Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Isaiah 65:14

"Behold, My servants will shout joyfully with a glad heart, But you will cry out with a heavy heart, And you will wail with a broken spirit.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Apostasy;   Church;   Condescension of God;   Heart;   Joy;   Righteous;   Wicked (People);   Thompson Chain Reference - Righteous-Wicked;   Wicked, the;   Wickedness;   The Topic Concordance - Calling;   Disobedience;   Earth;   Evil;   Forgetting;   Forsaking;   Happiness/joy;   Hearing;   Heaven/the Heavens;   Jerusalem;   Newness;   Servants;   Sorrow;  
Dictionaries:
Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Joy;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Elect;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Heart;   Servant of the Lord, the;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Beatitudes;   Micah, Book of;   Righteousness;   Servant of the Lord;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Justification (2);  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Shall sing for joy of heart - They who serve me shall have abundant occasion of rejoicing. But ye - shall howl. You shall shriek under the anguish and distress that shall come upon you.

For vexation of spirit - Margin, as in Hebrew, ‹Breaking.‘ That is, your spirit shall be broken and crushed under the weight of the calamities that shall come upon you.

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The Biblical Illustrator

Isaiah 65:14

Behold, My servants shall sing

Joys

Heathenism knows nothing of the gladness described in oar text, But in this life every man may sing for joy of heart.

1. God makes His servants sing for joy of heart. There was once a famous musician who could bring out the most charming music from one string of a violin. Like that violin, many of us have only one string, and that a cracked one; but our God can make it sound forth perfect praise.

2. You may recognize a servant of God by his joyous face. We do not see many joyous faces, except in little children; and only then at odd times. The human race is born to trouble; but God can turn our sorrow into joy. How pleasant to look on a glad and joyous face I Nightingales do not often come so far north as Manchester; but last year one of those birds built its nest outside our city, and dozens of people went out to hear the sweet singer of the night. Letters were written to the newspapers about it, and everybody thought it a remarkable thing. How sweet it was to hear the warble of that bird in the darkness of the night! If the nightingale sang in the day-time, we might not notice it any more than the melody of the lark or the music of the wren; it is delightsome to us because it is a song in the night. Likewise, a joyous face and joyous words are equally remarkable. In this world of dark doubts and fears, let the singing of the joy in your heart be seen in your face and heard in your words.

3. The servants of God are also known by their joyous disposition. Live temperately, be home in good time every evening, rise early; and the joyousness of life shall enter your heart.

4. The servants of God have the joy of knowing Him.

5. There is the joy of pardon.

6. There is the joy of salvation.

7. We have also the joy of faith. How blessed to be able to trust God’s care! In the long roads of the East, where people have to travel wearily on foot for many miles, it is the custom of kindly-hearted people to put on the road-side a pitcher of water, so that the thirsty traveller may freely drink. Likewise, God puts blessings and comforts for us on our pathway; and such tokens of His goodness cause us to sing for joy.

8. We have the joy of His presence. One day, when the Grecian army was near the enemy’s camp, Alexander the Great slept very peacefully; and when he awoke, one of his friends said--“Alexander, how is it you slept so well?” The king replied, “Slept so well? Of course I can sleep well. Does not Parmenio watch?” Does not God watch over you?

9. There is the joy of His promises. Lord Chatham one day promised his son that when the garden wall was pulled down, he should be present to see it fall. But forgetting has promise, he gave orders for the wall to be taken down in the absence of his son. He remembered it the next day, and at once ordered it to be rebuilt, in order that the promise might be kept. But God never forgets His promise.

10. There is the joy of the future. You may ask, “Is there any joy in death? Yes! One day, a sculptor was near death; pain shot through his frame; and when his wife’s tears dropped on his face, he said, “My dear, have patience; this pain is only the chiselling!” So, when death comes to you, you shall have the joy of knowing that your pain is God’s kindly hand dealing very gently with you. (W. Birch.)

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Exell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Isaiah 65:14". The Biblical Illustrator. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/isaiah-65.html. 1905-1909. New York.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart,.... The songs of electing, redeeming, and calling grace, with which they come to Zion now, and will hereafter; having their hearts filled with joy unutterable, and full of glory, under a sense of the great things which God has done for them:

but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit; under the sore judgments of God upon them, the sword and famine; more especially during the siege of Jerusalem, and when wrath came upon them to the uttermost, in the destruction of their city, temple, and nation, and they fell into the hands of the Romans, who carried them captive, and dispersed them in various places; and as the wicked will in hell to all eternity, where is nothing but weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Isaiah 65:14". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/isaiah-65.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

howl — (Isaiah 15:2; Matthew 8:12).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Isaiah 65:14". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/isaiah-65.html. 1871-8.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Isaiah 65:14 Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.

Ver. 14. Behold, my servants shall sing.] "In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare," or a cord to strangle his joys with; "but the righteous doth sing and rejoice." [Proverbs 29:6] {See Trapp on "Proverbs 29:6"}

And shall howl.] When ye come to hell especially, where is wailing, and yelling, and gnashing of teeth.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Isaiah 65:14". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/isaiah-65.html. 1865-1868.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

vexation = breaking.

spirit. Hebrew. ruach. App-9.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.

Shall howl - (Isaiah 15:2; Matthew 8:12 : cf. John 16:20.)

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.
my servants
24:14; 52:8,9; Job 29:13; Psalms 66:4; Jeremiah 31:7; James 5:13
ye shall
Matthew 8:12; 13:42; 22:13; Luke 13:28; James 5:1
vexation
Heb. breaking.
Reciprocal: Genesis 27:38 - GeneralExodus 9:4 - GeneralExodus 10:23 - but all;  Deuteronomy 26:11 - rejoice;  Deuteronomy 28:45 - Moreover;  Deuteronomy 28:65 - failing of eyes;  Joshua 5:12 - but they did eat;  Job 8:21 - rejoicing;  Psalm 31:17 - wicked;  Psalm 40:16 - all;  Psalm 70:4 - GeneralPsalm 92:4 - GeneralPsalm 112:10 - wicked;  Psalm 132:9 - shout;  Psalm 138:5 - they shall;  Proverbs 13:25 - the belly;  Proverbs 31:25 - and she;  Ecclesiastes 5:20 - because;  Ecclesiastes 8:12 - surely;  Isaiah 13:6 - Howl ye;  Isaiah 14:30 - the poor;  Isaiah 17:11 - a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow;  Isaiah 40:1 - comfort;  Isaiah 42:10 - Sing;  Isaiah 55:12 - ye shall;  Ezekiel 30:2 - Howl;  Hosea 7:14 - when;  Zephaniah 3:11 - shalt thou;  Zephaniah 3:14 - shout;  Zechariah 9:17 - corn;  Luke 6:21 - ye shall laugh;  Luke 15:23 - the fatted;  Luke 16:24 - in water;  John 4:13 - Whosoever;  John 16:22 - But;  Acts 5:41 - rejoicing;  Ephesians 5:19 - making;  Philippians 3:1 - rejoice;  1 Timothy 4:8 - having

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