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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Isaiah 52

 

 

Introduction
1Christ persuades the church to believe his free redemption,
7to receive the ministers thereof,
9to joy in the power thereof,
11and to free themselves from bondage.
13Christ's kingdom shall be exalted.

Verse 1
Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.
awake
51:9,17; Daniel 10:9,16-19; Haggai 2:4; Ephesians 6:10
put on thy beautiful
61:3,10; Luke 15:22; Romans 3:22; 13:14; Ephesians 4:24; Revelation 19:8,14
the holy
1:21,26; 48:2; Nehemiah 11:1; Jeremiah 31:23; Zechariah 14:20,21; Matthew 4:5; Revelation 21:2,27
there shall
26:2; 35:8; 60:21; Ezekiel 44:9; Nahum 1:15; Revelation 21:27

Verse 2
Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.
Shake
3:26; 51:23; Jeremiah 51:6,45,50; Zechariah 2:6; Revelation 18:4
arise
The common mode of sitting in the East is upon the floor, with the legs crossed; and when sitting is spoken of as a posture of more than ordinary state, it means sitting on high, on a chair of state, or throne.
loose
49:21; 51:14; 61:1; Luke 4:18; 21:24

Verse 3
For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money.
45:13; 50:1; Psalms 44:12; Jeremiah 15:13; 1 Peter 1:18; Romans 7:14-25

Verse 4
For thus saith the Lord GOD, My people went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.
My people
Genesis 46:6; Acts 7:14,15
the Assyrian
14:25; 36:1-37; Jeremiah 50:17
without
Job 2:3; Psalms 25:3; 69:4; John 15:25

Verse 5
Now therefore, what have I here, saith the LORD, that my people is taken away for nought? they that rule over them make them to howl, saith the LORD; and my name continually every day is blasphemed.
what
22:16; Judges 18:3
people
3; Psalms 44:12
make
47:6; 51:20,23; Exodus 1:13-16; 2:23,24; 3:7; Psalms 137:1,2; Jeremiah 50:17; Lamentations 1:21; 2:3; 5:13-15; Zephaniah 1:10
my name
37:6,28; Psalms 44:16; 74:10,18,22,23; Ezekiel 20:9,14; 36:20-23; Romans 2:24

Verse 6
Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I.
my people
Exodus 33:19; 34:5-7; Psalms 48:10; Ezekiel 20:44; 37:13,14; 39:27-29; Zechariah 10:9-12; Hebrews 8:10,11
I am he
42:9; Numbers 23:19; Hebrews 6:14-18

Verse 7
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
How beautiful
This is a highly poetical expression, for, How welcome is his arrival! how agreeable are the tidings which he brings!
40:9; 61:1-3; Nahum 1:15; Luke 2:10; Romans 10:12-15
publisheth
Psalms 68:11; Song of Solomon 2:8; Mark 13:10; 16:15; Luke 24:47; Acts 10:36-38; Revelation 14:6
Thy God
24:23; 33:22; Psalms 59:13; 93:1; 96:10; 97:1; 99:1; Micah 4:7; Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 25:34; 28:18; Revelation 11:15

Verse 8
Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion.
Thy
56:10; 62:6; Song of Solomon 3:3; 5:7; Jeremiah 6:17; 31:6,7; Ezekiel 3:17; 33:7; Hebrews 13:17
lift
24:14; 40:9; 58:1
with
12:4-6; 26:1; 27:2; 35:10; 48:20; Jeremiah 33:11; Acts 2:46,47; Revelation 5:8-10; Revelation 18:20; 19:4
see
30:26; Jeremiah 32:39; Zephaniah 3:9; Zechariah 12:8; Acts 2:1; 4:32; 1 Corinthians 1:10; 13:12; Ephesians 1:17,18

Verse 9
Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.
Break
14:7; 42:10,11; 44:23; 48:20; 49:13; 54:1-3; 55:12; 65:18,19; 66:10-13; Psalms 96:11,12; Zephaniah 3:14,15; Galatians 4:27
ye waste
44:26; 51:3; 61:4

Verse 10
The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
made
51:9; 66:18,19; Psalms 98:1-3; Acts 2:5-11; Revelation 11:15-17; 15:4
all
49:6; Psalms 22:27; Luke 3:6; Acts 13:47; Revelation 11:15; 14:6

Verse 11
Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.
depart ye
48:20; Jeremiah 50:8; 51:6,45; Zechariah 2:6,7; 2 Corinthians 6:17; Revelation 18:4
touch
Leviticus 5:2,3; 11:26,27,45,47; 15:5-33; Ezekiel 44:23; Haggai 2:13,14; Acts 10:14,28; Romans 14:14; Ephesians 5:11; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 2:5,11
be
Leviticus 10:3; 22:2-33; Ezra 1:7-11; 8:25-30

Verse 12
For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rereward.
ye shall
28:16; 51:14; Exodus 12:33,39; 14:8
for
45:2; Exodus 13:21,22; 14:19,20; Deuteronomy 20:4; Judges 4:14; 1 Chronicles 14:15; Micah 2:13
the God
58:8; Numbers 10:25
be your reward
Heb. gather you up.

Verse 13
Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.
my servant
11:2,3; 42:1; 49:6; 53:11; Ezekiel 34:23; Zechariah 3:8; Philippians 2:7,8
deal prudently
or, prosper.
53:10; Joshua 1:7,8; *marg:; Jeremiah 23:5
he shall
9:6,7; 49:6; Psalms 2:6-9; 110:1,2; Matthew 28:18; John 3:31; 5:22,23; Ephesians 1:20-23; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3; Revelation 5:6-13

Verse 14
As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:
many
Psalms 71:7; Matthew 7:28; 22:22,23; 27:14; Mark 5:42; 6:51; 7:37; 10:26,32; Luke 2:47; 4:36; 5:26
his visage
50:6; 53:2-5; Psalms 22:6,7,15,17; 102:3-5; Matthew 26:67; 27:29,30; Luke 22:64

Verse 15
So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.
sprinkle
Numbers 8:7; Ezekiel 36:25; Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:33; Titus 3:5,6; Hebrews 9:13,14; 10:22; Hebrews 11:28; 12:24; 1 Peter 1:2
kings
49:7,23; Job 29:9,10; 40:4; Psalms 72:9-11; Micah 7:16,17; Zechariah 2:13
for
51:5; 55:5; Romans 15:20,21; 16:25,26; Ephesians 3:5-9

 


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Bibliography Information
Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Isaiah 52:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/isaiah-52.html.

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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019
the Week of Proper 24 / Ordinary 29
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