Comfort for the Contrite
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."
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.
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.
For the iniquity of x his covetousness
I was angry and struck him;
y I hid and was angry,
z And he went on backsliding in the way of his heart.
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.
"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."
e But the wicked are like the troubled sea,
When it cannot rest,
Whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
"There f is no peace,"
Says my God, "for the wicked."
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God.
Go through, Go through the gates! Prepare the way for the people; Build up, Build up the highway! Take out the stones, Lift up a banner for the peoples!
Because My people have forgotten Me, They have burned incense to worthless idols. And they have caused themselves to stumble in their ways, From the ancient paths, To walk in pathways and not on a highway.
Then I would still have comfort; Though in anguish I would exult, He will not spare; For I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.
For He who is mighty has done great things for me, And holy is His name.
O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places. The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people. Blessed be God!
"Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!"
The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart - These, O God, You will not despise.
For all those things My hand has made, And all those things exist," Says the LORD. "But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word.
He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.
Isaiah 61:1 - 3
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound.
Will You be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger to all generations?
He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever.
Who is a God like You, Pardoning iniquity And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in mercy.
Then they fell on their faces, and said, "O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and You be angry with all the congregation?
If He should set His heart on it, If He should gather to Himself His Spirit and His breath.
Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?
Their land is also full of silver and gold, And there is no end to their treasures; Their land is also full of horses, And there is no end to their chariots.
Yes, they are greedy dogs Which never have enough. And they are shepherds Who cannot understand; They all look to their own way, Every one for his own gain, From his own territory.
Because from the least of them even to the greatest of them, Everyone is given to covetousness; And from the prophet even to the priest, Everyone deals falsely.
And I will wait on the LORD, Who hides His face from the house of Jacob; And I will hope in Him.
Truly You are God, who hide Yourself, O God of Israel, the Savior!
But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.
For the people do not turn to Him who strikes them, Nor do they seek the LORD of hosts.
Return, you backsliding children, And I will heal your backslidings." "Indeed we do come to You, For You are the LORD our God.
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn.
And he touched my mouth with it, and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.
And I have put My words in your mouth; I have covered you with the shadow of My hand, That I may plant the heavens, Lay the foundations of the earth, And say to Zion, 'You are My people.'
"As for Me," says the LORD, "this is My covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants' descendants," says the LORD, "from this time and forevermore."
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
"For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call."
And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near.
The wicked man writhes with pain all his days, And the number of years is hidden from the oppressor.
For they do not sleep unless they have done evil; And their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall.
"There is no peace," says the LORD, "for the wicked."