Isaiah Chapter 49
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5 And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength.
6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.
7 Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee.
8 Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;
18 Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the LORD, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth.
21 Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where had they been?
22 Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.
23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.
25 But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.
26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.
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Matthew Henry's Isaiah Chapter 49 Bible commentary...
The unbelief and rejection of the Jews. (1-6) Gracious promise to the Gentiles. (7-12) God's love to the church. (13-17) Its increase. (18-23) And deliverance. (24-26)1-6 The great Author of redemption shows the authority for his work. The sword of his word slays the lusts of his people, and all at enmity with them. His sharp arrows wound the conscience; but all these wounds will be healed, when the sinner prays to him for mercy. But even the Redeemer, who spake as never man spake in his personal ministry, often seemed to labour in vain. And if Jacob will not be brought back to God, and Israel will not be gathered, still Christ will be glorious. This promise is in part fulfilled in the calling of the Gentiles. Men perish in darkness. But Christ enlightens men, and so makes them holy and happy.
7-12 The Father is the Lord, the Redeemer, and Holy One of Israel, as sending the Son to be the Redeemer. Man, whom he came to save, put contempt upon him. To this he submitted for our salvation. He is a pledge for all the blessings of the covenant; in him God was reconciling the world to himself. Pardoning mercy is a release from the curse of the law; renewing grace is a release from the dominion of sin: both are from Christ. He saith to those in darkness, Show yourselves. Not only see, but be seen, to the glory of God, and your own comforts. Though there are difficulties in the way to heaven, yet the grace of God will carry us over them, and make even the mountains a way. This denotes the free invitations and the encouraging promises of the gospel, and the outpouring of the Spirit.
13-17 Let there be universal joy, for God will have mercy upon the afflicted, because of his compassion; upon his afflicted, because of his covenant. We have no more reason to question his promise and grace, than we have to question his providence and justice. Be assured that God has a tender affection for his church and people; he would not have them to be discouraged. Some mothers do neglect their children; but God's compassions to his people, infinitely exceed those of the tenderest parents toward their children. His setting them as a mark on his hand, or a seal upon his arm, denotes his being ever mindful of them. As far as we have scriptural evidence that we belong to his ransomed flock, we may be sure that he will never forsake us. Let us then give diligence to make our calling and election sure, and rejoice in the hope and glory of God.
18-23 Zion is addressed as an afflicted widow, bereaved of her children. Numbers flock to her, and she is assured that they come to be a comfort to her. There are times when the church is desolate and few in number; yet its desolations shall not last for ever, and God will repair them. God can raise up friends for returning Israelites, even among Gentiles. They shall bring their children, and make them thy children. Let all deal tenderly and carefully with young converts and beginners in religion. Princes shall protect the church. It shall appear that God is the sovereign Lord of all. And those who in the exercise of faith, hope, and patience, wait on God for the fulfilment of his promises, shall never be confounded.
24-26 We were lawful captives to the justice of God, yet delivered by a price of unspeakable value. Here is an express promise: Even the prey of the terrible shall be delivered. We may here view Satan deprived of his prey, bound and cast into the pit; and all the powers that have combined to enslave, persecute, or corrupt the church, are destroyed; that all the earth may know that our Saviour and Redeemer is Jehovah, the mighty One of Jacob. And every effort we make to rescue our fellow-sinners from the bondage of Satan, is, in some degree, helping forward that great change.
Eboye Mark's Isaiah Chapter 49 comment on 1/21/2013, 3:47am...
Wahoo! Isaiah 49 reassures me no matter the captivity of the captive like poverty, delay of all kind and anti breakthrough, God will rescue me. Moreover, He will change me to the extent that princes and princesses will bow before me. Halleluiah!
Erisol's Isaiah Chapter 49 comment about verse 15 on 9/20/2012, 12:42pm...
In my opinion nobody can be trusted, that is why our God says cursed be the one who trusts in man. There is a limit to which man can stand by you but our Lord is there for us anytime 24 hours, till the end of the world. The people we trust and rely on will fail us but we can count on the Lord, he who hold our future and knows the end from the beginning, and said those who look for him will find him.
Freddie's Isaiah Chapter 49 comment on 9/20/2012, 3:09am...
It means to me that God will deliver us when we are in trouble, save us when we become captive of our enemies, for the lord will save us and our children, know that he will come swift and just so watch and not be troubled for our savior is coming soon amen
Josephine's Isaiah Chapter 49 comment on 9/19/2012, 10:40am...
Isn't it awesome that our God is assuring us that in as much as a woman can not forget her sucking child, the same way He the Almighty will NEVER forget you and I, no matter how hard the storm rages, He is there for us. We should indeed be appreciative of the God will serve who never fails and will NEVER no matter the impossibilities of this end time.
Josephine's Isaiah Chapter 49 comment on 9/19/2012, 9:35am...
This very chapter of Isaiah re-assures my faith in God my creator whom I know will NEVER go back from His word because He cannot lie. Whenever I feel forsaken and abandoned I am usually consoled by His word which says "those who wait on Him will not be ashamed". So in the face of difficulties, trials and temptations, I am confident that God will someday remember me in my present predicament.
Cecilia's Isaiah Chapter 49 comment on 9/05/2012, 6:36am...
God has assured His children to not worry because He will contend with them that contend with us and our oppressors shall drink their own blood and feed on their own flesh. what a Magnificent God that we serve. Hallelujah
Juliana Nze's Isaiah Chapter 49 comment on 7/27/2012, 9:59am...
God tells of his boundless love for us and reassures us that after we have been tried and come out as fine and pure gold, we receive more than we had before; and our waste is turned into fertility, our sorrow to joy. We need not worry for our children IF they are in His hands cos he has promised to save them. We also see the importance of Godly patience and its reward; since God cannot lie, we have the assurance that His words will come to pass.
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