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Isaiah 57

 

 

Introduction
1The blessed death of the righteous.
3God reproves the Jews for their whorish idolatry.
13He gives promises of mercy to the penitent.

Verse 1
The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.
righteous
2 Chronicles 32:33; 35:24
no man
11; 42:25; 47:7; Malachi 2:2
merciful men
Heb. men of kindness, or godliness.
Psalms 12:1; Micah 7:2
the righteous
1 Kings 14:13; 2 Kings 22:20; 2 Chronicles 34:28
the evil to come
or, that which is evil.

Verse 2
He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.
He shall
Job 3:17; Ecclesiastes 12:7; Matthew 25:21; Luke 16:22; 2 Corinthians 5:1,8; Philippians 1:23; Revelation 14:13
enter into
or, go in.
Luke 2:29; 7:50
rest
14:18; 2 Chronicles 16:14; Ezekiel 32:25
in his uprightness
or before him.
Genesis 17:1; Luke 1:6

Verse 3
But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore.
draw
45:20; Joel 3:9-11
sons
Genesis 3:15; Hosea 1:2; Matthew 3:7; 12:34; 16:4; 23:33; Luke 3:7; John 8:40-44; James 4:4; 1 John 3:10; Revelation 17:1-5

Verse 4
Against whom do ye sport yourselves? against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue? are ye not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood,
Against
10:15; 37:23,29; Exodus 9:17; 16:7,8; Numbers 16:11; Luke 10:16; Acts 9:4
sport
Judges 16:25-27; Psalms 69:12; Matthew 27:29,39-44; 2 Peter 2:13
make
Psalms 35:21
draw
Joshua 10:21; Job 16:9,10; Psalms 22:7,13,17; Lamentations 2:15,16
are ye
1:4; 30:1,9; Ezekiel 2:4; Hosea 10:9; Matthew 13:38; Ephesians 2:2,3; 5:6; Colossians 3:6

Verse 5
Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the children in the valleys under the clifts of the rocks?
Inflaming
Exodus 32:6; Numbers 25:1,2,6; Jeremiah 50:38; 51:7; Hosea 4:11-13; 7:4-7; Amos 2:7,8; Revelation 17:1-5; 18:3
with idols
or, among the oaks.
1:29
under
Deuteronomy 12:2; 1 Kings 14:23; 2 Kings 16:3,4; 17:10; Jeremiah 2:20; 3:6,13; 17:2; Ezekiel 6:13
slaying
Leviticus 18:21; 20:2-5; 2 Kings 16:3; 23:10; 2 Chronicles 28:3; Jeremiah 7:31; 32:35; Ezekiel 16:20; 20:26,31

Verse 6
Among the smooth stones of the stream is thy portion; they, they are thy lot: even to them hast thou poured a drink offering, thou hast offered a meat offering. Should I receive comfort in these?
the smooth
Jeremiah 3:9; Habakkuk 2:19
to them
65:11; Deuteronomy 32:37,38; Jeremiah 7:18; 19:13; 32:29; 44:17-25
Should
66:3; Ezekiel 20:39

Verse 7
Upon a lofty and high mountain hast thou set thy bed: even thither wentest thou up to offer sacrifice.
Jeremiah 2:20; 3:2; Ezekiel 16:16,25; 20:28,29; 23:17,41

Verse 8
Behind the doors also and the posts hast thou set up thy remembrance: for thou hast discovered thyself to another than me, and art gone up; thou hast enlarged thy bed, and made thee a covenant with them; thou lovedst their bed where thou sawest it.
the doors
Ezekiel 8:8-12; 23:14,41
for
Ezekiel 16:32
made thee a covenant with them
or, hewed it for thyself larger than theirs. thou lovedst.
Ezekiel 16:25-28; 23:2-20
where thou sawest it
or, thou providest room.

Verse 9
And thou wentest to the king with ointment, and didst increase thy perfumes, and didst send thy messengers far off, and didst debase thyself even unto hell.
thou wentest to the king
or, thou respectedst the king.
30:1-6; 31:1-3; 2 Kings 16:7-11; Ezekiel 16:33; 23:16; Hosea 7:11; 12:1
perfumes
Proverbs 7:17
and didst debase
2:9; Colossians 2:18

Verse 10
Thou art wearied in the greatness of thy way; yet saidst thou not, There is no hope: thou hast found the life of thine hand; therefore thou wast not grieved.
wearied
47:13; Jeremiah 2:36; 9:5; Ezekiel 24:12; Habakkuk 2:13
There is
2 Chronicles 28:22,23; Jeremiah 2:25; 44:17,18; Romans 7:9
life
or, living. therefore.
Jeremiah 3:3; 5:3

Verse 11
And of whom hast thou been afraid or feared, that thou hast lied, and hast not remembered me, nor laid it to thy heart? have not I held my peace even of old, and thou fearest me not?
of whom
51:12,13; Proverbs 29:25; Matthew 26:69-75; Galatians 2:12,13
that thou
30:9; 59:3,4; Jeremiah 9:3-5; 42:20; Ezekiel 13:22; Hosea 11:12; Acts 5:3; 2 Thessalonians 2:9; 1 Timothy 4:2; Revelation 21:8; 22:15
and hast
Jeremiah 2:32; 3:21
nor
have not
26:10; Psalms 50:21; Ecclesiastes 8:11

Verse 12
I will declare thy righteousness, and thy works; for they shall not profit thee.
1:11-15; 58:2-6; 59:6-8; 64:5; 66:3,4; Jeremiah 7:4-11; Micah 3:2-4; Matthew 23:5,14; Romans 3:10-20; 10:2,3

Verse 13
When thou criest, let thy companies deliver thee; but the wind shall carry them all away; vanity shall take them: but he that putteth his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain;
let
9,10; Judges 10:14; 2 Kings 3:13; Jeremiah 22:22; Zechariah 7:13
but the
40:24; 41:16; Job 21:18; Psalms 1:4; 58:9; Hosea 13:3
but he
26:3,4; Psalms 37:3,9; 84:12; 125:1; Proverbs 28:25; Jeremiah 17:7,8
my holy
11:9; 56:7; 65:25; 66:20; Ezekiel 20:40; Joel 3:17

Verse 14
And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people.
Cast
35:8; 40:3; 62:10; Luke 3:5,6
take
Romans 14:13; 1 Corinthians 1:23; 8:9,13; 10:32,33; 2 Corinthians 6:3; Hebrews 12:13

Verse 15
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
the high
6:1; Psalms 83:18; 97:9; 138:6; Daniel 4:17,24,25,34
that inhabiteth
40:28; Genesis 21:33; Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalms 90:2; 93:2; Proverbs 8:23; Jeremiah 10:10; Micah 5:2; Romans 1:20; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 9:14
whose
6:3; Exodus 15:11; 1 Samuel 2:2; Job 6:10; Psalms 99:3; 111:9; Luke 1:49; Acts 3:14; Revelation 3:7; 4:8; 15:4
I dwell
66:1; 1 Kings 8:27; Psalms 68:4,5; 113:4-6; 115:3; 123:1; Zechariah 2:13; Matthew 6:9; 1 Timothy 6:16
with
66:1,2; 2 Chronicles 33:12,13; 34:27; Psalms 34:18; 51:17; 138:6; Ezekiel 9:4; 16:63; Matthew 5:3,4; James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5
to revive the spirit
61:1-3; Psalms 147:3; Matthew 5:4; Luke 4:18; 15:20-24; 2 Corinthians 1:4; 2:7; 7:6

Verse 16
For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.
I will not
Psalms 78:38,39; 85:5; 103:9-16; Jeremiah 10:24; Micah 7:18
the souls
42:5; Numbers 16:22; Job 34:14,15; Ecclesiastes 12:7; Jeremiah 38:16; Zechariah 12:1; Hebrews 12:9

Verse 17
For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart.
the iniquity
5:8,9; 56:11; Jeremiah 6:13; 8:10; 22:17; Ezekiel 33:31; Micah 2:2,3; Luke 12:15; Ephesians 5:3-5; Colossians 3:5; 1 Timothy 6:9; 2 Peter 2:3,14
I hid
8:17; 45:15
and he
9:13; Jeremiah 2:30; 5:3; Luke 15:14-16
frowardly
Heb. turning away. in the.
Ecclesiastes 6:9

Verse 18
I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners.
have
1:18; 43:24,25; 48:8-11; Jeremiah 31:18-20; Ezekiel 16:60-63; 36:22-38; Luke 15:20; Romans 5:20
will heal
Jeremiah 3:22; 31:3; 33:6; Hosea 14:4-8
will lead
49:10; Psalms 23:2; Revelation 7:17
restore
15; 12:1; 61:2,3; 66:10-13; Psalms 51:12
to his
Jeremiah 13:17; Ecclesiastes 9:4

Verse 19
I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him.
I create
"The sacrifice of praise," says St. Paul, "is the fruit of the lips." God creates this fruit of the lips, by giving new subject and cause of thanksgiving by His mercies conferred on His people. The great subject of thanksgiving is peace, reconciliation and pardon offered to them that are nigh, and to them that are afar off; not only to the Jew, but also to the Gentile.
the fruit
Exodus 4:11,12; Hosea 14:2; Luke 21:15; Ephesians 6:19; Colossians 4:3,4; Hebrews 13:15
Peace
Matthew 10:13; Mark 16:15; Luke 2:14; 10:5,6; Acts 2:39; 10:36; 2 Corinthians 5:20,21; Ephesians 2:14-17

Verse 20
But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
like
3:11; Job 15:20-24; 18:5-14; 20:11-29; Psalms 73:18-20; Proverbs 4:16,17; Jude 1:12

Verse 21
There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.
3:11; 48:22; 2 Kings 9:22; Romans 3:16,17

 


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Bibliography Information
Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Isaiah 57:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/isaiah-57.html.

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Tuesday, October 15th, 2019
the Week of Proper 23 / Ordinary 28
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