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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 57

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1The just man perishes, but no one takes it to heart; Devout men are swept away, with no one giving it a thought. Though he is taken away from the presence of evil, the just man 2enters into peace; There is rest on his couch for the sincere, straightforward man.

Faithless People

3But you, draw near, you sons of a sorceress, adulterous, wanton race! 4Of whom do you make sport, at whom do you open wide your mouth, and put out your tongue? Are you not rebellious children, a worthless race; 5You who are in heat among the terebinths, under every green tree; You who immolate children in the wadies, behind the crevices in the cliffs? n Jer 7, 31; 19, 5; Ez 20, 28. 31 .

6Among the smooth stones* of the wadi is your portion, these are your lot; To these you poured out libations, and brought offerings. Should I decide not to punish these things? 7Upon a high and lofty mountain you made your bed, and there you went up to offer sacrifice. o Hos 4, 13; Jer 2, 20; Ez 6, 13 . 8Behind the door and the doorpost you placed your indecent symbol. Deserting me, you spread out your high, wide bed; And of those whose embraces you love you carved the symbol and gazed upon it 9While you approached the king* with scented oil, and multiplied your perfumes; While you sent your ambassadors far away, down even to the nether world. 10Though worn out by your many misdeeds, you never said, “It is hopeless” New strength you found, and so you did not weaken.

11Of whom were you afraid? Whom did you fear, that you became false And did not remember me or give me any thought? Was I to remain silent and unseeing, so that you would not have me to fear? 12I will expose your justice* and your works; 13They shall not help you when you cry out, nor save you in your distress. All these* the wind shall carry off, the breeze shall bear away; But he who takes refuge in me shall inherit the land, and possess my holy mountain.

Comfort for the Afflicted

14Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove the stumbling blocks from my people's path. p Is 40, 3f . 15For thus says he who is high and exalted, living eternally, whose name is the Holy One: On high I dwell, and in holiness, and with the crushed and dejected in spirit, To revive the spirits of the dejected, to revive the hearts of the crushed. q Is 61, 2f . 16I will not accuse forever, nor always be angry; For their spirits would faint before me, the souls that I have made. 17Because of their wicked avarice I was angry, and struck them, hiding myself in wrath, as they went their own rebellious way. r Is 56, 11 . 18I saw their ways, but I will heal them and lead them; I will give full comfort to them and to those who mourn for them, 19I, the Creator, who gave them life.

Peace, peace to the far and the near, says the LORD; and I will heal them. 20But the wicked are like the tossing sea which cannot be calmed, And its waters cast up mud and filth. 21No peace for the wicked! says my God. s Is 48, 21 .

Notes:

n: Jer 7, 31; 19, 5; Ez 20, 28. 31 .

o: Hos 4, 13; Jer 2, 20; Ez 6, 13 .

p: Is 40, 3f .

q: Is 61, 2f .

r: Is 56, 11 .

s: Is 48, 21 .

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