Isaiah 57:16
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New International Version
I will not accuse them forever, nor will I always be angry, for then they would faint away because of me-- the very people I have created.

New Living Translation
For I will not fight against you forever; I will not always be angry. If I were, all people would pass away--all the souls I have made.

English Standard Version
For I will not contend forever, nor will I always be angry; for the spirit would grow faint before me, and the breath of life that I made.

New American Standard Bible
"For I will not contend forever, Nor will I always be angry; For the spirit would grow faint before Me, And the breath of those whom I have made.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For I will not accuse you forever, and I will not always be angry; for then the spirit would grow weak before Me, even the breath of man, which I have made.

International Standard Version
For I won't accuse forever, nor will I always be angry; for then the human spirit would grow faint before me— even the souls that I have created.

NET Bible
For I will not be hostile forever or perpetually angry, for then man's spirit would grow faint before me, the life-giving breath I created.

New Heart 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.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I will not accuse you forever. I will not be angry with you forever. Otherwise, the spirits, the lives of those I've made, would grow faint in my presence.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For I will not contend for ever, Neither will I be always wroth; For the spirit that enwrappeth itself is from Me, And the souls which I have made.

New American Standard 1977
“For I will not contend forever,
            Neither will I always be angry;
            For the spirit would grow faint before Me,
            And the breath of those whom I have made.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for by me is the spirit covered by the body, and I have made the souls.

King James 2000 Bible
For I will not contend forever, neither will I be always angry: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.

American King James Version
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
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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be angry unto the end: because the spirit shall go forth from my face, end breathings I will make.

Darby Bible Translation
For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth; for the spirit would fail before me, and the souls [which] I have made.

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit would fail before me, and the souls which 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.

Young's Literal Translation
For, not to the age do I strive, nor for ever am I wroth, For the spirit from before Me is feeble, And the souls I have made.
Study Bible
Healing for the Repentant
15For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, "I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite. 16"For I will not contend forever, Nor will I always be angry; For the spirit would grow faint before Me, And the breath of those whom I have made. 17"Because of the iniquity of his unjust gain I was angry and struck him; I hid My face and was angry, And he went on turning away, in the way of his heart.…
Cross References
Genesis 6:3
Then the LORD said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years."

Psalm 85:5
Will You be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger to all generations?

Psalm 103:9
He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever.

Ecclesiastes 12:7
then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.

Isaiah 42:5
Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread out the earth and its offspring, Who gives breath to the people on it And spirit to those who walk in it,

Jeremiah 3:5
'Will He be angry forever? Will He be indignant to the end?' Behold, you have spoken And have done evil things, And you have had your way."

Jeremiah 38:16
But King Zedekiah swore to Jeremiah in secret saying, "As the LORD lives, who made this life for us, surely I will not put you to death nor will I give you over to the hand of these men who are seeking your life."

Ezekiel 18:4
"Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine. The soul who sins will die.

Amos 1:11
Thus says the LORD, "For three transgressions of Edom and for four I will not revoke its punishment, Because he pursued his brother with the sword, While he stifled his compassion; His anger also tore continually, And he maintained his fury forever.

Micah 7:18
Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity And passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in unchanging love.
Treasury of Scripture

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

Psalm 78:38,39 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed …

Psalm 85:5 Will you be angry with us for ever? will you draw out your anger …

Psalm 103:9-16 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever…

Jeremiah 10:24 O LORD, correct me, but with judgment; not in your anger, lest you …

Micah 7:18 Who is a God like to you, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the …

the souls

Isaiah 42:5 Thus said God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched …

Numbers 16:22 And they fell on their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits …

Job 34:14,15 If he set his heart on man, if he gather to himself his spirit and his breath…

Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit …

Jeremiah 38:16 So Zedekiah the king swore secretly to Jeremiah, saying, As the LORD …

Zechariah 12:1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, said the LORD, which …

Hebrews 12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, …

(16) I will not contend for ever . . .--The words come as a message of comfort to the penitent who is still bearing the chastisement of his sins. The time during which God "contends" with him as an accuser and a judge has its limits. Were it not so. the souls which he had made would be utterly consumed, and His purpose in creation would be frustrated. The words seem like an echo of Genesis 6:3; Genesis 8:21. (Comp. Psalm 103:9-10).

Verse 16. - I will not contend for ever. God "will not always chide, neither will he keep his anger for ever" (Psalm 103:9). If he were "extreme to mark what is done amiss," none could abide it (Psalm 130:3). He remits somewhat, therefore, from the claims of strict justice, and is content to take lower ground. Were it otherwise, man's spirit should fail before him. Man, i.e., would be utterly unable to justify himself, and would faint and fade away before the Divine fury. The souls which God has made would, one and all, perish. He, however, has not made them for this purpose, but that they should live (Deuteronomy 30:19; Ezekiel 18:31); and has therefore devised for them a way of salvation (see Isaiah 53:5-10). For I will not contend for ever,.... By afflictive providences; with the humble and contrite, the end being in a great measure answered by their humiliation and contrition; when God afflicts his people, it shows that he has a controversy with them, for their good, and his own glory; and when these ends are obtained, he will carry it on no longer:

neither will I be always wroth; as he seems to be in the apprehensions of his people, when he either hides his face from them, or chastises them with a rod of affliction:

for the spirit should fail before me; the spirit of the afflicted, which not being able to bear up any longer under the affliction, would sink and faint, or be "overwhelmed", as the word (c) signifies:

and the souls which I have made; which are of God's immediate creation, and which are also renewed by his grace, and made new creatures. The proselytes Abraham made are called the souls he made in Haran, Genesis 12:5, much more may this be said of the Father of spirits, the author both of the old and new creation. The Lord knowing the weakness of the human frame, therefore restrains his hand, or moderates or removes the affliction; see a like reason in Psalm 78:38, the last days of trouble to God's people, which will be the time of the slaying of the witnesses, will be such that if they are not shortened, no flesh can be saved, but for the elect's sake they will be shortened, Matthew 24:22.

(c) "obrueretur", Junius & Tremellius, Vitriuga; "in deliquium incideret", Piscator, Gataker. 16. For—referring to the promise in Isa 57:14, 15, of restoring Israel when "contrite" (Ge 6:3; 8:21; Ps 78:38, 39; 85:5; 103:9, 13, 14; Mic 7:18). God "will not contend for ever" with His people, for their human spirit would thereby be utterly crushed, whereas God's object is to chasten, not to destroy them (La 3:33, 34; Mic 7:8, 9). With the ungodly He is "angry every day" (Ps 7:11; Re 14:11).

spirit … before me—that is, the human spirit which went forth from Me (Nu 16:22), answering to "which I have made" in the parallel clause.57:13-21 The idols and their worshippers shall come to nothing; but those who trust in God's grace, shall be brought to the joys of heaven. With the Lord there is neither beginning of days, nor end of life, nor change of time. His name is holy, and all must know him as a holy God. He will have tender regard to those who bring their mind to their condition, and dread his wrath. He will make his abode with those whose hearts he has thus humbled, in order to revive and comfort them. When troubles last long, even good men are tempted to entertain hard thoughts of God. Therefore He will not contend for ever, for he will not forsake the work of his own hands, nor defeat the purchase of his Son's blood. Covetousness is a sin that particularly lays men under the Divine displeasure. See the sinfulness of sin. See also that troubles cannot reform men unless God's grace work in them. Peace shall be published, perfect peace. It is the fruit of preaching lips, and praying lips. Christ came and preached peace to Gentiles, as well as to the Jews; to after-ages, who were afar off in time, as well as to those of that age. But the wicked would not be healed by God's grace, therefore would not be healed by his comforts. Their ungoverned lusts and passions made them like the troubled sea. Also the terrors of conscience disturbed their enjoyments. God hath said it, and all the world cannot unsay it, That there is no peace to those who allow themselves in any sin. If we are recovered from such an awful state, it is only by the grace of God. And the influences of the Holy Spirit, and that new heart, from whence comes grateful praise, the fruit of our lips, are his gift. Salvation, with all its fruits, hopes, and comforts, is his work, and to him belongs all the glory. There is no peace for the wicked man; but let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him, and to our God, and he will abundantly pardon.
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