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Isaiah 57:16

    Isaiah 57:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    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.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth; for the spirit would faint before me, and the souls that I have made.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For I will not give punishment for ever, or be angry without end: for from me breath goes out; and I it was who made the souls.

    Webster's Revision

    For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth; for the spirit would faint before me, and the souls that I have made.

    World English Bible

    For I will not contend forever, neither will I be always angry; for the spirit would faint before me, and the souls who I have made.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    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.

    Definitions for Isaiah 57:16

    Wroth - To be provoked; angered.

    Clarke's Commentary on Isaiah 57:16

    For I will not contend for ever - The learned have taken a great deal of pains to little purpose on the latter part of this verses which they suppose to be very obscure. After all their labors upon it, I think the best and easiest explication of it is given in the two following elegant passages of the Psalms, which I presume are exactly parallel to it, and very clearly express the same sentiment.

    "But he in his tender mercy will forgive their sin

    And will not destroy them;

    Yea, oftentimes will he turn away his wrath,

    And will not rouse up his indignation:

    For he remembereth that they are but flesh,

    A breath that passeth, and returneth not."

    Psalm 78:38, Psalm 78:39.

    "He will not always contend

    Neither will he for ever hold his wrath:

    As a father yearneth towards his children,

    So is Jehovah tenderly compassionate towards them

    that fear him For he knoweth our frame;

    He remembereth that we are but dust."

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    Barnes' Notes on Isaiah 57:16

    For I will not contend for ever - I will not be angry with my people forever, nor always refuse to pardon and comfort them (see Psalm 103:9). This is to be regarded as having been primarily addressed to the Jews in their long and painful exile in Babylon. It is, however, couched in general language; and the idea is, that although God would punish his people for their sins, yet his wrath would not be perpetual. If they were his children, he would visit them again in mercy, and would restore to them his favor.

    For the spirit should fail before me - Critics have taken a great deal of pains on this part of the verse, which they suppose to be very obscure. The simple meaning seems to be, that if God should continue in anger against people they would be consumed. The human soul could not endure a long-continued controversy with God. Its powers would fail; its strength decay; it must sink to destruction. As God did not intend this in regard to his own people; as he meant that his chastisements should not be for their destruction, but for their salvation; and as he knew how much they could bear, and how much they needed, he would lighten the burden, and restore them to his favor. And the truth taught here is, that if we are his children, we are safe. We may suffer much and long. We may suffer so much that it seems scarcely possible that we should endure more. But he knows how much we can bear; and he will remove the lead, so that we shall not be utterly crushed. A similar sentiment is found in the two following elegant passages of the Psalms, which are evidently parallel to this, and express the same idea:

    But he being full of compassion,

    Forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not;

    Yea many a time burned he his anger away,

    And did not stir up all his wrath.

    For he remembered that they were but flesh;

    A wind that passeth away and returneth not again.

    Wesley's Notes on Isaiah 57:16

    57:16 For - I will not proceed to the utmost severity with sinful men.