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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Isaiah 26:5-11

Here the prophet further encourages us to trust in the Lord for ever, and to continue waiting on him; for, I. He will make humble souls that trust in him to triumph over their proud enemies, Isa. 26:5, 6. Those that exalt themselves shall be abased: For he brings down those that dwell on high; and wherein they deal proudly he is, and will be, above them. Even the lofty city Babylon itself, or Nineveh, he lays it low, Isa. 25:12. He can do it, be it ever so well fortified. He has often done it.... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Isaiah 26:6

The foot shall tread it down ,.... Trample upon it when brought down, laid low, and level with the ground, as mire is trodden in the streets, and straw for the dunghill; as grapes in the winepress, or grass by the feet of cattle: not the foot of a prince, as Aben Ezra observes, or of mighty men; but, as follows, even the feet of the poor, and the steps of the needy ; these are not the Israelites in a literal sense, as Kimchi explains it; but the spiritual Israel of God; the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 26:1-13

The vision of future glory. It seems best to take this as the picture of an ideal spiritual state. I. THE IMPREGNABLE CITY . Its walls and outworks are "salvation." A great word—negatively hinting deliverance from the enemy and the oppressor; positively including all the contents of sacred peace, prosperity, and happiness. But salvation is nothing without a Savior; it is the loving presence of Jehovah who girds about Jerusalem as a wall. In Zechariah 2:9 he is spoken of as a... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 26:1-18

A SONG OF THE REDEEMED IN MOUNT ZION . The prophet, having (in Isaiah 25:1-12 .) poured forth his own thankfulness to God for the promise of the Church's final redemption and triumph, proceeds now to represent the Church itself in the glorified state as singing praise to God for the same. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 26:1-18

Thanksgiving the employment of the saints in bliss. The prophet, in this sublime passage of his prophecy, carries us with him within the veil, and reveals to us the very words, or, at the least, the general tone and tenor of utterances, which the saints make when they have passed from earth to heaven, and stand in the very presence of God. The words are, as we should have expected, mainly words of praise and thanksgiving. The saints praise God— I. FOR THE BLESSINGS OF THEIR ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 26:5-8

(latter half) The righteousness of God's rule. I. ITS APPARENT ABSENCE . We still find on the earth "them that dwell on high"—the arrogant, the presumptuous, the oppressor; there is to be seen" the lofty city," exalted in its pride of power, dealing its blows upon the weak and suffering, fearing not God nor regarding the rights of men. In every age, beneath every sky, these men and these cities have been known. To those who have been humiliated and ill treated, God has seemed... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 26:6

The foot shall tread it down ; rather, trode it down . The feet of the poor, and the steps of the needy ; i.e. the feet of God's people, the weak and afflicted of this world, trod down ultimately, or brought to destruction and ruin, the great world-power—not so much that they were victorious in an actual physical contest, as that they, finally triumphed through God's judgment on the world-power, which brought it to naught, and left it for his people to show their contempt by... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Isaiah 26:6

The foot shall tread it down, even the feet of the poor - That is, evidently, those who had been despised by them, and who had been overcome and oppressed by them. The obvious reference here is to the Jews who had been captives there. The idea is not necessarily that the ‘poor’ referred to here I would be among the conquerors, but that when the Babylonians should be overcome, and their city destroyed, those who were then oppressed should be in circumstances of comparative prosperity. No doubt... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Isaiah 26:5-6

Isaiah 26:5-6. For he bringeth down Hebrew, he hath brought down, or, as it may be rendered, he will bring down, them that dwell on high He speaks not so much of height of place, as of dignity and power, in which sense also he mentions the lofty city in the next clause; which may be understood, either of proud Babylon, or of all the strong and stately cities of God’s enemies. The foot shall tread it down God will bring it under the feet of his poor, weak, and despised people. The... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Isaiah 26:1-21

Final victory for the godly (26:1-27:1)Having destroyed the city built by human hands (that is, humankind’s whole ungodly way of life; 25:2), God now builds his city. It is a city for the righteous, an eternal dwelling place for those who have experienced the perfect peace that comes through complete trust in God (26:1-3). Those who trust in him have stability and security, but those who trust in themselves are overthrown. God’s city stands for ever; the world’s city is smashed to the ground... read more

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