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He enters into peace;
they rest in their beds,
each one who walks in his uprightness. Bible

“He enters into peace; they rest in their beds.” The righteous dead are here spoken of as if they are peacefully sleeping, which in a sense they are; they are sleeping the sleep of death, and awaiting their resurrection to everlasting life. While “rest” (or “sleep” ) were well-known idioms for death, calling the grave a “bed” is the figure of speech hypocatastasis, a comparison by implication [for more on hypocatastasis, see commentary on Rev. 20:2, “dragon”).


Commentary for: Isaiah 57:2