Now, he does this in such a manner that unbelievers obtain no advantage at all from it; for the Prophet did not include wicked apostates, as if they should be partakers of the salvation which he promises, but he only says that God has at hand a method by which “his righteousness” shall be made manifest. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/isaiah-46.html. "Commentary on Isaiah 46:13". In Isaiah 40-55 (Second Isaiah or Deutero-Isaiah), the prophet is preparing the people for the end of their exile and their return to Jerusalem. Particularly that prescience which foretold the deliverance of the Jews from the Babylonish captivity, with all its leading circumstances; and also that very remote event of which it is the type in the days of the Messiah, Isaiah 46:11-13. God also reiterated his intention of delivering the Jews from captivity by the hand of Cyrus (Isaiah 46:11), and at the same time he delivered a pointed warning to the Jewish captives (not to all of them, but probably to the majority of them) already hardened in sin and rebellion (Isaiah 46:12-13). 1599-1645. near — antithetical to “far” (Isaiah 46:12; Isaiah 51:5; Isaiah 56:1; Isaiah 61:10, Isaiah 61:11; Romans 10:6-8). Earthly vanities at best are childish, and heavenly aims are the only ones worthy of men. 2. "Commentary on Isaiah 46:13". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/isaiah-46.html. (Read Isaiah 46:5-13) Here the folly of those who made idols, and then prayed to them, is exposed. Explanation: Used by Permission. The Biblical Illustrator. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/isaiah-46.html. righteousness — answering to “salvation” in the parallel clause; therefore it means here, “my righteous deliverance”; righteous, because proving the truth of God‘s promises, and so contrived as to not compromise, but vindicate, His righteousness (Isaiah 42:21; Romans 3:26). 2. II. Ye stout-hearted; or, ye whose hearts are proud, or hard, or stubborn. He relays Gods promise, Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and t… Isaiah 46:13 I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory. Consequently, he means the same thing by the word “salvation” and the word “righteousness;” for the most remarkable instance of the “righteousness” of God is, when he preserves, guards, and delivers his people. 46 Bel h bows down, Nebo stoops low; . II. The whole may be applied to all persons destitute of the grace of God, professors or profane, who are stout or stubborn hearted; have hard and impenitent hearts; proud and haughty in their hearts; proud of their wisdom, power, and strength; stout in their hearts against God, as appears by their words and actions; oppose themselves to the people of God, his word and ordinances; and some so daring as to make a mock at sin, at religion, and a future state, and outbrave death itself; though when God calls them to an account, as he sometimes does by his judgments here, and will at the last judgment hereafter; or by the workings of his Spirit upon them, convincing them of sin, righteousness, and judgment; their hearts fail, and they cannot be strong and endure; when his word comes with power, and they hear it, and feel the energy of it, they are cut to the heart, and their stout and proud spirits are brought down, and made to submit: even such. 1. Only in the train of the righteousness of God can His salvation go forth. This chapter, except for the doxology in verse 4, is a series of four addresses by God to Babylon. 1999. BibliographyExell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Isaiah 46:13". Forerunner Commentary Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown John Wesley's Notes Matthew Henry People's Commentary (NT) Robertson's Word Pictures (NT) Scofield: Definitions: Interlinear: Library: Topical Studies: X-References: Verse Comparison: Isaiah 46:11. I find it good to see the Lord's hand, in every word of the Lord's scripture. The Fall of the Babylonian Gods Isaiah 46:1-13 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO. And my salvation shall not tarry. "Commentary on Isaiah 46:12". "Commentary on Isaiah 46:13". We are within the precincts of the Divine purposes, and the means of their accomplishment. DD. Let us "remember" His "former" doings "of old," as a pledge that 'His counsel shall stand,' and that what He hath "spoken," He 'will also bring to pass.'. Or, In Israel, my magnificence - i.e., Now which of your idols can do thus for their worshippers? It may be said that THE LORD BRINGS HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS NEAR, or that it is near, in three senses. My righteousness - answering to "salvation" in the parallel clause; therefore it means here, my righteous deliverance; righteous because proving the truth of God's promises, and so contrived as to not compromise, but vindicate, His righteousness (Isaiah 42:21; Romans 3:26). BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. Isaiah 46:12 Context. "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". I will place salvation in Zion; I will bring my people from Babylon to Zion, and there I will save them from all their enemies. 1. Although therefore the Jews revolted and were estranged from all practice of godliness, yet God assures them that “his righteousness is near;” as if he had said that unbelief is indeed a very great obstacle, but yet that it is such an obstacle as cannot hinder God from at length manifesting the power of his truth. (Calmet). Ye stout-hearted - The phrase ‹stout-hearted‘ would naturally, denote those who were bold and courageous. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/isaiah-46.html. 13 For I am ready to set things right, not in the distant future, but right now! So Kimchi gives the sense of the words, "the salvation I will give to them shall be glory to me,'. "Commentary on Isaiah 46:12". 2. 2. in Isaiah 46 the idols of Babylon are judged. To the deliverance of mankind from the consequences of sin. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lords hand double for all her sins (40:1-2). If any one prefer to consider the word righteousness to be put for “the assistance of God,” as in the following verse, let him enjoy his opinion, which indeed is not inappropriate; because obstinate men, who refuse to believe the promises of God, drive God away from them, and reject his grace; for they do not suffer God to confer benefits upon them, though he offered to them his assistance. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. Only in the train of the righteousness of God can His salvation go forth. Cyrus shall restore my people to their own country. Isaiah 46:13 "Listen to Me, you stubborn-minded, Who are far from righteousness. BibliographyGill, John. To whom? His righteous and true character would be manifested to them so plainly and clearly that they would be able no longer to doubt. In the free and earnest character of the offers and invitations of the Gospel. v. 12-13 . (2) A judicial dealing with His enemies, on the part of God, precedes and prepares the way for the deliverance or salvation of His people; and when He brings near the one, the other will not tarry. II.C.3. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. BibliographyTorrey, R. A. WHAT MEANS ARE EMPLOYED FOR THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF THESE PURPOSES. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". By way of contrast, the LORD saves His people to the uttermost. It would not be remote in time, or in place, but it would be so near that they could see it, and so plain that they could no longer doubt or misunderstand it. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/isaiah-46.html. Oh! "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/isaiah-46.html. Let us 'show ourselves men' by 'remembering' God in all our ways. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/isaiah-46.html. New York. The impurity of their motives taint all their prayers, sacrifices, offerings, and praises, thus God deeply detests and abhors them. (R. S.Candlish, D. D.), I will place salvation in Zion, for Israel My glory, The connection between the use of means and the accomplishment of Divine purposes, I. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory - rather, 'I will give salvation in Zion; to Israel (I will give) my glory' (Horsley, with 'Queen Elizabeth's Bible'). Isaiah 46:12–13; Isaiah 51:5–6. Isaiah 44:26-28; Romans 3:21-25; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 1:30). I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory. They have forsaken Yahweh. II. It shall no longer be a reproach. Isaiah 46:12 Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that are far from righteousness: Isaiah 46:13 I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory. ), Remarks: What a glorious contrast to every other object of man's trust doth Yahweh present! What are these two things--JEHOVAH’S RIGHTEOUSNESS AND ISRAEL’S SALVATION? "Commentary on Isaiah 46:13". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, "This proves to be Isaiah"s final appeal to Israel to accept the Lord"s will, to believe what he says and trust what he does, though even as he make [, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. Isaiah 46:3). But now, the LORD speaks against the nations, beginning with Babylon.. A. "Commentary on Isaiah 46:13". To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, "Those who are far from righteousness are those who are far from being right with God, and so are deep in their own sin and depravity. Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. The evidence of fact further establishes this connection. I bring — Tho' you are unrighteous, I will shew myself a righteous and faithful God, making good my promise of delivering you out of Babylon after seventy years. To the house of Jacob, expressed Isaiah 46:3, where he bespeaks them in the same words here used, hearken to me; and to whom alone he directeth his speech in this whole chapter; for though he speaketh of the Babylonians, yet he doth not speak to them; and to whom the prophet, for the most part, turneth his speech in all his prophecies, unless where there is something in the text or context which determineth it to some other person or people. READER! "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". "Commentary on Isaiah 46:12". There can be no doubt, that so long as men are “stout-hearted, and far from righteousness,” they cannot, in the very nature of the thing, embrace this righteousness; and the offer of it to them is thus, in one sense, to no purpose. "Commentary on Isaiah 46:12". God would be faithful to His covenant promises and bring salvation to Zion (cf. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/isaiah-46.html. Learn More. And I will place. 1870. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. It is so called, in marked contrast and opposition to man’s own fancied righteousness (Romans 10:3). 13. a. 1. Ye cruel Chaldeans; and here some begin the next chapter. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/isaiah-46.html. [Note: Motyer, p370.]. Gods of Babylon - Bel bows down, Nebo stoops low; their idols are borne by beasts of burden. To deny this connection involves the greatest absurdity. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". He addresses the Jews, who, though they were almost overwhelmed, yet were swelled with pride and insolence, and, having thrown off the fear of God, rose to more and more outrageous madness; as frequently happens to many persons in the present day, whom distresses and afflictions render more rebellious. 1871-8. Hearken unto me, ye stout-hearted - This is an address to the Babylonians, stubbornly bent on the practice of injustice towards the Israelites. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/isaiah-46.html. Through all the works of God there is an evident connection between the means and the end. It shall not be far off; my work of saving you from the Babylonish captivity. I. "Commentary on Isaiah 46:13". their idols i are borne by beasts of burden. DD. It is very evident that the Lord’s righteousness must mean, not a Divine attribute, but a Divine work, or effect or manifestation of some kind. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/isaiah-46.html. 1865-1868. How are they related to one another and connected with one another? “Ye stouthearted that are far from righteousness.” Ye that not only have no righteousness but are living at ease,--“stout-hearted,” careless, and indifferent, for the present, at least, about finding one--“I bring near My righteousness” to you. (3) God must first consult for His own righteous name before He can consult for His people's complete safety; He must first right Himself before He can consistently and conclusively deliver them. The glory of God is most illustriously displayed, when he rescues his people from destruction and restores them to liberty; for he wished that an indissoluble bond should connect the salvation of the Church with his righteousness. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/isaiah-46.html. Many among them might be disposed to say that the fulfillment was delayed, and he therefore calls upon them to attend particularly to his solemn declarations. 1840-57. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/isaiah-46.html. Accordingly, the only reason why he does not continue to bestow benefits upon us is, that we are estranged from “his righteousness;” and yet, though we are reluctant and make resistance, he approaches to us in order to display “his righteousness,” though we do not deserve it. The Lord terms the work of His Son Jesus Christ--His obedience unto death--His whole endurance of the curse, and fulfilment of the precept of the law, His own, God’s righteousness. "Sermon Bible Commentary". I. Their unfaithfulness, however, does not hinder the faithfulness of God. Isaiah 46:12 Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that [are] far from righteousness: Ver. Masoretic Text: Listen to me, stubborn ones of heart, the ones far from righteousness. They stooped over, they have bowed down together; They could not rescue the burden, But have themselves gone into captivity. He brings near His salvation to all who are ready to receive it. "Commentary on Isaiah 46:13". Some have interpreted the "stubborn-minded" in Isaiah 46:12-13 as the Babylonians, rather than the Israelites, but this is a minority view. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. To the exhibition of God’s glory in the development of His perfections. 4. Sign up for an account to try it FREE for 30 days. 12 “Listen to me, you stubborn people who are so far from doing right. BibliographyClarke, Adam. 13.I will bring near my righteousness. Clarke's Commentary. Gods of Babylon. Cancel any time. 1865-1868. Questions about the servant’s identity, of course, are entirely appropriate, and … Continue reading "Commentary on Isaiah 52:13—53:12" He speaks either. Isaiah 56:1.). He again rebukes the Israelites, because they could not place confidence in God, or receive any consolation in adversity. 2012. 3. I will show to them my perfections, and will make their nation the place of the manifestations of my glorious attributes. ", Paul in Romans 10:6-9 uses expressions very similar to some of those in this passage, the idea being that the way to please God is not a difficult thing to know. far from righteousness — (Isaiah 59:9; Habakkuk 2:4). It is fitting for judgment to begin at the house of God, so the LORD has first spoken to Israel and Judah. 3. May the Lord give grace and faith in lively exercise to every believer, to give God the credit of God, and to gather up the feet in the bed of death, as good old Jacob did when dying, that he may cry out, with him, I have waited for thy salvation, O Lord! Bring near - antithetical to "far" (Isaiah 46:12; Isaiah 51:5; Isaiah 56:1; Isaiah 61:10-11; Romans 10:6-8). "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/isaiah-46.html. "Those who are far from righteousness are those who are far from being right with God, and so are deep in their own sin and depravity." In the believing appropriation of it which His Spirit enables you to make. But here it evidently means those whose hearts were strong against God; who nerved themselves to resist and oppose his plans and government; who were stubborn and rebellious. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/isaiah-46.html. That you may see how little weight there is in the objection to the doctrine of Christ’s righteousness as the ground of justification, observe that we read comparatively seldom in Scripture of the righteousness of Christ--generally of the righteousness of God. It is not superfluous to say that it is not “retarded” or “delayed;” for he describes the greatness of his mercy by saying, that the Lord opens up a course for his justice, notwithstanding the reluctance and opposition of the people. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pmc/isaiah-46.html. He that first called you from the womb of his grace, hath borne you to the present hour; and amidst all your growing infirmities, Jesus is your Jesus still. The copulative ו (vau) is here used in order to express the cause, “For I will place.” This is an additional confirmation of the preceding statement, that, since the Lord has once determined to save Jerusalem, she cannot be deprived of that benefit. "Commentary on Isaiah 46:13". 1871-8. 1. 5. That such a connection exists we may argue--. 1685. a. I bring near my righteousness - The word ‹righteousness‘ here evidently denotes his truth; the fulfillment of his promises. Commentary on Isaiah 13:1-5 (Read Isaiah 13:1-5) The threatenings of God's word press heavily upon the wicked, and are a sore burden, too heavy for them to bear. Contrast #3- Idols cannot save. How? "Commentary on Isaiah 46:13". See Isaiah 46:3-4 … (C. J. (3) The Lord brings near His righteousness in the believing appropriation of it which His Spirit enables you to make. 1905. There is no difficulty in seeing why it should be called Christ’s, because He wrought it out. that are far from righteousness; as all men are in a state of nature, none are righteous, no, not one, but are full of all unrighteousness; even those that are the most righteous and religious, externally, are without a righteousness; they do not attain to one by the law of works; they go about to establish their own, and do not submit to the righteousness of God, and so are far from it: and indeed all God's elect, in a state of unregeneracy, are far from any knowledge of the righteousness of Christ, they not being yet convinced of the need of it, and it having not yet been revealed and applied unto them, and received by faith; now these are called upon to hear the word externally, which coming with power, causes them to hear spiritually what follows: Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. Some have interpreted the "stubborn-minded" in Isaiah 46:12-13 as the Babylonians, rather than the Israelites, but this is a minority view. 2012. It appears from a comparison of many texts of Scripture, that when the word “righteousness” is connected, as in this passage, with “salvation,” it does not mean the Divine attribute of justice or rectitude, but the work of righteousness wrought out by the Lord Jesus Christ, and which it is the grand design of the Gospel to reveal and make offer of to sinners of mankind for their justification--their salvation. Meaning either the faithfulness of God, in fulfilling his promises; or the justice of God displayed, in redemption by Christ; or Christ himself, God's righteous One, and the Lord our righteousness; or rather the righteousness of Christ itself, which Jehovah the Father may call his, because he sent his Son to work it out, approved of it, accepted it, and imputes it to his people, and justifies them by it; and which was near to be wrought out by Christ, and revealed in the Gospel; and which is brought near and applied by the Spirit of God to a sensible sinner, to a sinner convinced of the insufficiency of his own righteousness, and of the suitableness and excellency of Christ's, and of his need of it; and which is near in Christ, and in the Gospel, for faith to come at, at any time; nor is it ever far off from the believer, to whom it is imputed, and on whom it is put: and my salvation shall not tarry; either Christ, who is God's salvation, provided and appointed by him, who was to come as a Saviour, and should not tarry; nor did he tarry beyond the appointed time, Habakkuk 2:3 or the salvation itself wrought out by him; this work is done by Christ, and is published in the Gospel, and is brought nigh and applied by the Spirit of God in conversion, in due and proper time, and shortly will be fully enjoyed in heaven: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory: the Saviour himself was to come to Zion; near to Zion was salvation wrought out; here the Gospel of salvation was first published, and out of it the word of it was sent into all the world; and in Zion, the church of God, Christ the Saviour is to be met with; and his salvation is the safety of it, it is placed about it instead of walls and bulwarks; and all this is for the Israel of God, the spiritual Israel, chosen, redeemed, and called, and who shall be saved with an everlasting salvation; and who are the glory of God, have the glory of God, the grace of God in them, and the righteousness of God upon them, by which they are glorious; who enjoy the presence of the glorious God, and who is glorified in them, and by them; whose glory, even the glory of all his perfections, wisdom, grace, mercy, justice, holiness, truth, and faithfulness, is great in their salvation. BibliographyGill, John. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/isaiah-46.html. Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft. Will place — I will bring my people to Zion, and save them from all their enemies. 1828. "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". And my glory in Jerusalem. But only in one sense. And the prophet speaks this either to the Jews of his generation, or rather to that generation which was carried captive to Babylon, whose stout-heartedness is particularly noted and reproved, Zechariah 7:11,12. "I bring near My righteousness, it is not far off; And My salvation will not delay. THE PRACTICAL INFLUENCE OF THE DOCTRINE. 3. k 3 “Listen l to me, you descendants of Jacob, all the remnant m of the people of Israel, https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/isaiah-46.html. We learn our obligation and encouragement in the use of appointed means. II.C.2.C.II. Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that are far from righteousness: Stout-hearted - stubborn in resisting God (Psalms 76:5; Acts 7:51). 4. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". And indeed, if he did not exceed the malice of men by his goodness, we should all perish without exception, for who is there that receives God, and makes use of his grace as he ought? And let them know that the unbelief of man shall not make the word of God of no effect, Isaiah 46:12,13. BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. That rebuke is indeed sharp and severe, but was well deserved by those whose hearts were not soothed by any promise, or by any invitation, however gracious, which God addressed to them. Israel. "Hearken unto me ye stouthearted, that are far from righteousness: I bring near my righteousness, it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry; and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory. The reason for this great disparity between those gods and the LORD is clearly the truth that Yahweh is the one true God, sovereign over all creation.
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