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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 24:21

And it shall come to pass in that day ,.... Not at the precise exact time the earth shall be dissolved, but previous to it, within that dispensation that is called the last day: that the Lord shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high ; which is not to be understood of the darkening of the sun, moon, and stars in the heavens, as some; nor of the visiting of angels, as Aben Ezra; nor of the punishment of Satan, and his principalities and powers, who are reserved to the... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Isaiah 24:21

On high - upon the earth - That is, the ecclesiastical and civil polity of the Jews, which shall be destroyed. The nation shall continue in a state of depression and dereliction for a long time. The image seems to be taken from the practice of the great monarchs of that time; who, when they had thrown their wretched captives into a dungeon, never gave themselves the trouble of inquiring about them; but let them lie a long time in that miserable condition, wholly destitute of relief, and... 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 24:21

In that day . About that time—in connection with the series of events just related. The Lord shall punish the host of the high ones . It is generally allowed that these high ones, set m contrast as they are with the "kings of the earth," must belong to the class of supramundane intelligences, spiritual beings of a high order. Some have inclined to identify them with the "patron-spirits of nations," spoken of by Daniel ( Daniel 10:13 , Daniel 10:20 , Daniel 10:21 ); but those... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 24:21-22

A sorer punishment reserved for the authors and instigators of evil than for others. The kings of the earth to a large extent lead their subjects into sin. Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, by the setting up of the golden calves at Dan and Bethel, "made Israel to sin," and was the original and main cause of that lapse into idolatry which brought down destruction upon the Israelite nation. Ahab, by his marriage with Jezebel, and introduction of the Baal-worship, intensified the evil, and hastened... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 24:21-23

THE SUPRAMUNDANE JUDGMENT , AND FINAL ESTABLISHMENT OF GOD 'S KINGDOM . Upon the destruction of the world there is to supervene a visitation of those who have been specially instrumental in producing the great wickedness that has brought the world to an end. These most guilty ones are classified under two heads: they consist of read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Isaiah 24:21

In that day - In the time of the captivity at Babylon.Shall punish - Hebrew as the Margin, ‘Shall visit upon’ (see the note at Isaiah 10:12).The host of the high ones - There have been various interpretations of this expression. Jerome understands it of the host of heaven, and thinks it refers to the fact that in the day of judgment God will judge not only earthly things but celestial, and especially the sun and moon and stars, as having ‘been the objects of idolatrous worship (see Deuteronomy... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Isaiah 24:21-22

Isaiah 24:21-22. It shall come to pass in that day At or soon after the time when God shall execute the above-mentioned judgment on the apostate Jews; that the Lord shall punish the host of the high ones The proud and potent enemies of his people, who possess the high places of the earth; and the kings of the earth The great monarchs of the world, who now scorn and trample on his people. Some think the idolatrous persecuting Roman empire is here intended, but what follows seems to... read more

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