John 12:38 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

1) "That the word of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled," (hina ho logos Esaiou tou prophetou plerothe) "in order that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled," affirming the truthfulness, accuracy, or trustworthiness of the Scriptures, Psa 119:160. For the Scriptures "cannot be broken," Joh 10:35, because they would not believe, Isaiah foretold this rejection.

2) "Which he spake, Lord," (hon eipen kurie) "In which he said, Lord," or Jehovah, meaning the one who is to come.

3) "Who hath believed our report?" (tis episteusen te akoe hemon) "Who believed our report?" or trusted our testimony, Isa 53:1.

4) "And to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?" (kai ho brachion kuriou tini apekaluphthe) "And to whom was the arm of the Lord revealed?" The term "arm of the Lord" refers to the miracles Jesus did to show His power, when it was spoken. Isaiah appears to have been in human despond, disappointment, at his prophetic message from God. Isaiah did not stop there, however. He proceeded to give the most vivid description of the coming sacrifice of Jesus Christ, as the Lamb of God, contained in the Old Testament, Isa 53:2-12; Rom 10:16.

Consult other comments:

John 12:38 - The Greek Testament

John 12:38 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 12:38 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 12:38 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 12:38 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 12:38 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 12:38 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 12:38 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:38 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 12:38 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 12:38 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 12:38 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 12:38 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 12:38 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 12:38 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 12:38 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 12:38 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 12:38 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 12:38 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 12:38 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:38 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 12:38 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 12:38 - Combined Bible Commentary

Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary