14It shall be said, Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstruction from my peoples way. 15For thus says the high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with those who are contrite and humble in spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite. 16For I will not continually accuse, nor will I always be angry; for then the spirits would grow faint before me, even the souls that I have made.
17Because of their wicked covetousness I was angry; I struck them, I hid and was angry; but they kept turning back to their own ways. 18I have seen their ways, but I will heal them; I will lead them and repay them with comfort, creating for their mourners the fruit of the lips. 19Peace, peace, to the far and the near, says the Lord; and I will heal them. 20But the wicked are like the tossing sea that cannot keep still; its waters toss up mire and mud. 21There is no peace, says my God, for the wicked.
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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10 February 2011