1 The righteous person perishes,
yet no one takes it to heart;
and faithful men are taken away,
with no one considering
that the righteous person is taken away
from the evil.
2 He enters into peace;
they rest in their beds,
each one who walks in his uprightness.
3 “But you, draw near here,
you sons of the sorceress,
seed of the adulterer and the prostitute.
4 Against whom are you mocking?
Against whom are you making a wide mouth
and sticking out your tongue?
Are you not children of disobedience,
the seed of deceit,
5 you who inflame yourselves among the oaks,
under every green tree,
who slaughter the children in the ravines,
under the clefts of the rocks?
6 Among the smooth ones of the ravine is your portion;
they, they are your lot.
You have poured out a drink offering to them.
You have brought a grain offering.
Because of these things, how can I relent?
7 On a high and lofty mountain
you have set your bed;
there also you went up to offer sacrifice.
8 Behind the doors and the posts
you have set your reminder symbols,
for away from me you have uncovered yourself
and have gone up on your bed;
you have enlarged your bed,
and cut a covenant with them;
you loved their bed;
you looked at their genitals.
9 You went to the king with oil
and increased your perfumes
and sent your ambassadors far off,
and debased yourself even to Sheol.
10 You were wearied by the length of your road,
yet you didn’t say, ‘It is in vain.’
You found a reviving of your strength;
therefore you weren’t faint.
11 Of whom have you been afraid and in fear,
that you lie, and have not remembered me,
nor laid it to your heart?
Haven’t I held my peace even of long time,
and you do not fear me?
12 I will declare your righteousness;
and as for your works, they will not profit you.
13 When you cry out,
let those who you have gathered deliver you;
but the wind will take them,
a breath will carry them all away;
but he who takes refuge in me
will possess the land
and will inherit my holy mountain.”
14 He will say,
“Cast up, cast up, prepare the way,
take up the stumbling–block out of the way of my people.”
15 For this is what the high and lofty One
who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy, says:
“I dwell in the high and holy place,
with him also who is of a contrite and humble spirit,
to revive the spirit of the humble
and to revive the heart of the contrite.
16 For I will not contend forever,
neither will I be always angry;
for the spirit would faint before me,
and the souls who I have made.
17 For the iniquity of his covetousness was I angry,
and struck him; I hid myself and was angry,
and he went on backsliding in the way of his heart.
18 I have seen his ways and will heal him;
I will lead him also, and restore comforts
to 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,” says Yahweh,
“and I will heal them.”
20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea;
for it cannot rest,
and its waters cast up mire and dirt.
21 “There is no peace,” says my God,
“for the wicked.”