57 Those who are right with God may die,
but no one pays attention.
Good people are taken away,
but no one understands.
Those who do right are being taken away from evil
Those who live as God wants
find rest in death.
Come here, you children of prostitutes and those who take part in adultery!
Whom are you insulting?
At whom do you stick out your tongue?
You turn against God,
and you are liars.
to worship your gods.
You kill children in the ravines
and sacrifice them in the rocky places.
as your portion.
You pour drink offerings on them to worship them,
and you give grain offerings to them.
Do you think this makes me want to show you mercy?
and there you offer sacrifices.
behind your doors and doorposts.
You have left me, and you have uncovered yourself.
You have pulled back the covers and climbed into bed.
You have made an agreement with those whose beds you love,
and you have looked at their nakedness.
to look nice for Molech.
You have sent your messengers to faraway lands;
you even tried to send them to the place of the dead.
but you never gave up.
You found new strength,
so you did not quit.
that you lied to me?
You have not remembered me
or even thought about me.
I have been quiet for a long time.
Is that why you are not afraid of me?
and those things will do you no good.
let the gods you have gathered help you.
The wind will blow them all away;
just a puff of wind will take them away.
But the person who depends on me will receive the land
and own my holy mountain.”
14 Someone will say, “Build a road! Build a road! Prepare the way!
Make the way clear for my people.”
He is high and lifted up.
He says, “I live in a high and holy place,
but I also live with people who are sad and humble.
I give new life to those who are humble
and to those whose hearts are broken.
nor will I always be angry,
because then human life would grow weak.
Human beings, whom I created, would die.
I punished them and turned away from them in anger,
but they continued to do evil.
I will guide them and comfort them and those who felt sad for them.
They will all praise me.
and I will heal them,” says the Lord.
which cannot rest,
whose waves toss up waste and mud.
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