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Isaiah 65:16

"Because he who is blessed in the earth Will be blessed by the God of truth; And he who swears in the earth Will swear by the God of truth; Because the former troubles are forgotten, And because they are hidden from My sight!
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Apostasy;   Church;   Condescension of God;   God;   Truth;   Thompson Chain Reference - Truth-Falsehood;   The Topic Concordance - Earth;   Forgetting;   Heaven/the Heavens;   Jerusalem;   Newness;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Oaths;   Truth of God, the;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Amen;   Truth;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Amen;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Bless;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Amen;   Elect;   Joseph;   Oath;   Regeneration;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Amen;   Truth;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Micah, Book of;   Righteousness;   Servant of the Lord;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Amen;   Amen (2);   Quotations;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Amen;   26 True the True;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Amen;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Amen,;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Amen;   Truth;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Amen;  
Devotionals:
Daily Light on the Daily Path - Devotion for October 18;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

That he who blesseth himself in the earth - That is, he who shall invoke blessings on himself.

Shall bless himself in the God of truth - Or by the true God. He shall not seek a blessing from a false god; but he shall come before the true God, and seek a blessing at his hand.

And he that sweareth - Every oath that is taken in the land shall be by the true God. There shall be no swearing by idols; but the true God shall be everywhere acknowledged.

Because the former troubles are forgotten - The former punishments and calamities shall be passed away. The favor of God shall be restored. His pure worship shall be re-established, and his name shall be celebrated again in the land. The image here is one of returning prosperity and favor; a state when the happiness will be so great that all the former trials will be regarded as not worthy of recollection.

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John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

That he who blesseth himself in the earth,.... That is sensible he stands in need of blessings, and wishes for them, and prays he might have them; or that takes notice that he is blessed with them, and acknowledges them, and is thankful for them:

shall bless himself in the God of truth; shall pray to him for blessings he wants, and ascribe what he has unto him, and give him the praise and glory of them; by whom is meant, either God the Father, in opposition to idols, the fictitious deities of the Gentiles, those lying vanities, which were not gods by nature, and to whom the God of truth, or the true God, is often opposed, and whom the Targum here calls the living God; or rather the Messiah, our Lord Jesus Christ: for the words may be rendered, "shall bless himself in God Amen"F6יתברך באלוהי אמן "benedicet sibi in Deo Amen", Pagninus, Montanus, Vitringa; "benedicturus sit in Deo Amen", Cocceius. ; that is, in God, who is the "Amen", which is one of the names of Christ, Revelation 3:14 in whom believers are blessed with all spiritual blessings, and reckon themselves blessed in him, and ascribe blessing to him for them; in whom all the promises of God are yea and amen, and who is the true God, and eternal life, 2 Corinthians 1:20,

and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; when an oath is necessary on any account, and it is proper to appeal to the supreme Being for the truth of anything, this, in Gospel times, should be done in the name of Christ; he, who is the Amen and faithful witness, is to be appealed unto, who is God omniscient, the discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Of forms of swearing by Christ, see Romans 9:1. Besides, swearing, as it is a part of religious worship, may here be put for the whole; so it signifies, that as all blessings come from Christ, so all worship and duty should be performed unto him, and in his name.

Because the former troubles are forgotten, they are hid from mine eyes; which is to be understood not of afflictions and persecutions for the sake of Christ and his Gospel, for these, especially in the first times of it, were very great; though in the latter day they will cease, to which indeed this prophecy extends: but rather either of the idolatry and superstition of the Gentile world, which were troublesome and offensive to God, but now removed by the clear light of the Gospel, and so forgotten by him, and hid from his eyes; or the carnal ordinances of the legal dispensation, which gave great trouble to the worshippers then, and could not cleanse their consciences, and through the fear of death, on the breach of them, were all their lifetime subject to bondage; but now these are all done away by Christ, and in Gospel times forgotten by men, and hid from the sight of God, who regards them no more; see Jeremiah 3:16, which sense suits with what follows.

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Geneva Study Bible

That he who blesseth himself in the u earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former x troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from my eyes.

(u) By blessing, and by swearing is meant the praising of God for his benefits, and the true worshipping of him, who will not be only in Judea, but through all the world.

(x) I will no longer permit my Church to be desolate as in times past.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Isaiah 65:16". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/isaiah-65.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

That he — rather, “he who,” etc.

blesseth, etc. — (Psalm 72:17; Jeremiah 4:2).

God of truth — very God, as opposed to false gods; Hebrew, Amen: the very name of Messiah (2 Corinthians 1:20; Revelation 3:14), faithful to His promises (John 1:17; John 6:32). Real, substantial, spiritual, eternal, as opposed to the shadowy types of the law.

sweareth, etc. — God alone shall be appealed to as God (Isaiah 19:18; Deuteronomy 6:13; Psalm 63:11).

troubles — that is, sins, provocations [Lowth]. Rather, calamities caused by your sins; so far from these visiting you again, the very remembrance of them is “hid from Mine eyes” by the magnitude of the blessings I will confer on you (Isaiah 65:17, etc.). [Maurer].

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Wesley's Explanatory Notes

That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.

God of truth — Because they shall see what God promised is fulfilled.

Are hid — That is, they are at an end.

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

Isaiah 65:16 That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.

Ver. 16. That he who blesseth himself in the earth, &c.] Or, That blesseth, either himself or any other.

Shall bless himself in the God of truth.] Heb. Shall bless in the God of Amen - that is, say some, in Christ, who is "Amen, the faithful and true witness," [Revelation 3:14] in whom all the promises are, Yea, and Amen, [2 Corinthians 1:20] and who was wont often to say, Amen, amen. Others render it thus, Benedicat sibi per Deum firmi, shall bless himself by the God of the firm or faithful people, founded and rooted in God, so as that "the gates of hell shall not prevail against them."

Shall swear by the God of truth.] Or, By the God of the firm and faithful people, as before.

Because the former troubles are forgotten.] Remembered no otherwise than "as waters that are past." See Zechariah 10:6. {See Trapp on "Zechariah 10:6"}

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Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

I will bring it to pass, that over all the world, if any man bless himself, or bless another, it shall be in God Amen. So the Hebrew (we translate it the God of truth). Amen is a name given to Christ, Revelation 3:14, These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness; being here applied to God, many think it makes a great proof of the Godhead of Christ, and judge the sense of this text to be, that under the times of the gospel men should not bless themselves (as before) in the names of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, but in the name of Christ, in the God Amen; nor is this an improbable sense. Others taking it more appellatively, by Elohim Amen, here understand that God who shows himself true and faithful in his promises. In like manner it is prophesied, that those that swear (by which some understand worship God, others, calling God to be a witness) should swear by the

God of truth, or in the God of truth; either worshipping God in Christ the Amen, or calling the faithful God to attest their sincerity, or swearing by that God who hath approved his truth and faithfulness by saving and delivering his people.

Because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes; because they shall see what God promised is fulfilled, the troubles of his people are at an end, and they are hid from God’s eyes, that is, they are at an end.

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Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

Isaiah 65:16. That he who blesseth himself in the earth — In any part of the world, for God shall have servants out of all nations, that shall be dignified with this new name; shall bless himself in the God of truth — That is, in his name; shall renounce every species of idolatry, and invoke and praise the true God alone. They shall have recourse to, and trust in, him alone, for blessing and happiness, and for a supply of all their wants. Observe, reader, it is of great consequence what that is which we bless ourselves in, and which we most please ourselves with. Worldly people bless themselves in the abundance which they have of this world’s goods, Psalms 49:18; Luke 12:19; but God’s servants bless themselves in him, as a God all- sufficient for them. And he that sweareth, &c. — By him also they shall swear, and not by any creature, or any false god. To his judgment they shall refer themselves, from whom every man’s judgment proceeds. Both in prayer and praise, and in every act of homage and worship, they shall give honour to him as the God of truth — Hebrew, Amen, which some understand of Christ, who is himself the Amen, the faithful and true witness, and in whom all the promises are yea and amen. In him we must bless ourselves, and by him we must swear unto the Lord, and covenant with him. Some read it, He that is blessed in the earth shall be blessed in the true God; for Christ is the true God and eternal life, 1 John 5:20. And it was promised of old, that in him should all families of the earth be blessed. Because the former troubles are forgotten — Namely, the troubles of the church. They shall see that what God hath promised he hath also fulfilled, and that he hath put an end to the troubles of his people, the remembrance of which shall be swallowed up in their present comforts. The chief reason of this is assigned in the next verse.

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George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Amen, or "of truth." False gods shall be neglected. They shall not swear by them, as formerly, Sophonias i. 5. --- Christ usually adopted the asseveration, Amen, Amen, to enforce his truths. (Haydock)

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

That = So that.

he who blesseth, &c. Reference to Pentateuch (Genesis 22:18; Genesis 26:4).

truth = faithfulness. Compare 2 Corinthians 1:20.

shall swear, &c. Reference to Pentateuch (Deuteronomy 6:13).

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.

That he who - rather, "He who," etc.

Blesseth himself in the earth - (Psalms 72:17; Jeremiah 4:2.)

Shall bless himself in the God of truth - very God, as opposed to false gods: Hebrew, Amen: the very name of Messiah (2 Corinthians 1:20; Revelation 3:14), faithful to His promises (John 1:17; John 6:32). Real, substantial, spiritual, eternal, as opposed to the shadowy types of the law.

He that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth - God alone shall be appealed to as God (Isaiah 19:18; Deuteronomy 6:13; Psalms 63:11).

Because the former troubles are forgotten - i:e., sins, provocations (Lowth). Rather, calamities ( hatsaarowt (H6869 ), straits) caused by your sins: so far from these visiting you again, the very remembrance of them is "hid from mine eyes" by the magnitude of the blessings I will confer on you (Isaiah 65:17, etc.) (Maurer).

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Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(16) Shall bless himself in the God of truth . . .—Literally, the God of the Amen. In Revelation 3:14 we have an echo of the Hebrew; in John 17:3 we have as distinct an echo of the LXX. rendering, τὸν θεὸν τὸν ἀληθινόν. The words seem to imply that the prophet had entered into the inner meaning of what was to most men only a liturgical formula.

Because the former troubles . . .—The addition of the clause emphasises the thought that it is the truth or faithfulness of God, who keepeth His promise for over, that will lead men to use that new Name as a formula of benediction.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.
he who
Psalms 72:17; Jeremiah 4:2
in the God
Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalms 31:5; 86:15; Jeremiah 10:10; John 1:14,17; 14:6; Hebrews 6:17,18
he that
19:18; 45:23-25; 48:1; Deuteronomy 6:13; 10:20; Psalms 63:11; Jeremiah 12:16; Zephaniah 1:5; Romans 14:11; Philippians 2:11
because
19; 11:16; 12:1; 35:10; 54:4; Jeremiah 31:12; Ezekiel 36:25-27; Daniel 12:1,11; Zephaniah 3:14-20; Revelation 20:4
Reciprocal: Genesis 24:3 - swear;  Genesis 41:30 - shall be;  Genesis 41:51 - forget;  1 Samuel 29:6 - the Lord;  Job 11:16 - Because;  Psalm 69:28 - blotted;  Zechariah 8:13 - a curse;  Romans 3:3 - shall;  2 Corinthians 1:20 - Amen;  2 Corinthians 10:17 - GeneralRevelation 3:14 - the Amen

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Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

16.He who blesseth himself in the earth. Here the whole world is contrasted with a corner of Judea, in which the worship of God might be said to be shut up. Since the time when God has been manifested everywhere, he is not now worshipped in one particular district, but in all places without distinction; as Christ also teacheth, (John 4:21,) “The hour cometh, when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, shall ye worship the Father;” and Paul also saith,

“I wish that men in every place may lift up clean hands, without wrath and disputing.”
(
1 Timothy 2:8.)

Thus the word “earth,” by which he denotes, in this passage, the whole world, is employed by him in an indirect contrast with Judea.

Shall bless himself in the true God. Shall swear by the true God. By “blessing” and “swearing” he denotes the whole of the worship of God. “Swearing,” as we have formerly seen, (213) is a kind of worship of God; for by it we declare that all judgment belongs to God, and acknowledge that he is perfectly acquainted with all that we do. We “bless,” when we wish to obtain from him all prosperity, and render thanksgiving to him alone; and, in short, when we acknowledge that our prosperity comes from no other source than from his undeserved kindness. By “the true God” is meant that he is faithful to his promises and steadfast to his purpose; though perhaps there is an implied and indirect contrast between “the true God” and the false gods of the Gentiles.

For the former afflictions are surrendered to forgetfulness. This promise relates to believers only. God declares that he will put an end to their afflictions and distresses, that the calamity of the Church may not be perpetual. This began to be accomplished when the people were brought out of Babylon; for, although they were afflicted in various ways both during the journey and at home, yet the severity of the punishments was mitigated; because the return to their native country, the rebuilding of the temple, the restoration of regular government, soothed their griefs, and supported their hearts by good hope till the coming of Christ.

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