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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Isaiah 33:1-12

Here we have, I. The proud and false Assyrian justly reckoned with for all his fraud and violence, and laid under a woe, Isa. 33:1. Observe, 1. The sin which the enemy had been guilty of. He had spoiled the people of God, and made a prey of them, and herein had broken his treaty of peace with them, and dealt treacherously. Truth and mercy are two such sacred things, and have so much of God in them, that those cannot but be under the wrath of God that make conscience of neither, but are... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Isaiah 33:8

The highways lie waste ,.... No man walking in them, for fear of the enemy; "the ways of Zion", which are said to "mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts", Lamentations 1:4 none daring to attend the ministry of the word and ordinances; see Isaiah 35:8 , the wayfaring man ceaseth ; or, "the traveller rests" F26 שבת עבר ארח "cessaverat viator", Junius & Tremellius; "desiit viator", Cocceius. ; or stops; he does not proceed on his journey; a stop is put to a... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 33:7-12

THE PROPHET ENTERS FURTHER INTO PARTICULARS . Having "sketched the main outlines of his revelation," Isaiah proceeds to "fill in and apply the details" (Cheyne). He first describes the despair and low condition of Judah: the men of war wailing aloud; the ambassadors just returned kern Laehish weeping at the ill success of their embassy; all travelling stopped; the land wasted and made a desert; the Assyrians still ravaging and destroying, despite the peace which had been made ( 2... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 33:7-12

The uprising of Jehovah. I. HIS UPRISING IS A FIGURE OF PROVIDENTIAL INTERPOSITION . There are times when he seems to be still, seated, and looking on, and the course of events to defy his will ( Isaiah 18:4 ). Men cry, "How long, O Lord? Awake, stir thyself up to deliver!" But he knows his own time; he is not a day too soon, nor too late. When the hour of providence has struck, the scene instantly changes. " Now will I rise; now I will lift up myself!" It is not for us... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 33:8

The highways lie waste {croup. 5:6 ). The meaning is that' they were unoccupied. Fear of the Assyrians restrained men from travelling. He hath broken the covenant . Sennacherib, when he accepted the sum of money sent him by Hezekiah, must have consented to leave him unmolested for the future. But in a very short time we find him, apparently without any reasonable pretext, sending a fresh expedition against Jerusalem, requiring it to be admitted within the walls, and even threatening the... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Isaiah 33:8

The highways lie waste - This verse contains a description of the desolations that had been caused by the invasion of Sennacherib. Some have understood it as containing the account which the ambassadors sent by Hezekiah gave of the effects of the invasion. Thus Grotius interprets it. But it is probably a description made by the prophet himself, and is designed to state one cause why the messengers that had been sent out wept bitterly. They had not only failed of inducing Sennacherib to abandon... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Isaiah 33:7-9

Isaiah 33:7-9. Behold, &c. That the mercy here promised might be duly appreciated and magnified, he gives a lively representation of the great danger and distress in which it found them. Their valiant ones “Three MSS.,” says Bishop Lowth, “read אראלים , lions of God, or strong lions; so they called valiant men, heroes; which appellation the Arabians and Persians still use.” The Hebrew doctors, however, understand by the word, their heralds, or messengers, namely, those whom... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Isaiah 33:1-24

Assyria defeated; Jerusalem blessed (33:1-24)In speaking again about the current situation, Isaiah announces God’s judgment on the Assyrians. They have plundered greedily and acted treacherously (33:1). Isaiah cries to God to save Jerusalem, so that the enemy armies will flee and the Jerusalemites can seize the goods left behind (2-4). Assured that God will act, the prophet praises him before the actual victory. God gives his people security and wisdom, and they respond with reverence and trust... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Isaiah 33:8

highways. See note on Isaiah 7:3 . lie waste = are desolate. See note on Isaiah 1:7 . wayfaring man = he that walketh along the path. See note on "path", Isaiah 2:3 . man = mortal. Hebrew. 'enosh. App-14 read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Isaiah 33:7-9

Isaiah 33:7-9. Behold, their valiant ones— Behold their valiant ones, they cry without: the ambassadors of peace, they weep bitterly. Isaiah 33:8. The highways lie desolate; the traveller ceaseth: he hath broken, &c. Isaiah 33:9. Lebanon is ashamed, withers away: Sharon is become like a wilderness, &c. The prophet, seeing as it were immediately before his eyes, that spoiling and devastation of the land of the people of God mentioned Isa 33:1 seeing it with all its consequences, such as... read more

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