Isaiah 57:7

7 You have made your bed on a high and lofty hill; there you went up to offer your sacrifices.

Isaiah 57:7 in Other Translations

7 Upon a lofty and high mountain hast thou set thy bed: even thither wentest thou up to offer sacrifice.
7 On a high and lofty mountain you have set your bed, and there you went up to offer sacrifice.
7 You have committed adultery on every high mountain. There you have worshiped idols and have been unfaithful to me.
7 You've climbed a high mountain to practice your foul sex-and-death religion.
7 You have placed your bed on a high and lofty mountain; you also went up there to offer sacrifice.

Isaiah 57:7 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 57:7

Upon a lofty and high mountain hast thou set thy bed
Temples and altars, which are usually built on high places, where they commit spiritual adultery; that is, idolatry, in imitation of the Heathens, who had their temples and altars on high places; and the idolatry of the church of Rome, in this context, is all along expressed in language agreeable to the Heathen idolatry, and in allusion to it. Some think this phrase denotes impudence in their idolatrous worship; for not content to worship under trees, in valleys, and under clifts of rocks, and such dark places; now, as not blushing at, or being ashamed of their actions, erect their altars in the most public places. Perhaps some reference may be had to the city of Rome itself, built on seven mountains, the seat of antichrist, and where the principal bed for idolatry is set up. The Targum is,

``on a high and lofty mountain thou hast the place of the house of thy dwelling;''
which agrees very well with the great city, the seat of the beast. Even thither wentest thou up to offer sacrifice;
the sacrifice of the mass, to do which the idolaters go to their high places, their temples, and to their high altars, and especially in the great city.

Isaiah 57:7 In-Context

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.
6 The idols among the smooth stones of the ravines are your portion; indeed, they are your lot. Yes, to them you have poured out drink offerings and offered grain offerings. In view of all this, should I relent?
7 You have made your bed on a high and lofty hill; there you went up to offer your sacrifices.
8 Behind your doors and your doorposts you have put your pagan symbols. Forsaking me, you uncovered your bed, you climbed into it and opened it wide; you made a pact with those whose beds you love, and you looked with lust on their naked bodies.
9 You went to Molek with olive oil and increased your perfumes. You sent your ambassadors far away; you descended to the very realm of the dead!

Cross References 2

  • 1. Jeremiah 3:6; Ezekiel 6:3; Ezekiel 16:16; Ezekiel 20:29
  • 2. Isaiah 65:7; Jeremiah 13:27; Ezekiel 6:13; Ezekiel 20:27-28
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