God is praised for destroying a powerful city and for protecting the needy. Isaiah predicts prosperity in Jerusalem, the end of death, and the destruction of Moab.
God will turn his wrath against Moab: “Then He will spread out His hands in their homeland, As a swimmer spreads his hands out to swim.” (v. 11a)
III. Important Verses
1-2: O LORD, You are my God; I will extol You, I will praise Your name. For You planned graciousness of old, Counsels of steadfast faithfulness. For You have turned a city into a stone heap, A walled town into a ruin, The citadel of strangers into rubble, Never to be rebuilt.
4-5: For You have been a refuge for the poor man, A shelter for the needy man in his distress — Shelter from rainstorm, shade from heat. When the fury of tyrants was like a winter rainstorm, The rage of strangers like heat in the desert, You subdued the heat with the shade of clouds, The singing of the tyrants was vanquished.
8-9: [God] will destroy death forever. My Lord GOD will wipe the tears away From all faces And will put an end to the reproach of His people Over all the earth — For it is the LORD who has spoken. In that day they shall say: This is our God; We trusted in Him, and He delivered us. This is the LORD, in whom we trusted; Let us rejoice and exult in His deliverance!
10: For the hand of the LORD shall descend Upon this mount, And Moab shall be trampled under Him As straw is threshed to bits at Madmenah.
1b. Anticipated praise
1c-3. Praise: God destroyed a powerful city
4-5. Praise: God protects the needy
6-8. God will provide bounty and destroy death
9. Anticipated praise of God
10-12. God will destroy Moab
No comment today. Stay tuned.
VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Blenkinsopp, Joseph. “Isaiah 1-39” The Anchor Bible vol. 19 (New York: Doubleday, 2000).
Collins, John J. “Introduction to the Hebrew Bible,” (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004).
Sweeney, Marvin A. “Isaiah 1-39 with an Introduction to Prophetic Literature” The Forms of Old Testament Literature vol. 16 (Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans, 1996).
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