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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Isaiah 65:17-25

If these promises were in part fulfilled when the Jews, after their return out of captivity, were settled in peace in their own land and brought as it were into a new world, yet they were to have their full accomplishment in the gospel church, militant first and at length triumphant. The Jerusalem that is from above is free and is the mother of us all. In the graces and comforts which believers have in and from Christ we are to look for this new heaven and new earth. It is in the gospel that... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Isaiah 65:19

And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people ,.... God himself rejoices in his people, as they are considered in Christ; so he did from all eternity, and so he does at the conversion of them; which is the day of their espousals, and when he manifests his love to them, and rejoices over them to do them good, and continues to do so; and he rejoices in the exercise of his own grace in them, and will do so throughout the New Jerusalem state, and to all eternity. This seems chiefly to... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Isaiah 65:19

The voice of weeping, etc. - "Because of untimely deaths shall no more be heard in thee; for natural death shall not happen till men be full of days; as it is written, Isaiah 65:20 ; : There shall be no more thence an infant of days, i.e., the people shall live to three or five hundred years of age, as in the days of the patriarchs; and if one die at one hundred years, it is because of his sin; and even at that age he shall be reputed an infant; and they shall say of him, An infant is... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 65:17-25

A PROMISE OF NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH . The final answer of God to the complaint and prayer of his people ( Isaiah 64:1-12 .) is now given. The entire existing state of things is to pass away. God will create a new heaven and a new earth, and place his people therein; and the old conditions will be all changed, and the old grounds of complaint disappear. In the "new Jerusalem" there will be no sorrow, neither "weeping" nor "crying" ( Isaiah 65:19 ); life will be greatly... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 65:17-25

The new creation. It is difficult to harmonize the various passages of Scripture which touch on "the new creation." In one place ( Acts 3:21 ) it is called an ἀποκατάτασις , in another ( Matthew 19:23 ) a παιγγενεσία . Sometimes its scene appears to be the present world purified ( Isaiah 2:2-4 ); sometimes an entirely new world created for the habitation of God's people ( Isaiah 65:17 , Isaiah 65:18 ). Perhaps the best explanation is that of Delitzsch, that there are to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 65:17-25

The new creation. It seems that the leading thought of the prophet is the transformation of nature in harmony with the changed nature of man. Its grandeur needs not to be pointed out. Ordinarily, indeed, we think of man's dependence on nature. If the thought be pushed to its limits, it ends in materialism. Spiritual religion, on the contrary, sees in the changes of nature a human pathos; its waste and desolation the effect of human sin, of violated Divine laws; its flourishing aspect and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 65:19

The voice of weeping shall be no more heard (comp. Revelation 21:4 ). The reasons there given are satisfactory: "There shall be no more death, neither sorrow … neither shall there be any more pain." But these reasons scarcely apply here. For Isaiah's "new Jerusalem" is not without death (verse 20), nor without sorrow, since it is not without sin (verse 20), nor, as there is death there, is it without pain. Isaiah's picture, according to Delitzsch, represents the millennial state, not the... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Isaiah 65:19

And I will rejoice in Jerusalem - (See the notes at Isaiah 62:5).And the voice of weeping shall no more be heard - (See the notes at Isaiah 25:7-8). read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Isaiah 65:17-19

Isaiah 65:17-19. For behold, I create new heavens, &c. I will tell you yet a more admirable thing: I am about wholly to change the state, not only of my people, freeing them from the afflictions and troubles by which they have been oppressed, but also of the world, bringing a new face upon it; sending my Son to institute a new economy and worship, and raise up a new church; and pouring out my Spirit in a more plentiful manner; which new state shall continue until a new heaven and a new... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Isaiah 65:17-25

A new creation (65:17-25)Israel’s condition in the time of the prophet is then contrasted with conditions in the new Jerusalem, the kingdom of the Messiah. That kingdom is not an improved version of the old Israelite kingdom, but is something entirely new. It is a new creation, where the quality of life will be different from that of the present world. Sorrow will be replaced by rejoicing. Life will not be cut short except where God acts in judgment (17-20).In the new creation people will have... read more

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