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Verses of Isaiah 52

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Isaiah 52:1 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Ch. Isa 52:1-2. Here the prophet’s imagination takes a higher flight. The cup of indignation having finally passed from her hands, Jerusalem is summoned to shake off her stupor, and array herself in garments befitting her dignity as the bride of Jehovah. The description is influenced by the contrast (evidently intentional) to the taunt-song on the “daughter of Babylon” (ch. Isa 47:1 ff.).

put on thy strength ] Cf. ch. Isa 51:9.

the holy city ] as ch. Isa 48:2.

for … there shall no more come &c. ] Note the correspondence with Isa 47:1; Isa 47:5.

the uncircumcised and the unclean ] i.e. not foreigners generally (as Joe 3:17), as if the passage expressed the exclusiveness of later Judaism, but the “destroyers” and “wasters” who at present desecrate her soil; see on Isa 49:17. Cf. Nah 1:15; Zec 9:8.

2. arise and sit down ] The meaning might be, “arise from the dust, and sit on thy throne,” a contrast to Isa 47:1.

loose thyself … neck ] Better perhaps loose for thee the bonds &c.; the reflexive verb having the same force as an ethical dative. The alternative rendering of R.V. marg. “the bands of thy neck are loosed” represents the Hebrew consonantal text. The Qerê, however, is here supported by the Ancient Versions, and is undoubtedly to be preferred.

Ch. Isa 51:17 to Isa 52:12. The Lord will turn the Captivity of Zion

The three oracles into which this passage naturally falls are these: (1) Isa 51:17-23. The prophet, returning to the thought with which the book opens (ch. Isa 40:2), announces that the period of Jerusalem’s degradation has expired. The city is figured as a woman lying prostrate and senseless, intoxicated with the cup of the Lord’s indignation which she has drunk to the dregs, her sons unable to help her (17 20). But the cup is now taken from her and passed to the enemies who had oppressed and insulted her (21 23).

(2) Isa 52:1-6. In a new apostrophe, the image is carried on; let Zion lay aside her soiled raiment, and the emblems of her slavery, and put on her holiday attire (1, 2). Jehovah will no longer endure that His name should be blasphemed through the banishment of His people (3 6).

(3) Isa 51:7-12. A description of the triumphal return of Jehovah to Zion, obviously based on the last section of the Prologue (ch. Isa 40:9-11). The writer pictures the scene of joy within the city when the heralds of the King arrive (7, 8); he calls on the waste places of Jerusalem to break forth into singing (9, 10); and finally, turning to the exiles (as in Isa 48:20 f.) he summons them to hasten their escape from the land of their captivity (11, 12).

Verses of Isaiah 52

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Isaiah 52:1 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Isaiah 52:1 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Isaiah 52:1 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Isaiah 52:1 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Isaiah 52:1 - B.H. Carroll's An Interpretation of the English Bible

Isaiah 52:1 - Through the Bible Commentary

Isaiah 52:1 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Isaiah 52:1 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Isaiah 52:1 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Isaiah 52:1 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Isaiah 52:1 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Isaiah 52:1 - Expositors Bible Commentary

Isaiah 52:1 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Isaiah 52:1 - Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Isaiah 52:1 - Expositor's Dictionary of Text by Robertson

Isaiah 52:1 - F.B. Meyer's Through the Bible Commentary

Isaiah 52:1 - Gaebelein's Annotated Bible (Commentary)

Isaiah 52:1 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Isaiah 52:1 - Geneva Bible Notes

Isaiah 52:1 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Isaiah 52:1 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Isaiah 52:1 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Isaiah 52:1 - Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae (Old and New Testaments)

Isaiah 52:1 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Isaiah 52:1 - Commentaries on the New Testament and Prophets

Isaiah 52:1 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Isaiah 52:1 - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

Isaiah 52:1 - William Kelly Major Works (New Testament)

Isaiah 52:1 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Isaiah 52:1 - A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical by Lange

Isaiah 52:1 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

Isaiah 52:1 - An Exposition on the Whole Bible

Isaiah 52:1 - The People's Bible by Joseph Parker

Isaiah 52:1 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Isaiah 52:1 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Isaiah 52:1 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Isaiah 52:1 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Isaiah 52:1 - The Complete Pulpit Commentary

Isaiah 52:1 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

Isaiah 52:1 - The Sermon Bible

Isaiah 52:1 - Sutcliffe's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Isaiah 52:1 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Isaiah 52:1 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Isaiah 52:1 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Isaiah 52:1 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

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