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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Isaiah 66:5-14

The prophet, having denounced God's judgments against a hypocritical nation, that made a jest of God's word and would not answer him when he called to them, here turns his speech to those that trembled at his word, to comfort and encourage them; they shall not be involved in the judgments that are coming upon their unbelieving nation. Ministers must distinguish thus, that, when they speak terror to the wicked, they may not make the hearts of the righteous sad. Bone Christiane, hoc nihil ad... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Isaiah 66:5

Hear the word of the Lord, ye that tremble at his word ,.... This is said to the comfort of the believing Jews, who are thus described; See Gill on Isaiah 66:2 , your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake ; as the unbelieving Jews, the Pharisees; and so Jarchi interprets it of the children of the Pharisee, that say, Depart, ye defiled; who were brethren to them that believed in Christ, by blood, by birth, by country, yet hated them, though without cause; as they... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Isaiah 66:5

Your brethren that hated you - said "Say ye to your brethren that hate you" - The Syriac reads לאחיכם אמרו imru laacheychem ; and so the Septuagint, Edit. Comp. ειπατε αδελφοις ὑμων· and MS. Marchal. has αδελφοις· and so Cyril and Procopius read and explain it. It is not easy to make sense of the reading of the Septuagint in the other editions; ειπατε αδελφοι ἡμων τοις μισουσιν ὑμας· but for ἡμων , our, MS. 1. D. 2 also has ὑμων , your. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 66:5

Hear … ye that tremble . The godly are addressed—those that have a reverent fear of God's word (comp. Isaiah 66:2 , ad fin. ; and see also Ezra 9:4 ; Ezra 10:3 ). Your brethren that … cast you out ; rather. that put you away (Cheyne), or thrust you from them (Delitzsch). The verb used came in later times to designate formal excommunication; but here it points merely to a practical renunciation of fellowship. Said, Let the Lord be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy;... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 66:5

Spiritual and unspiritual worship. I. THE ORACLE OF JEHOVAH . "The heavens are my throne." What majestic poetry in that word! How sacred, then, the heaven! How profane, if once we rightly think of the force of what we say, to use the adjuration, "By heaven"! So Jesus teaches ( Matthew 5:34 ; Matthew 23:22 ). It is natural to "look up" when we think of God; and then to "look down" on the "things of earth," which is but his footstool. "What manner of house would ye build for me?"... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 66:5-14

THE GODLY EXILES ENCOURAGED . The scoffs which have long greeted those who believed God's promises and expected the restoration of Zion, will be put to shame. The silence in which Zion has lain will be broken; she will be once more a city "full of stirs, a tumultuous city" ( Isaiah 22:2 ). Suddenly, without any pains of travail, she will bring forth; and her offspring will be "a nation born at once" ( Isaiah 66:8 ). The godly exiles are called upon to rejoice at the prospect ( ... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Isaiah 66:5

Hear the word of the Lord - This is an address to the pious and persecuted portion of the nation. It is designed for their consolation, and contains the assurance that Yahweh would appear in their behalf, and that they should be under his protecting care though they were cast out by their brethren. To whom this refers has been a question with expositors, and it is perhaps not possible to determine with certainty. Rosenmuller supposes that it refers to the pious whom the ‘Jews and Benjaminites... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Isaiah 66:5

Isaiah 66:5. Hear, &c. The prophet here, forbearing to proceed in denouncing judgments against the hypocrites and formalists among the Jews, now turns his discourse to such as feared God, whose religion is described by their trembling at his word, as in Isaiah 66:2. Such apostrophes, or diversions of his speech to other persons, we had Isaiah 50:10; Isaiah 51:1; Isaiah 51:7. The same addresses, it must be observed, belong not to saints and presumptuous sinners. It is highly probable,... 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

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Isaiah 66:5

"Hear the word of Jehovah, ye that tremble at his word: Your brethren that hate you, and cast you out for my name's sake, have said, Let Jehovah be glorified, that we may see your joy; but it is they that shall be put to shame. A voice of tumult from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of Jehovah that rendereth recompense to his enemies."An outstanding thing here is that, "These verses presuppose a schism within the Jewish community, with the faithful believers being persecuted and cast... read more

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