Amplified Bible

Isaiah 57

Evil Leaders Rebuked

1The 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 understands
That the righteous person is taken away [to be spared] from disaster and evil.

He enters into peace [through death];
They rest in their beds (graves),
Each one who walked uprightly [following God’s will, living with integrity].

“But come here, you sons of a sorceress [raised in deception and superstition],
Offspring of an adulterer and a prostitute.

“Of whom do you make fun?
Against whom do you open wide your mouth
And stick out your tongue?
Are you not children of rebellion (sin),
Offspring of deceit,

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 ravines
Under the clefts of the rocks?

“Among the smooth stones of the ravine
Is 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]?

“Upon a high and lofty mountain
You 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].

“Behind the door and the doorpost
You 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.

“You have gone to [b]the king [of a pagan land] with oil
And increased your [c]perfumes;
You have sent your messengers a great distance
And made them go down to Sheol (the realm of the dead).
10 
“You were wearied by the length of your road,
Yet you did not say, ‘It is no use.’
You found [d]renewed strength,
Therefore you did not grow weak.

11 
“About whom were you worried and fearful
That you lied and did not [e]remember Me,
Nor [f]give Me a thought?
Was I not silent even for a long time
And [as a result] you do not fear Me?
12 
“I will declare your [hypocritical] righteousness and your deeds,
But they will not benefit you.
13 
“When you cry out [for help], let your [ridiculous] collection of idols save you.
But the wind will carry them all away,
A [mere] breath will take them.
But he who takes refuge in Me will possess the land [Judea]
And will inherit My holy mountain.”

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 the high and exalted One
He who inhabits eternity, Whose name is Holy says this,
“I dwell on the high and holy place,
But also with the [g]contrite and humble in spirit
In order to revive the spirit of the humble
And to revive the heart of the contrite [overcome with sorrow for sin].
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 
“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 [willful] ways, but I will heal him;
I will lead him [also] and will restore comfort to him and to those who mourn for him,
19 
As I create the [h]praise of his lips,
Peace, peace, to him who is far away [both Jew and Gentile] and to him who is near!”
Says the Lord;
“And I will heal him [making his lips blossom anew with thankful praise].”
20 
But the wicked are like the tossing sea,
For it cannot be quiet,
And its waters toss up mire and mud.
21 
“There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”

Notas al pie

  1. Isaiah 57:8 Lit hand.
  2. Isaiah 57:9 Another reading is Molech, i.e. to an idol of the pagan god.
  3. Isaiah 57:9 Lit ointments.
  4. Isaiah 57:10 Lit the life of your hand.
  5. Isaiah 57:11 Or mention.
  6. Isaiah 57:11 Lit put on your heart.
  7. Isaiah 57:15 Lit crushed.
  8. Isaiah 57:19 Lit fruit.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

以賽亞書 57

1沒有人關心義人的死亡,

沒有人明白虔誠人的去世。
其實義人去世是脫離災難。
這些正直的人得享平安,
在墳墓裡得到安息。
耶和華說:「你們這些巫婆的兒子,
姦夫和妓女的孩子,
上前來吧!
你們在嘲笑誰,
向誰吐舌頭呢?
你們難道不是悖逆的兒女、
詭詐的子孫嗎?
你們在橡樹下,在青翠樹下以淫亂的方式祭拜假神,
在山谷中和石縫間殺兒女作祭物。
你們把谷中光滑的石頭當神明敬奉,
效忠於它們,
向它們澆奠獻祭。
我豈能容忍?
你們在高山上淫亂、獻祭,
在門後供奉神像。
你們背棄我,
脫衣上床跟它們肆意苟合,
與它們立約,
迷戀它們的床,
愛看它們的淫態。
你們帶著橄欖油和許多香料去拜假神,
差遣使者到遠方,
甚至去陰間尋找神明。
10 雖然遙遠的路途使你們疲倦,
你們卻從不放棄。
你們找到了新的力量,
所以沒有暈倒。

11 「你們懼怕誰,
以致對我說謊,
不把我放在心上,忘記我?
你們不再敬畏我,
是因為我長期沉默嗎?
12 我要揭露你們的所謂公義行為,
它們對你們毫無益處。
13 當你們呼求的時候,
讓你們收集的神像來救你們吧!
風會把它們颳去,
就是一口氣也會把它們吹走。
但投靠我的必承受這片土地,
擁有我的聖山。」

主安慰痛悔者

14 耶和華說:
「要修路,修路,鋪平道路,
清除我子民路上的障礙。」
15 那至高至上、永遠長存的聖者說:
「我住在至高至聖之處,
但我也跟痛悔、
謙卑的人同住,
使他們心靈振作。
16 我不會永遠指責,
也不會一直發怒,
以免世人——我所造的生靈昏倒。
17 他們貪婪的罪惡使我發怒,
我懲罰他們,憤怒地轉臉不理他們,
他們卻怙惡不悛。
18 我看見了他們的所作所為,
但我還是要醫治他們,
引領他們,
使他們和那些哀傷的人得安慰,
19 使他們開口讚美。
願遠近各方的人都得到平安!
我要醫治他們。
這是耶和華說的。
20 然而,惡人就像波濤洶湧、
難以平靜的大海,
海浪中湧出淤泥和汙物。」
21 我的上帝說:「他們必得不到平安。」