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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Isaiah 6:9-13

God takes Isaiah at his word, and here sends him on a strange errand?to foretel the ruin of his people and even to ripen them for that ruin?to preach that which, by their abuse of it, would be to them a savour of death unto death. And this was to be a type and figure of the state of the Jewish church in the days of the Messiah, when they should obstinately reject the gospel, and should thereupon be rejected of God. These verses are quoted in part, or referred to, six times, in the New... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Isaiah 6:10

Make the heart of this people fat ,.... Gross and heavy, stupid and unteachable, hard and obdurate; which is sometimes done by the preaching of the Gospel, through the wickedness of man's heart, that being the savour of death unto death to some, just as the sun hardens the clay; or declare that their hearts are thus gross and stupid; or that I will give them up to a judicial hardness of heart: and make their ears heavy : that they cannot hear the word, so as to understand it; they having... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Isaiah 6:10

Make the heart of this people fat "Gross" - The prophet speaks of the event, the fact as it would actually happen, not of God's purpose and act by his ministry. The prophets are in other places said to perform the thing which they only foretell: - "Lo! I have given thee a charge this day Over the nations, and over the kingdoms; To pluck up, and to pull down; To destroy, and to demolish; To build, and to plant." Jeremiah 1:10 . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 6:1-13

The prophet's call and consecration. There are turning-points in life which give a meaning to the whole of its after-course. A light may be given to the 'mind at such moments by which it may have to steer its course for years. In moments of despondency the man of God will fall back on memory, and encourage himself by the recollection that, having once received and followed Divine guidance, that guidance will not desert him in the future. Such was this moment in the history of Isaiah. Life... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 6:8-13

THE PROPHET ENTRUSTED WITH A SPECIAL MISSON . We do not know what special call Isaiah had had previously. Perhaps he had been brought up in the "schools of the prophets." Perhaps, when the "word of the Lord" came to him, he had accepted the fact as sufficient call. Now, however, he had, in vision, a clear and distinct call and mission (verses 8, 9). He was told to "go," and instructed as to what he was to say (verses 9, 10). As before (Isaiah 1-5.), while in the main he was to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 6:9-13

The shadow of sacred truth. We may view these words in— I. THEIR NATIONAL ASPECT . Thus regarded, they point to: 1. Painful and guilty obduracy. The prophet should speak, but the people would disregard; all that was froward and perverse in them would repel and reject the Divine message; their reception of the truth would only end in spiritual deterioration and greater moral distance than ever from deliverance ( Isaiah 6:9 , Isaiah 6:10 ). 2. Protracted impenitence and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 6:10

Make the heart of this people fat. Isaiah is commanded to effect by his preaching that which his preaching would, in fact, effect. It would not awaken the people out of their apathy, it would not stir them to repentance; therefore it would only harden and deaden them. The words have a national, not an individual, application. Shut their eyes ; literally, besmear their eyes ; or, seal them up . Such sealing has been employed by Oriental monarchs as a punishment. And convert ; ... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Isaiah 6:10

Make the heart - The word “heart” here is used in the sense of the “mind” - to denote all their mental powers. It is commonly used in this sense in the Scriptures.Fat - Gross, heavy, dull, stupid. That is, go and proclaim such “truth” to them as shall have this effect - as shall irritate, provoke, enrage them; truth, whose delivery shall be attended, in their gross and corrupt hearts, with this blinding and infatuating influence the effect would be produced by the corrupt state of their hearts,... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Isaiah 6:9-10

Isaiah 6:9-10. And he said, Go, and tell this people Not my people, for I disown them as they have rejected me. Hear ye indeed, but understand not, &c. The Hebrew words are imperative; yet they are not to be taken as a command, enjoining what the people ought to do, but only as a prediction foretelling what they would do. The sense is, Because you have so long heard my words, and seen my works, to no purpose, and have hardened your hearts, and will not learn nor reform, I will punish... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Isaiah 6:1-13

God’s call of Isaiah (6:1-13)Isaiah has gone to some length to describe Judah’s spiritual and moral corruption before he mentions God’s call to him to be a prophet. His reason for doing this seems to be that he wants his readers to see why God called him. Their understanding of conditions in Judah will help them understand the sort of task that lay before him.King Uzziah’s death marked the end of an era of prosperity unequalled in Judah’s history. Yet this era brought with it the corruption... read more

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