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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Isaiah 63:15-19

The foregoing praises were intended as an introduction to this prayer, which is continued to the end of the next chapter, and it is an affectionate, importunate, pleading prayer. It is calculated for the time of the captivity. As they had promises, so they had prayers, prepared for them against that time of need, that they might take with them words in turning to the Lord, and say unto him what he himself taught them to say, in which they might the better hope to prevail, the words being of... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Isaiah 63:19

We are thine ,.... Thy children, thy people, thy subjects. Some read it, taking a word from the next clause, "we are thine of old", or "from everlasting" F8 היינו מעולם "non fuimus tui ab omni aevo", Grotius; "a seculo", Pagninus, Montanus. ; as the Lord's special people are, being chosen by him in Christ before the foundation of the world, and taken into an everlasting covenant by him, when he became their God, and they his people; agreeably to which is the Targum, "we are thy... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 63:15-19

A PRAYER FOR DELIVERANCE FROM SIN AND SUFFERING . From thanksgiving and confession, the people betake themselves to prayer, and beseech God to look down from heaven once more, to have compassion on them, to acknowledge them, and to save them alike from themselves ( Isaiah 63:17 ) and from their adversaries ( Isaiah 63:18 , Isaiah 63:19 ). "It is difficult to overrate the spiritual beauty of the prayer contained in this passage. We may admit that the most prominent motive... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 63:15-19

The right of God's people to address him with complaint and expostulation. No doubt the ordinary attitude of God's people towards their Maker and Ruler should be one of the most profound resignation and submission to his will. "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?" ( Genesis 18:25 ). Yet on occasions it is allowed them to "speak with him as a man speaketh with his friend" ( Exodus 33:11 ), to plead, expostulate, complain; even, in a certain sense, to reproach. Job pleaded with... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 63:15-19

The Church's prayer. One of extreme "spiritual beauty" (Cheyne). I. THE MAJESTY OF GOD . He is contemplated as in heaven, upon "a height of holiness and splendour:" and here, as in Psalms 80:14 , is besought to "look down and behold" as if "he had given up caring for his people, and withdrawn into his heavenly palace." It expresses the thought that he , to interpose for them, must ever condescend. The vastness of the distance between God and the creature is expressed—in... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 63:19

We are thine . There is no "thine" in the original, and so important a word cannot possibly be supplied from without. Translate, We are as those over whom thou hast not ruled from of old , as those upon whom thy Name has not been called ; i.e. we have lost all our privileges—we have become in God's sight no better than the heathen—he has forgotten that we were ever his people. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Isaiah 63:19

We are thine - We urge it as a reason for thy interposition to restore the land and the temple, that we are thine from ancient times. Such I take to be the meaning of the passage - in accordance with the common translation, except that the expression מעולם mē‛ôlâm, ‘from ancient times,’ rendered by our translators in connection with לא lo', ‘never,’ is thus connected with the Jewish people, instead of being regarded as applied to their enemies. The idea is, that it is an argument why God... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Isaiah 63:17-19

Isaiah 63:17-19. O Lord, why hast thou made us to err Suffered us to err; from thy ways Thy commandments. And hardened our heart from thy fear That is, the fear of thee? Why hast thou withdrawn thy grace, and left us to our own hardness of heart? See on Isaiah 6:10. Return for thy servants’ sake Be reconciled to us for the sake of our godly progenitors, Abraham, Isaac, &c.; namely, for the sake of thy promises made to them; or rather, for our sakes, that little remnant who are thy... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Isaiah 63:7-19

A prayer for Israel (63:7-64:12)The prophet’s prayer for God’s suffering people begins by recalling God’s great acts of love in the past (7). Because Israel was his people, God saved them from slavery in Egypt, though when they rebelled against him, they were punished (8-10). Nevertheless, God forgave them. Therefore, asks the prophet, could not this God of mercy and love, who has done such great things for Israel in the past, also save his people from captivity in Babylon now (11-14)?It seems... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Isaiah 63:19

We are [Thine]. There is no word for "Thine" in Hebrew text. The Hebrew accent (disjunctive) leaves a solemn hiatus between the two clauses; as though, what Israel had become could not be expressed by words: "We are come to this Thou never barest rule over them"; implying an Ellipsis , to be supplied thus: "We are become [as they]". they were not called by Thy name = Thy name was not called upon them. read more

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