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1 Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother's divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.

2 Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst.

3 I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.

4 The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.

5 The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.

6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.

7 For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.

8 He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.

9 Behold, the Lord GOD will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.

10 Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God.

11 Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.

Commentary for Isaiah 50

The rejection of the Jews. (1-3) The sufferings and exaltation of the Messiah. (4-9) Consolation to the believer, and warning to the unbeliever. (10,11)1-3 Those who have professed to be people of God, and seem to be dealt severely with, are apt to complain, as if God had been hard with them. Here is an answer for such murmurings; God never deprived any of their advantages, except for their sins. The Jews were sent into Babylon for their idolatry, a sin which broke the covenant; and they were at last rejected for crucifying the Lord of glory. God called on them to leave their sins, and prevent their own ruin. Last of all, the Son came to his own, but his own received him not. When God calls men to happiness, and they will not answer, they are justly left to be miserable. To silence doubts concerning his power, proofs of it are given. The wonders which attended his sufferings and death, proclaimed that he was the Son of God, #Mt 27:54|.

4-9 As Jesus was God and man in one person, we find him sometimes speaking, or spoken of, as the Lord God; at other times, as man and the servant of Jehovah. He was to declare the truths which comfort the broken, contrite heart, those weary of sin, harassed with afflictions. And as the Holy Spirit was upon him, that he might speak as never man spake; so the same Divine influence daily wakened him to pray, to preach the gospel, and to receive and deliver the whole will of the Father. The Father justified the Son when he accepted the satisfaction he made for the sin of man. Christ speaks in the name of all believers. Who dares to be an enemy to those unto whom he is a Friend? or who will contend with those whom he is an Advocate? Thus St. Paul applies it, #Ro 8:33|.

10,11 A child of God is afraid of incurring his displeasure. This grace usually appears most in believers when in darkness, when other graces appear not. Those that truly fear God, obey the voice of Christ. A sincere servant of God may for a long time be without views of eternal happiness. What is likely to be an effectual cure in this sad case? Let him trust in the name of the Lord; and let him stay himself upon the promises of the covenant, and build his hopes on them. Let him trust in Christ, trust in that name of his, The Lord our Righteousness; stay himself upon God as his God, in and through a Mediator. Presuming sinners are warned not to trust in themselves. Their own merit and sufficiency are light and heat to them. Creature-comforts are as sparks, short-lived, and soon gone; yet the children of this world, while they last, seek to warm themselves by them, and walk with pride and pleasure in the light of them. Those that make the world their comfort, and their own righteousness their confidence, will certainly meet with bitterness in the end. A godly man's way may be dark, but his end shall be peace and everlasting light. A wicked man's way may be pleasant, but his end and abode for ever will be utter darkness.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Isaiah 50

  • Teri
    Proverbs 15:23 contrasts verse 4 above! Especially these days, let us encourage one another as the day draws near! Thanks for the insights!
  • Fabien Grenier
    Doesn't matter how anointed you are if the Word of God the Word of Faith is Christ Jesus doesn't abide in you if you dont know the fundamental of faith we have to excersie our faith by been a doer of the Word of GOD not just a hearer only. Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

  • "Michael Balogun
    "...their fish stinketh because there is no water, and dieth of thirst." v. 2

    When we have no the Word of God in our heart, we become stinking. The word cleanses our life to remove every filthiness. "Sanctify them through thy word". When the Holy Spirit abandon us, we die of thirst for the promise of God is to make our belly rivers of living water which signify the Holy Spirit.

    Help me O Lord!
  • Obbie Beal
    that time above and 2018; individually or nationally, by their own power /doing, they did it to themselves'; and when Almighty Mercy / their Deliverer offered the help theses sinners needed, as they /we are drowning in their own sin; the Deliverer (whom love these sinners so dearly) cry-out to them "... let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God". Thank GOD for HIS MERCY! WOW!
  • John 4/14/2017
    GOD promised to fight for us but we must be WILLING to be OBEDIENT to is word, We often time CHOOSE to sin WHICH CAUSES.our own problem. By trying to help OURSELVES we step out of the will of GOD. But if we trust GOD then wait on the LORD,and Be of good courage, he shall strengthen thine heart. Wait I say on the LORD
  • Irene123
    To Bible Reader - RIGHT ON!!!
  • Bible Reader
    Jesus is God.
  • BSP
    Verses 4 and 5 describe how God taught Jesus what to say and how to speak. God also taught Jesus how to teach.
  • Sylvia
    An answer to David's question, v3.
    God clothes the heavens with blackness which means darkness and he use a sackcloth which is a veil for a covering. God allows darkness in our lives so we can see the light. Weeping endures for the night but joy comes in the morning.
  • Lu2677
    V. 10 Who claims to be a follower of Christ, yet, walks in darkness and has no light in him. Hypocrites do not trust in the Lord, they walk in darkness. Hypocrites think they are with God, but they are deceived.
    The man that is saved by grace will put his trust in the Lord. Proverbs 3:5-7.

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According to Isaiah, the Lord clothes the heavens with what?
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