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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Isaiah 44:1-8

Two great truths are abundantly made out in these verses:? I. That the people of God are a happy people, especially upon account of the covenant that is between them and God. The people of Israel were so as a figure of the gospel Israel. Three things complete their happiness:? 1. The covenant-relations wherein they stand to God, Isa. 44:1, 2. Israel is here called Jeshurun?the upright one; for those only, like Nathanael, are Israelites indeed, in whom is no guile, and those only shall have the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Isaiah 44:3

For I will pour water oh him that is thirsty ,.... Or rather upon the thirsty land, as the Targum; and so the Syriac version, "in a thirsty place"; as a dry land is a thirsty land; it thirsts for water, gapes and opens for it: see Psalm 63:1 "and floods upon the dry ground"; large quantities of rain to moisten it, and make it fruitful; these figurative expressions are explained in the next clauses: I will pour my Spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring ; by which... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 44:1-5

A PROPHECY OF ISRAEL 'S SPIRITUAL RECOVERY AND REGENERATION . This section is closely connected with Isaiah 43:1-28 ; of which it ought to form the conclusion. The prophet cannot bear to leave Israel under a ban—its spiritual guides "profaned," and itself given over to "reproaches." He must end with a brighter prospect. Accordingly, he holds out, in the present passage, the double hope read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 44:1-5

The offspring of Israel. Judgments are coming upon the world. And the sacred seed shall be scattered abroad through all nations. There shall be deliverance of Israel from all those calamities and much more; the heathen nations shall be brought into the light of Jehovah. I. ADDRESS OF JEHOVAH TO THE PEOPLE . There are three names for the people—Jacob, Israel, Jesurun—and each represents a separate phase of moral progress. 1. Jacob , my servant. This itself is a title... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 44:2-5

Revival promised in the power of the Spirit. The history of the Church reminds us of the tides that rise and fall upon our shores—ebb and flow, ebb and flow. Sometimes the waters rise with an unusual strength, and flood all the land around, but soon they fall back into the old limits and quiet movements. No doubt the kingdom of Christ is steadily advancing, widening its reach, enlarging its influence. But as we can only see a little, one little bay of the great shore-line, as it were, we can... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 44:3

I will pour water upon him that is thirsty . "Water" is, in Isaiah, the common metaphor for Divine grace. Sometimes, as in this place (and Isaiah 35:6 ; Isaiah 43:20 ; Isaiah 55:1 ), the simple maim , "water" or "waters," is the word used. At other times we have instead, or in addition, "rain" ( Isaiah 5:6 ; Isaiah 30:23 ; Isaiah 55:10 ), or "dew" ( Isaiah 26:19 ), or "rivers" ( Isaiah 30:25 ; Isaiah 32:2 ; Isaiah 33:21 ; Isaiah 41:18 ; Isaiah 43:19 , etc.), or... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 44:3-4

Water a symbol of Divine grace. It has been shown (in the comment on Isaiah 44:3 ) An analogy thus recommended seems entitled to be viewed as something more than poetic imagery, and may properly be made the subject of our serious thought. In what respects, then, we may ask, does the symbolism hold? I. WATER IS COMMON , ABUNDANT , FREELY GIVEN TO MANKIND AT LARGE . So is it with Divine grace. Christ, the Light of the world, lighteth every man that cometh into it... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 44:3-5

The indispensable blessing. We may well speak of water in the natural realm and of its antitype in the spiritual as— I. THE INDISPENSABLE BLESSING . There may be abundance of earth, and it may be of the most valuable quality; there may be the utmost diligence in the field, and the latest agricultural science; but if the rain be withheld, if no water can be obtained to nourish the sown seed, there can be no harvest,—the indispensable blessing is not bestowed. So is it in the sphere... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Isaiah 44:3

For I will pour water - Floods, rivers, streams, and waters, are often used in the Scriptures, and especially in Isaiah, to denote plenteous divine blessings, particularly the abundant influences of the Holy Spirit (see the note at Isaiah 35:6-7). That it here refers to the Holy Spirit and his influences, is proved by the parallel expressions in the subsequent part of the verse.Upon him that is thirsty - Or rather, ‘on the thirsty land.’ The word צמא tsâmē' refers here rather to land, and the... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Isaiah 44:3-5

Isaiah 44:3-5. I will pour water My Spirit, as it is expounded in the latter part of the verse, frequently compared to water in the Scriptures; upon him that is thirsty That is destitute of it, and that sincerely and earnestly desires it; and my blessing upon thine offspring All the blessings of my covenant, especially those of a spiritual nature. This promise seems to have been made with a design to raise the minds and hearts of the Jews from carnal and worldly things, to which they... read more

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