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Isaiah 56:7

Context

56:7 I will bring them to my holy mountain;

I will make them happy in the temple where people pray to me. 1 

Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar,

for my temple will be known as a temple where all nations may pray.” 2 

Isaiah 57:13

Context

57:13 When you cry out for help, let your idols 3  help you!

The wind blows them all away, 4 

a breeze carries them away. 5 

But the one who looks to me for help 6  will inherit the land

and will have access to 7  my holy mountain.”

1 tn Heb “in the house of my prayer.”

2 tn Heb “for my house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations.”

3 tn The Hebrew text has קִבּוּצַיִךְ (qibbutsayikh, “your gatherings”), an otherwise unattested noun from the verbal root קָבַץ (qavats, “gather”). Perhaps this alludes to their religious assemblies and by metonymy to their rituals. Since idolatry is a prominent theme in the context, some understand this as a reference to a collection of idols. The second half of the verse also favors this view.

4 tn Heb “all of them a wind lifts up.”

5 tn Heb “a breath takes [them] away.”

6 tn Or “seeks refuge in me.” “Seeking refuge” is a metonymy for “being loyal to.”

7 tn Heb “possess, own.” The point seems to be that he will have free access to God’s presence, as if God’s temple mount were his personal possession.



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