Isaiah 57:3
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English Standard Version
But you, draw near, sons of the sorceress, offspring of the adulterer and the loose woman.

King James Bible
But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore.

American Standard Version
But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the harlot.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But draw near hither, you sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer, and of the harlot.

English Revised Version
But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore.

Webster's Bible Translation
But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the lewd.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

It is a question whether Isaiah 56:9 forms the commencement of a fresh prophecy, or merely the second half of the prophecy contained in Isaiah 56:1-8. We decide, for our part, in favour of the former. If Isaiah 56:9. formed an antithetical second half to the promising first half in Isaiah 56:1-8, we should expect to find the prophets and leaders of Israel, whose licentiousness and want of principle are here so severely condemned, threatened with destruction in the heathen land, whilst true proselytes and even eunuchs were brought to the holy mountain. But we meet with this antithesis for the first time in Isaiah 57:13, where we evidently find ourselves in the midst of another prophetic address. And where can that address commence, if not at Isaiah 56:9, from which point onwards we have that hard, dull, sharp, and concise language of strong indignation, which recals to mind psalms written "in a thundering style" (Psalter, i. 80) and the reproachful addresses of Jeremiah, and which passes again in Isaiah 57:11. into the lofty crystalline language peculiar to our prophet's "book of consolation?" The new prophetic address commences, like Isaiah 55:1, with a summons. "All ye beasts of the field, come near! To devour, all ye beasts in the forest!" According to the accentuation before us (לכל mercha, כלח־יתו tiphchah), the beasts of the field are summoned to devour the beasts in the forest. This accentuation, however, is false, and must be exchanged for another which is supported by some MSS, viz., לכל tiphchah, כלח־יתו mercha, and ביער Beth raphatum. It is true that even with these accents we might still adhere to the view favoured by Jewish commentators, viz., that the beasts of the field are to be devoured by the beasts of the forest, if this view yielded any admissible sense (compare, for example, that supported by Meyer, "Ye enemies, devour the scattered ones of my congregation"), and had not against it the synonymous parallelism of שדי חיתו and ביער חיתו (Isaiah 43:20; Psalm 104:11, Psalm 104:20; cf., Genesis 3:14). But there remains another view, according to which ביער כל־חיתו is a second vocative answering to שׂדי כל־חיתו. According to the Targum, what is to be devoured is the great body of heathen kings attacking Jerusalem; according to Jerome, Cyril, Stier, etc., the pasture and food provided by the grace of God. But what follows teaches us something different from this. Israel has prophets and shepherds, who are blind to every coming danger, and therefore fail to give warning of its approach, because they are sunken in selfishness and debauchery. It resembles a flock with a keeper, and therefore an easy prey (Ezekiel 34:5); and the meaning of the appeal, which is certainly addressed to the nations of the world, the enemies of the people of God, is this: "Ye have only to draw near; ye can feed undisturbed, and devour as much as ye please." This is the explanation adopted by most of the more modern commentators. In Jeremiah 12:9, which is founded upon this ("Assemble all ye beasts of the field, bring them hither to devour"), it is also Jerusalem which is assigned as food to the heathen. The parallel in Isaiah 56:9 is both synonymous and progressive. The writer seeks for rare forms, because he is about to depict a rare inversion of the proper state of things. חיתו (with the first syllable loosely closed) is the antiquated form of connection, which was admissible even with ביּער following (cf., Isaiah 5:11; Isaiah 9:1-2; 2 Samuel 1:21). On אתיוּ ( equals אתוּ), see at Isaiah 21:12 (cf., Isaiah 21:14).

Isaiah 57:3 Parallel Commentaries

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Isaiah 45:20 Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, you that are escaped of the nations...

Joel 3:9-11 Proclaim you this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up...


Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; it shall bruise your head...

Hosea 1:2 The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go...

Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said to them, O generation of vipers...

Matthew 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

Matthew 16:4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas...

Matthew 23:33 You serpents, you generation of vipers, how can you escape the damnation of hell?

Luke 3:7 Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers...

John 8:40-44 But now you seek to kill me, a man that has told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham...

James 4:4 You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?...

1 John 3:10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whoever does not righteousness is not of God...

Revelation 17:1-5 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying to me, Come here...

Cross References
Matthew 16:4
An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah." So he left them and departed.

Isaiah 1:4
Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the LORD, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged.

Isaiah 1:21
How the faithful city has become a whore, she who was full of justice! Righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers.

Isaiah 48:16
Draw near to me, hear this: from the beginning I have not spoken in secret, from the time it came to be I have been there." And now the Lord GOD has sent me, and his Spirit.

Isaiah 57:7
On a high and lofty mountain you have set your bed, and there you went up to offer sacrifice.

Isaiah 58:2
Yet they seek me daily and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that did righteousness and did not forsake the judgment of their God; they ask of me righteous judgments; they delight to draw near to God.

Malachi 3:5
"Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the LORD of hosts.

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