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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Isaiah 24:16-23

These verses, as those before, plainly speak, I. Comfort to saints. They may be driven, by the common calamities of the places where they live, into the uttermost parts of the earth, or perhaps they are forced thither for their religion; but there they are singing, not sighing. Thence have we heard songs, and it is a comfort to us to hear them, to hear that good people carry their religion along with them even to the most distant regions, to hear that God visits them there and gives... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Isaiah 24:17

Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth. This is to be understood not of the land of Judea only, and the inhabitants of it, but of all the earth; Kimchi interprets it of the nations of the world, particularly the Greeks and Turks; but the whole world, and the inhabitants of it, are meant, as the following verses show. There is an elegant play on words in the Hebrew, which cannot well be expressed in English, in the words "pachad, pachath, pach", fear,... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Isaiah 24:17

Fear, and the pit "The terror, the pit" - If they escape one calamity, another shall overtake them. "As if a man should flee from a lion, and a bear should overtake him: Or should betake himself to his house, and lean his hand on the wall, And a serpent should bite him." Amos 5:19 . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 24:1-20

SECTION VI . GOD 'S GENERAL JUDGMENTS UPON THE EARTH (Isaiah 24-27.). GOD 'S JUDGMENTS ON THE WORLD AT LARGE . From special denunciations of woe upon particular nations—Babylon, Assyria, Philistia, Moab, Syria of Damascus, Egypt and Ethiopia, Arabia, Judea, Tyre—the prophet passes to denunciations of a broader character, involving the future of the whole world. This section of his work extends from the commencement of Isaiah 24:1-23 . to the conclusion of ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 24:1-20

God's final judgment upon the earth. In striking contrast with man's self-complacent theories of continual progress and improvement in the world, resulting in something like the final perfection of our race, is God's prophetic announcement that, as the years roll on, mankind will go from bad to worse, plunge deeper and deeper into wickedness, bring calamity after calamity upon themselves, and finally so provoke him that he will destroy the very earth itself as " defiled ' by its... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 24:1-23

Prophecy of judgment. The difficulties, historically considered, of this chapter must be left to the exegete. We concern ourselves with the larger sense it contains of a prophecy of a judgment upon the whole world. I. THE APPROACHING DESOLATION . ( Isaiah 24:1-3 .) The figures of emptying , draining , are employed to denote the utter depopulation and impoverishment of the earth; also that of turning upside down , to denote disorganization and demoralization in every civil... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 24:16-22

Five fruits of transgression. The key-note of this passage is found in the twentieth verse: "The transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it." All these dire evils are the consequences of national transgression. They are fivefold. I. IT IMPOVERISHES . The prophet, speaking not only for himself, but for his country, exclaims, "My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me!" ( Isaiah 24:16 ). The violation of Divine Law not only II. IT DELUDES . It is full of treachery ( Isaiah... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 24:17

Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee. Man will be like a hunted animal, flying from pursuit, and in danger at each step of falling into a pit or being caught in a snare (comp. Jeremiah 48:43 , Jeremiah 48:44 , where the idea is borrowed from this place, and applied to a particular nation). read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Isaiah 24:17

Fear, and the pit - This verse is an explanation of the cause of the wretchedness referred to in the previous verse. The same expression is found in Jeremiah 48:43, in his account of the destruction that would come upon Moab, a description which Jeremiah probably copied from Isaiah - There is also here in the original a “paronomasia” that cannot be retained in a translation - &פחד ופחת ופח pachad vâpachath vâpach - where the form פח pach occurs in each word. The sense is, that they were... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Isaiah 24:17-18

Isaiah 24:17-18. Fear, and the pit, and the snare, &c. Great and various judgments, some actually inflicted, and others justly feared, as the punishment of the last-mentioned perfidiousness of the Jews toward God and their own Messiah. He that fleeth from the fear, &c. Upon the report of some terrible evil coming toward him; shall fall into the pit When he designs to avoid one danger, by so doing he shall plunge himself into another and greater mischief. For the windows from on... read more

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