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Isaiah 57:12

12 I will expose your righteousness and your works, and they will not benefit you.

Read Isaiah 57:12 Using Other Translations

I will declare thy righteousness, and thy works; for they shall not profit thee.
I will declare your righteousness and your deeds, but they will not profit you.
Now I will expose your so-called good deeds. None of them will help you.

What does Isaiah 57:12 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Isaiah 57:12

I will declare thy righteousness, and thy works
For, notwithstanding all the idolatry, superstition, irreligion, and cruelty of the church of Rome, she makes large pretences to righteousness, by which she expects to be justified, and to merit eternal life, and even pretends to works of supererogation; but God will in due time make it clearly appear, both by the ministry of his faithful servants, which he has done in part already; and by his judgments that he will execute, that she has no righteousness; that what she calls so is no righteousness, but wickedness; and that her works she calls good works are bad ones, superstitious, idolatrous, and tyrannical: for they shall not profit thee;
secure from judgment here, or from wrath to come; nor justify before God, nor procure salvation and eternal life; but, on the contrary, shall bring deserved ruin and destruction, here and hereafter.

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