Through My Bible Yr 2 – January 21

Isaiah 56 & 57 (EHV)

Through My Bible – January 21

Isaiah 56 & 57 (EHV)

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Isaiah 56

This is what the Lord says.
Protect justice, and carry out righteousness,
because my salvation is coming very soon.
My righteousness is ready to be revealed.
How blessed is everyone who does this,
who grabs hold of it,
who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it,
who holds back his hand from doing any evil.

The Lord Welcomes All People

Therefore, the foreigner who joins himself to the Lord should not say,
“The Lord will certainly exclude me from his people.”
The eunuch should not say,
“I am just a dried-up tree.”
Because this is what the Lord says:
“If the eunuchs keep my Sabbaths,
choose things that delight me,
and take hold of my covenant,
then I will set up in my house and on my walls
    a monument and a name for them
    that is better than that of sons and daughters.
I will give them an everlasting name which will not be cut off.”

Then the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord,
    to minister to him and to love the name of the Lord
    and to become his servants,
    every one of them who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it,
    those who take hold of my covenant—
I will bring them to my holy mountain,
and I will make them glad in my house of prayer.
Their whole burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be
    acceptable on my altar.
For my house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples
    of the world.
This is the declaration of God the Lord,
who gathers Israel’s dispersed people:
“I will gather still more people to my house besides
    the ones already gathered.”

The Coming Judgment Against Israel’s Leaders

All you wild animals, come to eat—
all you animals in the forest.

10 His watchmen are blind, all of them.
They know nothing.
All of them are silent dogs.
They are not able to bark.
They are seers who lie down,
who love to sleep.
11 These dogs have a big appetite.
They are never satisfied.
These shepherds have no understanding.
All of them turn to their own ways.
Each one, without exception, turns to his own gain.
12 “Come on, I want to drink wine.
Let’s get drunk on beer.
Tomorrow will be another day, just like today,
another great day, better than ever.”

There Will Be Peace for the Righteous Even in Death

Isaiah 57 

1 The righteous one perishes,
but no one takes it to heart.
Men of mercy [1] are being taken away,
but no one understands
    that the righteous one is being spared from evil.
He will enter into peace.
They will rest on their beds.
He is walking in his uprightness. [2]

The Coming Judgment Against Israel’s Leaders

But you there, come closer,
you children of a witch,
you offspring of an adulterer and a prostitute.
Who are you mocking? [3]
Who are you making faces at and sticking out your tongue at?
Aren’t you all children born in rebellion,
the offspring of deceit,
you who are in heat among the oaks and under every green tree,
you who slaughter children in the ravines under the rugged cliffs?
Your chosen territory is among the smooth stones of the ravines.
They, yes, they, are your lot.
You even poured out a drink offering to them,
and you offered up a grain offering.
Since you have done these things, should I spare you?
Upon a mountain, high and lofty, you spread out your bed.
Yes, you went up there to offer a sacrifice.
Behind the door and doorpost you placed your memorial.
Yes, you deserted me and uncovered yourself. [4] You climbed right into bed.
You made room for them in your bed.
You committed yourself to them.
You loved their bed.
You stared at their bodies. [5]
You traveled to deliver offerings of fragrant oil to the king, [6]
and you made many offerings of incense.
You sent your messengers to a distant land.
You sent them as far as hell. [7]
10 Because of the length of your journey, you became weary,
but you did not say, “It is hopeless!”
So you found new strength, and you did not faint.
11 But who is making you so anxious and so afraid that you
    practice deception?
You did not remember me
and did not keep me in your heart.
Is it because I have been silent for a long time
    that you do not fear me?
12 I will declare your righteousness and your deeds,
but they will not benefit you.
13 When you cry out for help,
let your collections of idols deliver you.
But the wind will blow them all away.
A breeze will take them away.
But the one who takes refuge in me will inherit the land.
He will possess my holy mountain.

14 I will say, [8]
“Build up, build up the highway.
Prepare the way.
Remove the stumbling block from the way of my people.”
15 Certainly this is what the High and Lofty One says,
the one who dwells with his people forever,
and whose name is holy:
    I dwell in a high and holy place,
    yet also with the one who is crushed and lowly in spirit,
    in order to revive the spirit of those who have been pushed down,
    and to revive the hearts of those who have been crushed.
16     Surely I will not accuse forever,
    and I will not always be angry,
    because every spirit would grow weak in my presence,
    and every breath of life, which I made, would fail.
17     Because of the guilt from their selfish gain, I was angry,
    and I struck them and hid my face.
    I was angry,
    but the deserter [9]  kept walking in the way his heart desired.
18     I saw his ways,
    but I will heal him, and I will lead him,
    and I will restore comfort to him
    and to all who mourn with him.
19     I am the one who creates praise as the fruit of their lips. [10]

Peace, peace to the one far off and to the one nearby,
says the Lord,
and I will heal him.
20 But the wicked are like the tossing sea,
    which is not able to rest.
Its waters toss up dirt and mud.
21 There is no peace, says my God, for the wicked.


  1. Isaiah 57:1 Men of mercy are the recipients and dispensers of mercy.
  2. Isaiah 57:2 The alternation of singular and plural forms (he and they) in verses 1 and 2 is not unusual in Hebrew poetry. It does not necessarily refer to two different groups.
  3. Isaiah 57:4 EHV generally preserves the distinction between who and whom but recognizes that it is rapidly disappearing in speech.
  4. Isaiah 57:8 Or your bed
  5. Isaiah 57:8 The base meaning of the Hebrew word yad is hand, but here it seems to be a euphemism for genitals.
  6. Isaiah 57:9 Or Molek
  7. Isaiah 57:9 Hebrew sheol
  8. Isaiah 57:14 The translation follows the Latin. The Hebrew reads he will say. The two verb forms look alike in Hebrew script.
  9. Isaiah 57:17 Or apostate
  10. Isaiah 57:19 The line is difficult.

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