Comfort for the Contrite

Isaiah 57

14 And one shall say,
q "Heap it up! Heap it up!
Prepare the way,
Take the stumbling block out of the way of My people."
15 For thus says the High and Lofty One
Who inhabits eternity, r whose name is Holy:
s "I dwell in the high and holy place,
t With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,
u To revive the spirit of the humble,
And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
16 v For I will not contend forever,
Nor will I always be angry;
For the spirit would fail before Me,
And the souls w which I have made.
17 For the iniquity of x his covetousness
I was angry and struck him;
y I hid and was angry,
z And he went on 1 backsliding in the way of his heart.
18 I have seen his ways, and a will heal him;
I will also lead him,
And restore comforts to him
And to b his mourners.
19 "I create c the fruit of the lips:
Peace, peace d to him who is far off and to him who is near,"
Says the LORD,
"And I will heal him."
20 e But the wicked are like the troubled sea,
When it cannot rest,
Whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
21 "There f is no peace,"
Says my God, "for the wicked."

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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