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Isaiah 48:17

Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, "I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way you should go.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Thy Redeemer - (see the notes at Isaiah 41:14; Isaiah 43:1).

Which teacheth thee to profit - Teaching you what things will most conduce to your welfare. The reference hero is chiefly to the afflictions which they suffered in Babylon.

Which leadeth thee - I am thy conductor and guide. God taught them, as he does his people now, by his Providence, his revealed word, and his Spirit, the way in which they ought to go. It is one of his characteristics that he is the guide and director of his people.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Isaiah 48:17". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/isaiah-48.html. 1870.

Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible

"Thus saith Jehovah, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am Jehovah thy God, who teacheth thee to profit, who leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. Oh that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! Then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea: thy seed also had been as the sand, and the offspring of thy bowels like the grains thereof (of the sand): his name would not be cut off nor destroyed from before me."

This is a remarkable expostulation which reminds us of the words of Christ himself in his lament over Jerusalem. "Oh, if thou hadst known the things that belong unto thy peace in this thy day, but now are they hidden from thine eyes!" It appears from what is said here that God's promise to Abraham that his posterity should be as the stars of heaven the sands of the seashore, etc., that the greater fulfillment was lost forever in the multiple rebellions of obstinate and stubborn Israel. How evident this must have been in that pitiful little handful of a once mighty nation that returned from the captivity in Babylon. As Kelley stated it, however, "Even the best teacher fails, when his pupils are unwilling to learn."[20] The tragedy of Israel could easily have been avoided; but the prophet reminds her that all of her past history was one unending tragedy of squandered opportunities. "This, of course, places the responsibility of Israel's tragic state squarely upon the people themselves."[21]

The final clauses of Isaiah 48:19 are very important. They state clearly and emphatically that "Israel's name has been cut off and from God as a people; their name has been cut off, the Jews are no longer God's people, although they shall always exist as a race,"[22] or at least until "the fullness of the Gentiles be come in" (Romans 11:25).


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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Isaiah 48:17". "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/isaiah-48.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer,.... A character peculiar to Christ, who engaged in covenant to be the Redeemer of his people; was promised and prophesied of as such; and who came into this world for this purpose, and has obtained eternal redemption:

the Holy One of Israel; who came of Israel as man, and as such was holy, and without any spot or stain of sin and who, as God, is the most holy, in his nature and works; and, as Mediator, the Sanctifier of Israel, and is in the midst of them as such:

I am the Lord thy God; and so fit to be the Redeemer and Sanctifier of them; and happy are those who can say with Thomas, "my Lord and my God"; and who further describes himself, and declares his work and office:

which teacheth thee to profit; or "teacheth thee profitable things"F16להועיל "utilia", V. L. "quae prosunt sunt", Tigurine version; "ea quae prosunt", Piscator; so the Targum; "condueibilia", Vitringa. ; as the whole of the Gospel ministry is, whether it respects doctrines relating to the knowledge of the Persons in the Godhead; the knowledge of God in Christ; the person and offices of Christ; and the person and operations of the Spirit: or to the knowledge of man; his lost and depraved state; having sinned in Adam, the guilt of his sin is imputed to him, and a corrupt nature propagated; the bias of the mind being to evil, and man impotent to all that is good: or to the way of salvation by the grace of God, as the fruit and effect of the love of God; the doctrines of his eternal love, and of redemption by Christ; of justification by his righteousness; pardon by his blood; atonement by his sacrifice; regeneration by his Spirit and grace; and of the perseverance of the saints in faith and holiness. These are profitable doctrines, which serve to display the riches of divine grace, make for the glory of the Redeemer, and the good of souls, their peace, joy, comfort, and salvation. These are the wholesome words of our Lord Jesus. Or whether these teachings respect ordinances which Christ has appointed, and in his word and by his Spirit teaches men to observe; and which are profitable to lead to him, are breasts of consolation from him, and the means of spiritual strength: or whether they regard the duties of religion, the performance of good works; which, though not profitable to God, and not meritorious of anything from him, yet are profitable to men; to others by way of example, and otherwise, and to the doers of them, who find pleasure, peace, and advantage, by them. Christ was a teacher of these things when on earth, and he still teaches them by his ministers, whom he commissions and qualifies, and by his Spirit accompanying their ministrations:

which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go; Christ leads his people out of the wrong way, in which they naturally are, into the right way; to himself, as the way to the Father, and as the way of salvation, and unto eternal life; he takes them by the hand, and teaches them to go in the path of faith, and to walk in him by it; he leads them in the ways of truth and righteousness, in the highway of holiness, in the path of duty; and, though in a rough way of afflictions, yet in a right way to heaven and happiness.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Isaiah 48:17". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/isaiah-48.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I [am] the LORD thy God who teacheth thee u to profit, who leadeth thee by the way [that] thou shouldest go.

(u) What things will do you good.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Isaiah 48:17". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/isaiah-48.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

to profit — by affliction, such as the Babylonish captivity, and the present long-continued dispersion of Israel (Hebrews 12:10).


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Isaiah 48:17". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/isaiah-48.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.

Teacheth — Who from time to time have made known to thee, all necessary doctrines; which, if observed by thee, would have been infinitely profitable to thee, both for this life and that to come. So that it is not my fault, but thine own, if thou dost not profit.

Leadeth — Who acquainteth thee with thy duty in all the concerns of thy life; so that thou canst not pretend ignorance.


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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Isaiah 48:17". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/isaiah-48.html. 1765.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

17.Thus saith Jehovah. I connect this verse with the four following verses, because they relate to the same subject, and because in them the Lord promises deliverance to his people, but in such a manner as first to shew that it was through their own fault that they were reduced to slavery; that is, that the people might not murmur and object that it would have been better to be kept in their native country, if the Lord wished to assist them, than to be carried away and brought back; for physicians who cure a disease which they might have prevented, are held to be less entitled to thanks. The Prophet therefore meets this, and says that this befell the people through their own fault, and that they might have escaped this destruction, if they had attended to the commandments of the Lord. He shews, therefore, that this was a just reward of the wickedness of the people; for it was not the Lord who had formerly prevented the people from enjoying prosperity, but they had rejected his grace. And yet he declares that the Lord will go beyond this wickedness by his goodness, because he will not suffer his people to perish, though he afflict them for a time.

Teaching thee profitably. He means that God’s “teaching” is such that it might keep the people safe and sound, if they would only rest upon it. Now, the Lord “teaches,” not for his own sake, but in order to promote our salvation; for what profit could we yield to him? It is therefore by “teaching” that he makes provision for the advantage of each of us, that, having been instructed by it, we may enjoy prosperity. But since, through our ingratitude, we reject the benefit that is freely offered to us, what remains but that we shall miserably perish? Justly, therefore, does Isaiah reproach the Jews that, if they had not defrauded themselves of the benefit of teaching, nothing that was profitable for their salvation would have been hidden from them. And if these things were said of the Law, that the Lord, by means of it, “taught his people profitably,” what shall we say of the Gospel, in which everything that is profitable for us is very fully explained? (238)

Hence, also, it is manifest, how shocking is the blasphemy of the Papists who say that the reading of the Holy Scripture is dangerous and hurtful, in order to terrify unlearned persons (239) from reading it. Shall they then accuse God of falsehood, who declares, by the mouth of the Prophet, that it is “profitable?” Do they wish us to believe them rather than God? Though they impudently vomit out their blasphemies, we certainly ought not to be dissuaded from the study of it; for we shall learn by actual experience with what truthfulness Isaiah spoke, if we treat the Holy Scriptures with piety and reverence.

Leading thee. These words shew more clearly the profitableness which was mentioned a little before. He means that the way of salvation is pointed out to us, if we hearken to God when he speaks; for he is ready to become our guide during the whole course of our life, if we will only obey him. In this manner Moses testifies that he “set before the people life and death.” (Deuteronomy 30:19.) Again, it is said, (Isaiah 30:21,) “This is the way, walk ye in it;” for the rule of a holy life is contained in the Law, which cannot deceive. “I command thee,” says Moses, “that thou love the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways, and keep his commandments and statutes and judgments, that thou mayest live and be multiplied, and that the Lord may bless thee in the land which thou goest to possess.” (Deuteronomy 30:16.) In a word, they who submissively yield obedience are not destitute either of counsel or of the light of understanding.


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Calvin, John. "Commentary on Isaiah 48:17". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/isaiah-48.html. 1840-57.

Scofield's Reference Notes

redeemer

Heb. "goel," Redemp. (Kinsman type). (See Scofield "Isaiah 59:20").


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Scofield, C. I. "Scofield Reference Notes on Isaiah 48:17". "Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/srn/isaiah-48.html. 1917.

James Nisbet's Church Pulpit Commentary

PROFITABLE TEACHING

‘I am the Lord Thy God which teacheth thee to profit.’

Isaiah 48:17

I. I understand the text to mean, not that God teaches us in a profitable way, but that He instructs us how to get the profit in all things; that He gives that faculty—the power to take the good and refuse the evil; to imbibe the honey and reject the poison.

II. Consider how God does ‘teach to profit.’—(1) The first thing which God will probably teach and which we must receive is a general confidence that there is a profit, however imperceptible it may be at the time to us, in the thing which He is sending to us. (2) This faith given, the next thing that God puts into our hearts is to seek that good. Into those deeper meanings God will lead and admit you. But not without three things: a reverent acceptance of His teaching, hard work, and a good life.


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Nisbet, James. "Commentary on Isaiah 48:17". Church Pulpit Commentary. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cpc/isaiah-48.html. 1876.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Isaiah 48:17 Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I [am] the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way [that] thou shouldest go.

Ver. 17. I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit.] And do therefore so oft call upon thee to hear me, not for any benefit to myself, but to thee alone. And the truth is, in all the commandments of God, if they were open to us, if we did see the ground of them, we should see there were so much reason for them, and so much good to be got by them, that if God did not command them, yet it would be best for us to practise them.

Which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.] Heb., Making thee to tread in the way thou shalt walk, carefully choosing thy steps for thee, and setting thy foot right: thus "he led Joseph like a sheep," [Psalms 80:1] and "Israel through the deep, as a horse in the wilderness, that they should not stumble." [Isaiah 63:13] Thrice happy are the saints in such a guide. "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and he delighteth in his way." [Psalms 37:23]


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Isaiah 48:17". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/isaiah-48.html. 1865-1868.

Sermon Bible Commentary

Isaiah 48:17

It is not only the commercial world which has to make its calculations of profit and loss. All life is made up of profit and loss. And if there is not profit, there is loss; and if there is not loss, there is profit.

I. I understand the text to mean, not that God teaches us in a profitable way, but that He instructs us how to get the profit in all things; that He gives that faculty—the power to take the good and refuse the evil; to imbibe the honey and reject the poison.

II. Consider how God does "teach to profit." (1) The first thing which God will probably teach and which we must receive is a general confidence that there is a profit, however imperceptible it may be at the time to us, in the thing which He is sending to us. (2) This faith given, the next thing that God puts into our hearts is to seek that good; eternal profit, profit both to ourselves and to Him, in that He is glorified in His own work. We are to look for that profit, not on the surface, but in certain deeper, hidden meanings and intentions which lie underneath. Into those deeper meanings God will lead and admit you. But not without three things: a reverent acceptance of His teaching, hard work, and a good life. These are God's three conditions in all His teaching, from which He never departs. You must love the teaching; you must work the teaching out with great pains and at any cost; and you must do His will.

J. Vaughan, Sermons, 13th series, p. 21.


References: Isaiah 48:17.—W. J. Mayers, Christian World Pulpit, vol. xvii., p. 228. Isaiah 48:17, Isaiah 48:18.—Preacher's Monthly, vol. ix., p. 47. Isaiah 48:18.—A. Raleigh, Christian World Pulpit, vol. xiv., p. 369 (see also Old Testament Outlines, p. 208); Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. xi., No. 610; W. Steadman, Christian World Pulpit, vol. iv., p. 152; Homiletic Quarterly, vol. i., p. 553; J. Keble, Sermons from Advent to Christmas Eve, p. 414; J. N. Norton, Every Sunday, p. 401.




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Nicoll, William R. "Commentary on Isaiah 48:17". "Sermon Bible Commentary". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/sbc/isaiah-48.html.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Which teacheth thee to profit; which from time to time have made known unto thee, not vain and frivolous things, but all necessary and useful doctrines; which, if believed and observed by thee, would have been infinitely profitable to thee, both for this life and that to come. So that it is not my fault, but thine own, if thou dost not profit.

Which leadeth; which acquainteth thee with thy duty and interest in all the parts and concerns of thy life; so that thou canst not pretend ignorance.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Isaiah 48:17". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/isaiah-48.html. 1685.

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

The titles of God give the reasons the Israelites should listen to Him. They should listen because of who He is and what He had done for them. Additionally, God is essentially one who teaches His people how to make a net gain of their lives (not necessarily a profit in business). He is also the one who guides His people through dangers to safety and fulfillment.


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Constable, Thomas. DD. "Commentary on Isaiah 48:17". "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/isaiah-48.html. 2012.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

the Holy One of Israel. See note on Isaiah 1:4.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Isaiah 48:17". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/isaiah-48.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.

Teacheth thee to profit - by affliction, such as the Babylonian captivity, and the present long-continued dispersion of Israel (Hebrews 12:10).


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Isaiah 48:17". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/isaiah-48.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(17) The Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit.—The words applied to the natural human, perhaps we may add, to the specially national, desire, to make a good investment. The question what was profitable? was one to which men returned very different answers. It was the work of the true Redeemer to lead men to the one true imperishable gain (comp. Matthew 16:26), to lead them in the one right way (John 14:4-6).


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Isaiah 48:17". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/isaiah-48.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.
the Lord
20; 43:14; 44:6-24; 54:5
which teacheth
2:3; 30:20; 54:13; Deuteronomy 8:17,18; 1 Kings 8:36; Job 22:21,22; 36:22; Psalms 25:8,9,12; 71:17; 73:24; Jeremiah 31:33,34; Micah 4:2; John 6:45; Ephesians 4:21
which leadeth
43:16; 49:9,10; Psalms 32:8; Jeremiah 6:16

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Isaiah 48:17". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/isaiah-48.html.

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