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Chapter 57

1 The righteous perishes,
and no man lays it to his heart/'right lobe'.

And merciful men are taken away,
none considering that the righteous is taken away
from the evil to come.

2 He shall enter into peace.

They shall rest in their beds,
each one walking in his uprightness.

3 But draw near here,
you sons of the sorceress,
the seed of the adulterer
and the whore.

4 Against whom do you sport yourselves?

Against whom make you a wide mouth,
and draw out the tongue?
  {a gesture of derision like "giving the finger" today}

Are you not children of transgression,
a seed of falsehood, 5
enflaming yourselves with idols
  {masterbation in 'religion'}
under every green tree,
slaying the children in the valleys
under the clifts of the rocks?

{Note: This is the false idol worship of the Phallic Cult. Sexual orgies that included child sacrifice in the fires so the sexual experience was heightened in all this perversion.}

6 Among the smooth stones of the stream is your portion;
they, they are your lot.

Even to them you have poured a drink offering,
you have offered a meat offering.

Should I receive comfort in these?

7 Upon a lofty and high mountain you have set your bed.

Even there went you up to offer sacrifice.

8 Behind the doors also and the posts
you have set up your remembrance.

For you have discovered yourself to another than Me,
and are gone up.

You have enlarged your bed,
and made you a covenant with them.

You loved their bed where you saw it.

9 And you went to the king with ointment,
and did increase your perfumes,
and did send your messengers far off,
and did debase yourself even unto the grave/Sheol.

10 You are wearied in the greatness of your way;
Yet said you not, There is no hope.

You have found the life of your hand.

Therefore you were not grieved.

11 And of whom you have been afraid or feared,
that you have lied,
and has not remembered Me,
nor laid it to your heart/'right lobe'?

Have not I held my peace even of old,
and you fear Me not?

12 I will declare your righteousness,
and your works . . .
for they shall not profit you.

13 When you cry,
let your companies deliver you;
but the wind shall carry them all away;
vanity/emptiness shall take them.

But he who puts his trust in Me
shall possess the land,
and shall inherit My holy mountain.

14 And shall say,
Cast you up, cast you up, prepare the way,
take up the stumbling-block
out of the way of my people.

15 For thus said the high and lofty One
Who inhabits 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/'right lobe'
of the contrite ones.

16~~And I {God} will not contend forever . . .
neither will I be always angry . . .
for the spirit will grow faint before Me . . .
and the spark of life/souls
which I have manufactured.

17 For the 'punishment for sin'/iniquity {`avon}
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.

18 I have seen his ways,
and will heal him.

I will lead him also,
and restore comforts unto him
and to his mourners.

19 I create the fruit of the lips;
Peace, peace to him who is far off,
and to him who is near,
said Jehovah/God;
and I will heal him.

20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea,
when it cannot rest,
whose waters cast up mire and dirt.

21 There is no peace,
said My 'Elohiym/Godhead,
to the wicked.