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Isaiah 64

 

 

Introduction
1The church prays for the illustration of God's power.
4Celebrating God's mercy, it makes confession of their natural corruptions.
9It complains of their afflictions.

Verse 1
Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,
Oh that
Psalms 18:7-15; 144:5,6; Mark 1:10; *marg:
that thou wouldest come
63:15; Exodus 3:8; 19:11,18,19; Micah 1:3,4; Habakkuk 3:1-13
that the
Judges 5:4,5; Psalms 46:6; 68:8; 114:4-7; Amos 9:5,13; Nahum 1:5,6; 2 Peter 3:10-12; Revelation 20:11

Verse 2
As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!
melting fire
Heb. fire of meltings. to make.
37:20; 63:12; Exodus 14:4; 1 Samuel 17:46,47; 1 Kings 8:41-43; Psalms 46:10; 67:1,2; Psalms 79:10; 83:13; 98:1,2; 102:15,16; 106:8; Ezekiel 38:22,23; 39:27,28; Daniel 4:1-3,32-37; 6:25-27; Joel 3:16,17
that the nations
Exodus 15:14-16; Deuteronomy 2:25; Psalms 9:20; 48:4-6; 99:1; Jeremiah 5:22; 33:9; Micah 7:15-17; Revelation 11:11-13

Verse 3
When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence.
thou didst
Exodus 34:10; Deuteronomy 4:34; 10:21; Judges 5:4,5; 2 Samuel 7:23; Psalms 65:6; 66:3,5; 68:8; Psalms 76:12; 105:27-36; 106:22
the mountains
1; Habakkuk 3:3,6

Verse 4
For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.
have not
Psalms 31:19; 1 Corinthians 2:9,10; Ephesians 3:5-10,17-21; Colossians 1:26,27; 1 Timothy 3:16; 1 John 3:1,2; 4:10; Revelation 21:1-4,22-24; 22:1-5
seen, etc
or, seen a God besides thee, which doeth so for, etc. prepared.
Psalms 31:19; Matthew 25:34; John 14:3; Hebrews 11:16
waiteth
25:9; Genesis 49:18; Psalms 62:1; 130:5; Lamentations 3:25,26; Luke 2:25; Romans 8:19,23-25; 1 Corinthians 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; James 5:7

Verse 5
Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved.
meetest
Exodus 20:24; 25:22; 29:42,43; 30:6; Hebrews 4:16
rejoiceth
Psalms 25:10; 37:4; 112:1; Acts 10:2-4,35; Philippians 3:13-15
those that
26:8,9; 56:1-7
thou art wroth
63:10; Psalms 90:7-9
in those
Psalms 103:17; Jeremiah 31:18-20; Hosea 6:3; 11:8; Malachi 3:6

Verse 6
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
are all
6:5; 53:6; Job 14:4; 15:14-16; 25:4; 40:4; 42:5,6; Psalms 51:5; Romans 7:18,24; Ephesians 2:1,2; Titus 3:3
all our
57:12; Zechariah 3:3; Philippians 3:9; Revelation 3:17,18; 7:13
we all
40:6-8; Psalms 90:5,6; James 1:10,11; 1 Peter 1:24,25
our iniquities
57:13; Psalms 1:4; Jeremiah 4:11,12; Hosea 4:19; Zechariah 5:8-11

Verse 7
And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.
there is
50:2; 59:16; Psalms 14:4; Ezekiel 22:30; Hosea 7:7,14
to take
27:5; 56:4
hast hid
57:17; 59:2; Deuteronomy 31:17; 32:19-25; Hosea 5:15
consumed
Heb. melted.
Jeremiah 9:7; Ezekiel 22:18-22; 24:11
because
Heb. by the hand, as
Job 8:4; *marg:

Verse 8
But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
thou art
63:16; Exodus 4:22; Deuteronomy 32:6; Galatians 3:26,29
are the clay
29:16; 45:9; Jeremiah 18:2-6; Romans 9:20-24
all are
43:7; 44:21,24; Job 10:8,9; Psalms 100:3; 119:73; 138:8; Ephesians 2:10

Verse 9
Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.
wroth
Psalms 6:1; 38:1; 74:1,2; 79:5-9; Jeremiah 10:24; Habakkuk 3:2
remember
Jeremiah 3:12; Lamentations 5:20; Micah 7:18-20; Malachi 1:4; 2 Peter 2:17; Revelation 20:10
we are
63:19; Psalms 79:13; 119:94

Verse 10
Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.
1:7; 2 Kings 25:9; 2 Chronicles 36:19-21; Psalms 79:1-7; Lamentations 1:1-4; 2:4-8; 5:18; Daniel 9:26,27; 12:7; Micah 3:12; Luke 21:21,24; Revelation 11:1,2

Verse 11
Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised thee, is burned up with fire: and all our pleasant things are laid waste.
holy
2 Kings 25:9; 2 Chronicles 36:19; Psalms 74:5-7; Jeremiah 52:13; Lamentations 2:7; Ezekiel 7:20,21; Ezekiel 24:21,25; Matthew 24:2
where
1 Kings 8:14,56; 2 Chronicles 6:4; 7:3,6; 29:25-30
all our
Lamentations 1:7,10,11

Verse 12
Wilt thou refrain thyself for these things, O LORD? wilt thou hold thy peace, and afflict us very sore?
42:14; Psalms 10:1; 74:10,11,18,19; 79:5; 80:3,4; 83:1; 89:46-51; Zechariah 1:12; Revelation 6:10

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Isaiah 64:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/isaiah-64.html.

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Sunday, October 13th, 2019
the Week of Proper 23 / Ordinary 28
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