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Isaiah: Chapter 57

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1The righteous man perishes, And no one considers; Pious men are taken away, And no one gives thought That because of evil The righteous was taken away. 2Yet he shall come to peace, c‐ Heb. “They shall have rest on their couches.” He shall have rest on his couch ‐c Heb. “They shall have rest on their couches.” Who walked straightforward.

3But as for you, come closer, You sons of a sorceress, You offspring of an adulterer and a harlot! d Lit. “she acts the harlot.” 4With whom do you act so familiarly? At whom do you open your mouth And stick out your tongue? Why, you are children of iniquity, Offspring of treachery— 5You who inflame e I.e., in some frenzied idolatrous rite. yourselves Among the terebinths, Under every verdant tree; Who slaughter children in the wadis, Among f Heb. “under.”g‐ the clefts of the rocks. 6 g‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. With such h The cult‐trees referred to above in v. 5. are your share and portion, ‐g Meaning of Heb. uncertain. They, they are your allotment; To them you have poured out libations, Presented offerings. Should I relent in the face of this? 7On a high and lofty hill You have set your couch; There, too, you have gone up To perform sacrifices. 8Behind the door and doorpost You have directed your thoughts; a‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Abandoning Me, you have gone up On the couch you made so wide. You have made a covenant with them, b The cult‐trees referred to above in v. 5. You have loved bedding with them; c I.e., with the objects behind door and doorpost. You have chosen lust. d Like Ugaritic yd, from root ydd, “to love.” 9You have approached ‐a Meaning of Heb. uncertain. the king e Or “Molech.” with oil, You have provided many perfumes. And you have sent your envoys afar, Even down to the netherworld. f I.e., you have brought tribute to alien cults as to a king. 10Though wearied by much travel, You never said, “I give up!” You found gratification for your lust, And so you never cared. 11 g‐ Emendation yields “Them you dreaded and feared, / And so you gave them thought.”h‐ Whom do you dread and fear, That you tell lies? ‐g Emendation yields “Them you dreaded and feared, / And so you gave them thought.”h‐ But you gave no thought to Me, You paid no heed. It is because I have stood idly by h‐ Emendation yields “and shut My eyes.” so long ‐h Emendation yields “and shut My eyes.” That you have no fear of Me. 12I hereby pronounce i‐ Lit. “your retribution and your deeds.” judgment upon your deeds: ‐i Lit. “your retribution and your deeds.” j‐ Brought up from v. 13 for clarity. Your assorted [idols] ‐j Brought up from v. 13 for clarity. shall not avail you, 13Shall not save you when you cry out. They shall all be borne off by the wind, Snatched away by a breeze. But those who trust in Me shall inherit the land And possess My sacred mount. 14[The LORD] says: Build up, build up a highway! Clear a road! Remove all obstacles From the road of My people! 15For thus said He who high aloft Forever dwells, whose name is holy: I dwell on high, in holiness; Yet with the contrite and the lowly in spirit— Reviving the spirits of the lowly, Reviving the hearts of the contrite. 16For I will not always contend, I will not be angry forever: Nay, I a‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. who make spirits flag, ‐a Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Also create the breath of life. 17For their b I.e., Israel's. Cf. “My people,” v. 14. sinful greed I was angry; I struck them and turned away in My wrath. c‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Emendation yields “When they have walked broken in the contrition of their hearts.” Though stubborn, they follow the way of their hearts, ‐c Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Emendation yields “When they have walked broken in the contrition of their hearts.” 18I note how they fare and will heal them: I will guide them and mete out solace to them, And to the mourners among them 19 heartening, d Lit. “the vigor of”; cf. Eccl. 12.1 and postbiblical bori. comforting e The Heb. nib is otherwise unknown; its meaning is inferred from that of nid (cf. the verb nad “to condole”) in the parallel expression in Job 16.5. words: It shall be well, Well with the far and the near

—said the LORD—

And I will heal them. 20But the wicked are like the troubled sea Which cannot rest, Whose waters toss up mire and mud. 21There is no safety

—said my God—

For the wicked.

Notes:

c‐c Heb. “They shall have rest on their couches.”

d Lit. “she acts the harlot.”

e I.e., in some frenzied idolatrous rite.

f Heb. “under.”g‐

g Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

h The cult‐trees referred to above in v. 5.

a‐a Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

b The cult‐trees referred to above in v. 5.

c I.e., with the objects behind door and doorpost.

d Like Ugaritic yd, from root ydd, “to love.”

e Or “Molech.”

f I.e., you have brought tribute to alien cults as to a king.

g‐g Emendation yields “Them you dreaded and feared, / And so you gave them thought.”h‐

h Emendation yields “and shut My eyes.”

i‐i Lit. “your retribution and your deeds.”

j‐j Brought up from v. 13 for clarity.

a‐a Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

b I.e., Israel's. Cf. “My people,” v. 14.

c‐c Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Emendation yields “When they have walked broken in the contrition of their hearts.”

d Lit. “the vigor of”; cf. Eccl. 12.1 and postbiblical bori.

e The Heb. nib is otherwise unknown; its meaning is inferred from that of nid (cf. the verb nad “to condole”) in the parallel expression in Job 16.5.

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