57:1 The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth [it] to heart: and merciful men [are] taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away a from the evil [to come].
(a) From the plague that is at hand, and also
because God will punish the wicked.
57:2 b He
shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, [each one] walking [in]
(b) The soul of the righteous will be in joy, and
their body will rest in the grave to the time of the resurrection, because
they walked before the Lord.
57:3 But draw near here, ye c
sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the harlot.
(c) He threatens the wicked hypocrites, who under
the pretence of the name of God's people, derided God's word and his
promises: boasting openly that they were the children of Abraham, but because
they were not faithful and obedient as Abraham was, he calls them bastards and
the children of sorcerers, who forsook God, and fled to wicked means for
57:5 Inflaming yourselves
with idols under every green tree, slaying the d
children in the valleys under the clefts of the rocks?
(d) Read (Leviticus
18:21; 2 Kings
57:6 Among the smooth [stones] e
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 f these?
(e) Meaning every place was polluted with their
idolatry: or every fair stone they found they made into an idol.
(f) In the sacrifices which you offering before
these idols thought you served God.
57:7 Upon a lofty and high mountain hast thou set
thy g bed: even there thou wentest up to
(g) That is, your altars in an open place, like
an impudent harlot, that cares not for the sight of her husband.
57:8 Behind the h
doors also and the door posts hast thou set up thy remembrance: for thou hast
uncovered [thyself to another] than me, and hast gone up; thou hast i
enlarged thy bed, and made thee [a covenant] with them; thou didst love their
bed where thou sawest [it].
(h) Instead of setting up the word of God in the
open places on the posts and doors to have it in remembrance, (Deuteronomy
6:9,27:1) you have set up signs and marks of your idolatry in every place.
(i) That is, increased your idolatry more and
57:9 And thou wentest k
to the king with ointment, and didst increase thy perfumes, and didst send thy
messengers far off, and didst debase [thyself even] to hell.
(k) You sought the favour of the Assyrians by
gifts and presents to help you against the Egyptians and when they failed you
sought the Babylonians, and more and more tormented yourself.
57:10 Thou art wearied in the greatness of thy
way; [yet] saidst thou not, l There is
no hope: thou m hast found the life of
thy hand; therefore thou wast not grieved.
(l) Although you saw all your labours to be in
vain, yet would you never acknowledge your fault and leave off.
(m) He derides their unprofitable diligence, who
thought to have made all sure, and yet were deceived.
57:11 And of whom hast thou been afraid or feared,
that thou hast n lied, and hast not
remembered me, nor laid [it] to thy heart? have not I held my peace even of o
old, and thou fearest me not?
(n) Broken promises with me.
(o) Meaning, that the wicked abuse God's
leniency, and grow to further wickedness.
57:12 I will declare thy righteousness, p
and thy works; for they shall not profit thee.
(p) That is, your naughtiness, idolatry and
impiety which the wicked call God's service: thus he derides their
57:13 When thou criest, let thy companies deliver
thee; but the wind q 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;
(q) Meaning, the Assyrians and others, whose help
they looked for.
And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the
stumblingblock out of the way of my people.
(r) God will say to Darius and Cyrus.
57:16 For I will not
contend for ever, neither will I be always angry: s
for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls [which] I have made.
(s) I will not use my power against frail man,
whose life is but a blast.
57:17 For the t
iniquity of his covetousness I was angry, and smote him: I hid myself, and was
angry, and he went on backsliding in the way of his heart.
(t) That is, for the vices and faults of the
people, which is here meant by covetousness.
57:18 I have seen his ways, and will u
heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts to him and to his mourners.
(u) Though they were obstinate, yet I did not
withdraw my mercy from them.
57:19 I create the x
fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to [him that is] y
far off, and to [him that is] near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him.
(x) That is, I frame the speech and words of my
messengers who will bring peace.
(y) As well to him that is in captivity as to him
that remains at home.
57:20 But the wicked [are] like the troubled sea,
when it z cannot rest, whose waters cast
up mire and dirt.
(z) Their evil conscience always torments them
and therefore they can never have rest, (Isaiah