New Living Translation

Isaiah 57

1Good people pass away;
    the godly often die before their time.
    But no one seems to care or wonder why.
No one seems to understand
    that God is protecting them from the evil to come.
For those who follow godly paths
    will rest in peace when they die.

Idolatrous Worship Condemned

“But you—come here, you witches’ children,
    you offspring of adulterers and prostitutes!
Whom do you mock,
    making faces and sticking out your tongues?
    You children of sinners and liars!
You worship your idols with great passion
    beneath the oaks and under every green tree.
You sacrifice your children down in the valleys,
    among the jagged rocks in the cliffs.
Your gods are the smooth stones in the valleys.
    You worship them with liquid offerings and grain offerings.
They, not I, are your inheritance.
    Do you think all this makes me happy?
You have committed adultery on every high mountain.
    There you have worshiped idols
    and have been unfaithful to me.
You have put pagan symbols
    on your doorposts and behind your doors.
You have left me
    and climbed into bed with these detestable gods.
You have committed yourselves to them.
    You love to look at their naked bodies.
You have gone to Molech[a]
    with olive oil and many perfumes,
sending your agents far and wide,
    even to the world of the dead.[b]
10 You grew weary in your search,
    but you never gave up.
Desire gave you renewed strength,
    and you did not grow weary.

11 “Are you afraid of these idols?
    Do they terrify you?
Is that why you have lied to me
    and forgotten me and my words?
Is it because of my long silence
    that you no longer fear me?
12 Now I will expose your so-called good deeds.
    None of them will help you.
13 Let’s see if your idols can save you
    when you cry to them for help.
Why, a puff of wind can knock them down!
    If you just breathe on them, they fall over!
But whoever trusts in me will inherit the land
    and possess my holy mountain.”

God Forgives the Repentant

14 God says, “Rebuild the road!
    Clear away the rocks and stones
    so my people can return from captivity.”
15 The high and lofty one who lives in eternity,
    the Holy One, says this:
“I live in the high and holy place
    with those whose spirits are contrite and humble.
I restore the crushed spirit of the humble
    and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts.
16 For I will not fight against you forever;
    I will not always be angry.
If I were, all people would pass away—
    all the souls I have made.
17 I was angry,
    so I punished these greedy people.
I withdrew from them,
    but they kept going on their own stubborn way.
18 I have seen what they do,
    but I will heal them anyway!
    I will lead them.
I will comfort those who mourn,
19     bringing words of praise to their lips.
May they have abundant peace, both near and far,”
    says the Lord, who heals them.
20 “But those who still reject me are like the restless sea,
    which is never still
    but continually churns up mud and dirt.
21 There is no peace for the wicked,”
    says my God.

Notas al pie

  1. 57:9a Or to the king.
  2. 57:9b Hebrew to Sheol.

New International Reader's Version

Isaiah 57

1Those who are right with God die.
    And no one really cares about it.
People who are faithful to the Lord are swept away by trouble.
    And no one understands why that happens
    to those who do what is right.
Those who lead honest lives
    will enjoy peace and rest when they die.

The Lord says, “Come here,
    you children of women who practice evil magic!
    You are children of prostitutes and those who commit adultery.
Who are you making fun of?
    Who are you laughing at?
    Who are you sticking your tongue out at?
You are people who refuse to obey me.
    You are just a bunch of liars!
You burn with sinful desire among the oak trees.
    You worship your gods under every green tree.
You sacrifice your children in the valleys.
    You also do it under the cliffs.
You have chosen some of the smooth stones in the valleys to be your gods.
    You have joined yourselves to them.
You have even poured out drink offerings to them.
    You have given grain offerings to them.
    So why should I take pity on you?
You have made your bed on a very high hill.
    You went up there to offer your sacrifices.
You have set up statues to remind you of your gods.
    You have put them behind your doors and doorposts.
You deserted me. You invited other lovers into your bed.
    You climbed into it and welcomed them.
You made a deal with them.
    And you looked with desire at their naked bodies.
You took olive oil to the god named Molek.
    You took a lot of perfume along with you.
You sent your messengers to places far away.
    You even sent them down to the place of the dead.
10 You wore yourself out with all your efforts.
    But you would not say, ‘It’s hopeless.’
You received new strength.
    So you did not give up.

11 “Who are you so afraid of
    that you have not been faithful to me?
You have not remembered me.
    What you do doesn’t even bother you.
I have not punished you for a long time.
    That is why you are not afraid of me.
12 You have not done what is right or good.
    I will let everyone know about it.
    And that will not be of any benefit to you.
13 Go ahead and cry out for help to all the statues of your gods.
    See if they can save you!
The wind will carry them off.
    Just a puff of air will blow them away.
But anyone who comes to me for safety
    will receive the land.
    They will possess my holy mountain of Zion.”

The Lord Comforts People Who Are Sorry for Their Sins

14 A messenger says,

“Build up the road! Build it up! Get it ready!
    Remove anything that would keep my people from coming back.”
15 The God who is highly honored lives forever.
    His name is holy. He says,
“I live in a high and holy place.
    But I also live with anyone who turns away from their sins.
    I live with anyone who is not proud.
I give new life to them.
    I give it to anyone who turns away from their sins.
16 I will not find fault with my people forever.
    I will not always be angry with them.
If I were, I would cause their spirits to grow weak.
    The people I created would faint away.
17 I was very angry with them.
    They always longed for more and more of everything.
So I punished them for that sin.
    I turned my face away from them because I was angry.
    But they kept on wanting their own way.
18 I have seen what they have done.
    But I will heal them.
I will guide them.
    I will give those who mourn in Israel the comfort they had before.
19     Then they will praise me.
I will give perfect peace to those who are far away and those who are near.
    And I will heal them,” says the Lord.
20 But those who are evil are like the rolling sea.
    It never rests.
    Its waves toss up mud and sand.

21 “There is no peace for those who are evil,” says my God.