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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Isaiah 34:9-17

This prophecy looks very black, but surely it looks so further than upon Edom and Bozrah. 1. It describes the melancholy changes that are often made by the divine Providence, in countries, cities, palaces, and families. Places that have flourished and been much frequented strangely go to decay. We know not where to find the places where many great towns, celebrated in history, once stood. Fruitful countries, in process of time, are turned into barrenness, and pompous populous cities into... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Isaiah 34:9

And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch ,.... The Septuagint render it, "the valleys"; the word signifying both rivers and valleys, most render it rivers or streams. The Targum is express, "the rivers of Rome shall be turned into pitch;' by which may be meant the maritime places belonging to the Romish jurisdiction, the same on which the third vial will be poured, by which the rivers and fountains of waters will become blood; and which refers to this very time, when blood... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 34:1-10

The terrors of the Lord not to be held back by the preacher, "Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord," says the great apostle of the Gentiles, "we persuade men. There is m these modern times a sickly sentimentality prevalent, which protests against the employment by preachers of arguments that address themselves to the fears of their hearers. Delicate nerves are not to be hurt by disagreeable images, or highly wrought descriptions of sufferings. Ears accustomed to flatteries are not to be... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 34:1-15

The Divine indignation. The strong, pictorial language of the prophet brings into bold relief some truths respecting God's indignation of which it is needful to be occasionally reminded. We learn— I. THAT IT IS A CONSTANT FACTOR IN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE WORLD . "Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people; let the earth hear, and all that is therein … for the indignation of the Lord is upon all nations ," etc. ( Isaiah 34:1 , Isaiah 34:2 ). It is... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 34:1-17


Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 34:1-17

The sins and punishment of Edom. The Edomites appear in the blackest colors in the descriptions of the prophets. And in this oracle their punishment is represented in the horrible desolation of their land. I. THEIR SINS . Their cruelty is above all stigmatized. At the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar they helped to plunder the city and slaughter the poor Jews. Their conduct on this occasion was never forgotten ( Psalms 137:1-9 .). In Obadiah we have the feelings about them... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 34:9

And the streams thereof ; i.e. "the streams of the land of Edom." Though Edom has no perennial rivers, it has numerous torrent-courses to carry off the winter rains (see 2 Kings 3:20-22 ). These should run with pitch, instead of water. The general idea is that Edom should be visited with a destruction like that of Sodom and Gomorrah ( Genesis 19:24 ; comp. Jeremiah 49:18 ). But the prophet scarcely intends his words to be taken literally; he is making Edom a type or representation of... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Isaiah 34:9

And the streams thereof - The idea here is, that there would be as great and awful a destruction as if the streams everywhere should become pitch or resin, which would be set on fire, and which would fill the land with flame. This image is very striking, as we may see by supposing the rivers and streams in any land to flow not with water, but with heated pitch, turpentine, or tar, and that this was all suddenly kindled into a flame. It cannot be supposed that this is to be taken literally. The... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Isaiah 34:9-15

Isaiah 34:9-15. And the streams thereof The rivers, which seem most secure from the judgment here threatened; shall be turned into pitch, &c. The country shall be dealt with as Sodom and Gomorrah were, even utterly destroyed, as it were, by fire, or burning pitch and brimstone, thrown down upon it from heaven. From generation to generation it shall lie waste It shall be irrecoverably ruined, and shall remain a spectacle of God’s vengeance to all succeeding ages. The cormorant,... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Isaiah 34:1-17

34:1-35:10 MORE ABOUT JUDGMENT AND SALVATIONJerusalem’s final triumph over Assyria is followed by further pictures of God’s final judgment on the world and the blessings that will follow. (See notes on the introduction to 24:1-27:13.) God’s enemies in this section are represented by one of Israel’s most ancient enemies, Edom.Punishment of the wicked (34:1-17)God calls sinners together to hear his judgment and receive his punishment. This judgment affects people worldwide, and involves the... read more

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