1 The 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.
1 "Also the righteous are perishing, but no one takes it to heart; devout people are taken away, while no one understands that the righteous person is taken away from calamity.
1 The righteous man perishes [at the hand of evil], and no one takes it to heart;Faithful and devout men are taken away, while no one understandsThat the righteous person is taken away [to be spared] from disaster and evil.
2 He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.
2 Then he enters into peace, and they'll rest on his couches, each one living righteously.
2 He enters into peace [through death];They rest in their beds (graves),Each one who walked uprightly [following God’s will, living with integrity].
3 But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore.
3 "But as for you, come here, you children of a sorceress, you offspring of adulterers and prostitutes!
3 “But come here, you sons of a sorceress [raised in deception and superstition],Offspring of an adulterer and a prostitute.
4 Against 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,
4 Whom are you mocking? And against whom do you make a wide mouth and stick out your tongue? Are you not children of transgression, the offspring of lies,
4 “Of whom do you make fun?Against whom do you open wide your mouthAnd stick out your tongue?Are you not children of rebellion (sin),Offspring of deceit,
5 Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the children in the valleys under the clifts of the rocks?
5 you who burn with lust among the oaks, under every spreading tree, who slaughter your children in the ravines, under the clefts of the rocks?
5 Who inflame yourselves [with lust in pagan rites] among the oaks (terebinth trees),Under every green and leafy tree,Who slaughter the children [in sacrifice] in the ravinesUnder the clefts of the rocks?
6 “Among the (e)(K)smooth stones of the (f)ravineIs your portion, (g)they are your lot;Even to them you have (L)poured out a drink offering,You have made a grain offering.Shall I (h)(M)relent concerning these things?
6 Among 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?
6 Your portion is among the smooth stones of the wadi;indeed, they are your lot.You have even poured out a drink offering to them;you have offered a grain offering;should I be satisfied with these?
6 "Among the smooth stones of the ravines is your portion there they are as your lot. To them you have poured out drink offerings; you have brought grain offerings. Should I be lenient over such things?
6 “Among the smooth stones of the ravineIs your portion, they (the idols) are your lot;Even to them you have poured out a drink offering,You have offered a grain offering.Should I be quiet concerning these things [leaving them unpunished—bearing them with patience]?
7 Upon a lofty and high mountain hast thou set thy bed: even thither wentest thou up to offer sacrifice.
7 "You have made your bed on a high and lofty mountain, and you went up to offer sacrifice there.
7 “Upon a high and lofty mountainYou have [openly and shamelessly] made your [idolatrous and adulterous] bed;Even there you went up to offer sacrifice [to idols, in spiritual unfaithfulness to Me].
8 “Behind the door and the doorpostYou have set up your sign;Indeed, far removed from Me, you have (P)uncovered yourself,And have gone up and made your bed wide.And you have made an agreement for yourself with them,You have loved their (i)bed,You have looked on their (j)manhood.
8 Behind 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.
8 You have set up your memorialbehind the door and doorpost.For away from Me, you stripped,went up, and made your bed wide,(E)and you have made a bargain(d) for yourself with them.You have loved their bed;you have gazed on their genitals.(e)(f)
8 Behind the doors and the doorposts you have set up your pagan sign." For in deserting me you have uncovered your bed you have climbed up into it and have opened it wide. And you have made a pact for yourself with them; you have loved their bed, you have looked on their private parts.
8 “Behind the door and the doorpostYou have set up your [pagan] symbol;Indeed, far removed from Me, you have uncovered yourself,And have gone up and made your bed wide.And you have made a [new] agreement for yourself with the adulterers,You have loved their bed,You have looked [with passion] on their (a)manhood.(A)
9 And 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.
9 You went to Molech with olive oil and increased your perfumes; you sent your ambassadors far away, you sent them down even to Sheol itself!
10 Thou 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.
10 You grew tired with your many wanderings, but you wouldn't say: "It is hopeless.' You found new strength for your desire, and so you did not falter.
11 And 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?
11 "Whom did you so dread and while you feared me that you lied, and you did not remember me, and did not lay to heart these things? Haven't I remained silent for a long time, and still you don't fear me?"
12 I will declare thy righteousness, and thy works; for they shall not profit thee.
12 I will expose your righteousness,and your works—they will not profit you.
12 "I will denounce your righteousness and your works, for your collections of idols will not benefit you.
12 “I will declare your [hypocritical] righteousness and your deeds,But they will not benefit you.
13 “When you cry out, (X)let your collection of idols deliver you.But the wind will carry all of them up,And a breath will take them away.But he who (Y)takes refuge in Me will (Z)inherit the landAnd will (AA)possess My holy mountain.”
13 When 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;
13 When you cry out,let your collection of idols deliver you!The wind will carry all of them off,a breath will take them away.But whoever takes refuge in Mewill inherit the land(I)and possess My holy mountain.(J)
13 When you cry out, let your collection deliver you! The wind will carry them all off, and a mere breath will sweep them all away." "But whoever takes refuge in me will possess the land, and will inherit my holy mountain.
14 And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people.
14 And one has said: "Build up! Build up the road! Prepare the highway! Remove every obstacle from my people's way.'
14 And it will be said,“Build up, build up, clear the way.Remove the stumbling block out of the way [of the spiritual return] of My people.”
15 For thus says the (AC)high and exalted OneWho (o)(AD)lives forever, whose name is Holy,“I (AE)dwell on a high and holy place,And also with the (AF)contrite and lowly of spiritIn order to (AG)revive the spirit of the lowlyAnd to revive the heart of the contrite.
15 For 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.
15 For the High and Exalted Onewho lives forever, whose name is Holy(L) says this:“I live in a high and holy place,and with the oppressed and lowly of spirit,(M)to revive the spirit of the lowlyand revive the heart of the oppressed.(N)
15 "For this is what the high and lofty One says, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "He lives in the height and in holiness, and also with the one who is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite.
16 For 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.
16 For I won't accuse forever, nor will I always be angry; for then the human spirit would grow faint before me even the souls that I have created.
16 “For I will not contend forever,Nor will I always be angry;For [if I did stay angry] the spirit [of man] would grow weak before Me,And the breath of those whom I have created.
17 For 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.
17 Because of his wicked greed I was angry, so I punished him; and I hid my face, and was angry but he kept turning back to his stubborn will.
17 “Because of the wickedness of his unjust gain I was angry and struck him;I hid My face and was angry,And he went on turning away and backsliding, in the way of his [own willful] heart.
18 I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners.
18 I've seen his ways, yet I will heal him, and restore for him comfort to him and for those who mourn for him
19 I 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.
19 when I create the fruit of the lips: Peace to the one who is far away or near," says the LORD, "and I'll heal him.
20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
20 But the wicked are tossed like the sea; for it is not able to keep still, and its waters toss up mire and mud.
20 But the wicked are like the tossing sea,For it cannot be quiet,And its waters toss up mire and mud.
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