Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO ISAIAH 57\\

This chapter contains complaints of the stupidity and idolatry of the
people, described in the latter part of the preceding chapter; and some
promises of grace to the people of God. The stupidity of the former is
observed, \\#Isa 57:1\\ they not taking notice of the death of good men, nor
of impending calamities they were taken from, whose happiness is
described, \\#Isa 57:2\\, then these idolatrous people are summoned before
the Lord, \\#Isa 57:3\\ and are charged with deriding the saints with
idolatry and murder, \\#Isa 57:4-6\\ and their idolatry is represented under
the notion of adultery, attended with very aggravating circumstances,
\\#Isa 57:7-9\\ and yet these people still entertained presumptuous hopes of
happiness, and boasted of, and trusted in, their righteousness and good
works, which would be exposed, and be of no advantage to them,
\\#Isa 57:10-12\\, next follow promises of grace to the saints, that such
that trusted in Christ should inherit the holy mountain, \\#Isa 57:13\\ that
the stumblingblock of his people should be removed, \\#Isa 57:14\\, that he
should dwell with the humble and contrite, \\#Isa 57:15\\, and not be always
wroth and contend with them, for a reason given, \\#Isa 57:16\\ and that
though he had smote them, and hid his face from them because of their
sins, yet would heal them, lead them, and comfort them, and speak peace
unto them, \\#Isa 57:17-19\\ and the chapter is concluded with the character
of the wicked, and an assurance that there is no peace for them,
\\#Isa 57:20,21\\.