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.
Isaiah 57:16 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
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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I will not
Psalm 78:38,39 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yes, many a time turned he his anger away...
Psalm 85:5 Will you be angry with us for ever? will you draw out your anger to all generations?
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 bring me to nothing.
Micah 7:18 Who is a God like to you, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage?...
Isaiah 42:5 Thus said God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth...
Numbers 16:22 And they fell on their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin...
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 shall return to God who gave it.
Jeremiah 38:16 So Zedekiah the king swore secretly to Jeremiah, saying, As the LORD lives, that made us this soul, I will not put you to death...
Zechariah 12:1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, said the LORD, which stretches forth the heavens, and lays the foundation of the earth...
Hebrews 12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence...
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