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Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Isaiah 58:1-14

True religion (58:1-14)The Jews thought they were a righteous people because they carried out the daily rituals required by the law. The prophet is about to show them that in spite of all this they are still sinners. In fact, their attitude towards these rituals is their chief sin (58:1-2).For example, many practise fasting not because they are truly humble before God, but because they hope God will be impressed with their actions. But at the same time as they fast, they oppress their workers... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Isaiah 58:11

guide = (gently) guide. drought. Hebrew droughts (plural of majesty) = great drought. make fat = invigorate. read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Isaiah 58:11

11. satisfy . . . in drought— (Isaiah 41:17; Isaiah 41:18). Literally, "drought," that is, parched places [MAURER]. make fat—rather, "strengthen" [NOYES]. "Give thee the free use of thy bones" [JEROME], or, "of thy strength" [HORSLEY]. watered garden—an Oriental picture of happiness. fail not—Hebrew, "deceive not"; as streams that disappoint the caravan which had expected to find water, as formerly, but find it dried up (Isaiah 41:18- :). read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Isaiah 58:6-14

True worship 58:6-14Isaiah contrasted God’s conception of fasting with that of His people (cf. Matthew 6:16-18). read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Isaiah 58:11

God would also guide and sustain His people in their desert experiences. Strong bones contrast with bones that tremble or waste away because of fear, sorrow, or guilt. Physical health is often a byproduct of spiritual health (cf. James 5:15-16). Truly repentant people will also be a pleasant source of delight, encouragement, and nourishment to others (cf. Isaiah 1:30). They will refresh others, as well as themselves, because God, the source of life within them (cf. John 4:14; John 7:37-39),... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Isaiah 58:1-14

2. Did righteousness] i.e. kept the law. They are ready enough for the external requirements of religion. 3. The questions express surprise that the fast is without effect.Find pleasure, etc.] render, ’carry on business and oppress all your labourers.’ With all their professions of self-denial they are selfish.4. For strife] i.e. strife is the result of this formal fasting. Ye shall not, etc.] RV ’ye fast not this day so as to make your voice,’ etc.5-7. Literal fasting is not here excluded, but... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Isaiah 58:1-24

The Glorious Future of the Jewish RaceThis concluding group of chapters is chiefly distinguished by glowing pictures of the future of Jerusalem, when the Jews shall be restored to their land again. A glorious restoration is promised (Isaiah 60:1-2; Isaiah 61:4, Isaiah 61:10-11), all nations are tobe members of the restored city (Isaiah 60:3-5), the glories of which are vividly pictured (Isaiah 60:6), the crowning glory being the holiness of the citizens (Isaiah 60:21). The fulfilment of the... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Isaiah 58:11

(11) In drought.—Literally, droughts, either with the force of intensity or as meaning “dry places.”And make fat.—Better, shall strengthen, or make supple.Like a watered garden.—Comp. Psalms 1:3, Isaiah 44:3-4, Jeremiah 31:12, in the last of which we have the self-same phrase. read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - Isaiah 58:1-14

The Dangers of Fasting (Ash Wednesday) Isaiah 58:1 There are two classes of people to whom Lent brings no blessing those who do not keep it at all, and those who, while they observe it with outward formalities and even with strictness, yet do not keep it in the spirit of true penitence. I. What a strange picture is here drawn! a nation seemingly most religious, not only fulfilling the ordinances of religion, but delighting in them, and yet absolutely without spiritual life. This character is... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - Isaiah 58:1-14

CHAPTER XXIIITHE REKINDLING OF THE CIVIC CONSCIENCEIsaiah 56:9-12; Isaiah 57:1-21; Isaiah 58:1-14; Isaiah 59:1-21IT was inevitable, as soon as their city was again fairly in sight, that there should re-awaken in the exiles the civic conscience; that recollections of those besetting sins of their public life, for which their city and their independence were destroyed, should throng back upon them; that in prospect of their again becoming responsible for the discharge of justice and other... read more

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