Idolatry Is Adultery

1 The upright man goes to his death, and no one gives a thought to it; and god-fearing men are taken away, and no one is troubled by it; for the upright man is taken away because of evil-doing, and goes into peace.

1 The righteous man perishes, and no man (A)takes it to heart;And devout men are taken away, while no one understands.For the righteous man is taken away from (B)evil,

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 The righteous one perishes,and no one takes it to heart;faithful men are swept away,with no one realizingthat the righteous one is swept awayfrom the presence(a) of evil.

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.

2 They are at rest in their last resting-places, every one going straight before him.

2 He enters into peace;They rest in their (a)beds,Each one who (C)walked in his upright way.

2 He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.

2 He will enter into peace—they will rest on their beds(b)everyone who lives uprightly.

2 Then he enters into peace, and they'll rest on his couches, each one living righteously.

Pagan Religion Denounced

3 But come near, you sons of her who is wise in secret arts, the seed of her who is false to her husband, and of the loose woman.

3 “But come here, you sons of a (D)sorceress,(E)Offspring of an adulterer and (b)a (F)prostitute.

3 But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore.

3 But come here,you sons of a sorceress,offspring of an adulterer and a prostitute!(c)

3 "But as for you, come here, you children of a sorceress, you offspring of adulterers and prostitutes!

4 Of whom do you make sport? against whom is your mouth open wide and your tongue put out? are you not uncontrolled children, a false seed,

4 “Against whom do you jest?Against whom do you open wide your mouthAnd stick out your tongue?Are you not children of (G)rebellion,Offspring of deceit,

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 Who is it you are mocking?Who is it you are opening your mouthand sticking out your tongue at?Isn’t it you, you rebellious children,(A)you race of liars,

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,

5 You who are burning with evil desire among the oaks, under every green tree; putting children to death in the valleys, under the cracks of the rocks?

5 Who inflame yourselves among the (c)(H)oaks,(I)Under every luxuriant tree,Who (J)slaughter the children in the (d)ravines,Under the clefts of the crags?

5 Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the children in the valleys under the clifts of the rocks?

5 who burn with lust among the oaks,under every green tree,(B)who slaughter children in the wadisbelow the clefts of the rocks?(C)

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?

6 Among the smooth stones of the valley is your heritage; they, even they, are your part: even to them have you made a drink offering and a meal offering. Is it possible for such things to be overlooked by me?

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?

7 You have put your bed on a high mountain: there you went up to make your offering.

7 “Upon a (N)high and lofty mountainYou have (O)made your bed.You also went up there to offer sacrifice.

7 Upon a lofty and high mountain hast thou set thy bed: even thither wentest thou up to offer sacrifice.

7 You have placed your bedon a high and lofty mountain;(D)you also went up there to offer sacrifice.

7 "You have made your bed on a high and lofty mountain, and you went up to offer sacrifice there.

8 And on the back of the doors and on the pillars you have put your sign: for you have been false to me with another; you have made your bed wide, and made an agreement with them; you had a desire for their bed where you saw it

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.

9 And you went to Melech with oil and much perfume, and you sent your representatives far off, and went as low as the underworld.

9 “You have journeyed to the king with oilAnd increased your perfumes;You have (Q)sent your envoys a great distanceAnd made them go down to (k)Sheol.

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 the king with oiland multiplied your perfumes;you sent your couriers far away(F)and sent them down even to Sheol.

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 You were tired with your long journeys; but you did not say, There is no hope: you got new strength, and so you were not feeble.

10 “You were tired out by the length of your road,Yet you did not say, ‘(R)It is hopeless.’You found (l)renewed strength,Therefore you did not (m)faint.

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 became weary on your many journeys,but you did not say, “I give up!”(G)You found a renewal of your strength;(g)therefore you did not grow weak.

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 were you in fear, so that you were false, and did not keep me in mind, or give thought to it? Have I not been quiet, keeping myself secret, and so you were not in fear of me?

11 “Of (S)whom were you worried and fearfulWhen you lied, and did (T)not remember Me(n)Nor (U)give Me a thought?Was I not silent even for a long timeSo you do not fear Me?

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 Who was it you dreaded and feared,so that you lied and didn’t remember Meor take it to heart?Have I not kept silent for such a long time(h)(H)and you do not fear Me?

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 make clear what your righteousness is like and your works; you will have no profit in them.

12 “I will (V)declare your righteousness and your (W)deeds,But they will not profit you.

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.

13 Your false gods will not keep you safe in answer to your cry; but the wind will take them, they will be gone like a breath: but he who puts his hope in me will take the land, and will have my holy mountain as his heritage.

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.

Peace For The Contrite

14 And I will say, Make it high, make it high, get ready the way, take the stones out of the way of my people.

14 And it will be said,(AB)Build up, build up, prepare the way,Remove every obstacle out of the way of My people.”

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 He said,“Build it up, build it up, prepare the way,remove every obstacle from My people’s way.”(K)

14 And one has said: "Build up! Build up the road! Prepare the highway! Remove every obstacle from my people's way.'

15 For this is the word of him who is high and lifted up, whose resting-place is eternal, whose name is Holy: my resting-place is in the high and holy place, and with him who is crushed and poor in spirit, to give life to the spirit of the poor, and to make strong the heart of the crushed.

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 give punishment for ever, or be angry without end: for from me breath goes out; and I it was who made the souls.

16 “For I will (AH)not contend forever,(AI)Nor will I always be angry;For the spirit would grow faint before Me,And the (AJ)breath of those whom I have made.

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 will not accuse you forever,and I will not always be angry;(O)for then the spirit would grow weak before Me,even the breath of man, 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.

17 I was quickly angry with his evil ways, and sent punishment on him, veiling my face in wrath: and he went on, turning his heart from me.

17 “Because of the iniquity of his (AK)unjust gain I was angry and struck him;I hid My face and was angry,And he went on (AL)turning away, in the way of his heart.

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 sinful greed I was angry,(P)so I struck him; I was angry and hid;(i)but he went on turning back to the desires 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.

18 I have seen his ways, and I will make him well: I will give him rest, comforting him and his people who are sad.

18 “I have seen his ways, but I will (AM)heal him;I will (AN)lead him and (AO)restore comfort to him and to his mourners,

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 have seen his ways, but I will heal him;I will lead him and restore comfortto him and his mourners,(Q)

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 will give the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace, to him who is near and to him who is far off, says the Lord; and I will make him well.

19 Creating the (p)(AP)praise of the lips.(AQ)Peace, peace to him who is (AR)far and to him who is near,”Says the Lord, “and I will heal 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 creating words of praise.”(j)(R)The Lord says,“Peace, peace to the one who is far or near,(S)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 evil-doers are like the troubled sea, for which there is no rest, and its waters send up earth and waste.

20 But the (AS)wicked are like the tossing sea,For it cannot be quiet,And its waters toss up refuse and mud.

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 like the storm-tossed sea,(T)for it cannot be still,and its waters churn up mire and muck.

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.

21 There is no peace, says my God, for the evil-doers.

21 (AT)There is no peace,” says (AU)my God, “for the wicked.”

21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.

21 There is no peace for the wicked,”says my God.(U)

21 "Yet there is no peace," says my God, "for the wicked."

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