Isaiah 57:3

3 “But you—come here, you children of a sorceress, you offspring of adulterers and prostitutes!

Isaiah 57:3 in Other Translations

3 But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore.
3 But you, draw near, sons of the sorceress, offspring of the adulterer and the loose woman.
3 “But you—come here, you witches’ children, you offspring of adulterers and prostitutes!
3 "But you, children of a witch, come here! Sons of a slut, daughters of a whore.
3 But come here, you sons of a sorceress, offspring of an adulterer and a prostitute!

Isaiah 57:3 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 57:3

But draw near hither
The death of the righteous, and their happiness after it, being observed: the wicked, who thought themselves safe from danger, and the happier that they were rid of the righteous, those witnesses and prophets which had tormented them, and therefore rejoiced on that account, are here summoned to the divine tribunal, to hear their character, and receive their doom, as follows: ye sons of the sorceress;
the children of Jezebel, the witch, and the prophetess that taught the servants of the Lord to commit fornication, and bewitched with her witchcrafts the sons of the apostate church of Rome; by whose sorceries all nations have been deceived, and of which she repents not, ( Revelation 2:20 ) ( 9:21 ) ( 18:23 ) : the seed of the adulterer and of the whore;
of the great whore of Babylon, with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication; and whose subjects and children are the seed of this whore, and the sons of this idolatrous church: or, "that committeth whoredom" F7; which aggravates the character, that they were not only the children of adulterous persons, but committed whoredom themselves.


F7 (hnztw) "qua scortata est", Piscator; "quod scortaris", Junius & Tremellius; "qui scortaris", Cocceius.

Isaiah 57:3 In-Context

1 The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.
2 Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.
3 “But you—come here, you children of a sorceress, you offspring of adulterers and prostitutes!
4 Who are you mocking? At whom do you sneer and stick out your tongue? Are you not a brood of rebels, the offspring of liars?
5 You burn with lust among the oaks and under every spreading tree; you sacrifice your children in the ravines and under the overhanging crags.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Exodus 22:18; Malachi 3:5
  • 2. ver 7-8; Matthew 16:4; James 4:4
  • 3. Isaiah 1:21; Jeremiah 2:20
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