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John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible
Isaiah 50

 

 

Verses 1-11

1. The children of Zion (Isaiah 49:20-21) are addressed. Their servitude is not irrevocable; Jehovah has not formally repudiated Zion (Deuteronomy 24:1); nor, though they had to learn by discipline, can any creditors claim His people as slaves (2 Kings 4:1): cp. Jeremiah 24:4-6; Ezekiel 37.

2, 3. The imagery is from the exodus from Egypt.

2. Wherefore.. answer] These clauses emphasise the hopelessness of Israel's case from a human point of view. Only the divine power could effect the deliverance of the exiles.

4. The Servant of Jehovah is here the speaker (as in Isaiah 49:1). He is taught by Jehovah, receiving the divine message each morning.

To speak, etc.] RV 'to sustain with words him that is weary.'

5, 6. The Servant does not shrink from his mission in spite of the suffering and humiliation involved.

7, 9. Being sustained by the strength of Jehovah, and therefore confident of victory, he is unflinching and challenges his adversaries.

10, 11. Words addressed by the prophet to the Israelites; let the faithful ones amongst the exiles trust in Jehovah (Isaiah 50:10); as for those who resist Him and arm themselves against His prophets, their weapons shall recoil upon themselves (Isaiah 50:11).

10. Read, '.. servant? he that walketh in darkness and hath no light, let him trust,' etc. (RV).

11. Sparks] RV 'firebrands.'

 


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Dummelow, John. "Commentary on Isaiah 50:4". "John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dcb/isaiah-50.html. 1909.

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