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.
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.
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.
Isaiah 57:16 Parallel
CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
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.
LibraryThe Loftiness of God
ISAIAH lvii. 15. For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy, I dwell in the high and holy place; with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. This is a grand text; one of the grandest in the whole Old Testament; one of those the nearest to the spirit of the New. It is full of Gospel--of good news: but it is not the whole Gospel. It does not tell us the whole character …
Charles Kingsley—The Good News of God
The Comforts Belonging to Mourners
I Will Pray with the Spirit and with the Understanding Also-
The Coming Revival
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."
Will You be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger to all generations?
He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever.
then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.
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,
'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."
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."
Jump to PreviousAlways Angry Breath Contend Created End Fail Faint Forever Grow Itself Life Proceeds Punishment Souls Spirit Wroth
Jump to NextAlways Angry Breath Contend Created End Fail Faint Forever Grow Itself Life Proceeds Punishment Souls Spirit Wroth
LinksIsaiah 57:16 NIV
Isaiah 57:16 NLT
Isaiah 57:16 ESV
Isaiah 57:16 NASB
Isaiah 57:16 KJV
Isaiah 57:16 Bible Apps
Isaiah 57:16 Biblia Paralela
Isaiah 57:16 Chinese Bible
Isaiah 57:16 French Bible
Isaiah 57:16 German Bible
Isaiah 57:16 Commentaries