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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Isaiah 56

 

 

Introduction
1The prophet exhorts to sanctification.
3He promises it shall be general, without respect of persons.
9He inveighs against blind watchmen.

Verse 1
Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.
Keep
1:16-19; 26:7,8; 55:7; Psalms 24:4-6; 50:23; Jeremiah 7:3-11; Malachi 4:4; Matthew 3:2; John 7:17
judgment
or, equity. for.
46:13; 51:5; Psalms 85:9; Matthew 3:2; 4:17; Mark 1:15; Luke 3:3-9; Romans 1:17; Romans 10:6-10; 13:11-14

Verse 2
Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.
Blessed
Psalms 1:1-3; 15:1-5; 106:3; 112:1; 119:1-5; 128:1; Luke 11:28; 12:43; John 13:17; Revelation 22:14
layeth
4; Proverbs 4:13; Ecclesiastes 7:18
keepeth the
58:13; Exodus 31:13-16; Leviticus 19:30; Nehemiah 13:17; Jeremiah 17:21,22; Ezekiel 20:12,20
keepeth his
Psalms 34:14; 37:27; 119:101; Proverbs 4:27; 14:16; 16:6,17; Romans 12:9

Verse 3
Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.
the son
Numbers 18:4,7; Deuteronomy 23:1-3; Zechariah 8:20-23; Matthew 8:10,11; Acts 8:27; 10:1,2,34; Acts 13:47,48; 17:4; 18:7; Romans 2:10,11; 15:9-12,16; Ephesians 2:12,22; 1 Peter 1:1
joined
Jeremiah 50:5; Zephaniah 2:11; 1 Corinthians 6:17
The Lord hath
Matthew 15:26,27; Luke 7:6-8
neither
5; 39:7; Jeremiah 38:7-13; 39:16,17; Daniel 1:3-21; Matthew 19:12-30; Acts 8:26-40

Verse 4
For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant;
choose
Joshua 24:15; Psalms 119:111; Luke 10:42
take hold
27:5; 55:3; 2 Samuel 23:5; Jeremiah 50:5; Hebrews 6:17

Verse 5
Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.
will I
Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 2:22; 1 Timothy 3:15; Hebrews 3:6
and a
62:12; John 1:12; 1 John 3:1; Revelation 3:12
better
1 Samuel 1:8
that shall
55:13; Revelation 3:5

Verse 6
Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;
join
3; 44:5; Jeremiah 50:5; Acts 2:41; 11:23; 2 Corinthians 8:5; 1 Thessalonians 1:9,10
to love
Mark 12:30-34; Romans 8:28; 1 Corinthians 16:22; Galatians 5:6; Ephesians 6:24; James 1:12; 2:5
every
2; 58:13; Revelation 1:10

Verse 7
Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
them will
2:2,3; 66:19,20; Psalms 2:6; Micah 4:1,2; Zechariah 8:3; Malachi 1:11; John 12:20-26; Ephesians 2:11-13; Hebrews 12:22; 1 Peter 1:1,2
their burnt
Romans 12:1; Hebrews 13:15; 1 Peter 2:5
for mine
Malachi 1:11; Matthew 21:13; Mark 11:17; Luke 19:46; John 4:21-23; 1 Timothy 2:8

Verse 8
The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.
which
11:11,12; 27:12,13; 54:7; Psalms 106:47; 107:2,3; 147:2; Jeremiah 30:17; Jeremiah 31:10; Hosea 1:11; Micah 4:6; Zephaniah 3:18-20; Zechariah 10:8-10
Yet
43:6; 49:12,22; 60:3-11; 66:18-21; Genesis 49:10; John 10:16; 11:52; Ephesians 1:10; 2:14-16
beside those that are gathered
Heb. to his gathered.

Verse 9
All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest.
Deuteronomy 28:26; Jeremiah 12:9; Ezekiel 29:5; 39:17; Revelation 19:17,18

Verse 10
His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.
watchmen
52:8; Ezekiel 3:17
are blind
29:10; Jeremiah 14:13,14; Hosea 4:6; 9:7,8; Matthew 15:14; 23:16-26; Luke 6:39,40
they are all dumb
58:1; Jeremiah 6:13,14; 23:13,14; Ezekiel 3:15-18,26,27; 13:16; 33:6; Philippians 3:2
sleeping
or, dreaming, or talking in their sleep. loving.
Proverbs 6:4-10; 24:30-34; Jonah 1:2-6; Nahum 3:18; Mark 13:34-37

Verse 11
Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.
Yea, they are
1 Samuel 2:12-17,29; Ezekiel 13:19; 34:2,3; Micah 3:5,11; Malachi 1:10; Acts 20:29,33; Philippians 3:2,19; 1 Timothy 3:3,8; Titus 1:7,11; 1 Peter 5:2; 2 Peter 2:3,14,15; Jude 1:11,16; Revelation 22:15
greedy
Heb. strong of appetite. can never have enough. Heb. know not to be satisfied.
Ecclesiastes 5:10
are shepherds
Micah 3:6; Zechariah 11:15-17; Matthew 13:14,15; John 8:43; 2 Corinthians 4:4
all look
Exodus 23:3; Jeremiah 22:17; 2 Peter 2:15,16

Verse 12
Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.
I will
5:22; 28:7,8; Proverbs 31:4,5; Hosea 4:11; Amos 6:3-6; Matthew 24:49-51; Luke 12:45,46; 21:34; Titus 1:7
to morrow
22:13,14; Psalms 10:6; Proverbs 23:35; 27:1; Jeremiah 18:18; Luke 12:19,20; 1 Corinthians 15:32

 


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Bibliography Information
Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Isaiah 56:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/isaiah-56.html.

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Monday, August 19th, 2019
the Week of Proper 15 / Ordinary 20
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