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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Isaiah 50



Verse 1

Thus. Some codices, with two early printed editions, read "For thus". the LORD. Hebrew. Jehovah. App-4.

Where . . . ? Figure of speech Erotesis.

the bill = this bill.

divorcement. Found only here, and in Jeremiah 3:8 outside the Pentateuch. See Deuteronomy 24:1, Deuteronomy 24:3. See App-92.

whom: or, wherewith.

put away. . . sold. Note the Introversion of these words in this verse.

Behold. Figure of speech Asterismos. App-6.

sold . . . put away. Note the Introversion.

Verse 2

Wherefore . . . ? Figure of speech Erotesis.

when I came. Messiah speaks.

no man. See John 1:11. Compare Jeremiah 5:1. Acts 13:46; Acts 18:6; Acts 28:28.

Is My hand shortened . . . ? Reference to Pentateuch (Numbers 11:23). Compare Isaiah 59:1. See App-92.

redeem. Hebrew. padah. See note on Exodus 13:13.

I dry up the sea. Reference to Pentateuch (Exodus 14:21). App-92.

rivers. Plural of majesty: i.e. the great river, the Jordan. Reference to Pentateuch (Joshua 4:7, Joshua 4:18). App-92. Compare Psalms 107:33.

their fish stinketh. Reference to Pentateuch (Exodus 7:18, Exodus 7:21).

Verse 4

that I should know, &c. He spake none other words than those given Him by the Father. Compare the seven times this was asserted by Messiah (John 7:16; John 8:28, John 8:46, John 8:47; John 12:49; John 14:10, John 14:24; John 17:8).

wakeneth = [continually] wakeneth.

to hear as the learned = to hearken as do the instructed.

learned = taught.

Verse 5

not rebellious = not perverse or refractory.

Verse 6

I gave, &c. Fulfilled in Matthew 26:67; Matthew 27:26.

Verse 7

set My face like a flint. Note the fulfilment. His death was not an event which happened. He "accomplished" it Himself (Luke 9:31), and, after saying this, "He steadfastly set His face", as above, "like a flint". He laid down His life Himself: but not till His hour (the right hour) had come (John 10:15-18).

Verse 8

who. ? Figure of speech Erotesis.

who is Mine adversary? = who can convict Me? Literally who owneth My sentence?

Verse 9

condemn Me = prove Me lawless.

Verse 10

Who, &c. These are the words of the prophet in view of Messiah"s reception.

trust in = confide in. Hebrew. batah. App-69.

God. Hebrew. Elohim. App-4.

Verse 11

that kindle a fire = that are incendiaries; not the ordinary word for lighting a fire. Only in Deuteronomy 32:2 (the first occurrence). Jeremiah 15:14; Jeremiah 17:4. Jeremiah 64:2.

compass = gird. See note on Isaiah 8:9.

sparks = fiery darts.

walk. This is Divine irony (App-6).

your = your own.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Isaiah 50:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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