Reading Isaiah’s Mind Chapter 57 verse 1 – 10

ponder
There is not (nary) a  soul (active-pursuit) among  Salt Lake’s Melchizedek priesthood authorities who care (attach enough much importance; be interested enough; concern-themselves enough; trouble-themselves enough) to ponder  (puzzle-over; think-deeply-about) Israel’s righteous people perishing on the vine.

1. The Righteous (virtuous; good; decent; upright) are perishing (melting-away; dying-on the vine; losing their lives; withering-away), but there is not (nary) a single soul (active-pursuit) among Salt Lake’s Melchizedek priesthood authorities who cares (attaches-importance; is interested; concerns-himself; troubles himself) enough to ponder (puzzle-over; think deeply-about) this awful situation,  but among Salt Lake’s presiding authorities, there are lots (a plethora; an abundance ) of men who are sick-and tired-of  (malignantly-disposed-toward) “Devotion-to God”. This generation Of Israel’s people is being taken-away (captivated;  taken into custody; taken-as-prisoners) by Salt lake’s presiding authorities because there are few if any  Israelites who are capable of discerning (observing; noticing; recognizing; distinguishing;  discerning) anything strange (foreign alien; un-Israelite) about Salt Lake’s worship-customs (ways of worship; worship-habits).  Salt Lake’s men think (suppose; imagine) that they are ostracizing (excluding)  Israel’s people from their “Holier-than-thou-Society”, but there are “none at all” among Salt Lake’s men who are capable of discerning (observing; noticing; recognizing; distinguishing; noticing) that the righteous (Israel’s people; rank and file Mormons)  are actually (if truth be told; as a matter of fact; in point of fact) systematically being “ghettoized (quarantined; segregated; separated) away-from” (clear-of; out of reach of)  the EVIL (malevolence; immorality; wrongdoing; wickedness) that characterizes Salt Lake’s  presence (company; association). 

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expense
Salt Lake’s Priesthood leaders  rest-themselves (recover their strength; refresh-themselves; recharge-batteries) upon (at the expense of; at the cost of; by taking advantage of; at the sacrifice of) those with whom they have intercourse……in order to bear-tales (tell-fanciful-lies; recount-heart-warming-fables; tell-whoppers)  about their uprightness.

2.  Salt Lake’s Melchizedek priesthood Authorities attain (succeed in achieving; obtain; acquire; secure) peace (prosperity; favor in the eyes of men) for themselves, alone, and they rest-themselves (recharge-their batteries) upon (at the expense of; at the cost of; to the limitation of; to the disadvantage of) Israelites with whom they routinely have intercourse (close-dealings; intimate-association)……in order to bear-tales (tell-fanciful-lies; recount-heart-warming-fables; tell-whoppers)  about their uprightness.

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dark-clouds
In this context, “Dark-Clouds” symbolize obstruction of light  or interruption of light. The obstruction or interference is generated by Salt Lake’s secret (covert; undisclosed) practice; implementation and promotion of Sorcery (dark-arts; enchantments; Black-Magic). 

3. They (Salt Lake’s general, regional and local priesthood leaders) continually seek to approach (match; imitate the appearance and character of; simulate) Israel’s people.   But,  Lo and behold (a new turn of events, often with the suggestion that although surprising, it could in fact have been predicted)…… “dark-clouds” (obstruction of light; the use of hidden-arts; the practice of black-magic;  the implementation of sorcery) and General priesthood Authorities perpetuating  (making-sure-that) the  church’s  specious (false; spurious; bogus; fake; fraudulent) justification (excuse; pretext; rationale) for institutionalized (standardized; endorsed)  fornication (sexual intercourse between people not married to each other; adultery; sexual-infidelity) for all of its high-priests, remains unchallenged and continues indefinitely.

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4. By whose authority  (in whose interest; for whose benefit) do you mock (imitate; counterfeit)  Israel’s people. In whose behalf (in whose interest; for whose benefit)  do your prophets sneer and “stick-out their tongues” (cast forth their enchantments; offer their false-testimony)? You say,  “Far be it from us”, (a disclaimer; a denial of responsibility; ” we deny doing the thing which follows, however this phrase often precedes the execution of the very thing that they deny doing) to “stick-out our tongues”** (disseminate enchantment; proclaim false-testimony). 

 
tongue
Often, the gesture of  “sticking-out the tongue” appears to have a certain defiant “f*** you” quality to it. 
* “Far be it from us” The correct expression is “far be it from me.” The Oxford English Dictionary says the phrase is “a form of deprecation” equal to “God forbid that (I, etc.).” The usage is very old, and in fact appears in the first English translation of the Bible, the Wycliffe Bible of 1382. Here’s the quotation, from Genesis 44:17: “Joseph answered, “Fer be it fro me, that Ye thus do.” This is rendered in the King James version as “And he said, God forbid that I should do so.”

 

** “Sticking out your tongue” –  Such “displays” are thought to be silly, immature, and offensive. Or, in a word, obnoxious. While to others they might seem playful or childlike, too often they’ve appeared to have a certain defiant “f*** you” quality to it. “mocking: . . . like saying ‘pfft’;  I don’t want to hear what you have to say”;  [cf, “blowing a raspberry” or making a “Bronx Cheer”].

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Big Squeeze
Salt Lake’s Melchizedek priesthood organization habitually apply the “Squeeze” (“strong-arm-techniques”; force and  intimidation) upon the children of Israel to coerce them to relinquish (voluntarily-cease-to-claim; voluntarily-abandon; voluntarily-resign-themselves-to-failure-concerning;  voluntarily-give-up) their inheritance (birthright; lawful-rights as Jehovah’s firstborn).

5. Melchizedek high-priests get their consolation (solace; sympathy; commiseration; easement) from Salt Lake’s Oaks (presiding Priesthood Authorities; high priests with greater authority than themselves; powerful-ones)  who are spreading (increasing in numbers; fanning-out) as a means to take-the-place-of (supplant; dispossess; displace; override; supercede)  all of Israel’s trees (dynasties-of hereditary rulers; lineages-of hereditary rulers; bloodlines-of hereditary rulers; families-of hereditary rulers) so they ALONE may flourish (blossom; multiply; proliferate; grow; prosper) in extraordinarily favorable (successful;  powerful; superior; beneficial; advantageous)  circumstances, then apply the “Squeeze” (“strong-arm-technique”; use of force and  intimidation) upon the children of Israel to make-them (coerce-them) to relinquish (voluntarily-quit-claim; voluntarily-abandon; voluntarily-resign-themselves-to-failure-concerning;  voluntarily-give-up) their inheritance (birthright; lawful-rights as Jehovah’s firstborn) and cut-off (bring to an immediate end; block; put-under-siege; disconnect; halt; intercept; obstruct Israel’s people, so as to prevent them from seeking) their stronghold (“communion-with-God”; habitual-sharing or exchange of intimate thoughts and feelings with God, especially when the exchange is on a mental or spiritual level).

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stolen goods
Your wealth (abundance) and  your destiny (inheritance; fate; foreordination; lot; reward) now belongs to them (Mormonism’s Priesthood Authorities)  presiding over Israel’s people (rank and file Mormons), everywhere,  from Salt Lake City, Utah. 

6. By taking-away  (stealing; gaining-possession-of; helping-themselves-to; getting-their-hands-on; appropriating; ripping-off)  Israel’s people’s (rank and file Mormon’s) portion (cut; share; part).….in other words...YOUR SHARE of Divine-inheritance (your birthright; your rights as Jehovah’s firstborn heirs), your wealth (abundance) along with your destiny (fortune; fate; foreordination; lot; reward) now belong to them (General Priesthood Authorities presiding over Mormon headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah). Moreover (as a further matter; besides), according to (to; as stated by; as expressed by them;  as reported by) them, you (Israel’s people; rank and file Mormons) have voluntarily (freely; eagerly; willingly; of your own free will; by choice; with all your heart) cooperated by  exhausting (offering; spending; depleting; emptying; draining; consuming) yourselves to fulfill Salt lake’s wishes to cut-off  (stop; disinherit; disavow; discredit; interrupt; freeze) the authority (dominion; jurisdiction) of Israel’s clan-leaders (tribal-chiefs) to lead their own people.  In light of this (taking these things into consideration; In view of these things)…… why,  in this world,  should I (Jehovah) show pity toward Salt Lake’s presiding Melchizedek Priesthood Authorities?

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high
high (elevated; (grand;  exalted) and lofty (imposing; prestigious; “big-time”; important; high-ranking; awe-inspiring) hill (office; post; position), within the church’s hierarchy of Melchizedek Priesthood Authorities,  having authority over  everyone around you.

7. You (Salt Lake’s Melchizedek priesthood leadership) have made (created) a  bed-chamber (pretext; “red-herring”; ploy; subterfuge; fig-leaf; disguise; false-front; smoke-screen) in order to engage in sexual-intercourse (fornication)  with Israel’s women (females ; also a pejorative for “cowardly-men”) You’ve realized this travesty upon (subsequent to; beginning with) your call (appointment; installation) to high (elevated; prestigious) and lofty (imposing; awe-inspiring) hills (high-ranking-positions elevated-poss; positions of authority; exalted-roles; leadership-offices) having authority over  everyone around you. As if that wasn’t bad enough (“to top it off”; “the following fact is especially repugnant”)…… you resort-to  (use; exploit; capitalize-on; abuse; ) your hill (position-of-authority; high-ranking-position; elevated-post; exalted-role; high-office) in the Melchizedek-priesthood-hierarchy,  as a means (method; pretext) by which offer-up (sacrifice; destroy the active-pursuits; souls) of millions of Israelite victims (Israelite-victims).

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8.  But behind all of Salt Lake’s doors (introductions; inducements; proposals; advances; overtures; invitations), and their prominent posts (offices; appointments; positions) they are secretly enabling themselves to appoint each other (promote each other; array each other; install-each other; designate-each other ) as your generation’s marks (tokens; evidence; proofs; emblems; symbols) of authority.  Indeed (as a matter of fact; if truth be told) by stealing (appropriating) and exploiting (taking advantage of; milking; abusing) Israel’s hereditary-authority (birthright; inherent-right to exercise power) Salt Lake has led…..

appetite
You’ve made (created; entered into) a pact (covenant; formal-agreement) for yourselves to transform your lives (souls; active-pursuits) into compliance (conformity agreement) with Salt Lake’s Melchizedek Priesthood Organization and its  insatiable appetite (longing; covetousness; craving; hunger; passion) for the birthright of Israel’s people. 

…….Israel’s people  (rank and file Mormons) away from Me (Jehovah) and into exile (being barred from what is theirs, typically for political or punitive reasons) . Without Me (my permission; my-approval; my assistance; my-presence) you (Israel’s people) have allowed (invited; suffered; let) this imperious  (high-handed; peremptory; overweening; presumptuous) Melchizedek Priesthood Organization climb into your bed…..and Salt Lake’s Melchizedek Priesthood Organization has become your  coital (sexual; carnal; bed; copulatory) partner. Then you’ve made (entered-into)  a pact (binding-covenant; formal agreement) with Salt Lake, so as to insure your own social-security in exchange for transforming (patterning; re-shaping; dedicating) your lives (souls; active-pursuits) into compliance (conformity; agreement), so as to satisfy (fill; fulfill; gratify; meet) Salt Lake’s Melchizedek Priesthood Organization’s insatiable appetite (longing; craving; covetousness; hunger; passion) for Israel’s birthright (lawful right to exercise power and authority; lawful-inheritance).  You (Israel’s people; rank and file Mormons) have grown to love (fancy; prize; be crazy about; be fond of; delight-in be fascinated-by; be enchanted-by) “being-in-bed” (to be involved in a way that causes other people not to trust you) with Salt lake’s presiding priesthood authorities.     

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Sheol
Now…..you’ve finally lowered-yourselves (disgraced- yourselves; shamed-yourselves)  to the shameful (base; unconscionable)  level of testifying of the “Goodness and Greatness” of  Sheol (the underworld of Salt Lake’s spiritually-dead-religious leaders and the personification of the evil they represent; the Melchizedek Priesthood Organization).   

9. Then,  you (Israel’s people) have made-your-way (set-your-course) straight (undeviatingly; in a straight-line; directly) to Salt Lake’s anointing (application of oil in a religious ceremony) to become kings (royalty; sovereigns; supreme-rulers), then you put-on (pretend; make-belief) your perfume (bogus-pleasant-smell; fake-“sweet-fragrance”; phony-scent-of- goodness) and sent your ambassadors (representatives; missionaries; emissaries) to testify of things remote (unlikely to occur; not like to happen; dubious; improbable), and ….now…..you’ve lowered (degraded; debased; demeaned; shamed; disgraced; accepted the lowest standards for) yourselves  to testify (bear-witness of) of Sheol (hades; Hell; the underworld of Salt Lake’s  spiritually-dead priesthood Organization  and the personification of the evil it represents). 

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10. You (Israel’s people; rank and file Mormons) have exhausted (tuckered-out; drained the resources of; worn-out) yourselves (your-souls) because (as a result of) of Salt Lake’s  ways (religious-processes; worship-techniques; system of worshipping God;  worship-methods)……never once admitting (confessing; acknowledging; conceding; accepting; disclosing; admitting) that this latter-day  generation (a single stage in the development) of Salt Lake’s Presiding-Melchizedek Priesthood-Authorities (prophets and apostles),  in whom you (Israel’s people;rank and file Mormons)  place all your trust, are “Sons-of-Perdition”* (subjects of hopelessness; men doomed to eternal-punishment by Jehovah; heirs of total and permanent-loss of hope for salvation by Jehovah, the God of Israel)…They are strictly old-school (out-oded; behind-the-times; archaic; has-been) General Authorities.

 

* “Sons-of-Perdition” – a literal translation from the Greek, “ὁ υἱὸς τῆς ἀπωλείας”; “the son of X” is an idiom for “one who personifies the nature of X”, and “ἀπωλείας” (Strong 684) can mean “perdition”, “loss”, “destruction”, “ruin”, and so on. The term is thought to originate from “apoleia” meaning: (n.) ruined; lost (physical. spiritual and eternal); damnable, pernicious (evil) ways; waste; doomed to perish; destructive and apollumi meaning:to destroy fully; to utterly perish; to be totally lost; (literally and figuratively)  to die; to perish: to destroy;  to mar . These folks are not only eternally-lost themselves, but are actively engaged in bring about the eternal-loss of as many others as they are capable. Also…..The literal translation of this phrase would be “son of destruction” or “son of ruin”. The choice of using the word “Perdition” is acceptable in the old form of the word (“utter destruction”), however it has taken on the connotation of “eternal-damnation”. “Son-of” in Hebrew has a wide range of nuanced meanings, e.g. “subject-of”; lawful-heir-of; “pupil-of”; “student-of”; “one-who-renders-obedience-to”; “condition-of”; “one-doomed-to”; “a-breed-of”; “one-worthy-of”; “servant-of”; “an-attendant -of” “one-appointed-to”; “delivered-to-the-dominion-of”; “disciple-of”; “brought-up-by” ;  “a-person-born-or-who-lived-in-the-time-of” and the like.

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false prophets
Indeed (in fact; if truth be told), Salt Lake’s General Authorities are false-prophets and apostles and definitely NOT Jehovah’s  signs (tokens) indicating His presence and His approval. 

11. So, keeping in mind, that they are the one’s who you dread (anticipate with great apprehension and fear) and you revere (feel deep respect or admiration for; honor; esteem), indeed (in fact; if truth be told), Salt Lake’s General Authorities  are false-prophets and apostles and definitely NOT Jehovah’s “signs (tokens) indicating His presence and approval. 

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proud man
Keeping in mind the good works you have done,  but not for the purpose of satisfying your pride.  

12. I (Jehovah) have the might (power; strength) to show (make-manifest make-known; proclaim; reveal; manifest) your (Israel’s) righteousness (quality of being morally right and justifiable) while keeping in mind the good works you have done,  not for the purpose of satisfying your pride.

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