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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Isaiah 66:1-4

Here, I. The temple is slighted in comparison with a gracious soul, Isa. 66:1, 2. The Jews in the prophet's time, and afterwards in Christ's time, gloried much in the temple and promised themselves great things from it; to humble them therefore, and to shake their vain confidence, both the prophets and Christ foretold the ruin of the temple, that God would leave it and then it would soon be desolate. After it was destroyed by the Chaldeans it soon recovered itself and the ceremonial services... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Isaiah 66:4

I also will choose their delusions ,.... Suffer them to approve and make choice of such persons that should delude and deceive them; as the Scribes and Pharisees, who were wolves in sheep's clothing, and through their appearance of sanctity deceived many, and by their long prayers devoured widows' houses; and as these false prophets, so likewise false Christs, many of which arose after the true Messiah was come, and was rejected by them, whom they embraced, and, by whom they were deluded and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 66:1-4

SECTION XII .— FINAL THREATENINGS AND PROMISES ( Isaiah 66:1-24 .). THE UNGODLY EXILES REBUKED . Israel, being about to return from the Captivity, had the design of rebuilding the temple and re-establishing the temple worship. God rebukes this design in persons devoid of any spirit of holiness, and warns them that mere formal outward worship is an abomination to him ( Isaiah 66:1-3 ). In Isaiah 66:4 he threatens them with punishment. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 66:3-4

The rebuke of unrighteousness. We have— I. FOUR OFFENCES SPECIALLY HATEFUL TO THE HOLY ONE . 1 . Insincerity. These worshippers who brought their bullocks, their lambs, their prescribed oblations, were as guilty in the judgment of God as if they brought to his altar that which was an abomination in his sight. Their guilt lay in their insincerity; their heart was far from God when their feet were nigh his house. 2 . Heedlessness. When God calls and we pay no... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 66:4

Their delusions ; or, their childish follies ( LXX ; ἐμπαίγματα ) . As God sends on some men "strong delusion that they should believe a lie" ( 2 Thessalonians 2:11 ), so on others he sends a spirit of childish folly, which makes their conduct silly and headstrong. Persons whose characters are of this stamp are especially liable to vain and groundless "fears." When I called, none did answer (comp. Isaiah 65:12 , and see the comment on that passage). read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Isaiah 66:4

I also will choose their delusions - Margin, ‘Devices.’ The Hebrew word rendered here ‘delusions’ and ‘devices’ (תעלוּלים ta‛ălûlı̂ym) properly denotes petulance, sauciness; and then vexation, adverse destiny, from עלל ‛âlal, to do, to accomplish, to do evil, to maltreat. It is not used in the sense of delusions, or devices; and evidently here means the same as calamity or punishment. Compare the Hebrew in Lamentations 1:22. Lowth and Noyes render it, Calamities; though Jerome and the... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Isaiah 66:4

Isaiah 66:4. I also will choose their delusions I will punish them in their own way, and set those over them as teachers who shall govern them by their traditions instead of my word. Or, I will suffer false Christs and false prophets to deceive them, Matthew 24:24; John 5:43. And I will bring their fears upon them This was exactly fulfilled when, as they crucified Christ for fear of the Romans, (John 11:48,) that very sin was punished with their utter destruction by the Romans. Because... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Isaiah 66:1-6

Attitudes towards ritual (66:1-6)This chapter continues the contrast between the majority of Israel who were the people of God in name only, and the godly minority who were his true people. The returning exiles were glad to hear that the temple was to be rebuilt, but the prophet reminds them that they are mistaken if they think that God’s sole dwelling place is a temple. God dwells everywhere. They are also mistaken if they think that God’s chief requirement for people is that they carry out... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Isaiah 66:4

4. delusions— ( :-), answering to "their own ways" ( :-; so Proverbs 1:31). However, the Hebrew means rather "vexations," "calamities," which also the parallelism to "fears" requires; "choose their calamities" means, "choose the calamities which they thought to escape by their own ways." their fears—the things they feared, to avert which their idolatrous "abominations" (Isaiah 66:3) were practised. I called . . . none . . . answer—(See on Isaiah 66:6; Isaiah 66:6; Isaiah 66:6- :). did . . .... read more

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