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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes
Isaiah 64



Verse 1

Oh, &c. Figure of speech Euche. Isa 64is joined to Isa 63by the Massoretic pointing.

flow down = quake. The reference is to Sinai in these verses. Compare Psalms 68:7, Psalms 68:8. Judges 5:4, Judges 5:5.

Verse 2

melting. The Hebrew word occurs only here, and is plural.

Thy name. See note on Psalms 20:1.

Verse 3

When Thou didst terrible things. Reference to Pentateuch (Exodus 34:10, same word).

Verse 4

since the beginning of the world = from of old.

men have not heard. Quoted in 1 Corinthians 2:9. Compare Psalms 3:19.

nor. So, some codices, with two early printed editions, Syriac, and Vulgate. But others read "have not perceived".

God. Hebrew. Elohim. App-4.

hath prepared = could work, or will do.

him that waiteth = the man who waited.

Verse 5

Thou meetest him = Thou didst meet him. Reference to Pentateuch (Genesis 32:1). App-92.

that rejoiceth = who was rejoicing, &c.

art wroth = wert, or wast wroth.

sinned. Hebrew. chata. App-44.

those is continuance = those [ways of Thine] is continuance. Same word as "since the beginning" in Isaiah 64:4. Compare Isaiah 63:9, Isaiah 63:11, Isaiah 63:16, Isaiah 63:19.

Verse 6

wind. Hebrew. ruach. App-9.

Verse 7

hast hid = hadst hidden. Compare Isaiah 45:15; Isaiah 53:3; Isaiah 54:8; Isaiah 57:17; Isaiah 59:2. Reference to Pentateuch (Deuteronomy 31:17, Deuteronomy 31:18, Deuteronomy 31:20). App-92.

Verse 8

now. A special various reading, called Sevir (App-34), with some codices, two early printed editions, and Aramaean, read "Thou".

Thou art our Father. See note on Isaiah 63:16.

hand. Some codices, with Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate, read "hands" (plural)

Verse 9

Be not, &c. Continue not to be, &c.

remember = continue not to remember.

Verse 10

holy. See note on Exodus 3:6.

desolation. Referring to the time of Matthew 23:38; Matthew 24:2.

Verse 11

praised. See note on "shall not", &c. (Isaiah 13:10).

is burned up with fire. This prayer is proleptic; and is said now by anticipation of the then (and now still future) day of Israel"s repentance and return to Jehovah.

pleasant things = goodly places, or vessels. Same word as in 2 Chronicles 36:19.

Verse 12

refrain Thyself: i.e. refuse to give way in compassion, &c. Compare Genesis 43:1; Genesis 45:1. Genesis 42:14; Genesis 63:15.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Isaiah 64:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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