The infidelity of the Jews: their idolatry. Promises to humble penitents.
1 The just perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart, and men of mercy are taken away, because there is none that understandeth; for the just man is taken away from before the face of evil.
Justus perit, et non est qui recogitet in corde suo; et viri misericordiae colliguntur, quia non est qui intelligat, a facie enim malitiae collectus est justus.
2 Let peace come, let him rest in his bed that hath walked in his uprightness.
Veniat pax, requiescat in cubili suo qui ambulavit in directione sua.
3 But draw near hither, you sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer, and of the harlot.
Vos autem accedite huc, filii auguratricis, semen adulteri et fornicariae.
4 Upon whom have you jested? upon whom have you opened your mouth wide, and put out your tongue? are not you wicked children, a false seed,
Super quem lusistis? super quem dilatastis os, et ejecistis linguam? Numquid non vos filii scelesti, semen mendax,
5 Who seek your comfort in idols under every green tree, sacrificing children in the torrents, under the high rocks?
qui consolamini in diis subter omne lignum frondosum; immolantes parvulos in torrentibus, subter eminentes petras?
6 In the parts of the torrent is thy portion, this is thy lot: and thou hast poured out libations to them, thou hast offered sacrifice. Shall I not be angry at these things?
In partibus torrentis pars tua, haec est sors tua; et ipsis effudisti libamen, obtulisti sacrificium. Numquid super his non indignabor?
7 Upon a high and lofty mountain thou hast laid thy bed, and hast gone up thither to offer victims.
Super montem excelsum et sublimem posuisti cubile tuum, et illuc ascendisti ut immolares hostias.
8 And behind the door, and behind the post thou hast set up thy remembrance: for thou hast discovered thyself near me, and hast received an adulterer: thou hast enlarged thy bed, and made a covenant with them: thou hast loved their bed with open hand.
Et post ostium, et retro postem, posuisti memoriale tuum. Quia juxta me discooperuisti, et suscepisti adulterum, dilatasti cubile tuum; et pepigisti cum eis foedus; dilexisti stratum eorum manu aperta.
9 And thou hast adorned thyself for the king with ointment, and hast multiplied thy perfumes. Thou hast sent thy messengers far off, and wast debased even to hell.
Et ornasti te regi unguento, et multiplicasti pigmenta tua. Misisti legatos tuos procul, et humiliata es usque ad inferos.
10 Thou hast been wearied in the multitude of thy ways: yet thou saidst not: I will rest: thou hast found life of thy hand, therefore thou hast not asked.
In multitudine viae tuae laborasti; non dixisti : Quiescam. Vitam manus tuae invenisti; propterea non rogasti.
11 For whom hast thou been solicitous and afraid, that thou hast lied, and hast not been mindful of me, nor thought on me in thy heart? for I am silent, and as one that seeth not, and thou hast forgotten me.
Pro quo sollicita timuisti, quia mentita es, et mei non es recordata, neque cogitasti in corde tuo? Quia ego tacens et quasi non videns, et mei oblita es.
12 I will declare thy justice, and thy works shall not profit thee.
Ego annuntiabo justitiam tuam, et opera tua non proderunt tibi.
13 When thou shalt cry, let thy companies deliver thee, but the wind shall carry them all off, a breeze shall take them away, but he that putteth his trust in me, shall inherit the land, and shall possess my holy mount.
Cum clamaveris, liberent te congregati tui, et omnes eos auferet ventus, tollet aura. Qui autem fiduciam habet mei, haereditabit terram, et possidebit montem sanctum meum.
14 And I will say: Make a way: give free passage, turn out of the path, take away the stumblingblocks out of the way of my people.
Et dicam : Viam facite, praebete iter; declinate de semita, auferte offendicula de via populi mei.
15 For thus saith the High and the Eminent that inhabiteth eternity: and his name is Holy, who dwelleth in the high and holy place, and with a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite.
Quia haec dicit Excelsus, et Sublimis, habitans aeternitatem, et sanctum nomen ejus, in excelso et in sancto habitans, et cum contrito et humili spiritu : ut vivificet spiritum humilium, et vivificet cor contritorum.
16 For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be angry unto the end: because the spirit shall go forth from my face, and breathings I will make.
Non enim in sempiternum litigabo, neque usque ad finem irascar, quia spiritus a facie mea egredietur, et flatus ego faciam.
17 For the iniquity of his covetousness I was angry, and I struck him: I hid my face from thee, and was angry: and he went away wandering in his own heart.
Propter iniquitatem avaritiae ejus iratus sum, et percussi eum. Abscondi a te faciem meam, et indignatus sum; et abiit vagus in via cordis sui.
18 I saw his ways, and I healed him, and brought him back, and restored comforts to him, and to them that mourn for him.
Vias ejus vidi, et sanavi eum; et reduxi eum, et reddidi consolationes ipsi, et lugentibus ejus.
19 I created the fruit of the lips, peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, said the Lord, and I healed him.
Creavi fructum labiorum pacem; pacem ei qui longe est et qui prope, dixit Dominus, et sanavi eum.
20 But the wicked are like the raging sea, which cannot rest, and the waves thereof cast up dirt and mire.
Impii autem quasi mare fervens, quod quiescere non potest, et redundant fluctus ejus in conculcationem et lutum.
21 There is no peace to the wicked, saith the Lord God.
Non est pax impiis, dicit Dominus Deus.