Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Isaiah 33:5

The Lord is exalted, for He dwells on high; He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness.
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Blessing;   Church;   God;   Scofield Reference Index - Kingdom;   Thompson Chain Reference - Civic Righteousness;   Exaltation;   Exaltation-Abasement;   Exalted;   God;   Nation;   Nation, the;   Righteousness;   Social Duties;   The Topic Concordance - Exaltation;   Fear;   God;   Knowledge;  
Dictionaries:
Holman Bible Dictionary - Isaiah;   Zion;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Exalt;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Shekinah;  
Devotionals:
Daily Light on the Daily Path - Devotion for August 10;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

The Lord is exalted - (compare Psalm 97:9). The prophet here introduces a chorus of the Jews, celebrating the praises of God for delivering them from the Assyrian.

He hath filled Zion with judgment - That is, the effect of his destroying his enemies will be to fill Jerusalem with reverence for his name. The deliverance would be so signal, and the manifestation of the divine mercy so great, that the effect would be that the nation would turn to God, and acknowledge his gracious interposition (see Isaiah 30:22-26, Isaiah 30:29; Isaiah 31:6; Isaiah 32:15-18).

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Isaiah 33:5". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/isaiah-33.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

The Lord is exalted,.... These are the words of the church, or of true believers, setting the praise and glory of God, on account of the victory and spoil of their enemies; by which the Lord is exalted, magnified, and honoured, as he will be in the hearts and mouths of his people when these times shall come; see Revelation 11:15 this will be true of Christ, and indeed this will be the time when he, and he alone, shall be exalted, Isaiah 2:17,

for he dwelleth on high; in the highest heaven, and is above his greatest enemies, and can, and will, pour down his wrath and vengeance on them:

he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness; the church of God, where Christ her King will reign in righteousness, and when all the administrations of his kingly power and government will appear to be just and true; where his word shall be faithfully preached, and his ordinances duly administered; and when all his subjects and people shall be righteous, and live soberly and righteously. The Targum is,

"with those that do true judgment and righteousness.'

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Wesley's Explanatory Notes

The LORD is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.

Exalted — By the destruction of so potent an army; and by the defence of this people.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Isaiah 33:5". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/isaiah-33.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Isaiah 33:5 The LORD is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.

Ver. 5. The Lord is exalted.] He hath made him a name, gained abundance of honour.

For he dwelleth on high.] Whence he can pour down plagues at his pleasure on his proud enemies, and fill Zion with judgment and righteousness.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Isaiah 33:5". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/isaiah-33.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Isaiah 33:5. The Lord, &c.— JEHOVAH is exalted; yea, he dwelleth on high. Lowth. See Psalms 99.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Isaiah 33:5". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/isaiah-33.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Is exalted; will get great glory by the marvellous deduction of so proud and potent an army, and by the defence of his people.

For he dwelleth on high; for he is and will appear to be superior to his enemies, both in place and power. He dwelleth in the heaven, whence he can easily and irresistibly pour down judgments upon his enemies. Although these words may be, and by some are, joined with those that follow, thus, for he that dwelleth on high hath filled, &c. He hath filled Zion, he will fill Jerusalem, with judgment and righteousness; either,

1. With a glorious instance of his just judgment against the Assyrians. Or,

2. With the execution of justice by good Hezekiah, as before it was filled with impiety and injustice under Ahaz. The city shall not only be delivered from that wicked enemy, but shall also be established and blessed with true religion and righteousness; which was a great addition to that mercy.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Isaiah 33:5". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/isaiah-33.html. 1685.

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

The result would be glory for God. He is the sovereign ruler of the world. He would fill Zion with justice and righteousness (cf. Isaiah 1:26-27; Isaiah 32:1; Isaiah 32:16). Here Isaiah began to look into the distant future.

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Constable, Thomas. DD. "Commentary on Isaiah 33:5". "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/isaiah-33.html. 2012.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(5) The Lord is exalted . . .—The vision of the seer takes in the ideal city of God, Jehovah dwelling on high in His holy Temple, the city at last filled with “judgment and righteousness.”

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Isaiah 33:5". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/isaiah-33.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

The LORD is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.
The Lord
10; 2:11,17; 12:4; 37:20; Exodus 9:16,17; 15:1,6; 18:11; Job 40:9-14; Psalms 21:11-13; 46:9,10; 97:8,9; 115:1,2; 118:16; Daniel 4:37; Romans 3:26; Revelation 19:2-6
he dwelleth
57:15; 66:1; Psalms 113:5,6; 123:1; Ephesians 1:20,21
he hath
1:26,27; 4:2-4; 32:1,15-18; 52:1; 54:11-14; 60:21; 61:3,11; 62:1; 2 Chronicles 31:20,21; Romans 11:26
Reciprocal: Nehemiah 7:2 - feared God;  Psalm 148:13 - excellent;  Isaiah 30:18 - for the Lord

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Isaiah 33:5". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/isaiah-33.html.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

5Jehovah is exalted. He explains more fully what we briefly noticed a little before, about the exaltation of God, and follows out the subject which we formerly mentioned, that the destruction of a monarchy so powerful will make it evident how highly God values the salvation of his Church, for whose sake he will utterly ruin Nineveh, the queen of cities, and her inhabitants. This lesson is highly useful, that God does not spare reprobate and irreligious men; for, by opposing their unlawful desires, his object is to testify how much he loves his elect; and it is no ordinary consolation that the glory of God shines most brightly in the salvation of the Church.

Who dwelleth on high. First, he declares that God is raised “on high,” whereas wicked men imagine that he was east down and humbled by the destruction of the people. Again, lest any one should think that God has only recovered what he lost, as it frequently happens in the world that they who have been vanquished, as soon as a favorable change takes place, again put forth fresh vigor, he expressly declares that God is “exalted” before the eyes of men, because this is due to him on account of his greatness, for he inhabiteth the heavens. Hence it follows, that although he frequently conceals his power, yet he never loses his right, but, whenever he thinks proper, openly displays his exalted rank; for to dwell “in the heavens” denotes, as we know, supreme authority, to which the whole world is subject. (Psalms 115:3.) In this manner he not only shews that God can easily and readily cast down all that is lofty in the world, but argues from God’s eternal nature, that when God is despised by wicked men, he cannot, at length, do otherwise than manifest his glory; for otherwise he would “deny himself.” (2 Timothy 2:13.)

He hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness. Thus he again confirms the statement, that it will be a proof of God’s wonderful kindness, when the Jews shall be delivered from the tyranny of the Babylonians. It was proper to place before their eyes the Author of so great a blessing; for we see how basely his glory is obscured by our ingratitude. Now, “the fullness of righteousness and judgment” means, that God will largely and copiously pour forth his kindness in restoring the Church. Yet it will not be unsuitable to view these words as referring to lawful order, when everything is justly and properly administered; for without this the Church will never enjoy prosperity, though everything else may succeed according to the wish. Holy and welladjusted order, therefore, and not corruptible riches, is the standard by which our prosperity should be judged.

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Calvin, John. "Commentary on Isaiah 33:5". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/isaiah-33.html. 1840-57.