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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Isaiah 55:6-13

We have here a further account of that covenant of grace which is made with us in Jesus Christ, both what is required and what is promised in the covenant, and of those considerations that are sufficient abundantly to confirm our believing compliance with and reliance on that covenant. This gracious discovery of God's good-will to the children of men is not to be confined either to the Jew or to the Gentile, to the Old Testament or to the New, much less to the captives in Babylon. No, both the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Isaiah 55:11

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth ,.... My good word, as the Targum; this may either be understood of Christ, the eternal Word, who is called the Word of God, and may be said to go forth out of his mouth, being spoken of by all his holy prophets, since the world began, whose coming was like the rain or snow, Hosea 6:3 , he came from heaven, from his Father there, and as a free gift of his, and in consequence of a decree, as the rain does; the manner of his coming, like... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 55:6-13

Exhortations and assurance. I. EXHORTATIONS . "Seek ye Jehovah." This is the beginning of a religious life—to seek for God, to inquire for his ways ( Deuteronomy 4:29 ; Job 5:8 ; Job 8:5 ; Psalms 9:10 ; Psalms 14:2 ; Psalms 27:8 ). "While he may be found" ( Psalms 32:6 )—"in a time of finding." For a bitter "day" will come, when woe to his foes ( Isaiah 65:6 , Isaiah 65:7 )! It is hinted that a time will come when the offer will be withdrawn. "If a man will not do so... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 55:8-13

A FRESH ASSURANCE or DELIVERANCE FROM BABYLON . Man can scarcely conceive of the deliverance which God designs; but God's thoughts are not as man's ( Isaiah 55:8 , Isaiah 55:9 ). God's word, once pronounced, is potent to effect its purpose ( Isaiah 55:10 , Isaiah 55:11 ). Deliverance from Babylon, having been promised, will take place, and will be accompanied by all manner of spiritual blessings ( Isaiah 55:12 , Isaiah 55:13 ). read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 55:10-11

Change and permanence in God's Word. Dr. George Dana Boardman sees, in these verses, an unconscious anticipation of two great doctrines of modem science—the doctrine of convertibility of energies, or correlation of forces; and the doctrine of conservation of energy, or indestructibility of force. "We are now taught that heat, light, electricity, magnetism, chemical affinity, etc; are modes of motion, and, as such, mutually interchangeable. And we are also taught that there is no evidence... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 55:10-13

The fruitfulness of sacred truth. It may be said that the rain and the snow do, in fact, return to the heavens whence they came, drawn up by the sun as it shines on sea and lake, on stream and river, everywhere. But not until they have done the work for which they came , not until they have "accomplished that which God pleases," until they have prospered in the purpose for which he sent them; not until they have fertilized the soil, and made it bring forth its precious fruits. The vast... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 55:11

So shall my word be. God's word is creative. With the utterance the result is achieved. Hence the sublime passage, which even heathenism could admire (Longin; 'De Sublim.,' § 9), "And God said, Let there be light: and there was light" ( Genesis 1:3 ). Hence, too, the more general statement, "By the Word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth" ( Psalms 33:6 ; comp. Psalms 148:5 ). But it shall accomplish; rather, unless it has... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 55:11

The vital force of the Word of God. There is a strange force in every utterance of God. In the account of creation given in Genesis we find, not only light, but all the other portions of the universe which it pleased God to make, created by an utterance—a word (see Genesis 1:6 , Genesis 1:9 , Genesis 1:11 , Genesis 1:14 , Genesis 1:20 , Genesis 1:24 , Genesis 1:26 ). God said, "Let there be," and at once there was. "He commanded, and they were created" ( Psalms 148:5 ). So... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Isaiah 55:11

So shall my word be - All the truth which God reveals is as much adapted to produce an effect on the hard and sterile hearts of men as the rain is on the earth.It shall not return unto me void - It shall not return to me without accomplishing that which I intend.And it shall prosper - (See the note at Isaiah 52:13). This proves:1. That God has a design in giving his Word to people. He has as distinct an intention in his Word as he has in sending down rain upon the earth.2. That whatever is his... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Isaiah 55:10-11

Isaiah 55:10-11. For as the rain cometh down To water and refresh the earth, and render it fruitful; and the snow from heaven Which, in its season, contributes to the fertility of the earth, as well as the rain; and returneth not thither Namely, without effect, or immediately: it is not drawn up again as soon as it comes down, but abides for a convenient time upon the earth, until it do that work for which it is sent. That it may give seed and bread, &c. That it may bring forth... read more

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