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Isaiah 57:18-21

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57:18 I have seen their behavior, 1 

but I will heal them and give them rest,

and I will once again console those who mourn. 2 

57:19 I am the one who gives them reason to celebrate. 3 

Complete prosperity 4  is available both to those who are far away and those who are nearby,”

says the Lord, “and I will heal them.

57:20 But the wicked are like a surging sea

that is unable to be quiet;

its waves toss up mud and sand.

57:21 There will be no prosperity,” says my God, “for the wicked.”

1 tn Heb “his ways” (so KJV, NASB, NIV); TEV “how they acted.”

2 tn Heb “and I will restore consolation to him, to his mourners.”

3 tc The Hebrew text has literally, “one who creates fruit of lips.” Perhaps the pronoun אֲנִי (’ani) should be inserted after the participle; it may have been accidentally omitted by haplography: נוּב שְׂפָתָיִם[אֲנִי] בּוֹרֵא (bore’ [’ani] nuv sÿfatayim). “Fruit of the lips” is often understood as a metonymy for praise; perhaps it refers more generally to joyful shouts (see v. 18).

4 tn Heb “Peace, peace.” The repetition of the noun emphasizes degree.



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