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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Isaiah 52:7-12

The removal of the Jews from Babylon to their own land again is here spoken of both as a mercy and as a duty; and the application of Isa. 52:7 to the preaching of the gospel (by the apostle, Rom. 10:15) plainly intimates that that deliverance was a type and figure of the redemption of mankind by Jesus Christ, to which what is here said of their redemption out of Babylon ought to be accommodated. I. It is here spoken of as a great blessing, which ought to be welcomed with abundance of joy and... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Isaiah 52:11

Depart ye, depart ye ,.... Not from Jerusalem, as some, for that is now said to be redeemed, and its waste places made joyful; but Babylon, even mystical Babylon. The Targum is, "be ye separated, be ye separated": and so the apostle, 2 Corinthians 6:17 . It denotes a separation from the idolatrous church of Rome; and the exhortation is repeated, to hasten the thing, to urge the necessity of it, and point at the danger of delaying it; and it may be it may respect a two fold separation, one... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Isaiah 52:11

Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence - The Prophet Jeremiah seems to have had his eye on this passage of Isaiah, and to have applied it to a subject directly opposite. It is here addressed by the prophet in a way of encouragement and exhortation to the Jews coming out of Babylon. Jeremiah has given it a different turn, and has thrown it out, as a reproach of the heathen upon the Jews when they were driven from Jerusalem into captivity: - "Depart; ye are polluted, depart; depart ye,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 52:1-12

The redemption of Jerusalem. I. THE SUMMONS . It comes from the Divine representatives. She had been called upon to arise and to stand up, and now she is to put on her strength and her robes. "Strength returns to Zion when the arm of Jehovah is mighty within her." It is useless to counterfeit the semblance of strength which does not exist. Nor is strength merely a matter of the will; but there ever is a secret fund of strength in the hearts of those who know that God has not forsaken... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 52:7-12

A VISION OF THE DAY OF DELIVERANCE . The prophet sees the messenger come bounding over the mountains of Judaea, to bring the news to Jerusalem that her deliverance is come ( Isaiah 52:7 ). The angelic watchers sing with joy ( Isaiah 52:8 ). The prophet calls upon the waste places of Jerusalem to do the same, and dwells on the greatness of the mercy wrought ( Isaiah 52:9 , Isaiah 52:10 ). Finally, he exhorts the exiles to avail themselves of the permission to quit Babylon,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 52:11

Go ye out from thence ; i.e. "from Babylon"—the standpoint of the prophet in the present chapter being Jerusalem. When the time came, earnest exhortations to depart would be found not superfluous, for there would be an indisposition on the part of some to quit their possessions, and of others to affront the perils of the way. Touch no unclean thing. Bring with you none of the Babylonian idols, none of the Babylonian charms, spells, and the like (see the comment on Isaiah 47:9 ). Be ye... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 52:11

The special need of purity in them that bear the vessels of the Lord. It is the duty of all to avoid impurity, to "touch no unclean thing," to "perfect holiness in the fear of God." But a special purity is required of those who, by holding any sacred office, are brought nearer to God than others, and as it were serve continually in his presence. Hence the numerous directions in the Jewish Law with respect to the priests—their consecration, their ablutions, their vestments, their sin... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 52:11

Cleanness a condition of service. "Be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord." The expression recalls the importance attached in the Jewish economy to the preparation of the priests and Levites for solemn tabernacle engagements. They were required to "sanctify themselves" before undertaking any ritual service, because the impression of the holiness of the work must rest on them, and be made through them upon the people. So when the captives were about to return to their own land, as... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 52:11-12

Christian pilgrimage. We may regard the departure and journey of the Israelites from Babylon to Jerusalem as pictorial of our departure from the "far country" of sin for the heavenly Zion. Thus considered, we are taught— I. THAT ENTRANCE ON THE NEW PATH SHOULD BE AN ACT OF OBEDIENCE AS WELL AS WISDOM . It was an eminently wise thing on the part of the Israelites to return to Jerusalem. Whatever interests, pecuniary or social, they may have formed in exile,... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Isaiah 52:11

Depart ye, depart ye - This is a direct address to the exiles in their captivity. The same command occurs in Isaiah 48:20 (see the notes on that place). It is repeated here for the sake of emphasis; and the urgency of the command implies that there was some delay likely to be apprehended on the part of the exiles themselves. The fact seems to have been, that though the captivity was at first attended with every circumstance suited to give pain, and though they were subjected to many privations... read more

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