Isaiah 57:18-19

18 I have seen their ways, but I will heal them; I will guide them and restore comfort to Israel’s mourners,
19 creating praise on their lips. Peace, peace, to those far and near,” says the LORD. “And I will heal them.”

Isaiah 57:18 in Other Translations

KJV
18 I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners.
ESV
18 I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him and restore comfort to him and his mourners,
NLT
18 I have seen what they do, but I will heal them anyway! I will lead them. I will comfort those who mourn,
MSG
18 When I looked again and saw what he was doing, I decided to heal him, lead him, and comfort him, creating a new language of praise for the mourners.
CSB
18 I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him and comfort him and his mourners,

Isaiah 57:18-19 Meaning and Commentary

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.

Isaiah 57:18-19 In-Context

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.
17 I was enraged by their sinful greed; I punished them, and hid my face in anger, yet they kept on in their willful ways.
18 I have seen their ways, but I will heal them; I will guide them and restore comfort to Israel’s mourners,
19 creating praise on their lips. Peace, peace, to those far and near,” says the LORD. “And I will heal them.”
20 But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud.
21 “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”

Cross References 6

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 32:39; S 2 Chronicles 7:14; S Isaiah 30:26
  • 2. S Psalms 48:14; S Isaiah 42:16; S Isaiah 48:17
  • 3. Isaiah 49:13; Isaiah 61:1-3
  • 4. Isaiah 6:7; Isaiah 51:16; Isaiah 59:21; Hebrews 13:15
  • 5. S Isaiah 2:4; Isaiah 26:3,12; Isaiah 32:17; S Luke 2:14; Ephesians 2:17
  • 6. Acts 2:39
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