“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 19, “A Prophecy About Egypt,” IV

Christian Living

“This Too Shall Pass,” Yolanda Adams

Oracle – A person through whom God Speaks, or Message From God.

Oracles – The Words Of God

Prophecy – A Message or Prediction (What Will Happen In The Future)  From God

Prophesy – To Foretell, Expound, And Interpret The Message From God

Prophet/Prophetess – God’s Spokesman (or, person), Divinely Called Minister  

Prophetic – To Speak From God’s Perspective of what will Happen In The Future 

Idolatry – Worship Of/To Any Created Object or Person Instead of The True Creator, God.

“A Prophecy About Egypt,” lV, Isaiah 19:16) In That Day shall Egypt be like unto women:  and it shall be afraid and fear because of The shaking Of The Hand Of The Lord Of Hosts, Which He Shaketh Over It.  Jeremiah 30:5, 7; Nahum 3:13.  17) And the land of Judah shall be a terror unto Egypt, every one that maketh mention thereof shall be afraid in himself, Because Of The Counsel of The Lord Of Hosts, Which He Hath Determined Against It.  18) In That Day shall five cities in the land of Egypt speak the language of Canaan, and Swear To The Lord Of Hosts, one shall be called, The city of destruction.

Quest Study Bible – v16, “Why use the term women as a put-down?”  In Isaiah’s world, women were defenseless.  With no means of protecting themselves, women often suffered the brunt of horrific abuse from conquering armies.  Facing such calamities, women became consumed with terror.  To compare the Egyptians to women was an insult the men, who, like defenseless women, would be defenseless and afraid before The Lord.  v17, “Why would Egyptians speak Hebrew,”  To show their submission.  By abandoning their own language and speaking like God’s people, they surrendered their own ways to Follow God’s Ways.  Their speech revealed a radical transformation–former enemies would become allies.  Some see this as something yet to come in the future.  Others believed it was fulfilled when God Miraculously Spared Jerusalem under King Hezekiah (see ch. 37).  Still others apply it to Christ’s Kingdom Today, As All Have Opportunity To Worship God (2:2-4; Romans 10:12-13).  v18, “The City of Destruction,”  Most likely this refers to the Egyptian city called Heliopolis (see Map 3 at the back of This Bible), which literally meant the city of the sun.  The Hebrew word for sun is almost identical to the word for destruction.  Some think Isaiah and other Jewish writers used the similar sounds as a play on words to insult the city.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v13-17, Noph or Memphis was Egypt’s ancient capital.  v18, Five cities will speak the language of Canaan and swear by–take an oath of allegiance to–The Lord Of Hosts.

  Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-17, God Shall Come Into Egypt With His Judgments.  He Will Raise Up The Causes Of Their Destruction From Among (or, In The Midst Of) Themselves.  When ungodly men escape danger, they are apt to think themselves secure; But Evil Pursues Sinners, And Will Speedily Overtake Them, Except They Repent.  The Egyptians will be given over into the hand of one who shall rule them with rigor, as was shortly after fulfilled.  The Egyptians were renowned for wisdom and science; Yet The Lord Would Give Them Up To Their Own Perverse Schemes, and to quarrel, till their land would be brought by their contests (for supremacy) to an object of contempt and pity.  He Renders sinners afraid of those whom they have despised and oppressed and The Lord Of Hosts, Will Make the workers of iniquity a terror to themselves, and to each other; and every object around a terror to them.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v18-25, The words, “In This Day,” do not always refer to the passage just before.  At a time which was to come, the Egyptians Shall Speak The Holy Language, The Scripture Language; not only understand It, but use It.  Converting Grace, By Changing The Heart, Changes The Language, For Out Of The Abundance Of The Heart The Mouth Speaks.  So many Jews shall come to Egypt, that they shall soon fill five cities.  Where the sun was worshiped, a place infamous for idolatry, even there shall be a wonderful reformation.  Christ, The Great Altar, Who Sanctifies Every Gift, And The Gospel Sacrifices Of Prayer And Praise Shall Be Offered Up.  Let The Brokenhearted and Afflicted, Whom The Lord Has Wounded, And Thus Taught To Return To, And Call Upon Him, Take Courage; For He Will Heal Their Souls, And Turn Their Sorrowing Supplications Into Joyful Praises.  The Gentile nations shall not only unite with each other In The Gospel Fold Under Christ, The Great Shepherd, But They Shall All Be United With The Jews.  They Shall Be Owned Together By Him; They Shall All Share In One And The Same Blessing.  Meeting At The Same Throne Of Grace, and serving with each other in the same Business of Religion, should end all disputes, And Unite The Hearts Of Believers To Each Other In Holy Love.  Amen.

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