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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Isaiah 65:11-16

Here the different states of the godly and wicked, of the Jews that believed and of those that still persisted in unbelief, are set the one over?against the other, as life and death, good and evil, the blessing and the curse. I. Here is the fearful doom of those that persisted in their idolatry after the deliverance out of Babylon, and in infidelity after the preaching of the gospel of Christ. Observe, 1. What the doom is that is here threatened: ?I will number you to the sword as sheep for... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Isaiah 65:15

And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen ,.... Execrable and abominable to them, as the name of a Jew is to this day, and in all places; for their unbelief and impenitence, for their perfidy and insincerity, for their tricking and covetousness, and other crimes they are addicted to; see Jeremiah 24:9 , for the Lord God shall slay them ; by the sword of the Romans, and by his judgments, which continue upon them; the Targum says, with the second death; and so Jarchi... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Isaiah 65:15

Shall slay thee "Shall slay you" - For והמיתך vehemithecha , shall slay thee, the Septuagint and Chaldee read והמיתכם vehemithechem , shall slay you, plural. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 65:11-16

A MIXTURE OF THREATS WITH PROMISES . The prophet returns, in the main, to his former attitude, and resumes his denunciations ( Isaiah 65:11 , Isaiah 65:12 ); but, with Isaiah 65:13 , he begins to intermingle promises of favour to God's servants with threats against the rebellious, and finally (in Isaiah 65:16 ) turns wholly towards the side of grace and favour, announcing the coming of a time when "the former troubles" will be altogether "forgotten," and the kingdom of truth... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 65:11-16

The doom of the idolaters. I. THE SINS . On the one hand it is the forsaking of Jehovah, the forgetting of his holy mountain. It is the keeping aloof from the true worship celebrated on Mount Moriah. But the heart of man knows no deeper need than that of worship; and the setting of the tables before the images of heathen deities ( lectisternia ) witnesses, even as an aberration and a caricature, to that yearning for communion with the Divine which true religion and revelation... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 65:13-15

The contrasts of the religious with the irreligious life. The prophet notices three main contrasts. I. GOD 'S SERVANTS ARE FED WITH A FOOD THAT SATISFIES ; HIS ADVERSARIES ARE TORMENTED BY A CEASELESS CRAVING . Man is so constituted that nothing short of his highest good contents him. Earthly blessings, health, wealth, success, fame, power, glory, leave a void in the heart which nothing earthly can fill up. The worldling is always dissatisfied, always... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 65:13-15

Contrasted lots of those who serve God and those who forsake him. This passage should be compared with Luke 6:20-26 . "The blessedness of those that serve God, and the woeful condition of those that rebel against him, are here set, the one over against the other, that they may serve as a foil to each other." I. CONTRAST THE TWO KINDS OF LIFE . The man who fears God and sets his heart upon serving him, finds the promises fulfilled—"Verily thou shalt be filled;" "None of them... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 65:15

Ye shall leave your name for a curse (comp. Jeremiah 29:22 ). In their formulas of imprecation the Jews were in the habit of saying, "The Lord make thee like" this or that person, or this or that class of persons. The name of the exiles should be used in this manner. Unto my chosen (see the comment on Isaiah 65:9 ). The Lord God shall slay thee (see the comment on Isaiah 65:12 ). Some, however, take the words as part of the formula of imprecation. And call his servants by... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Isaiah 65:15

And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen - To my people; to those whom I have selected to be my friends. The word rendered here ‘curse’ (שׁבועה shebû‛âh) means properly “an oath,” or “a swearing”; and then “an imprecation” or “a curse” (see Numbers 5:21; Daniel 9:11). The sense here seems to be, that their punishment would be so great that it would become the subject of imprecation when others wished to bind themselves in the most solemn manner by an oath. The pious, who wished... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Isaiah 65:13-15

Isaiah 65:13-15. Behold, my servants shall eat, but you shall be hungry, &c. I will make a great difference between my faithful servants and such unbelievers as you are. This promise the Lord fulfilled in a remarkable manner before the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans. In consequence of the direction given by Christ to his disciples, (Matthew 26:15,) when they observed the Roman armies approaching toward Jerusalem, they left the devoted city and fled to the mountains, an... read more

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