1.Be silent to me, (133) O islands. Then we shall pass on to the silence of attention. And much more than freedom from pressure will be experienced. See note on Isaiah 11:11. But the certain knowledge of the future must be only with Jehovah, who fulfils his own plans. The same mistake seems to have been made in this word, Zephaniah 3:17. Here are our reasons for applying Isaiah 41:2 to Abraham, rather than to Cyrus. Go further than this, and keep the silence of consideration. Charles Whitaker Searching for Israel (Part Eight): The Scattering of Ten-Tribed Israel When we are about to come before him in prayer or praise; to confess our sins and to plead for pardon; when we engage an argument respecting his being, plans, or perfections; or when we draw near to him in the closet, the family, or the sanctuary, the mind should be filled with awe and reverence. Isaiah 41:1 Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment. 6. This state is not, indeed, to be prolonged. He cannot submit either to men or to angels, so as to render an account to them; but, for the purpose of taking away every excuse, he declares that victory is in his power, even though he were constrained to plead his cause; and, consequently, that it is highly unreasonable to dispute among ourselves, and not to yield to him absolute obedience; that we are ungrateful and rebellious, in not listening to him, and in not considering how just are his demands. When God sets up his church in the Gentile wilderness, there shall be a great change, as if thorns and briers were turned into cedars, and fir-trees, and myrtles. (134). The test proposed is a very simple one. When you have hyacinths in water glasses, you put them first in darkness for some weeks till the roots strike down into the water. Let the people renew their strength . Here then is God exhibited, as if appearing in public, and preparing himself to dispute with idolaters, for his truth and glory; and therefore the islands and people, all the nations of the world, are summoned to plead their cause; and an awful silence is enjoined, according to the forms observed in courts of justice, for both in this and Isaiah 41:21 the expressions and ideas are taken from those courts.” See Vitringa and Dodd. This satisfaction passes into expectation. A MS. has הר har, upon a rasure. Copyright StatementThe Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament is a derivative of a public domain electronic edition. Douglas affirmed flatly that interpreting Isaiah 41:2 as a reference to Cyrus "breaks the unity of the chapter."[6]. [Note: Delitzsch, 2:157.]. Isaiah 41:2 Who raised up the righteous man from the east, called him to his foot, gave the nations before him, and made him rule over kings? The decisive authority is reason, which must acknowledge the state of the case and the conclusions following therefrom. 5. God's people are the seed of Abraham his friend. The Lord did so with Abraham, or rather, he would do so with Cyrus. Go to. 1865-1868. "Commentary on Isaiah 41:1". BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on Isaiah 41:1". The Lord did so with Abraham, or rather, he would do so with Cyrus. He who can thus predict future events, the prophet urges, must be allowed to possess true divinity. In what follows we have to think of the prophet as having, like Balaam, a vision of what shall come to pass in the “latter days” (Numbers 24:20), and seeing not only the forms of the old empires on their way to Hades, as in Isaiah 14:9-12, but the appearance on the scene of the new conqueror. Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Furthermore, the injection of Cyrus into this paragraph destroys the unity of the chapter. What prophecy can the nations produce, either old or new? he giveth nations before him, and maketh him rule over kings; he giveth them as dust to his sword, as the driven stubble to his bow. He pursueth them, and passeth on safely, even by a way that he had not gone by his feet. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/isaiah-41.html. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. (Prof. J. Skinner, D. D.). Our silence in the presence of God will often take the form of thinking of ourselves. Isaiah 41:10 says, Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. he giveth nations before him, and maketh him rule over kings; he giveth them as dust to his sword, as the driven stubble to his bow. Are we doing that? Let the people renew (their) strength - let them gather their strength for the argument; let them adduce their strongest arguments (cf. Isaiah 40:18-31 Sustaining Power of God. In Isaiah 42, the divine speaker announces the presence of a servant who is chosen by God and a source of delight … Continue reading "Commentary on Isaiah 42:1-9" Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 3. Let us think of that, and however difficult the enterprise may be, and however dark our present prospects, we shall not dare to doubt when Jehovah has spoken and pledged His Word. Used by Permission. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, Keep silence before me, O islands "Let the distant nations repair to me with new force of mind" -, And let the people renew their strength -. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/isaiah-41.html. Lets break this verse down so that we can see more clearly the blessings and assurance of what it says. God will make him fit for use, new, and having sharp spikes. This word properly means islands, and is so translated here by the Vulgate, the Septuagint, the Chaldee, the Syriac, and the Arabic. We need not wonder, therefore, that the Prophet dwells so largely on this subject, and that he pursues it in many ways. We may spoil everything by letting the murmur of our own thoughts arise. Here we can add that ‘coasts’ may also mean ‘boundaries’. Silence before God in which such thoughts as these go on leads to a stirring of the soul, a forth-putting of endeavour, and a drawing near to God. Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? (C. H. As to his assuming the character of a guilty person, in order that he may appear and plead his cause before a court of justice, it may be asked, “Who among men will be competent. We cannot expect Him to hear us if We will not hear Him. We also who worship the Lord God have a controversy with Him. Righteousness is not a term that suggests Cyrus; and the KJV translates the opening clause here thus: "Who raised up the righteous man from the east, etc.?" https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/isaiah-41.html. then let them speak”--is filled (how bitter the irony! BibliographyCalvin, John. Silence before God heaps a load on the heart which can only be thrown off by speaking to God. We must be silent to renew our strength, by using silence for consideration as to who it is that we are dealing with. This type of an imaginary court session was a device frequently used by a number of God's prophets, in Hosea, especially. Right silence before God, passing on through stirring up of energy and earnest confiding approach, issues m speech. (M. Not, as in Elijah’s case, would the appeal be made to the descending flame; but to the fitting of prophecy and historical fact. 2. (F. B. Meyer, B. Was it not my work alone? https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/isaiah-41.html. "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. Men gird up their energies afresh when in solemn silence they have gone over the actualities and the possibilities of life. "[7] Abraham was called for the very purpose of casting the idolaters out of Canaan; and the success of the Hebrew people through the long generations had indeed put the fear of God upon all the idolatrous nations on earth (Joshua 2:8-11). BibliographyConstable, Thomas. As Douglas observed, "The Jewish writers and earlier Christian expositors applied this to Abraham. BibliographyClarke, Adam. This is a noisy age, and the Church of Christ herself is too noisy. Yet we need not wonder that the people, overtaken by many terrors, trembled so that they scarcely received solid consolation; for we have abundant experience how much we are alarmed by adversity, because amidst; this depravity and corruption of our nature, every man labors under two diseases. © 2020 Christianity.com. 1905-1909. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". BibliographyTrapp, John. En in quantum se demittat Deus! Isaiah 41:1. The gods of the nations were to predict events in the near future, or to show that they had had a clear understanding of the events of former days. What have we to say upon the matter which concerns us? Let them come near unto me, that we may stand together, and plead our cause before any indifferent judge. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/isaiah-41.html. Henry. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. Isaiah 41:3,4 could have been said of Abraham, but not of Cyrus, there being no record whatever that he ever pursued anyone! The summons now is, to the heathen world also to gather as best they can, and come into controversy with God. Thinking of self becomes sincere and profitable when it goes on consciously in God’s presence. He will meet them in their desolate condition, and will give them consolation as if fountains were opened in deserts, and trees producing grateful shade and fruit were planted in the wilderness Isaiah 41:17-20. But coming near to God and speaking to Him will relieve any soul, however burdened. Isaiah 43:1-13 A Promise to Regather The Unworthy. Isaiah 41:1-29. Without a doubt, this is a verse that was given to bring peace to those who love the Lord. The conversion of thousands, the overthrow of error, the spread of the Redeemer’s kingdom. 4. 5. When we read the Word of God we should say to ourselves, Hush! BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. But no matter how many times these words of encouragement appear, let us always remember that they are spoken by the Creator of the Universe. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". Let us come near together to judgment - The word ‹judgment‘ here means evidently controversy, argumentation, debate. A. And let the people renew their strength.] ), In form the chapter is dramatic. The chief points here dwelt upon, are the proofs of God's power and grace, in testimony of his Godhead, both in creation and redemption, in opposition to all the idols which the corruption of man's fallen nature hath set up. "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". This was the expression commonly employed in the Old Testament to designate the continent of Europe, the solid ground of which is so deeply cut, and so broken up, by seas and lakes, that it looks as if it were about to resolve itself into nothing but islands and peninsulas. 1905. Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. But Israel had from the first an appointed and chief place in that plan: He who is at once King of Israel and God of all the earth, has been maintaining His chosen people in their place, generation after generation, when He made Abraham His friend, and gave the blessing to his seed, and then He made the well yield springs of water under the rod of Moses; and now, though they are reduced to extremity of weakness and dismay, the Holy One of Israel bids them fear not, for He has taken upon Himself to be their Redeemer. 1854-1889. "Commentary on Isaiah 41:1". The language is that which is used of two parties who come together to try a cause, or to engage in debate; and the sense is, that God proposes to enter into an argumentation with the entire pagan world, in regard to his ability to save his people; that is, he proposes to show the reasons why they should trust in him, rather than dread those under whose power they then were, and by whom they had been oppressed. Isaiah 41:17-29 God’s Challenge to The Idols. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/isaiah-41.html. To the Hebrew all distant places were islands. Job 38:3). How sweet to think that there should be a Saviour at all. Notice here, that this great man of God spoken of in Isaiah 41:2 would be from "the east." Though the Prophet’s discourse appears to be different from the former, yet he pursues the same subject; for, in order to put the Jews to shame, he says that he would have been successful, if he had been called to plead with unbelievers and blind persons. Can they tell of a cure for human depravity? All prophecies, except those of the Bible, have been uncertain. This is probably to evince a proper awe and reverence for Yahweh, before whom the argument was to be conducted, and a proper sense of the magnitude and sacredness of the inquiry (compare Isaiah 41:21). On the other hand, Abraham defeated the coalition of the kings in Genesis 14 and pursued them beyond Damascus. Are your purses ready? Islands, near Asia, whose conversion Isaias often predicts, (Calmet) as he does that of all nations. "[10] Of course, by misapplying Isaiah 41:25, some would attempt to make it appear that Cyrus came upon Babylon from the east, which is inaccurate. Isaiah 41:1. SPEECH TO GOD FOLLOWING UPON THE SILENCE. Although Barnes disagreed, he pointed out that: 10. This was the expression commonly employed in the Old Testament to designate the continent of Europe, the solid ground of which is so deeply cut, and so broken up, by seas and lakes, that it looks as if it were about to resolve itself into nothing but islands and peninsulas. In verse 1, God encourages the peoples of the "coastlands," telling them in verse 9 that He has "taken [you] from the ends of the earth, and called [you] from its farthest regions, and said to you, 'You are My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away.'" Every part of God's word is calculated to humble man's pride, and to make him appear little in his own eyes. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/sbc/isaiah-41.html. Biblical Commentary Isaiah 40:1-11 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: The book of Isaiah is centered on the Babylonian exile, which began in 586 B.C. New York. He challenges them to give any evidence of the power or the divinity of their idols; and appeals to the fact that he had foretold future events; that he had raised up a deliverer for his people in proof of his divinity, and his power to save Isaiah 41:21-29. BibliographyBeza, Theodore. 1870. God's care of his people. The passages echo one another. You want to see more power--how about the power you have? INTRODUCTION TO DIVISION VI (Isaiah 40-66). "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". Rawlinson quoted Herodotus as saying that, "When Cyrus attacked Babylon, he fell upon the city mainly from the north. The design of this chapter is the same as that of the preceding, and it is to be regarded as the continuation of the argument commenced there. (J. Leckie, D. D.), The silence of reverence is the soil in which earnestness and energy grow. Let us come near together to judgment. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Isaiah 41:1". God gives to his people the assurance of his protection, and friendship Isaiah 41:8-14. 3. Consequently, if we are led astray from God, we must not throw the blame on others, but ought rather to accuse ourselves of not having been sufficiently attentive and diligent when he spoke to us; for falsehoods would not have power over us, nor would we be carried away by any cunning attempt of Satan to deceive us, or by the force of any attack, if we were well disposed to listen to God. The series of injunctions begins with silence and ends with speech. He does not wish that they shall listen to him in a careless manner, as unjust and corrupt judges, having already determined what sentence they shall pronounce, are wont to do; but that they shall examine and weigh his arguments, in which they will find nothing but what is perfectly just. With what glad silence should we listen to the Divine voice. "Commentary on Isaiah 41:1". 1. Isaiah 41:1, Isaiah 41:21-26) to set forth the claims of their gods against those of Jehovah. A single word of God must be worth more to us than all other words. (Zechariah 2:13). There are those that strive with God's people, that seek their ruin. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. The solemn pause thus allowed--“Keep silence . "coastlands" were the farthest reaches of the Gentile world: the ends of the earth then known. Etymologically, it probably means simply “habitable lands”; and this prophet uses it with great laxity, hardly distinguishing it from “lands” (Isaiah 42:15). It is well, it is proper, to pause and think of what our emotions should be, and of what we should say, before God (compare Genesis 28:16-17). This is a fair illustration of the manner in which the oracles answered the appeals made to them by men or nations when in the agony of fear. What a precious verse for us to consider. The series of injunctions begins with silence and ends in speech. “The nations,” says Rosenmüller, “are called to judgment, not to the tribunal of God, but to that of reason.” The deciding authority is reason, which cannot fail to recognise the facts, and the consequences to be deduced from them. How could we be nearer? BibliographyHawker, Robert, D.D. He simply is not in this passage. 1840-57. These blessings are kept for the poor in spirit, who long for Divine enlightening, pardon, and holiness. By heeding Him they would gain new strength, the same strength that was Israel"s privilege (cf. I will strengthen thee. We are going to make bold to speak with Him, but still He is the eternal God, and we are dust and ashes. (whole chapter):--The conception of this passage is superb. Thus it is used in Job 9:32. Light injures roots, but it is needed for branches. See those scriptures, Ecclesiastes 5:2; Proverbs 16:1; James 1:17. and Psalms 62:1 as the margin renders it, silent before God. Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment. John Trapp Complete Commentary. We shall consider the beginning and the end of this series--silence before God and speech to God. "Commentary on Isaiah 41:1". This has fulfilment in the triumphs of the gospel of Christ, and of all faithful followers of Christ, over the power of darkness. 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