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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Isaiah 42:5-12

Here is I. The covenant God made with and the commission he gave to the Messiah, Isa. 42:5-7, which are an exposition of Isa. 42:1; Behold my servant, whom I uphold. 1. The royal titles by which the great God here makes himself known, and distinguishes himself from all pretenders, speak very much his glory (Isa. 42:5): Thus saith God the Lord. And who are thou, Lord? Why, he is the fountain of all being and therefore the fountain of all power. He is the fountain of being, 1. In the upper... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Isaiah 42:9

Behold, the former things are come to pass ,.... Which the Lord had foretold in former times, as to Abraham, concerning the affliction of his posterity in Egypt, the bringing them out from thence, and settling them in the land of Canaan; and other things by Moses and Joshua, and other prophets; and by Isaiah; and particularly the captivity of the ten tribes, which was now come to pass in the times of Hezekiah: and new things do I declare ; as the captivity of Judah and Benjamin, and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 42:5-9

Mission of Jehovah's Servant. "A new revelation defines the mission of the Servant with greater precision. The plan of the mission requires an exhibition of the Divine wisdom and power on as large a scale as in creation and preservation (cf. Zechariah 12:1 )" (Cheyne). I. THE RELATION OF GOD To THE WORLD . He is the God—the only God (cf. Psalms 85:9 ). He can admit no rival; he stands in a unique relation to the world—is alone to be worshipped. He is the Creator: his... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 42:9

Behold, the former things are come to pass ; i.e. former prophecies have been fulfilled. Israel has been led lute captivity, and in her captivity has suffered grievous things. The reference is, perhaps, especially to such prophecies as Isaiah 39:5-7 . And new things do I declare (comp. Isaiah 43:19 ). The voluntary restoration of a captive people to their own land by the power to which they were subject, and which could compel their services, was emphatically a "new thing" in the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 42:9-17

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE COMING DELIVERANCE OF ISRAEL FROM BABYLON , AND CALL ON THE NATIONS FOR A SONG OF PRAISE AND JUBILATION . Jehovah is still the speaker. He begins by promising a new revelation ( Isaiah 42:9 ). Then, before the revelation is made, he calls upon the nations—especially those in the vicinity of Palestine—to rejoice at what is about to happen ( Isaiah 42:10-12 ). After this he proceeds to make the announcement promised in Isaiah 42:9 ... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Isaiah 42:9

Behold, the former things are come to pass - That is, the former things which he had foretold. This is the evidence to which he appeals in proof that he alone was God, and this is the basis on which he calls upon them to believe that what he had predicted in regard to future things would also come to pass. He had by his prophets foretold events which had now been fulfilled, and this should lead them to confide in him alone as the true God.And new things do I declare - Things pertaining to... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Isaiah 42:8-9

Isaiah 42:8-9. I am the Lord Hebrew, Jehovah; who have all being in and of myself, and give being to all my creatures. The everlasting, and unchangeable, and omnipotent God, who therefore both can and will fulfil all my promises. That is my name Which I must own and justify to the world. He seems to allude to Exodus 3:14; Exodus 6:3. My glory will I not give to another I will not any longer suffer that honour and worship which are peculiar to me to be given to idols, as it hath been,... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Isaiah 42:1-25

Success and failure of God’s servant (42:1-25)In the previous chapter the servant of Yahweh was identified with Israel (see 41:8). Israel is probably again the servant who is identified here, but the ideals outlined in this song never became a reality in the nation. They did, to some extent, characterize the faithful remnant, but they found their perfect expression only in the one who embodied the ideals God desired, Jesus Christ. The prophet foresees that this servant of Yahweh, though... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Isaiah 42:9

the former things, &c. Referring to his prophecies, among others, concerning Sennacherib, Isaiah 10:0 and Isaiah 37:0 . new things, &c. Thus uniting the predictions of the earlier chapters with the so-called "second" part. See App-79 . read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Isaiah 42:5-9

Isaiah 42:5-9. Thus saith God— The prophet here continues the address of God to the Messiah, and that in a very lofty and magnificent manner. First, the Messiah is animated to continue his course with alacrity and spirit, amid the many difficulties which his enemies would throw in his way, since God, by his sovereign decree, had ordained him for the Saviour of both Jews and Gentiles, and would support him by his most powerful aid, and by the singular care of his providence, Isaiah 42:5-8. The... read more

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