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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Isaiah 54:1-5

If we apply this to the state of the Jews after their return out of captivity, it is a prophecy of the increase of their nation after they were settled in their own land. Jerusalem had been in the condition of a wife written childless, or a desolate solitary widow; but now it is promised that the city should be replenished and the country peopled again, that not only the ruins of Jerusalem should be repaired, but the suburbs of it extended on all sides and a great many buildings erected upon... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Isaiah 54:5

For thy Maker is thine Husband ,.... That is, Christ, the Husband of the church, and of every true believer; who secretly betrothed them to himself in eternity, having asked him of his father; and, being given to him, openly espouses them in conversion, one by one, as a chaste virgin; which he will do more publicly in a body at the last day, when the marriage of the Lamb will be come, when he will appear as the bridegroom of his people; and to which character he acts up, by loving them... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 54:1-6

The relation of the Church to God that of a wife to her husband. The analogy set forth by the prophet in the first six verses of this chapter is one to which equal prominence is given in the Old Testament and the New. It forms the basis of one entire book of the Old Scriptures—the Canticles, or Song of Solomon. It pervades the whole teaching of the prophets, which declares apostasy from God to be "adultery" ( Isaiah 57:3-5 ; Jeremiah 3:9 ; Jeremiah 5:7 ; Jeremiah 13:27 ; Jeremiah... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 54:1-10

A PROMISE TO ISRAEL OF GREAT INCREASE , AND OF GOD 'S PERSISTENT PROTECTION . There is no close connection between this chapter and the last, or even between this section and the preceding. Isaiah 54:1-5 take up the thought of Isaiah 49:19-21 , and expand it. Israel is assured of a great enlargement of her numbers, and bidden to rejoice thereat. She is then further comforted with a promise that she shall never be forsaken ( Isaiah 49:6-10 ). read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 54:1-17

The future of the Church. "The person addressed is the ideal Zion, who is practically identical with the ideal or spiritual Israel." I. HER FRUITFULNESS . Nothing to an Israelitish mind can suggest more forcibly the idea of desolation and sorrow in a nation or spiritual community than the childless woman. Historically , the restored exiles may be referred to; physically and to some extent spiritually Israelites, but, while on a foreign soil, and unbaptized with the Spirit,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 54:5

For thy Maker is thine Husband ; rather, for thy Husband is thy Maker. The verse is exegetical of the terms, "married with" in Isaiah 54:1 , and "widowhood" in Isaiah 54:4 . "I," says the prophet, "have called thee married and widowed, thereby yoking thee to a husband, for thou hast a Husband, namely, thy Maker." (The Hebrew has both words in the plural, to accord with the following Elohim. ) This relationship of God to his Church is often asserted by the prophets ( Jeremiah... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 54:5

The husband-figure for God. "For thy Maker is thine Husband" (comp. Hosea 2:16 ), "And it shall come to pass at that day, saith the Lord, that thou shalt call me, Ishi [my Husband], and shalt call me no more, Baali [my Lord]"). The figure Isaiah uses is that of the Goel , or next of kin, and this very suggestive and beautiful illustration may be taken from the story of Ruth and Boaz. Boaz was a "next of kin," and on him rested the formal duty of recovering Ruth's property, if the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 54:5

God-worshippers outside Judaism. "The God of the whole earth shall he be called." To our fathers the world seemed but small; to us it is great, and its bounds are ever enlarging. In olden times the few travellers came back with marvellous stories of griffins and dragons and mermaids, at which ignorant crowds gaped, but at which we can afford to smile. Now almost every part of the earth is searched again and again, and distant lands have become almost as familiar to us as our own. Men still... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Isaiah 54:5

For thy Maker is thine husband - Both these words, ‘maker’ and ‘husband,’ in the Hebrew are in the plural number. But the form is evidently the pluralis excellentiae - a form denoting majesty and honor (see 1 Samuel 19:13, 1 Samuel 19:16; Psalms 149:2; Proverbs 9:10; Proverbs 30:3; Ecclesiastes 12:1; Hosea 12:1). Here it refers to ‘Yahweh of hosts,’ necessarily in the singular, as Yahweh is one Deuteronomy 6:4. No argument can be drawn from this phrase to prove that there is a distinction of... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Isaiah 54:4-5

Isaiah 54:4-5. Thou shalt not be ashamed As formerly, of the straitness of thy borders, and the fewness of thy children. Thou shalt forget the reproach of thy youth Thy barrenness in former times: so great shall be thy fertility and felicity, that it shall cause thee to forget thy former unfruitfulness and misery. And shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood That time and state when thou wast like a widow, disconsolate and desolate, deprived or forsaken of her husband, and... read more

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