The death of the righteous ones (Isa 57:1-57:2)

“The righteous perish.

No one takes it to heart.

The devout ones are taken away,

While no one understands.

The righteous ones

Are taken away from calamity.

They enter into peace.

Those who walk uprightly

Will rest on their couches.”

Third Isaiah seems to think that the no one seems to care about the death of the righteous Israelites. No one takes it to heart or understands what is happening. The righteous will be taken away from this present calamity. Those who walk upright will enter into peace, so that they can rest in their couch graves.

The wise ones (Prov 14:1-14:3)

“The wise woman builds her house.

But the foolish woman tears it down

With her own hands.

Those who walk uprightly

Fear Yahweh.

But one who is devious in conduct

Despises Yahweh.

The talk of fools

Is a rod for their backs.

But the lips of the wise

Preserve them.”

The wise woman builds her own house. The foolish woman, on the other hand, tears it down herself. If you walk upright, you fear Yahweh. If you are devious all over the place, then you despise Yahweh. The talk of fools brings the whipping rod to their backs, while the lips of the wise keep them save.