Bible Commentaries

Isaiah 57

Verses 1-21

Because of the failure of these blind watchmen and drunken leaders, righteous men perish, while none lay it to heart. Moreover, the people have yielded to the evil influences of such leaders; "sons of the sorceress" are summoned to judgment. Their sin has been exalted and manifest, and their judgment is to be conspicuous and complete.

Yet again the declaration turns to such as are contrite and penitent. Jehovah declares Himself to be the One inhabiting eternity, and yet dwelling with the contrite and humble in spirit. In the case of such His judgment is turned into a ministry of healing. All this again follows, and is dependent on, the suffering Servant as described in the previous section. Again, the division ends with solemn warning against wickedness. Although in the economy of God the Prince is to be sustained and finally victorious, yet there is no peace to the wicked.