Isaiah 57:15

Hebrew Bible

13 When you cry out for help, let your idols help you! The wind blows them all away, a breeze carries them away. But the one who looks to me for help will inherit the land and will have access to my holy mountain.” 14 He says, “Build it! Build it! Clear a way! Remove all the obstacles out of the way of my people!” 15 For this is what the high and exalted one says, the one who rules forever, whose name is holy: “I dwell in an exalted and holy place, but also with the discouraged and humiliated, in order to cheer up the humiliated and to encourage the discouraged. 16 For I will not be hostile forever or perpetually angry, for then man’s spirit would grow faint before me, the life-giving breath I created.

John 12:34

New Testament

30 Jesus said, “This voice has not come for my benefit but for yours. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 (Now he said this to indicate clearly what kind of death he was going to die.) 34 Then the crowd responded, “We have heard from the law that the Christ will remain forever. How can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?” 35 Jesus replied, “The light is with you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going.

 Notes and References

"... John 12:31-32 corresponds to Isaiah 33:10, as noted above. In Isaiah 57:15 God speaks of himself as the one who is high and lifted up, who dwells forever. In John 12:34 the Jews ask, ‘We have heard out of the law [perhaps at Isaiah 9:6] that the Christ is to remain forever, so how can you say ‘the Son of Man must be lifted up’?’ (answer from Isaiah 57:15; the one who remains forever is high and lifted up; there is no contradiction between remaining forever and being lifted up). We also should note that it is quite striking that it should be favorably mentioned that a man should be ‘high and lifted up’ (Isaiah 52:13) in light of the strong condemnation of mere men who are ‘high and lifted up’ (in pride) in Isaiah 2:12-14 ..."

Ronning, John L. The Targum of Isaiah and the Johannine Literature (pp. 247-278) Westminster Theological Journal No. 69, 2007

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