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Bible Commentaries

Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible

Isaiah 31

Verses 1-9

1-5. Judah should trust not in Egypt, but in Jehovah.

6-9. The wonderful deliverance from the Assyrian.

1. See Isaiah 30:16.

2. Somewhat sarcastic; Jehovah is wise, as well as the politicians of Judah. Evil] i.e. calamity.

5. Flying] i.e. hovering over the nest to protect it. Passing over] an allusion to the Passover, the same word being used.

6. The children, etc.] RV ’ye have deeply revolted, O children of Israel.’

8. The Assyrian’s fall will be brought about by no human agency. For the fulfilment see Isaiah 37:36. Be discomfited] RV ’become tributary.’

9. And he shall, etc.] RV ’and his rock’ (i.e. strength) ’shall pass away by reason of terror.’ Ensign] the word denotes a standard, or signal, forming the rallying point of an army. In this context the signal is for the gathering of the foes of the Assyrian. Whose fire] see Isaiah 10:16, Isaiah 10:17. The presence of Jehovah is as a consuming fire to His enemies.

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Dummelow, John. "Commentary on Isaiah 31". "Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible". 1909.