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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Isaiah 51:4-8

Both these proclamations, as I may call them, end alike with an assurance of the perpetuity of God's righteousness and his salvation; and therefore we put them together, both being designed for the comfort of God's people. Observe, I. Who they are to whom this comfort belongs: ?My people, and my nation, that I have set apart for myself, that own me and are owned by me.? Those are God's people and his nation who are subject to him as their King and their God, pay allegiance to him, and put... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Isaiah 51:6

Lift up your eyes to the heavens ,.... And observe their beauty and order, the constant and regular motion of the heavenly bodies, the firmness and solidity of them: and look upon the earth beneath ; how stable and well founded it is: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke ; though they are so firm, and have lasted so long, and have kept their constant situation and course, yet they shall melt away like salt, as the word F11 נמלחו αλιωσονται , "Symmachus". It is... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Isaiah 51:6

My salvation shall be for ever - Aben Ezra says, From this verse divines have learnt the immortality of the soul. Men shall perish as the earth does, because they are formed from it; but they who are filled with the salvation of God shall remain for ever. See Kimchi. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 51:1-8

AN ADDRESS TO FAITHFUL ISRAEL , SUGGESTING TOPICS OF COMFORT . The address consists of three nearly equal strophes or stanzas, each commencing with a call, Shim'u elai , "Hearken unto me," or Haqshibu elai , "Attend to me." The prophet appears to be the speaker, and to address himself to the more faithful portion of the people. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 51:1-8

Instructions to the spiritual Israel. The people are described as "possessing righteousness," i.e. following a way of life in accordance with the Divine commands; and "seeking Jehovah," i.e. attending to all that his mind approves and his will commands. I. THE LESSON OF THEIR ORIGIN . They had been, as it were, hewn from a rock and dug out of a pit. The allusion is to Abraham. They had sprung from one, and him as good as dead ( Hebrews 11:12 ). They had been as rough as... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 51:6

Lift up your eyes to the heavens . Look to that which seems to you most stable and most certain to endure—the vast firmament of the heavens, and the solid earth beneath it, of which God "bears up the pillars" ( Psalms 125:3 ). Both these, and man too, are in their nature perishable, and will vanish away and cease to be. But God, and his power to save, and his eternal law of right, can never pass away, but must endure for evermore. Let Israel be sure that the righteous purposes of God with... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 51:6

Things earthly and things spiritual. "They that dwell therein shall die in like manner; but my salvation shall be for ever." Some render, "Shall die like gnats;" that is, shall live their little day, and then pass away (comp. Psalms 102:26 ; Matthew 24:35 ; 2 Peter 3:10-13 ). We get one of our chief impressions of the value of a thing out of the length of time that it will last. Permanence is one of the principal notes of value. The insect that hums through the air of one summer's... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Isaiah 51:6

Lift up your eyes to the heavens - The design of directing their attention to the heavens and the earth is, probably, to impress them more deeply with a conviction of the certainty of his salvation in this manner, namely, the heavens and the earth appear firm and fixed; there is in them no apparent tendency to dissolution and decay. Yet though apparently thus fixed and determined, they will all vanish away, but the promise of God will be unfailing.For the heavens shall vanish away - The word... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Isaiah 51:6

Isaiah 51:6. Lift up your eyes to the heavens Look up to the visible heavens above, which have continued hitherto, and seem likely to continue; and look upon the earth beneath Which seems as firmly established as if it would endure for ever. The heavens shall vanish away like smoke Which soon spends itself and disappears; and the earth shall wax old, &c. Shall decay and perish, like a worn-out garment. And they that dwell therein shall die in like manner Shall be dissolved, as... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Isaiah 51:1-23

God of the impossible (51:1-23)To the captive Jews it must have seemed almost impossible to escape from the powerful grip of the tyrant Babylon, make the long journey over harsh territory and then rebuild their ruined country. God encourages them with reminders of the apparently impossible things he has done for them in the past. The very origin of Israel was something of a miracle. God built a nation out of one couple, even though the man and his wife were past the age when they might normally... read more

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