Israel’s Futile Idolatry
1#2Ki 22:20; Ps 12:1 The righteous man perishes,
and no man lays it to heart;
and merciful men are taken away
while no one understands,
for the righteous man is taken away
from the evil to come.
2#2Ch 16:14; Eze 32:25 He shall enter into peace;
they shall rest in their beds,
each one walking in his uprightness.
3#Mt 16:4 But draw near to here, you sons of a sorceress,
offspring of an adulterer and prostitute.
4#Ps 35:21; Isa 1:4 Whom do you mock?
Against whom do you open wide your mouth
and stick out your tongue?
Are you not children of transgression,
offspring of falsehood,
5#2Ki 16:3–4; Isa 1:29 inflaming yourselves with idols
under every green tree,
slaying the children in the valleys
under the clefts of the rocks?
6#Jer 3:9; 7:18 Among the smooth stones of the stream is your portion;
they are your lot.
Even to them you have poured out a drink offering;
you have offered a grain offering.
Should I relent concerning these things?
7#Eze 16:16; 23:41 On a lofty and high mountain you have set your bed;
even there you went up to offer sacrifice.
8Behind the doors and the doorposts
you have set up your memorial;
far removed from Me, you have uncovered yourself;
you have enlarged your bed and made a covenant with them;
you have loved their bed,
you have looked on their nakedness.
9#Eze 23:16 You went to the king with ointment,
and increased your perfumes,
and sent your messengers far off,
and made them go down to Sheol.
10#Jer 2:25; 18:12 You were wearied by the length of your road;
yet you did not say, “There is no hope.”
You have found renewed strength;
therefore, you did not faint.
11#Ps 50:21; Pr 29:25 Of whom were you afraid or fearful
when you lied
and you did not remember Me,
nor give Me a thought?
Have I not held My peace for a long time
so that you do not fear Me?
12#Mic 3:2–4 I will declare your righteousness, and your works,
yet they shall not profit you.
13#Ps 37:9; 37:3 When you cry out,
let your collection of idols deliver you.
But the wind shall carry them all away,
a breath shall take them away.
But he who puts his trust in Me
shall possess the land
and shall inherit My holy mountain.
Healing for the Contrite
14#Isa 62:10; 40:3And it shall be said,
“Build up, build up, prepare the way,
take up every stumbling block out of the way of My people.”
15#Ps 34:18; 138:6 For 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 him who is of a contrite and humble spirit,
to revive the spirit of the humble,
and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
16#Ps 85:5; Mic 7:18 For I will not contend forever,
nor will I always be angry;
for the spirit would grow faint before Me,
and the souls whom I have made.
17#Isa 56:11; Jer 6:13 For the iniquity of his unjust gain I was angry and struck him;
I hid My face and was wrathful,
and he went on turning away in the way of his heart.
18#Jer 3:22 I have seen his ways but will heal him;
I will lead him and restore comfort to him and to his mourners,
19#Ac 2:39; Heb 13:15 by creating the fruit of the lips.
Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,
says the Lord, and I will heal him.
20#Job 18:5–14; Isa 3:11 But the wicked are like the troubled
sea when it cannot rest,
whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
21#Isa 48:22 There is no peace, says my God, for the wicked.