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Isaiah 57 Names of God Bible (NOG)

57 Righteous people die,
    and no one cares.
    Loyal people are taken away,
    and no one understands.
    Righteous people are spared when evil comes.
When peace comes,
    everyone who has lived honestly will rest on his own bed.

Israel’s Idolatry

But you—come here,
    you children of witches,
        you descendants of adulterers and prostitutes!
Whom are you making fun of?
    Whom are you making a face at?
    Whom are you sticking out your tongue at?
    Aren’t you rebellious children,
        descendants of liars?
You burn with lust under oak trees
    and under every large tree.
    You slaughter children in the valleys
    and under the cracks in the rocks.
Your idols are among the smooth stones in the ravine.
    They are your destiny.
    You have given them wine offerings
    and sacrificed grain offerings to them.
    Do you think I am pleased with all this?

You’ve made your bed on a high and lofty mountain.
    You’ve gone to offer sacrifices there.
You’ve set up your idols beside doors and doorposts.
    You’ve uncovered yourself to the idols.
    You’ve distanced yourself from me.
    You’ve made your bed with them.
    You’ve made a deal with those you have pleasure with in bed.
    You’ve seen them naked.
You’ve journeyed to the king with perfumed oils
    and put on plenty of perfume.
    You’ve sent your ambassadors far away
    and sent them down to Sheol.
10 You’ve tired yourself out with many journeys.
    You didn’t think that it was hopeless.
    You’ve found renewed strength,
    so you didn’t faint.

11 Whom did you dread and fear so much that you lied to me?
    You haven’t remembered me or cared about me.
    I’ve been silent for a long time.
    Is that why you don’t fear me?
12 I’ll tell you about your righteous ways and what you have done,
    but they won’t help you.
13 When you cry for help,
    let your collection of idols save you.
        A wind will carry them all away.
        A breath will take them away.
            But whoever trusts me will possess the land
                and inherit my holy mountain.

14 It will be said:
    “Build a road! Build a road!
        Prepare the way!
            Remove every obstacle in the way of my people!”

15 The High and Lofty One lives forever, and his name is holy.

This is what he says:

I live in a high and holy place.
    But I am with those who are crushed and humble.
        I will renew the spirit of those who are humble
            and the courage of those who are crushed.
16 I will not accuse you forever.
    I will not be angry with you forever.
    Otherwise, the spirits, the lives of those I’ve made,
        would grow faint in my presence.
17 I was angry because of their sinful greed,
    so I punished them, hid from them, and remained angry.
        But they continued to be sinful.
18 I’ve seen their sinful ways, but I’ll heal them.
    I’ll guide them and give them rest.
    I’ll comfort them and their mourners.
19 I’ll create praise on their lips:
    “Perfect peace to those both far and near.”
    “I’ll heal them,” says Yahweh.
20 But the wicked are like the churning sea.
    It isn’t quiet,
        and its water throws up mud and slime.

21 “There is no peace for the wicked,” says my Elohim.

Names of God Bible (NOG)

The Names of God Bible (without notes) © 2011 by Baker Publishing Group.

Isaiah 57 New International Version (NIV)

57 The righteous perish,
    and no one takes it to heart;
the devout are taken away,
    and no one understands
that the righteous are taken away
    to be spared from evil.
Those who walk uprightly
    enter into peace;
    they find rest as they lie in death.

“But you—come here, you children of a sorceress,
    you offspring of adulterers and prostitutes!
Who are you mocking?
    At whom do you sneer
    and stick out your tongue?
Are you not a brood of rebels,
    the offspring of liars?
You burn with lust among the oaks
    and under every spreading tree;
you sacrifice your children in the ravines
    and under the overhanging crags.
The idols among the smooth stones of the ravines are your portion;
    indeed, they are your lot.
Yes, to them you have poured out drink offerings
    and offered grain offerings.
    In view of all this, should I relent?
You have made your bed on a high and lofty hill;
    there you went up to offer your sacrifices.
Behind your doors and your doorposts
    you have put your pagan symbols.
Forsaking me, you uncovered your bed,
    you climbed into it and opened it wide;
you made a pact with those whose beds you love,
    and you looked with lust on their naked bodies.
You went to Molek[a] with olive oil
    and increased your perfumes.
You sent your ambassadors[b] far away;
    you descended to the very realm of the dead!
10 You wearied yourself by such going about,
    but you would not say, ‘It is hopeless.’
You found renewal of your strength,
    and so you did not faint.

11 “Whom have you so dreaded and feared
    that you have not been true to me,
and have neither remembered me
    nor taken this to heart?
Is it not because I have long been silent
    that you do not fear me?
12 I will expose your righteousness and your works,
    and they will not benefit you.
13 When you cry out for help,
    let your collection of idols save you!
The wind will carry all of them off,
    a mere breath will blow them away.
But whoever takes refuge in me
    will inherit the land
    and possess my holy mountain.”

Comfort for the Contrite

14 And it will be said:

“Build up, build up, prepare the road!
    Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people.”
15 For this is what the high and exalted One says—
    he who lives forever, whose name is holy:
“I live in a high and holy place,
    but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly
    and to revive the heart of the contrite.
16 I will not accuse them forever,
    nor will I always be angry,
for then they would faint away because of me—
    the very people I have created.
17 I was enraged by their sinful greed;
    I punished them, and hid my face in anger,
    yet they kept on in their willful ways.
18 I have seen their ways, but I will heal them;
    I will guide them and restore comfort to Israel’s mourners,
19     creating praise on their lips.
Peace, peace, to those far and near,”
    says the Lord. “And I will heal them.”
20 But the wicked are like the tossing sea,
    which cannot rest,
    whose waves cast up mire and mud.
21 “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 57:9 Or to the king
  2. Isaiah 57:9 Or idols
New International Version (NIV)

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