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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Isaiah 61:4-9

Promises are here made to the Jews now returned out of captivity, and settled again in their own land, which are to be extended to the gospel church, and all believers, who through grace are delivered out of spiritual thraldom; for they are capable of being spiritually applied. I. It is promised that their houses shall be rebuilt (Isa. 61:4), that their cities shall be raised out of the ruins in which they had long lain, and be fitted up for their use again: They shall build the old wastes;... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Isaiah 61:8

For I the Lord love judgment ,.... To do that which is right and just himself, and to see it done by others, and therefore he will right the wrongs of his people; and whereas the Jews, though they have justly suffered his vengeance for their sins, yet being reproached and abused beyond measure by the Gentiles, among whom they are dispersed; the Lord will look in mercy upon them, and will deliver and save them, and bestow favours plentifully on them, as in the preceding verse: or the Lord... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Isaiah 61:8

I hate robbery for burnt-offering "Who hate rapine and iniquity" - The Syriac, and Chaldee prefix the conjunction ו vau , instead of the preposition ב beth , to עולה olah , which they render iniquity or oppression; and so the Septuagint, αδικιας . The difference lies in the punctuation; בעולה beolah , in a burnt-offering בעולה beavelah , in iniquity. The letters are the same in both words. Five of De Rossi's MSS. confirm this reading. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 61:1-9

Message of grace to Zion. I. THE ANOINTING OF THE MESSENGER . Under the Law, the priests were anointed ( Exodus 29:7 ; Le 7:36), and also the kings ( 1 Samuel 9:16 ; 1 Samuel 10:1 ; 1 Samuel 16:13 ). It was the sign of appointment to a high office or commission from God. Hence, by a figure, it is applied to the appointment of Elisha to the prophetic office ( 1 Kings 19:16 ), and to the designation of Cyrus as the instrument of the purpose of Jehovah. Similarly, in 1 John... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 61:4-9

GOD 'S PURPOSE OF DEALING GRACIOUSLY WITH ISRAEL . Having proclaimed the objects of his own mission, "the Servant" proceeds to declare God's gracious purposes towards Israel. Taking the Captivity period for his standpoint, he promises, first, the restoration of the cities of Judah ( Isaiah 61:4 ), and then a flourishing time in which Jews and Gentiles shall dwell together in one community peacefully and gloriously, Israel having a certain pre-eminence ( Isaiah 61:5-9 ). read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 61:6-9

Privilege, reputation, hope. We have here— I. AN OPEN PRIVILEGE to be eagerly employed. "Ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord." Under the Law the priesthood was limited to one family of one tribe; the rest of the nation had rights and duties outside and inferior. There stand, indeed, the ancient words, "Ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests," but this promise finds no complete fulfilment in the history of Israel. It is realized only in the kingdom of Christ. Under him the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 61:8

For I the Lord love judgment. Either "the Servant" here identifies himself with Jehovah, or he cites a declaration of Jehovah which he has authority to announce. Jehovah will restore the Israelites to their land because he "loves judgment" (equivalent to "justice") and hates injustice. The Babylonian conquest, though a judgment sent by him, is, so far as the Babylonians are concerned, a wrong and a "robbery." I hate robbery for burnt offering; rather, I hate robbery with wickedness ... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Isaiah 61:8

For I the Lord love judgment - That is, ‘I shall delight in rendering to my people what is right. It is right that they should enjoy my protection, and be favored with the tokens of my kindness. Loving justice and right, therefore, I will confer on them the privileges and blessings which they ought to enjoy, and which will be a public expression of my favor and love.’I hate robbery for burnt-offering - There has been great variety in the interpretation of this phrase. Lowth renders it, ‘Who... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Isaiah 61:8-9

Isaiah 61:8-9. For I the Lord love judgment I will do them right, for I love justice in myself, and in them that practise it. I hate robbery for burnt- offerings I hate all things gotten by injustice, though they be for sacrifice. As God will not accept of that which cost nothing, so much less of that which is the effect of rapine and oppression. And I will direct their work in truth I will lead them so, that they shall do all things in sincerity. They shall do good works with good... read more

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