Isaiah Chapter 9
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1 Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
17 Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
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Matthew Henry's Isaiah Chapter 9 Bible commentary...
The Son that should be born, and his kingdom. (1-7) The judgments to come upon Israel, and on the enemies of the kingdom of Christ. (8-21)1-7 The Syrians and Assyrians first ravaged the countries here mentioned, and that region was first favoured by the preaching of Christ. Those that want the gospel, walk in darkness, and in the utmost danger. But when the gospel comes to any place, to any soul, light comes. Let us earnestly pray that it may shine into our hearts, and make us wise unto salvation. The gospel brings joy with it. Those who would have joy, must expect to go through hard work, as the husbandman, before he has the joy of harvest; and hard conflict, as the soldier, before he divides the spoil. The Jews were delivered from the yoke of many oppressors; this was a shadow of the believer's deliverance from the yoke of Satan. The cleansing the souls of believers from the power and pollution of sin, would be by the influence of the Holy Spirit, as purifying fire. These great things for the church, shall be done by the Messiah, Emmanuel. The Child is born; it was certain; and the church, before Christ came in the flesh, benefitted by his undertaking. It is a prophecy of him and of his kingdom, which those that waited for the Consolation of Israel read with pleasure. This Child was born for the benefit of us men, of us sinners, of all believers, from the beginning to the end of the world. Justly is he called Wonderful, for he is both God and man. His love is the wonder of angels and glorified saints. He is the Counsellor, for he knew the counsels of God from eternity; and he gives counsel to men, in which he consults our welfare. He is the Wonderful Counsellor; none teaches like him. He is God, the mighty One. Such is the work of the Mediator, that no less power than that of the mighty God could bring it to pass. He is God, one with the Father. As the Prince of Peace, he reconciles us to God; he is the Giver of peace in the heart and conscience; and when his kingdom is fully established, men shall learn war no more. The government shall be upon him; he shall bear the burden of it. Glorious things are spoken of Christ's government. There is no end to the increase of its peace, for the happiness of its subjects shall last for ever. The exact agreement of this prophecy with the doctrine of the New Testament, shows that Jewish prophets and Christian teachers had the same view of the person and salvation of the Messiah. To what earthly king or kingdom can these words apply? Give then, O Lord, to thy people to know thee by every endearing name, and in every glorious character. Give increase of grace in every heart of thy redeemed upon earth.
8-21 Those are ripening apace for ruin, whose hearts are unhumbled under humbling providences. For that which God designs, in smiting us, is, to turn us to himself; and if this point be not gained by lesser judgments, greater may be expected. The leaders of the people misled them. We have reason to be afraid of those that speak well of us, when we do ill. Wickedness was universal, all were infected with it. They shall be in trouble, and see no way out; and when men's ways displease the Lord, he makes even their friends to be at war with them. God would take away those they thought to have help from. Their rulers were the head. Their false prophets were the tail and the rush, the most despicable. In these civil contests, men preyed on near relations who were as their own flesh. The people turn not to Him who smites them, therefore he continues to smite: for when God judges, he will overcome; and the proudest, stoutest sinner shall either bend or break.
Linda M.'s Isaiah Chapter 9 comment on 4/08/2013, 12:01pm...
Our society has turned away from God. I felt sad and angry when "God" was taken out of our holidays, our schools; public buildings. We cannot say "Merry Christmas" in an office setting. God is angry at this. Who can help us go back to the way it was before some other groups made a stink that we shouldn't have Christmas trees in public places. So what if we don't have all the other religions celebrations. We didn't start out that way. God is God no matter what religion.
Jim's Isaiah Chapter 9 comment on 3/01/2013, 5:15pm...
I would like to help if I can. First, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness". Peter and Jesus cannot be opposed, that would make God at odds with Himself. Also if the Son born is the Everlasting Father, then the Son is the Father. John declares ďIn the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was GodĒ. If Matthew 28:19 says the same as what Peter said in Acts 2:38 then you have to understand, Matthew 28:19 is not speaking about anything else but the name, it is stating that the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, is JESUS. The biggest problem most of us have with scripture, we donít study the word enough. God will always tell the truth, man will hardly even believe the truth. Seek God, not manís explanation. Let the mind of God direct you and the Love of God comfort you.
Becky's Isaiah Chapter 9 comment on 1/15/2013, 12:56pm...
I think Isaiah 9:10 also speaks of God's Judgment against America after 9-11. They have placed the dead sycamore tree on the grounds of 9-11 and replaced it with a cedar that is dying and its branches falling off and even the bushes around it are dying. John Edwards and Tom Daschle both prophesy out of ignorance the defiance against God. Sad to say there is Judgment coming against America. Pray for Godís mercy for America.
Gabriel Aziz's Isaiah Chapter 9 comment about verse 5 on 1/02/2013, 6:15am...
Great and understandable.
Joseph Opare's Isaiah Chapter 9 comment on 12/06/2012, 6:04pm...
I tried to introduce Christ to a Jewish colleague in my office who doesn't believe in Christ. But after proving to him the Jesus is not only our savoir but also our God using Isaiah 9:6, he is now making sense of what I said after consulting his Rabi for two weeks on this matter. The Lord will always defend His word after we have shared word with unbelievers. Amen
C. Burch's Isaiah Chapter 9 comment about verse 21 on 11/12/2012, 12:03am...
If it is true that Ephraim and Manasseh are England and United States respectively, it appears as though England and the United States will be at war with Judah (Israel) during the final war of the present age.
Marnie's Isaiah Chapter 9 comment on 9/16/2012, 3:47pm...
Jeff and Jacques ... Matthew 28:19 ... The words of Jesus Christ ... "go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" ... Whose word is more important? The word of Peter or the word of Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
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