57 The righteous one has perished,
But no one takes it to heart.
With no one discerning that the righteous one has been taken away
Because of* the calamity.
2 He enters into peace.
They rest on their beds,* all who walk uprightly.
3 “But as for you, come closer,
You sons of a sorceress,
You children of an adulterer and a prostitute:
4 Whom are you making fun of?
Against whom do you open your mouth wide and stick out your tongue?
Are you not the children of transgression,
The children of deceit,+
5 Those who are inflamed with passion among big trees,+
Under every luxuriant tree,+
Who slaughter the children in the valleys,*+
Under the clefts of the crags?
6 With the smooth stones of the valley* is your portion.+
Yes, these are your lot.
Even to them you pour out drink offerings and offer gifts.+
Should I be satisfied* with these things?
8 Behind the door and the doorpost you set up your memorial.
You left me and uncovered yourself;
You went up and made your bed spacious.
And you made a covenant with them.
You sent your envoys far off,
So that you descended to the Grave.*
10 You have toiled in following your many ways,
But you did not say, ‘It is hopeless!’
You found renewed strength.
That is why you do not give up.*
You did not remember me.+
You took nothing to heart.+
Have I not kept silent and withdrawn?*+
So you showed no fear of me.
A wind will carry all of them away,
A mere breath will blow them away,
But the one who takes refuge in me will inherit the land
And will take possession of my holy mountain.+
14 It will be said, ‘Build up, build up a road! Prepare the way!+
Remove any obstacle from the way of my people.’”
“I reside in the high and holy place,+
But also with those crushed and lowly in spirit,
To revive the spirit of the lowly
And to revive the heart of those being crushed.+
16 For I will not oppose them forever
Or always remain indignant;+
For a man’s spirit would grow feeble because of me,+
Even the breathing creatures that I have made.
17 I was indignant at his sinful pursuit of dishonest gain,+
So I struck him, I hid my face, and I was indignant.
But he kept walking as a renegade,+ following the way of his heart.
18 I have seen his ways,
But I will heal him+ and lead him+
19 “I am creating the fruit of the lips.
Continuous peace will be given to the one who is far away and the one who is near,”+ says Jehovah,
“And I will heal him.”
20 “But the wicked are like the restless sea that cannot calm down,
And its waters keep tossing up seaweed and mire.