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Bible Commentaries

Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Isaiah 50

Verse 1

Thus. Some codices, with two early printed editions, read "For thus". the LORD. Hebrew. Jehovah. App-4 .

Where . . . ? Figure of speech Erotesis.

the bill = this bill.

divorcement. Found only here, and in Jeremiah 3:8 outside the Pentateuch. See Deuteronomy 24:1 , Deuteronomy 24:3 . See App-92 .

whom: or, wherewith.

put away. . . sold. Note the Introversion of these words in this verse.

Behold. Figure of speech Asterismos. App-6 .

sold . . . put away. Note the Introversion.

Verse 2

Wherefore . . . ? Figure of speech Erotesis.

when I came. Messiah speaks.

no man. See John 1:11 . Compare Jeremiah 5:1 .Acts 13:46 ; Acts 18:6 ; Acts 28:28 .

Is My hand shortened . . . ? Reference to Pentateuch (Numbers 11:23 ). Compare Isaiah 59:1 . See App-92 .

redeem. Hebrew. padah. See note on Exodus 13:13 .

I dry up the sea. Reference to Pentateuch (Exodus 14:21 ). App-92 .

rivers. Plural of majesty: i.e. the great river, the Jordan. Reference to Pentateuch (Joshua 4:7 , Joshua 4:18 ). App-92 . Compare Psalms 107:33 .

their fish stinketh. Reference to Pentateuch (Exodus 7:18 , Exodus 7:21 ).

Verse 4

that I should know, &c. He spake none other words than those given Him by the Father. Compare the seven times this was asserted by Messiah (John 7:16 ; John 8:28 , John 8:46 , John 8:47 ; John 12:49 ; John 14:10 , John 14:24 ; John 17:8 ).

wakeneth = [continually] wakeneth.

to hear as the learned = to hearken as do the instructed.

learned = taught.

Verse 5

not rebellious = not perverse or refractory.

Verse 6

I gave, &c. Fulfilled in Matthew 26:67 ; Matthew 27:26 .

Verse 7

set My face like a flint. Note the fulfilment. His death was not an event which happened. He "accomplished" it Himself (Luke 9:31 ), and, after saying this, "He steadfastly set His face", as above, "like a flint". He laid down His life Himself: but not till His hour (the right hour) had come (John 10:15-18 ).

Verse 8

who. ? Figure of speech Erotesis .

who is Mine adversary? = who can convict Me? Literally who owneth My sentence?

Verse 9

condemn Me = prove Me lawless.

Verse 10

Who, &c. These are the words of the prophet in view of Messiah's reception.

trust in = confide in. Hebrew. batah . App-69 .

God. Hebrew. Elohim. App-4 .

Verse 11

that kindle a fire = that are incendiaries; not the ordinary word for lighting a fire. Only in Deuteronomy 32:2 (the first occurrence). Jeremiah 15:14 ; Jeremiah 17:4 . Jer 64:2 .

compass = gird. See note on Isaiah 8:9 .

sparks = fiery darts.

walk. This is Divine irony ( App-6 ).

your = your own.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Isaiah 50". "Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bul/isaiah-50.html. 1909-1922.