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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Isaiah 53:1-3

The prophet, in the close of the former chapter, had foreseen and foretold the kind reception which the gospel of Christ should find among the Gentiles, that nations and their kings should bid it welcome, that those who had not seen him should believe in him; and though they had not any prophecies among them of gospel grace, which might raise their expectations, and dispose them to entertain it, yet upon the first notice of it they should give it its due weight and consideration. Now here he... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Isaiah 53:1

Who hath believed our report ?.... Or "hearing" F1 לשמעתנו , τη ακοη ημων , Sept.; "auditui nostro", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Cocceius. . Not what we hear, but others hear from us; the doctrine of the Gospel, which is a report of the love, grace, and mercy of God in Christ; of Christ himself, his person, offices, obedience, sufferings, and death, and of free and full salvation by him: it is a good report, a true and faithful one, and to be believed, and yet there are always but... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Isaiah 53:1

Who hath believed our report? - The report of the prophets, of John the Baptist, and Christ's own report of himself. The Jews did not receive the report, and for this reason he was not manifested to them as the promised Messiah. 'He came unto his own, but his own received him not.' Before the Father he grew up as a tender plant: but to the Jews he was as a root out of a dry ground. 'He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.' read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 53:1

Who hath believed? Isaiah felt that he spoke, mainly, to unbelieving ears (see above, Isaiah 28:9-15 ; Isaiah 29:10-15 ; Isaiah 30:9-11 ; Isaiah 42:23 , etc.). The unbelief was likely to be intensified when so marvellous a prophecy was delivered as that which he was now commissioned to put forth. Still, of course, there is rhetorical exaggeration in the question, which seems to imply that no one would believe. Our report; literally, that which has been heard by us. But the word is... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 53:1

Strange reception of Divine messages. Cheyne translates, "Who believed that which we heard? and the arm of Jehovah, unto whom did it become manifest?" Immediate reference is to the attitude of the people towards Isaiah's assurances of God's restoring mercies, and towards his call to prepare themselves for returning to their own land. Further and fuller reference is to the failure of Messiah to win the general acceptance of the people, to whom he brought the glad tidings of God's "so great... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 53:1-12

The Messianic interpretation of the chapter was universally acknowledged by the Jews until the time of Aben Ezra. It was also assumed as indisputable by the Christian Fathers. Almost all Christian expositors down to the commencement of the nineteenth century took the same view. It was only under the pressure of the Christian controversy that the later Jews abandoned the traditional interpretation, and applied the prophecy In the present century a certain number of Christian commentators... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Isaiah 53:1

Who hath believed our report? - The main design of the prophet in all this portion of his prophecy is, undoubtedly, to state the fact that the Redeemer would be greatly exalted (see Isaiah 52:13; Isaiah 53:12). But in order to furnish a fair view of his exaltation, it was necessary also to exhibit the depth of his humiliation, and the intensity of his sorrows, and also the fact that he would be rejected by those to whom he was sent. He, therefore, in this verse, to use the language of Calvin,... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Isaiah 53:1

Isaiah 53:1. Who hath believed our report? The prophet having, in the last three verses of the former chapter, made a general report concerning the great and wonderful humiliation and exaltation of the Messiah, of which he intended to discourse more largely in this chapter, thought fit, before he descended to particulars, to use this preface. Who, not only of the Gentiles, but even of the Jews, will believe the truth of what I have said, and must further say? Few or none. The generality... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Isaiah 53:1-12

The servant’s suffering and glory (52:13-53:12)Just as people were startled at the sight of the servant’s great sufferings, so will they be startled at the sight of his great glory. They will be struck dumb, as it were, as they witness a sight more glorious than they or anyone else could ever have imagined (13-15).Many people find it hard to believe that God will give his servant such power and magnificence, because when they look at the servant they see just an ordinary person of insignificant... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Isaiah 53:1

Who. ? Figure of speech Erotesis . The questions are asked by the prophet, and the answer is "no one" or few. Quoted in John 12:38 and Romans 10:16 . hath believed = put faith in. Hebrew ' aman . App-69 . The tenses are Past (the prophetic Perfect). report = hearing. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Adjunct), for the subject-matter, which was heard. arm. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Cause), for what was wrought by it. Compare Isaiah 51:9 ; Isaiah 52:10 . the Lord. Hebrew. ... read more

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