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Isaiah 57 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Israel’s Idolatry

57 The godly perish,

    but no one seems to notice.
    The faithful ones are taken away,
    and no one understands.
    It is because of evil
    that they are preserved from calamity,
and the godly ones enter into peace,
    resting serenely upon their death beds.
“But you—come here, you son of a sorceress!
    You’re nothing but an offspring
    of an adulteress and a prostitute.[a]
Who do you think you’re mocking?
    At whom do you sneer and stick out your tongue?
    Why, you’re a rebellious child, the offspring of liars!
You burn with lust for other gods
    among the oak groves and under every green tree.
    You sacrifice your own children in the caves[b]
    near the bed of a stream.
From there you take smooth stones
    and worship them as idols.
    Yes, they become your idols!
    You bring them grain offerings
    and pour out wine as drink offerings.
    Do you think I will not seek vengeance for this?
On a high hill, you practice ritual sex[c]
    and go up to the lofty place to offer sacrifice.
Hidden inside your front doors
    you have set up your obscene idols.[d]
    Forsaking me, you went up
    and uncovered yourself
    and climbed into your wide bed.
    You made covenant with them for yourselves,
    you slept with them, and you gazed upon their nakedness.
You journeyed to the king[e] with oil
    along with many perfumes.
    You sent your envoys to exotic lands,
    even down to the underworld.[f]
10 Though all your wanderings wearied you,
    you never said, ‘I give up.’
    Your strength was renewed
    so that you did not faint.
11 “Why were you so afraid of them that you told lies
    and did not remember me or even cared what I thought?
    Is it because I have been patient and long silent
    that you no longer fear me?
12 I will denounce your presumed ‘righteousness’
    and your ‘good works,’
    so don’t trust in your idols to help you.
13 Let’s see if your pantheon of idols can save you when you cry out!
    They will be blown away by the wind;[g]
    merely a breath will carry them off!
    But whoever makes me a hiding place
    will possess the land and inherit my holy mountain.”[h]

A Promise of Revival and Healing

14 Yahweh says, “Let the people return to me.
    Build! Build up the road, clear the way, and get it ready!
    Remove every obstacle from their path.”
15 For this is what the high and majestic one says,
    the one who fills the eternal realm with glory,[i]
    whose name is Holy:
    “I dwell in high and holy places
    but also with the bruised and lowly in spirit,
    those who are humble and quick to repent.
    I dwell with them to revive the spirit of the humble,
    to revive the heart of those who are broken over their sin.
16 You will not find me continually accusing them[j]
    or holding anger against them,
    lest they feel defeated and lose heart before me.
    For I am the One who gave the breath of life to my people.
17 It was their sin and greed that made me angry,
    so I struck them and hid my face from them.
    But they continued in rebellion, following their own desires.
18 Even though I’ve seen their ways, I will heal them.[k]
    I will guide them forward and repay them with comfort,[l]
    giving mourners the language of praise.
19 I offer peace to those who are far from me,
    and I offer peace to those who are near,[m]
    and I will heal their deepest wounds,” says Yahweh.
20 “But the wicked are like the storm-tossed sea,
    whose restless waves are never still,
    stirring up mud and mire.
21 There is no peace[n] for the wicked,” says my God.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 57:3 This is a vivid picture of those who practice idolatry. See James 4:4.
  2. Isaiah 57:5 See 2 Chron. 28:3; 33:6.
  3. Isaiah 57:7 Or “On high you set up your bed.”
  4. Isaiah 57:8 Or “(phallic) symbols.”
  5. Isaiah 57:9 Or “to the (Canaanite god) Molech.”
  6. Isaiah 57:9 Or “to Sheol.”
  7. Isaiah 57:13 Or “spirit.”
  8. Isaiah 57:13 That is, Mount Zion. The believer today inherits the kingdom of God, the Zion-realm. See Ps. 37:9, 11; 69:35, 36; Isa. 49:8; Matt. 5:5; Heb. 12:22.
  9. Isaiah 57:15 The Hebrew word shakan (shekinah) means “to dwell or settle.” The implication is that God inhabits eternity, filling it with his glory.
  10. Isaiah 57:16 Or “continually striving with them.”
  11. Isaiah 57:18 This is the same Hebrew word found in 53:5. See Hos. 6:1-3.
  12. Isaiah 57:18 It is possible to see in this verse the progression of the worshiper from the outer court (healing), forward into the Holy Place, until we are drenched with God’s comforting presence in the Holy of Holies, where we release our language of praise.
  13. Isaiah 57:19 See Eph. 2:11-22.
  14. Isaiah 57:21 Or “well-being” or “prosperity.”
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