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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Isaiah 3:1-8

The prophet, in the close of the foregoing chapter, had given a necessary caution to all not to put confidence in man, or any creature; he had also given a general reason for that caution, taken from the frailty of human life and the vanity and weakness of human powers. Here he gives a particular reason for it?God was now about to ruin all their creature-confidences, so that they should meet with nothing but disappointments in all their expectations from them (Isa. 3:1): The stay and the staff... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Isaiah 3:8

For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen , This is a reason given why the government of them is refused; they were fallen into such a ruinous condition, that there was no probability of recovering them. And the reason of this their fall and ruin is, because their tongue and their doings are against the Lord ; against the Lord Jesus Christ, whom they reproached and vilified as an impostor, a blasphemer, and a seditious person; and whom they spit upon, buffeted, scourged, and... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Isaiah 3:8

The eyes "The cloud" - This word appears to be of very doubtful form, from the printed editions, the MSS., and the ancient versions. The first yod in עיני eyney , which is necessary according to the common interpretation, is in many of them omitted; the two last letters are upon a rasure in two MSS. I think it should be ענן anan , "a cloud," as the Syriac reads; and the allusion is to the cloud in in which the glory of the Lord appeared above the tabernacle; see Exodus 16:9 , ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 3:1-8

National and spiritual anarchy. We have a vivid picture here of— I. NATIONAL ANARCHY . 1. Its cause is found in national rebellion against its rightful Lord. "Their tongue and their doings are against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of his glory" ( Isaiah 3:8 ). Sin, both in word and deed, draws down the righteous indignation of God, and, under his just administration, the penalty of iniquity is paid. 2. Its signs are seen in: 3. Its issue . ( Isaiah 3:8 .)... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 3:8

Jerusalem is ruined ; or, has come to ruin —the "perfect of prophetic certainty" (Cheyne)—(comp. Amos 5:2 , "The virgin of Israel is fallen "). Their tongue and their doings . Sins of the tongue are denounced in the Old Testament as well as in the New, though not, perhaps, so frequently (see Exodus 20:7 ; Exodus 21:17 ; Exodus 22:28 ; Exodus 23:1 , Exodus 23:2 ; Psalms 31:18 ; Psalms 94:4 , etc.). To provoke the eyes of his glory . This is an unusual metaphor. God's... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 3:8

The secret of national ruin. "Their tongue and their doings are against the Lord." This is given distinctly as the reason and the explanation of the ruin of Judah. The prophet goes right past all accidents and all national events, and fixes on the moral cause of the ruin. A nation is bad at the core when it can doubt and dishonor God; and no such nation can stand long. God will surely arise to vindicate himself and to shake terribly the earth. Isaiah uses a singular figure: "To provoke the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 3:8-15

The reasons of judgment. In man's sufferings they must own they are subject to the reasonable rule of him who is eternal Reason. I. ANTAGONISM TO THE DIVINE RULE . In word and deed. 1. In current talk, writing, speechifying, it is difficult to detect where the falsehood lies. It consists in the suppression of certain important sides of truth, and in putting forward interested, partial views of things. The literature of a people cannot be sound, if it be sunk in greed of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 3:8-26

THE CAUSE OF THE JUDGMENT SHOWN TO BE THE SINS OF JERUSALEM . 1. The sins of the men . ( Isaiah 3:8-15 ). These are declared to be partly sins of speech, but mainly sins of act ( Isaiah 3:8 ). Of sins of speech the only one specified is the open and shameless declaration of their wickedness ( Isaiah 3:9 ). Under the head of sins of act are enumerated The enumeration of the sins is mixed with exhortation and comment in such a way as to give rise to the... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Isaiah 3:8

For Jerusalem ... - The prophet proceeds to show the cause of this state of things. ‘These are the words of the prophet, and not of him who was chosen leader.’ - “Jerome.”Is ruined - It would be so ruined, and the prospect of preserving it would be so completely taken away, that no one could be induced to undertake to defend and protect it.Judah - The kingdom of Judah, of which Jerusalem was the capital; Note Isaiah 1:1.Is fallen - Hebrew, “falls;” that is, is about to fall - as a tower or a... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Isaiah 3:6-8

Isaiah 3:6-8. A man shall take hold of his brother Of his relation, friend, or neighbour. To take hold of another implies entreating his assistance; see Isaiah 4:1; Zechariah 8:23; saying, Thou hast clothing We are utterly undone, and have neither food nor raiment; but thou hast something left to support the dignity, which we offer to thee; be thou our ruler And we will be subject to thee. It is taken for granted that there would be no way of redressing all these grievances, and... read more

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