Isaiah’s concluding verse

Then they will go forth and look On the corpses of the men Who have transgressed against Me. For their worm will not die And their fire will not be quenched; And they will be an abhorrence to all mankind. [Isaiah 66:24]

In his concluding verse, Isaiah gave a graphic description of the misery of those who transgressed against the LORD. Matthew Henry elaborated further on this description. It painted a picture of a battlefield covered with dead bodies. The corpses were left rotting, with worms crawling and feeding on them. If one tries to burn the corpses, it would be endless, and the fire would never be quenched. Thus they are an abhorring to all flesh, nobody cares to come near them. What a terrifying sight! Those who think this was fulfilled when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and thus no longer relevant, should think again because Jesus quoted this when he talked about the torment of sinners in hell (see Mark 9:43-48). Surely Jesus understood the context when He quoted it. However those who belong to the LORD need not worry because the above verse states that they will go forth and look, implying this terrible thing will not happen to them.


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