1 The righteous perish, ¶ and no one takes it to heart; ¶ the devout are taken away, ¶ and no one understands ¶ that the righteous are taken away ¶ to be spared from evil.
2 Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; ¶ they find rest as they lie in death.
3 "But you —come here, you children of a sorceress, ¶ you offspring of adulterers and prostitutes!
4 Who are you mocking? At whom do you sneer ¶ and stick out your tongue? ¶ Are you not a brood of rebels, ¶ the offspring of liars?
5 You burn with lust among the oaks and under every spreading tree; ¶ you sacrifice your children in the ravines ¶ and under the overhanging crags.
6 The idols among the smooth stones of the ravines are your portion; indeed, they are your lot. ¶ Yes, to them you have poured out drink offerings ¶ and offered grain offerings. ¶ In view of all this, should I relent?
7 You have made your bed on a high and lofty hill; there you went up to offer your sacrifices.
8 Behind your doors and your doorposts you have put your pagan symbols. ¶ Forsaking me, you uncovered your bed, ¶ you climbed into it and opened it wide; ¶ you made a pact with those whose beds you love, ¶ and you looked with lust on their naked bodies.
9 You went to Molek [^1] with olive oil and increased your perfumes. ¶ You sent your ambassadors [^2] far away; ¶ you descended to the very realm of the dead!
10 You wearied yourself by such going about, but you would not say, 'It is hopeless.' ¶ You found renewal of your strength, ¶ and so you did not faint.
11 "Whom have you so dreaded and feared ¶ that you have not been true to me, ¶ and have neither remembered me ¶ nor taken this to heart? ¶ Is it not because I have long been silent ¶ that you do not fear me?
12 I will expose your righteousness and your works, and they will not benefit you.
13 When you cry out for help, let your collection of idols save you! ¶ The wind will carry all of them off, ¶ a mere breath will blow them away. ¶ But whoever takes refuge in me ¶ will inherit the land ¶ and possess my holy mountain."
14 And it will be said: ¶ "Build up, build up, prepare the road! ¶ Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people."
15 For this is what the high and exalted One says — he who lives forever, whose name is holy: ¶ "I live in a high and holy place, ¶ but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, ¶ to revive the spirit of the lowly ¶ and to revive the heart of the contrite.
16 I will not accuse them forever, nor will I always be angry, ¶ for then they would faint away because of me — ¶ the very people I have created.
17 I was enraged by their sinful greed; I punished them, and hid my face in anger, ¶ yet they kept on in their willful ways.
18 I have seen their ways, but I will heal them; I will guide them and restore comfort to Israel's mourners,
19 creating praise on their lips. ¶ Peace, peace, to those far and near," ¶ says the LORD. "And I will heal them."
20 But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, ¶ whose waves cast up mire and mud.
21 "There is no peace," says my God, "for the wicked."