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Isaiah 46

 

 

Introduction
1The idols of Babylon could not save themselves.
3God saves his people to the end.
5Idols are not comparable to God for power,
12or present salvation.

Verse 1
Bel boweth down, Nebo stoopeth, their idols were upon the beasts, and upon the cattle: your carriages were heavy loaden; they are a burden to the weary beast.
Bel
Bel, called Belus by the Greek and Roman writers, is the same as Baal; and Nebo is interpreted by Castell and Norberg of Mercury; the two principal idols of Babylon. When that city was taken by the Persians, these images were carried in triumph.
21:9; 41:6,7; Exodus 12:12; 1 Samuel 5:3; Jeremiah 48:1-25; 50:2; 51:44,47,52
a burden
2:20; Jeremiah 10:5

Verse 2
They stoop, they bow down together; they could not deliver the burden, but themselves are gone into captivity.
they could
36:18,19; 37:12,19; 44:17; 45:20
but
Judges 18:17,18,24; 2 Samuel 5:21; Jeremiah 43:12,13; 48:7
themselves are
Heb. their soul is.

Verse 3
Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne by me from the belly, which are carried from the womb:
Hearken
44:1,21; 48:1,17,18; 51:1,7; Psalms 81:8-13
the remnant
1:9; 10:22; 11:11; 37:4
borne
44:1,2; 49:1,2; 63:9; Exodus 19:4; Deuteronomy 1:31; 32:11,12; Psalms 22:9,10; 71:6; Ezekiel 16:6-16

Verse 4
And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.
even to your
41:4; 43:13,25; Psalms 92:14; 102:26,27; Malachi 2:16; 3:6; Romans 11:29; Hebrews 1:12; 13:8; James 1:17
even to hoar
Psalms 48:14; 71:18

Verse 5
To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like?
40:18,25; Exodus 15:11; Psalms 86:8; 89:6,8; 113:5; Jeremiah 10:6,7,16; Philippians 2:6; Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:3

Verse 6
They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance, and hire a goldsmith; and he maketh it a god: they fall down, yea, they worship.
lavish
40:19,20; 41:6,7; 44:12-19; 45:20; Exodus 32:2-4; Judges 17:3,4; 1 Kings 12:28; Jeremiah 10:3,4,9,14; Hosea 8:4-6; Habakkuk 2:18-20; Acts 17:29
they fall
2:8; 44:17; Daniel 3:5-15

Verse 7
They bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him, and set him in his place, and he standeth; from his place shall he not remove: yea, one shall cry unto him, yet can he not answer, nor save him out of his trouble.
they carry him
1 Samuel 5:3; Jeremiah 10:5; Daniel 3:1
one shall cry
37:38; 45:20; Judges 10:12-14; 1 Kings 18:26,40; Jeremiah 2:28; Jonah 1:5,14-16

Verse 8
Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors.
Remember
44:18-21; Deuteronomy 32:29; Psalms 115:8; 135:18; Jeremiah 10:8; 1 Corinthians 14:20
bring
47:7; Ezekiel 18:28; Haggai 1:5,7; Luke 15:17; Ephesians 5:14

Verse 9
Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
the former
42:9; 65:17; Deuteronomy 32:7; Nehemiah 9:7-37; Psalms 78:1-72; 105:1-106; 111:4; Jeremiah 23:7,8; Daniel 9:6-15
I am God
45:5,6,14,18,21,22
and there is none like
5; Deuteronomy 33:26

Verse 10
Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
the end
41:22,23; 44:7; 45:21; Genesis 3:15; 12:2,3; 49:10,22-26; Numbers 24:17-24; Deuteronomy 4:24-31; 28:15-68; Acts 15:18
My counsel
11; 43:13; Psalms 33:11; 135:6; Proverbs 19:21; 21:30; Daniel 4:35; Acts 3:23; Acts 4:27,28; 5:39; Romans 11:33,34; Ephesians 1:9-11; Hebrews 6:17

Verse 11
Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.
Calling
13:2-4; 21:7-9; 41:2,25; 45:1-6; Jeremiah 50:29; 51:20-29
a ravenous bird
Or, "an eagle," a very proper emblem for Cyrus, says Bp. Lowth, as in other respects, so particularly because the ensign of Cyrus was a golden eagle, [aetos chrusous] the very word ayit, which the prophet uses here, expressed as near as may be in Greek letters.
Ezekiel 39:4
the man
44:28; 45:13; 48:14,15; Ezra 1:2; Psalms 76:10; Acts 4:28
that executeth my counsel
Heb. of my counsel.
Psalms 119:24; *marg:
I have spoken
14:24-27; 38:15; Numbers 23:19; Job 23:13; Jeremiah 50:45; Acts 5:39; Ephesians 1:11; Ephesians 3:11

Verse 12
Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that are far from righteousness:
Hearken
3; 28:23; 45:20; Psalms 49:1; Proverbs 1:22,23; 8:1-5; Ephesians 5:14; Revelation 3:17,18
ye stouthearted
48:4; Psalms 76:5; Zechariah 7:11,12; Malachi 3:13-15; Acts 7:51
that
Psalms 119:150,155; Jeremiah 2:5; Ephesians 2:13

Verse 13
I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.
bring
51:5; 61:11; Romans 1:17; 3:21-26; 10:3-15
shall not tarry
Psalms 14:7; 46:1,5; Habakkuk 2:3; Hebrews 10:37
salvation
12:2; 28:16; 61:3; 62:11; Joel 3:17; 1 Peter 2:6
Israel
43:7; 44:23; 60:21; 61:3; Jeremiah 33:9; Haggai 1:8; John 17:10; Ephesians 1:6; 2 Thessalonians 1:10,12

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Isaiah 46:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/isaiah-46.html.

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