1See how the just man has perished, and no one lays it to heart: and righteous men are taken away, and no one considers: for the righteous has been removed out of the way of injustice.
2His burial shall be in peace: he has been removed out of the way.
3But draw ye near hither, ye lawless children, the seed of adulterers and the harlot.
4Wherein have ye been rioting? and against whom have ye opened your mouth, and against whom have ye loosed your tongue? are ye not children of perdition? a lawless seed?
5who call upon idols under the leafy trees, slaying your children in the valleys among the rocks?
6That is thy portion, this is thy lot: and to them hast thou poured forth drink offerings, and to these hast thou offered meat offerings. Shall I not therefore be angry for these things?
7On a lofty and high mountain, there is thy bed, and thither thou carriedst up thy meat offerings:
8and behind the posts of thy door thou didst place thy memorials. Didst thou think that if thou shouldest depart from me, thou wouldest gain? thou hast loved those that lay with thee;
9and thou hast multiplied thy whoredom with them, and thou hast increased the number of them that are far from thee, and hast sent ambassadors beyond thy borders, and hast been debased even to hell.
10Thou hast wearied thyself with thy many ways; yet thou saidst not, I will cease to strengthen myself: for thou hast done these things; therefore thou hast not supplicated me.
11Through dread of whom hast thou feared, and lied against me, and hast not remembered, nor considered me, nor regarded me, yea, though when I see thee I pass thee by, yet thou hast not feared me.
12And I will declare thy righteousness, and thy sins, which shall not profit thee.
13When thou criest out, let them deliver thee in thine affliction: for all these the wind shall take, and the tempest shall carry them away: but they that cleave to me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain.
14And they shall say, Clear the ways before him, and take up the stumbling blocks out of the way of my people.
15Thus saith the Most High, who dwells on high forever, Holy in the holies, is his name, the Most High resting in the holies, and giving patience to the faint-hearted, and giving life to the brokenhearted:
16I will not take vengeance on you forever, neither will I be always angry with you: for my Spirit shall go forth from me, and I have created all breath.
17On account of sin for a little while I grieved him, and smote him, and turned away my face from him; and he was grieved, and he went on sorrowful in his ways.
18I have seen his ways, and healed him, and comforted him, and given him true comfort;
19peace upon peace to them that are far off, and to them that are nigh: and the Lord has said, I will heal them.
20But the unrighteous shall be tossed as troubled waves, and shall not be able to rest.
21There is no joy to the ungodly, said God.