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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Isaiah 34

 

 

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Isaiah 34:4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree.

Isaiah 34:4 — "and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll" - Comments- Note these similar words from Frances J. Roberts:

"Indeed, if ye but knew how close I am standing to the ‘curtain of time', ye would draw very near and be filled with expectancy. For one of these days - so very soon - the curtain shall be drawn; the heavens shall be rolled back; the canopy of the ‘sky' as ye know it shall be lifted away, and the Son of Man shall be revealed in power and great glory" 48]

48] Frances J. Roberts, Come Away My Beloved (Ojai, California: King's Farspan, Inc, 1973), 62.

Scripture References- Note a similar verse:

Revelation 6:14, "And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places."

Isaiah 34:4 — "as a falling fig from the fig tree" - Comments- E. W. G. Masterman says the fig tree has two annual harvests in the Middle East. The early figs ripen in June, and the latter figs ripen in August. These early figs are small, undeveloped figs that fall to the ground by the wind. 49]

49] E. W. G. Masterman, "Fig, figtree," in International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, ed. James Orr (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co, c 1915, 1939), in The Sword Project, v 1511 [CD-ROM] (Temple, AZ: CrossWire Bible Society, 1990-2008).

Scripture Reference- Note a similar verse:

Revelation 6:13, "And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind."

Isaiah 34:5 For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment.

Isaiah 34:6 The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the LORD hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea.

Isaiah 34:5-6Word Study on "Idumea" - The word translated in Isaiah 34:5-6 as "Idumea" Hebrew "edom" ( אֱדֹום) (H 123) is actually "Edom" in the Hebrew text. The Enhanced Strong says this word is used 100 times in the Old Testament, being translated in the KJV as "Edom 87, Edomites 9, Idumea 4."

Comments - The ISBE says the region of Edom came to be known by the name "Idumea" during the time of the Greeks, but with the fall of Judah under the Romans the name Idumea disappeared from history. 50]

50] W. Ewing, "Edom," in International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, ed. James Orr (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co, c 1915, 1939), in The Sword Project, v 1511 [CD-ROM] (Temple, AZ: CrossWire Bible Society, 1990-2008).

Isaiah 34:7 And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness.

Numbers 23:22Word Study on "the unicorn" - Gesenius says the Hebrew word "unicorn" ( רְאֵם) (H 7214) probably refers the wild bull. Therefore, modern English versions often translated the word as "wild ox." The Enhanced Strong says the Hebrew word is found 9 times in the Old Testament and is translated "unicorn" all 9 times in the KJV. This word is only found in Hebrew poetry.

 


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Isaiah 34:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/isaiah-34.html. 2013.

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