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Isaiah 16



1Moab is exhorted to yield obedience to the throne of David.
6Moab is threatened for her pride.
9The prophet bewails her.
12The judgment of Moab.

Verse 1
Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion.
the lamb
2 Samuel 8:2; 2 Kings 3:4; Ezra 7:17
2 Kings 14:7
or, Petra. Heb. a rock. the mount.
10:32; Micah 4:8

Verse 2
For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon.
13:14; Proverbs 27:8
cast out of the nest
or, a nest forsaken. the fords.
Numbers 21:13-15; Deuteronomy 2:36; 3:8,12; Joshua 13:16; Judges 11:18

Verse 3
Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; bewray not him that wandereth.
Heb. Bring. execute.
1:17; Psalms 82:3,4; Jeremiah 21:12; 22:3; Ezekiel 45:9-12; Daniel 4:27; Zechariah 7:9
9:6; 25:4; 32:2; Judges 9:15; Jonah 4:5-8
56:8; Obadiah 1:12-14; Matthew 25:35; Hebrews 13:2

Verse 4
Let mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them from the face of the spoiler: for the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land.
Deuteronomy 23:15,16; 24:14; Jeremiah 21:12
14:4; 33:1; 51:13; Jeremiah 48:8,18; Zechariah 9:8
Heb. wringer. oppressors. Heb. treaders down.
15:6; 25:10; Zechariah 10:5; Malachi 4:3; Luke 21:24; Romans 16:20; Revelation 11:2

Verse 5
And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness.
in mercy
Psalms 61:6,7; 85:10; 89:1,2,14; Proverbs 20:28; 29:14; Luke 1:69-75
or, prepared. in the.
9:6,7; 2 Samuel 5:9; 7:16; Jeremiah 23:5,6; Daniel 7:14,27; Amos 9:11; Micah 4:7; Luke 1:31-33; Acts 15:16,17
11:1-5; 32:1,2; 2 Samuel 23:3; 1 Kings 10:9; 2 Chronicles 31:20; Psalms 72:2-4; 96:13; Psalms 98:9; 99:4; Zechariah 9:9; Hebrews 1:8,9
2 Peter 3:11,12

Verse 6
We have heard of the pride of Moab; he is very proud: even of his haughtiness, and his pride, and his wrath: but his lies shall not be so.
2:11; Jeremiah 48:26,29,30,42; Amos 2:1; Obadiah 1:3,4; Zephaniah 2:9,10; 1 Peter 5:5
28:15,18; 44:25; Jeremiah 50:36

Verse 7
Therefore shall Moab howl for Moab, every one shall howl: for the foundations of Kirhareseth shall ye mourn; surely they are stricken.
shall Moab
15:2-5; Jeremiah 48:20
11; 15:1; 2 Kings 3:25
or, mutter.

Verse 8
For the fields of Heshbon languish, and the vine of Sibmah: the lords of the heathen have broken down the principal plants thereof, they are come even unto Jazer, they wandered through the wilderness: her branches are stretched out, they are gone over the sea.
the fields
15:4; 24:7; 2 Samuel 1:21
the vine
9; Numbers 32:38
Joshua 13:19
the lords
10:7; Jeremiah 27:6,7
Numbers 32:3; Joshua 13:25
stretched out
or, plucked up.

Verse 9
Therefore I will bewail with the weeping of Jazer the vine of Sibmah: I will water thee with my tears, O Heshbon, and Elealeh: for the shouting for thy summer fruits and for thy harvest is fallen.
I will bewail
15:5; Jeremiah 48:32-34
O Heshbon
9:3; Judges 9:27; Jeremiah 40:10,12
the shouting for
or, the alarm is fallen upon, etc.

Verse 10
And gladness is taken away, and joy out of the plentiful field; and in the vineyards there shall be no singing, neither shall there be shouting: the treaders shall tread out no wine in their presses; I have made their vintage shouting to cease.
24:8,9; 32:10; Jeremiah 48:33; Amos 5:11,17; Habakkuk 3:17,18; Zephaniah 1:13

Verse 11
Wherefore my bowels shall sound like an harp for Moab, and mine inward parts for Kirharesh.
15:5; 63:15; Jeremiah 4:19; 31:20; 48:36; Hosea 11:8; Philippians 2:1

Verse 12
And it shall come to pass, when it is seen that Moab is weary on the high place, that he shall come to his sanctuary to pray; but he shall not prevail.
15:2; 26:16; Numbers 22:39,41; 23:1-3,14,28; 24:17; Proverbs 1:28; Jeremiah 48:35
he shall
37:38; 1 Kings 11:7; 2 Kings 3:27; Jeremiah 48:7,13,46
47:13; 2 Kings 19:12,16-19; Psalms 115:3-7; Jeremiah 10:5

Verse 13
This is the word that the LORD hath spoken concerning Moab since that time.

Verse 14
But now the LORD hath spoken, saying, Within three years, as the years of an hireling, and the glory of Moab shall be contemned, with all that great multitude; and the remnant shall be very small and feeble.
7:16; 15:5; 21:16; Deuteronomy 15:8
the glory
17:4; 23:9; Genesis 31:1; Esther 5:11; Jeremiah 9:23; Nahum 2:9,10
and the remnant
Jeremiah 48:46,47
or, not many.


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Bibliography Information
Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Isaiah 16:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge".

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Saturday, November 28th, 2020
the Week of Christ the King / Proper 29 / Ordinary 34
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