made thee a covenant with them; thou lovedst their bed where thou sawest it .9And thou wentest to the king with ointment, and didst increase thy perfumes, and didst send thy messengers far off, and didst debase thyself even unto hell.10Thou art wearied in the greatness of thy way; yet saidst thou not, There is no hope: thou hast found the life of thine hand; therefore thou wast not grieved.11And of whom hast thou been afraid or feared, that thou hast lied, and hast not remembered me, nor laid it to thy heart? have not I held my peace even of old, and thou fearest me not?12I will declare thy righteousness, and thy works; for they shall not profit thee.13When thou criest, let thy companies deliver thee; but the wind shall carry them all away; vanity shall take them : but he that putteth his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain;14And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people.15For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place , with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.16For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.17For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart.18I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners.19I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him.20But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.21There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.
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Israel’s Futile Idolatry
1The righteous man perishes, and no one lays it to heart; devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from calamity; (Ps 12:1)2he enters into peace; they rest in their beds who walk in their uprightness. (2Ch 16:14; Eze 32:25; Lu 2:29)3But you, draw near, sons of the sorceress, offspring of the adulterer and the loose woman. (Joh 8:41)4Whom are you mocking? Against whom do you open your mouth wide and stick out your tongue? Are you not children of transgression, the offspring of deceit, (Ps 35:21; Isa 1:4; Isa 46:8)5you who burn with lust among the oaks, under every green tree, who slaughter your children in the valleys, under the clefts of the rocks? (2Ki 16:4; Isa 1:29; Eze 16:20)6Among the smooth stones of the valley is your portion; they, they, are your lot; to them you have poured out a drink offering, you have brought a grain offering. Shall I relent for these things? (2Ki 23:10)7On a high and lofty mountain you have set your bed, and there you went up to offer sacrifice. (1Ki 14:23; Eze 16:16; Eze 16:24)8Behind the door and the doorpost you have set up your memorial; for, deserting me, you have uncovered your bed, you have gone up to it, you have made it wide; and you have made a covenant for yourself with them, you have loved their bed, you have looked on nakedness. (Eze 16:25; Eze 23:17; Ho 1:2)9You journeyed to the king with oil and multiplied your perfumes; you sent your envoys far off, and sent down even to Sheol. (Eze 16:26; Eze 16:28)10You were wearied with the length of your way, but you did not say, “It is hopeless”; you found new life for your strength, and so you were not faint. (Jer 2:25; Jer 18:12)11Whom did you dread and fear, so that you lied, and did not remember me, did not lay it to heart? Have I not held my peace, even for a long time, and you do not fear me? (Ps 50:21; Ps 78:10; Ps 78:36; Isa 51:12)12I will declare your righteousness and your deeds, but they will not profit you.13When you cry out, let your collection of idols deliver you! The wind will carry them all off, a breath will take them away. But he who takes refuge in me shall possess the land and shall inherit my holy mountain. (Ps 37:9; Isa 11:9; Isa 56:7; Isa 65:11; Isa 65:25; Jer 11:12)
Comfort for the Contrite
14And it shall be said, “Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstruction from my people’s way.” (Isa 40:3; Isa 62:10)15For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite. (Ps 34:18; Ps 113:6; Ps 138:6; Isa 42:3; Mic 6:6; Lu 1:49)16For I will not contend forever, nor will I always be angry; for the spirit would grow faint before me, and the breath of life that I made. (Ge 6:3; Ps 103:9)17Because of the iniquity of his unjust gain I was angry, I struck him; I hid my face and was angry, but he went on backsliding in the way of his own heart. (Isa 56:11; Jer 6:13)18I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him and restore comfort to him and his mourners, (Isa 61:3; Jer 3:22)19creating the fruit of the lips. Peace, peace, to the far and to the near,” says the Lord, “and I will heal him. (Isa 50:4; Isa 57:18; Ac 2:39; Eph 2:17; Heb 13:15)20But the wicked are like the tossing sea; for it cannot be quiet, and its waters toss up mire and dirt. (Jud 1:13)21There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.” (Isa 48:22)