Isaiah 57:14

Comfort for the Contrite

14 And it will be said: “Build up, build up, prepare the road! Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people.”

Isaiah 57:14 in Other Translations

14 And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people.
14 And it shall be said, "Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstruction from my people's way."
14 God says, “Rebuild the road! Clear away the rocks and stones so my people can return from captivity.”
14 Someone says: "Build, build! Make a road! Clear the way, remove the rocks from the road my people will travel."
14 He said, "Build it up, build it up, prepare the way, remove [every] obstacle from My people's way."

Isaiah 57:14 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 57:14

And shall say, cast ye up, cast ye up
A causeway, a highway, for the people of the Jews to return to their own land: this is either said by the Lord, as some supply it; or by the prophet, as Jarchi; or by him that putteth his trust in the Lord, as Kimchi; or rather by one, that is, the first of the living creatures, a set of Gospel ministers, that shall give to the angels, the Protestant princes and potentates, the seven last vials to pour out on the antichristian states, both Papal and Mahometan, and shall stir them up to do it; or the voice out of the temple, that shall order them to do their work; by which means way will be made for the return of the said people, ( Revelation 15:7 ) ( 16:1 ) : prepare the way;
of the true doctrine and worship of God: the way of truth and holiness, of faith and practice: take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people;
the superstition, idolatry, and impiety of the church of Rome, are the great stumblingblock in the way of the conversion of the Jews, and the means of hardening that people in their disbelief of Christ and the Christian religion; wherefore the fall of antichrist, and a reformation everywhere from all corruption in doctrine and worship, in principle and practice, which also may be intended by these expressions, will prepare the way for their embracing the Christian religion, and so for their return to their own land. The Targum is,

``and he shall say, teach and admonish, prepare (or direct) the heart of the people to the right way, remove the stumblingblock of the wicked out of the way of my people.''

Isaiah 57:14 In-Context

12 I will expose your righteousness and your works, and they will not benefit you.
13 When you cry out for help, let your collection of idols save you! The wind will carry all of them off, a mere breath will blow them away. But whoever takes refuge in me will inherit the land and possess my holy mountain.”
14 And it will be said: “Build up, build up, prepare the road! Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people.”
15 For this is what the high and exalted One says— he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.
16 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.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Isaiah 11:16
  • 2. Isaiah 62:10; Jeremiah 18:15
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