“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 62, “Zion’s New Name,” cont’d

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“Grateful,” Hezekiah Walker

Zion, historically, Zion was the rock out-cropping between two valleys in Jerusalem.  Later, the Term came to mean the entire western ridge of early Jerusalem, and still later, to Jerusalem, itself (Psalm 126:1).  This area was originally inhabited by the Jebusites (II Samuel 5:7), later becoming the City of David.  Here David Consecrated his palace, acquired the threshing floor of Araunah (II Samuel 24:16), there erected an Altar, and there Solomon built HIS (GOD”S) TEMPLE.  Spiritually, the Term applies to the City of David (I Chronicles 11;5), to The Church Of GOD (Isaiah 2:3; Hebrews 11:10; 12:22).  And to The Heavenly City (Hebrews 12:22-24).

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“Zion’s New Name,” cont’d, Isaiah 62:6) I Have Set Watchman Upon Thy Walls, O Jerusalem, Which Shall Never Hold Their Peace Day Or Night:  Ye That Make Mention Of THE LORD, Keep Not Silence.  7) And Give HIM No Rest, Till HE Establish, And Till HE Make Jerusalem A Praise In The Earth.  8) THE LORD HATH SWORN BY HIS RIGHT HAND, AND BY THE ARM OF HIS STRENGTH, SURELY I WILL NO MORE GIVE THY CORN TO BE MEAT FOR THINE ENEMIES; AND THE SONS OF THE STRANGER SHALL NOT DRINK THY WINE, FOR THE WHICH THOU HAST LABOURED.  9) But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and Praise THE LORD; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in The Courts Of MY HOLINESS.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v6, 7, I refers to THE LORD (vv. 1, 8).  Watchmen refers to Prophets (56:10).  You who make mention of THE LORD is Isaiah’s synonym (meaning the same thing) for “watchmen” and shows that the Prophets were intercessors.  The phrases do not keep silent and give HIM no rest relate the Prophets’ Prayer to THE LORD’S Promises in v. 1 (see 64:12; 65:6).  v8, no longer:  This phrase gives Assurance that The Covenantal Blessings will outlast the curses.  v9, in MY Holy Courts:  This phrase anticipates the rebuilding of THE HOLY TEMPLE (Leviticus 23:39, 40; Deuteronomy 12:17, 18; 14:22-27; 16:9-17).

Quest Study Bible – v7, “Can we Tire GOD Out with our prayers?”  No.  But The Bible Sometimes Pictures GOD As Having Physical Human Characteristics.  This Verse simply urges GOD”S People To Pray Until Their Prayers Are Answered.  Though Prayers do not Literally Wear GOD Out, HE DOES RESPOND TO PERSISTENCE (Luke 18:1-8).

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v6-9, GOD’S Professing People Must Be A Praying People.  HE Is Not Displeased With Us For Being Earnest, As Men Commonly Are; HE Bids Us To Cry After HIM, And Give HIM No Rest.  Luke 11:5-6.  It Is A Sign That GOD Is Coming To A People In MERCY, WHEN HE POURS OUT A SPIRIT OF PRAYER UPON THEM.  See how uncertain our creature comforts are.  See Also GOD’S MERCY In Giving Plenty, And PEACE To Enjoy It.  Let Us Delight In Attending THE COURTS OF THE LORD, THAT WE MAY ENJOY THE CONSOLATIONS OF HIS SPIRIT.   

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 62, “Zion’s New Name”

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“Your Presence Is Heaven To Me,”  Isaiah Houghton

“Alpha And Omega,”  Isaiah Houghton

Zion, historically, Zion was the rock out-cropping between two valleys in Jerusalem.  Later, the Term came to mean the entire western ridge of early Jerusalem, and still later, to Jerusalem, itself (Psalm 126:1).  This area was originally inhabited by the Jebusites (II Samuel 5:7), later becoming the City of David.  Here David Consecrated his palace, acquired the threshing floor of Araunah (II Samuel 24:16), there erected an Altar, and there Solomon built HIS (GOD”S) TEMPLE.  Spiritually, the Term applies to the City of David (I Chronicles 11;5), to The Church Of GOD (Isaiah 2:3; Hebrews 11:10; 12:22).  And to The Heavenly City (Hebrews 12:22-24).

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“Zion’s New Name,”  Isaiah 62:1) For Zion’s Sake WILL I NOT HOLD MY PEACE,  And For Jerusalem’s Sake I WILL NOT REST, Until The Righteousness Thereof Go Forth As Brightness, And The Salvation Thereof As A Lamp That Burneth.  2) And the Gentiles shall see thy Righteousness, and all kings thy Glory:  and thou shalt be called by a New Name, Which THE MOUTH OF THE LORD SHALL NAME.  3) Thou shalt also be a Crown of Glory IN THE HAND OF THE LORD, and a Royal Diadem (Jewel, Crown) IN THE HAND OF THY GOD.  Zechariah 9:16.  4) Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate:  but thou shalt be called Hephzibah (That is, MY Delight Is In Her), and thy land Beulah (meaning Married):  For THE LORD Delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.  5) For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee:  and as the bridegroom Rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy GOD Rejoice over thee.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, 2, The repetition of Righteousness (v. 1) shows that THE DIVINE ORACLE and the Prophet’s comments are linked.  A new name signifies a new status.  v3, Zion is a Crown of Glory, or Royal Diadem, IN THE HAND OF THE LORD.  v4, 5, The words Forsaken and Desolate are symbolic names for Jerusalem under Judgment.  Hephzibah (MY Delight is in her) and Beulah (Married) are symbolic names denoting Blessing.

Quest Study Bile – v4, “Why the new names?”  In ancient times, names were used to do much more than to identify a person.  Names revealed something about people—their characteristics, for example, or the circumstances surrounding their lives.  Changing names was a vivid way to express a change in circumstances.  See NIV text notes for the meanings.  Also see “Why give a name like this to a child?”  (8:3).  v4, “How can land be married?”  In a figurative sense.  Since marriage was considered a Blessing, this was a Picture of GOD”S Blessings upon the People of GOD who lived in the land.  This Promise was especially significant to people who had been described as childless widows (54:1, 4-5).  v5, “Why use incest to Picture GOD’S Blessings?”  Metaphors (a figure of speech used to refer to another thing)  have limitations and this one was probably not meant to be stretched too far.  The word sons may have meant Builder  (see NIV text note).  The word marry may mean take possession of.  This was simply a picture of the people of THE LORD returning to Jerusalem and loving and caring for that city as their own.

 Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-5, THE SON OF GOD Here Assures HIS CHURCH Of HIS UNFAILING LOVE, And HIS PLEADING For Her Under All Trials And Difficulties.  She shall be called by a New Name, a Pleasant Name, such as She was never called by before.  The State of True Religion In The World, Before The Preaching Of THE GOSPEL, no man seemed to have any real concern for GOD, By HIS GRACE, Has Wrought That (Worked A Good Work Through THE CROSS) In HIS CHURCH, WHICH MAKES HER HIS DELIGHT.  Let us thence learn Motives (Reasons) To HOLINESS.  If THE LORD Rejoices Over Us, WE SHOULD REJOICE IN HIS SERVICE (HIS WILL IN AND FOR OUR LIVES).             

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 61, “THE YEAR OF THE LORD’S FAVOR,” III

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“Fragile Heart,” Yolanda Adams

“THE YEAR OF THE LORD’S FAVOR,” III, Isaiah 61:10) I Will Greatly Rejoice In THE LORD, My Soul Shall Be Joyful In My GOD; For HE Hath Clothed Me With The Garments Of SALVATION, HE Hath Covered Me With The Robe Of RIGHTEOUSNESS, As a Bridegroom Decketh (Covers) Himself With Ornaments, And As A Bride Adorneth Herself With Her Jewels.  Revelation 21:2.  11) For As The Earth Bringeth Forth Her Bud, And As The Garden Causeth The Things That Are Sown In It To Spring Forth, SO THE LORD GOD WILL CAUSE RIGHTEOUSNESS AND PRAISE TO SPRING FORTH BEFORE ALL THE NATIONS.

 Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v10, I and the parallel My soul refer to personified (a quality or concept) Zion.  Rejoice is translated “Joy” in Verse 3 (see also 65:18).  Clothed signifies the Servant’s new Glorified Status or Condition (47:2; 52:1; 59:17).  v11, Spring Forth:  This Phrase is also found in 42:9; 43:19; 46:8 To Describe The Coming Of GOD’S SALVATION.  RIGHTEOUSNESS Here Means “DELIVERANCE” (54:17).  

Quest Study Bible – v10, “How did bridegrooms dress like Priests?”  A bridegroom in Isaiah’s day wore a turban or crown of some sort (Song of Solomon 3:11).  Priests also wore turbans (Exodus 28:4).

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v10-11, Those Only Shall Be Clothed With The Garments Of SALVATION Hereafter, That Are Covered With THE ROBE OF CHRIST’S RIGHTEOUSNESS Now, And BY THE SANCTIFICATION OF THE SPIRIT HAVE GOD’S IMAGE RENEWED UPON THEM.  These Blessings Shall Spring Forth For Ages To Come, Like The Fruits Of The Earth.  So Duly, So Constantly, And With Such Advantage To Mankind, WILL THE LORD GOD CAUSE RIGHTEOUSNESS AND PRAISE TO SPRING FORTH.  THEY Shall Spread Far; THE GREAT SALVATION SHALL BE PUBLISHED (MADE KNOWN) AND PROCLAIMED, To The Ends Of The Earth.  Let Us Be Earnest In Prayer, THAT THE LORD GOD MAY CAUSE THAT RIGHTEOUSNESS TO SPRING FORTH AMONG US, Which Constitutes The Excellence And Glory Of The Christian Profession.  Amen.

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 61, “THE YEAR OF THE LORD’S FAVOR,” cont’d

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“Open My Heart,” Yolanda Adams

“THE YEAR OF THE LORD’S FAVOR,” cont’d, Isaiah 61:4) And they shall build the old wastes (ancient ruins), they shall raise up the former desolations (places long devastated), and they shall repair the waste cities (former cities that have been devastated), the desolations of many generations.  5) And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.  6) But ye shall be named The Priests Of THE LORD:  men shall call you the Ministers Of Our GOD:  ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves (you will feed on the wealth of nations).  Exodus 19:6.  7) For your shame ye shall have double (portion); and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion (rejoice in their inheritance):  therefore in their land they shall possess the double:  Everlasting Joy Shall Be Upon Them.  2 Kings 2:9.  8) FOR I THE LORD LOVE JUDGMENT, I HATE ROBBERY FOR BURNT OFFERING; AND I WILL DIRECT THEIR WORK IN TRUTH, AND I WILL MAKE AN EVERLASTING COVENANT WITH THEM.  Isaiah 55:3.  9) And their Seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people:  all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are The Seed Which THE LORD HATH BLESSED.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v4, 5, They refers to Jews (58:12) and Gentiles (60:10).  Desolations of many generations:  See 58:12; 60:10.  v6, Priests of THE LORD:  With CHRIST, They will make intercession for sinners (53:12; Exodus 19:6; 1 Peter 2:9; Revelation 1:6).  Servants here means “Ministers,”  a synonym (meaning the same) for “Priests.”  (1 Kings 8:11).  v7, 8, Everlasting Joy:  For other references to Eternal Joy, see 35:10; 51:11; 60:19, 20.  v9, Shall be known has the sense of “shall be renowned (distinguished).”  among the Gentiles … whom THE LORD Has Blessed:  This section alludes to the Fulfillment of THE PROMISES Made To Abraham (41:8; 51:2; Genesis 12;3).

Quest Study Bible – v5, “Was it a benefit to have alien and foreign workers?”  Yes.  It was a sign of prosperity to have many servants.  Life was very hard for most people in the ancient world and the promise of having others to do your work for you was a Wonderful Picture Of GOD’S SALVATION.  These, most likely, were domestic servants from other nations, not slaves captured in war.

John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – v8, FOR I THE LORD LOVE JUDGMENT  To do that which is Right and Just HIMSELF, and to see it done by others, and therefore HE WILL RIGHT THE WRONGS OF HIS PEOPLE; and whereas the Jews, though they have justly suffered HIS VENGEANCE for their sins, yet being Reproached and Abused beyond measure by the Gentiles, among whom they are dispersed; THE LORD WILL LOOK IN MERCY UPON THEM, AND WILL DELIVER AND SAVE THEM,AND BESTOW FAVORS PLENTIFULLY ON THEM, as in the preceding verse: or THE LORD Loves Strict Justice And Real Righteousness, And Will Not Be Put Off With An Imperfect RIGHTEOUSNESS In The Room (or In Stead) Of A Perfect One, and much less an insincere and hypocritical one, such as that of the unbelieving Jews, the pharisaical (Pharisees practicing or advocating strict observance of external forms and ceremonies of religion or conduct without regard to THE SPIRIT); self-righteous; hypocritical. sect of them; Nothing Less Is Acceptable To GOD Than A Perfect RIGHTEOUSNESS, Which Is Adequate to the Demands of Law and Justice; and such a RIGHTEOUSNESS is not to be found among men, ONLY IN HIS SON JESUS CHRIST, WITH WHICH HE IS WELL PLEASED, ( Isaiah 42:21 ) :  I HATE ROBBERY FOR BURNT OFFERING;  that which is stolen, though it be converted into a burnt offering: or, “with a burnt offering” F3; all immorality, this being put for the whole, along with ceremonial sacrifices; as if it could be Atoned (To Appease GOD) for by them, or would be connived at on account of them: or, (by burnt offering;) expiation of theft, or any other sin, by the Sacrifices Of The Law, BEING OFFERED UP WITHOUT FAITH IN CHRIST; and especially since THE GREAT SACRIFICE (CHRIST JESUS ON THE CROSS), THE ANTITYPE (IS CHRIST, all Types were of THE ONE TO COME, Encyclopedia of The Bible) of them, IS OFFERED UP; AND THEREFORE GOD WILL HAVE NO MORE OFFERED UP, THEY ARE DISPLEASING AND HATEFUL TO HIM, ( Isaiah 1:12 Isaiah 1:13 ) ( Hebrews 10:5-8 ) :  AND I WILL DIRECT THEIR WORK IN TRUTH;  Appoint them work and service of a SPIRITUAL Nature, and Direct them, and Enable them to perform it in SPIRIT AND TRUTH, in opposition to the carnal and shadowy ordinances of the ceremonial law; see ( John 4:23John 4:24 ) :  AND I WILL MAKE AN EVERLASTING COVENANT WITH THEM;  that is, RENEW THE EVERLASTING COVENANT OF GRACE WITH THEM, MAKE IT MANIFEST (CLEAR) UNTO THEM; APPLY THE GRACE AND BESTOW BLESSINGS OF IT TO AND ON THEM, ( Romans 11:25-27 ) .  Amen.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v4-9, Promises Are Here Made To The Jews Returned Out Of Captivity, which extend to all those who, through GRACE, are Delivered Out Of Spiritual Thraldom (State of Slavery).  An unholy soul is like a city that is broken down, and has no walls, like a house in ruins; But By THE POWER OF CHRIST’S GOSPEL AND GRACE, IT IS FITTED TO BE A HABITATION OF GOD, THROUGH THE SPIRIT.  When By THE GRACE OF GOD, We Attain To HOLY Indifference As To The Affairs Of This World; When, Though Our Hands Are Employed About Them, But Preserved ENTIRE TO GOD, AND HIS SERVICE, Then the sons of the alien are our plowmen and vine-dressers.  Those Whom HE SETS AT LIBERTY, HE SETS TO WORK.  HIS SERVICE IS PERFECT FREEDOM; It Is The Greatest Honor.  All Believers Are Made, To Our GOD, kings and priests, and always ought to conduct themselves as such.  Those who have THE LORD FOR THEIR PORTION, Have Reason To Say, That They Have Worthy Portion, And To REJOICE IN IT.  In The Fullness Of Heavens Joys We Shall Receive More Than Double For All Our Services And Sufferings.  GOD DESIRES TRUTH, AND THEREFORE HATES ALL INJUSTICE.  Nor will It justify any man’s robbery to say, it was for burnt offerings; and that robbery is most hateful which is under this pretense.  Let the children Of godly parents be such, that all may see The Fruits Of A Good Education; An Answer To The Prayers For Them, In THE FRUIT OF GOD’S BLESSING.  Amen. 

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 61, “THE YEAR OF THE LORD’S FAVOR”

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“Open My Heart,” Yolanda Adams

“THE YEAR OF THE LORD’S FAVOR,”  Isaiah 61:1) THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD GOD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE THE LORD HATH ANOINTED ME TO PREACH GOOD TIDINGS UNTO THE MEEK; HE HATH SENT ME TO BIND UP THE BROKENHEARTED, TO PROCLAIM LIBERTY TO THE CAPTIVES, AND THE OPENING OF THE PRISON TO THEM THAT ARE BOUND;  Psalm 34:18; Hosea 6:1.  2) TO PROCLAIM THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR Of THE LORD, AND THE DAY OF VENGEANCE OF OUR GOD; TO COMFORT ALL THAT MOURN;  Malachi 4:1, 3.  3) TO APPOINT UNTO THEM THAT MOURN IN ZION, TO GIVE UNTO THEM BEAUTY FOR ASHES, THE OIL OF JOY FOR MOURNING, THE GARMENT OF PRAISE FOR THE SPIRIT OF HEAVINESS; THAT THEY MIGHT BE CALLED TREES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, THE PLANTING Of THE LORD, THAT HE MIGHT BE GLORIFIED.  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, THE LORD HAS ANOINTED:  THE NAME MESSIAH, Or CHRIST in Greek, means the “ANOINTED ONE.”  Poor also means “humble,” which like brokenhearted, indicates those who confidently Hope In GOD in spite of their present distress (11:4; Psalm 34:18; 51:17).  Proclaim liberty probably alludes to the official Inauguration of the “Year of Release” or Jubilee (Leviticus 25:10).  Captives refers to those in bondage to wickedness.  Those who are bound is translated “prisoners” in 49:9, here it means “captives.”  v2, THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR OF THE LORD corresponds to “THE DAY OF SALVATION” (49:8) and the Year of MY Redeemed” (63:4).  v3, A host lavished on a guest the oil of joy (Psalm 23:5; 45:7; Luke 7:46).  HE MAY BE GLORIFIED:  For similar references see 44:23; 49:5.

Quest Study Bible – v1-2, SCRIPTURE LINK, When JESUS PREACHED HIS FIRST SERMON In HIS Hometown Synagogue, HE READ THESE VERSES AND SAID THAT THEY WERE FULFILLED THAT DAY.  See Luke 4:16-19.  v3, “Why wear ashes?”  In the Bible, the ashes left behind after a fire had burned out were, were understandably, a sign of destruction.  When people experienced troubles, they sometimes sat on an ash pile (58:5) or put ashes on their heads (2 Samuel 13:19) as a sign of mourning.  But GOD PROMISES HIS PEOPLE THAT THEIR MOURNING WILL END; in place of ashes, they will well-groomed with Oil, A Symbol Of Joy And Celebration.  Also see “What was good and pleasant about oil poured on the head?”  (Psalm 133;2).

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-3, The Prophets Had The Holy Spirit Of GOD At Times, Teaching them what to say, and causing them to say It; BUT CHRIST HAD THE SPIRIT ALWAYS, WITHOUT MEASURE TO QUALIFY HIM, AS MAN, FOR THE WORK TO WHICH HE WAS APPOINTED.  The poor are commonly best disposed to receive The Gospel, James 2:5; and IT is only likely to Profit us when Received with Meekness.  To such as are poor in Spirit, CHRIST PREACHED GOOD TIDINGS WHEN HE SAID, BLESSED ARE THE MEEK.  CHRIST’S Satisfaction Is Accepted.  By the domination of sin in us, we are bound under the power of Satan; But THE SON IS READY BY HIS SPIRIT, TO MAKE US FREE; AND THEN WE SHALL BE FREE INDEED (John 8:36).  Sin and Satan were to be destroyed; And CHRIST Triumphed Over them ON HIS CROSS.  But the children of men, who stand out against these Offers, shall be Dealt with as enemies.  CHRIST WAS TO BE A COMFORTER, AND SO HE IS, HE IS SENT TO COMFORT ALL WHO MOURN, AND WHO SEEK TO HIM, AND NOT TO THE WORLD, FOR COMFORT.  HE WILL DO ALL THIS FOR HIS PEOPLE, That They May Abound In The Fruits Of RIGHTEOUSNESS, As The Branches Of GOD’s PLANTING.  Neither THE MERCY OF GOD, THE ATONEMENT OF CHRIST (APPEASING OF GOD), NOR THE GOSPEL OF GRACE, Profits the self-sufficient and proud.  They must be Humbled, and Led to know their own character and wants, BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, that they may See and Feel their Need Of The Sinner’s FRIEND AND SAVIOUR.  HIS DOCTRINE CONTAINS GLAD TIDINGS Indeed To Those Who Are Humbled Before GOD.  Amen.    

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Psalm 53, “The Fool,” A Psalm of David, III

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Jesus, The Messiah, The Holy One

“Emmanuel” Norman Hutchins

Psalm 53 is a recasting of Psalm 14 with only slight differences, particularly in the ending.  Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary.

Iniquity – Wickedness, Vice

“The Fool,” III, Psalm 53:6) Oh that THE SALVATION Of Israel Were Come Out Of Zion!  When GOD Bringeth Back The Captivity Of HIS People, Jacob Shall Rejoice And Israel Shall Be Glad.

John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – v6,  O that The Salvation of Israel [were come] out of Zion!  &c.] Or, “who will give F6 out of Zion The Salvation of Israel?” The Targum adds, “except THE LORD”; and this is a request to HIM for It: and, as in ( Psalms 14:7 ) , it may be a wish for THE FIRST COMING OF CHRIST, TO WORK OUT SALVATION FOR HIS PEOPLE; here it may be expressive of the desire of The Church For HIS COMING IN A SPIRITUAL MANNER, in the latter day, TO TAKE TO HIMSELF HIS GREAT POWER, AND REIGN; TO DESTROY antichrist, AND DELIVER HIS PEOPLE FROM BONDAGE AND OPPRESSION BY him (antichrist); when the Gentiles shall be gathered in, the Jews will be converted, and all Israel Saved; see ( Romans 11:25 Romans 11:26 ) . It is in the original text, “Salvation’s” F7; Denoting The Complete Salvation Of THE CHURCH; when all Her enemies will be destroyed, and all Peace and Prosperity shall be enjoyed by Her (The Church) ; (See Gill on Psalms 14:6).  When GOD Bringeth Back the captivity of HIS People:  who have been carried into it by antichrist, ( Revelation 13:10 ) ;  Jacob shall rejoice, [and] Israel shall be glad;  for now the kingdoms of this world will become CHRIST’S; The Marriage Of THE LAMB Will Be Come, And The Bride Made Ready, Through The CALLING Of The Gentiles, And The Conversion Of The Jews; which will occasion The Twenty Four Elders, The Representatives Of The Christian Church, To Give Thanks To THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, And Cause Many Voices To Be Heard In HEAVEN, Expressing Great Joy On This Occasion, ( Revelation 11:15-18 ) ( 19:1-7 ) .

Quest Study Bible –  v1-6, SCRIPTURE LINK “The fool says in his heart,”   The same thoughts can be found in 14:1-7.  v1-6, “Why are some Verses repeated in Scripture?”   The Psalm seems to be a repetition and revision of Psalm 14.  One difference—GOD is used in place of LORD—leads some to believe this Psalm was written a few centuries later, possibly during the reign of Hezekiah.  By that time many regarded YAHWEH (LORD) As More Than Just THE GOD Of Israel.  Others, however, wonder if David may have made slight revisions so the Psalm could be used for another occasion or with different music.  Whatever the reason, the result is that THE TRUTH Is Emphasized.  See “Why repeat these Verses, almost Word for Word?”  (2 Kings 14:15-16) and “Why is this information repeated?”  (Jeremiah 52:1-24).

Quest Study Bible – v6, “How And When Did GOD Restore Israel’s Fortunes?”  This is a generic Prayer that would fit numerous situations in Israel’s history.  Some suggest it refers to the time that Israel was restored when the Arameans, hearing the sounds of chariots and horses, even though there were none, abandoned a siege of Samaria (2 Kings 7:6-7).

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – The Corruption Of Man By Nature.  This Psalm is almost the same as the 14th.  The scope of It is to convince us or our sins.  GOD, By The Psalmist, Here Shows Us How Bad We Are, And Proves This By HIS OWN CERTAIN KNOWLEDGE.  HE SPEAKS Terror To Persecutors, the worst of sinners.  HE SPEAKS Encouragement To GOD’S Persecuted People.  How comes it that men are so bad?  Because there is no FEAR OF GOD before their eyes.  Men’s bad practices flow from their bad principles; if they profess to Know GOD, yet in works, because in thoughts, they Deny HIM.  See the folly of sin; he is a fool, In The Account Of GOD, WHOSE JUDGMENT, We Are Sure Is RIGHT, (Yet we) harbor such Corrupt Thoughts.  And see the Fruit of Sin; to what it brings men, when their hearts are hardened through The Deceitfulness of Sin.  See Also THE FAITH Of The Saints, and their Hope and Power as to the Cure of this great evil.  THERE WILL COME A SAVIOR, A GREAT SALVATION, A SALVATION FROM SIN.  GOD WILL SAVE HIS CHURCH FROM ITS ENEMIES.  HE WILL SAVE ALL BELIEVERS FROM THEIR OWN SINS, THAT THEY MAY NOT BE LED CAPTIVE BY THEM, AND THIS WILL BE EVERLASTING JOY TO THEM.  FROM THIS WORK THE REDEEMER HAD HIS NAME JESUS, FOR HE SHALL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS, Matthew 1:21.  Amen.

Matthew 1:21) And she shall bring forth a SON, and thou shalt call HIS NAME JESUS:  FOR HE SHALL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS.  Genesis 49:10.  Amen.  

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Psalm 53, “The Fool,” A Psalm of David, cont’d

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Jesus, The Messiah, The Holy One

“Emmanuel” Norman Hutchins

Psalm 53 is a recasting of Psalm 14 with only slight differences, particularly in the ending.  Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary.

Iniquity – Wickedness, Vice

“The Fool,” cont’d, Psalm 53:4) Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge?  who eat up MY people as they eat bread:  they have not called upon GOD.  5) There were they in great Fear, where no Fear was:  For GOD Hath Scattered The Bones of him that encampeth against THEE (CHRIST OR HIS CHURCH):  THOU Hast Put them to shame, Because GOD Hath Despised them.  

John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – v4, Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge?  &c.] In ( Psalms 14:4 ) , it is, “have all the workers” There are none of them but what have, unless given up to judicial blindness, and hardness of heart, to believe a lie, as antichrist and his followers, ( 2 Thessalonians 2:10 2 Thessalonians 2:11 ) ; (See Gill on Psalms 14:4);  who eat up MY people, [as] they eat bread;  and drink their blood, and are drunken with it, ( Revelation 17:6 ) ;  they have not called upon GOD;  but upon their idols, upon the Virgin Mary, and Saints departed. In ( Psalms 14:4 ) , it is, “(they have not called) upon THE LORD”.  v5, There were they in great, fear, [where] no fear was  Before; neither of GOD nor man, nor any dread of punishment, but the utmost security, ( Revelation 18:7Revelation 18:8 Revelation 18:10 ) ; also (See Gill on Psalms 14:5); For GOD Hath Scattered the bones of [him] that encampeth [against] Thee;  either against CHRIST, or against HIS CHURCH and people; who set themselves against the PERSON, OFFICE, AND GRACE OF CHRIST, and seek to distress and destroy HIS INTEREST: “the bones [of such] GOD Will Scatter”: that is, HE WILL DESTROY antichrist and his armies, which are his strength, as the bones are the strength of the human body; and make such a carnage of them, that the fowls of the air shall eat their flesh, and their bones shall be scattered here and there; see  ( Revelation 19:17-21 ) . So the Targum,  “for God scatters the strength of the armies of the wicked.”  Kimchi interprets it of the bones of the nations that shall encamp against Jerusalem, in the days of Gog; see ( Revelation 20:8 Revelation 20:9 ) ; and Aben Ezra observes, that “THEE” respects either GOD OR THE MESSIAH;  THOU Hast Put [them] to shame;   this is either an address of the Psalmist unto GOD, declaring what HE HAD DONE; or rather of GOD THE FATHER TO HIS SON CHRIST JESUS; and so Kimchi and Ben Melech say this refers to THE MESSIAH: and it may be expressive of the shame and confusion that antichrist and his followers will be thrown into, when they shall make war with THE LAMB, AND HE SHALL UNCOVER THEM, ( Revelation 17:14 ) ;  Because GOD Hath Despised them;  or rejected them as reprobates (wicked); given them up to a reprobate mind; and being ungodly men, has before ordained them to this condemnation. The Targum is,  “FOR THE WORD OF THE LORD HATH REJECTED Them;”  as filthy, loathsome, and abominable, and cast them alive into the Lake Of Fire,  ( Revelation 19:20 ).

Quest Study Bible –  v1-6, SCRIPTURE LINK “The fool says in his heart,”   The same thoughts can be found in 14:1-7.  v1-6, “Why are some Verses repeated in Scripture?”   The Psalm seems to be a repetition and revision of Psalm 14.  One difference—GOD is used in place of LORD—leads some to believe this Psalm was written a few centuries later, possibly during the reign of Hezekiah.  By that time many regarded YAHWEH (LORD) As More Than Just THE GOD Of Israel.  Others, however, wonder if David may have made slight revisions so the Psalm could be used for another occasion or with different music.  Whatever the reason, the result is that THE TRUTH Is Emphasized.  See “Why repeat these Verses, almost Word for Word?”  (2 Kings 14:15-16) and “Why is this information repeated?”  (Jeremiah 52:1-24).

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – The Corruption Of Man By Nature.  This Psalm is almost the same as the 14th.  The scope of It is to convince us or our sins.  GOD, By The Psalmist, Here Shows Us How Bad We Are, And Proves This By HIS OWN CERTAIN KNOWLEDGE.  HE SPEAKS Terror To Persecutors, the worst of sinners.  HE SPEAKS Encouragement To GOD’S Persecuted People.  How comes it that men are so bad?  Because there is no FEAR OF GOD before their eyes.  Men’s bad practices flow from their bad principles; if they profess to Know GOD, yet in works, because in thoughts, they Deny HIM.  See the folly of sin; he is a fool, In The Account Of GOD, WHOSE JUDGMENT, We Are Sure Is RIGHT, (Yet we) harbor such Corrupt Thoughts.  And see the Fruit of Sin; to what it brings men, when their hearts are hardened through The Deceitfulness of Sin.  See Also THE FAITH Of The Saints, and their Hope and Power as to the Cure of this great evil.  THERE WILL COME A SAVIOR, A GREAT SALVATION, A SALVATION FROM SIN.  GOD WILL SAVE HIS CHURCH FROM ITS ENEMIES.  HE WILL SAVE ALL BELIEVERS FROM THEIR OWN SINS, THAT THEY MAY NOT BE LED CAPTIVE BY THEM, AND THIS WILL BE EVERLASTING JOY TO THEM.  FROM THIS WORK THE REDEEMER HAD HIS NAME JESUS, FOR HE SHALL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS, Matthew 1:21.  Amen.

Matthew 1:21) And she shall bring forth a SON, and thou shalt call HIS NAME JESUS:  FOR HE SHALL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS.  Genesis 49:10.  Amen.  

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Psalm 53, “The Fool,” A Psalm of David

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Jesus, The Messiah, The Holy One

“Emmanuel” Norman Hutchins

Psalm 53 is a recasting of Psalm 14 with only slight differences, particularly in the ending.  Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary.

Iniquity – Wickedness, Vice

“The Fool,” Psalm 53:1) The Fool hath said in his heart, There is no GOD.  Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity:  there is none that doeth good.  Psalm 10:4; Romans 3:10.  2) GOD Looked Down From Heaven Upon The Children Of Men, To See If There Were Any That Did Understand, That Did SEEK GOD.  3) Every one of them is gone back:  they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.  Ezekiel 7:29.

John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible –  The fool hath said in his heart, [there is] no GOD  The Targum adds, “of WHOM is revenge”; or there is no GOD to punish and avenge the wicked;  corrupt are they;  the Chaldee paraphrase is, “the wicked have corrupted their ways”; as all flesh had done in the old world, ( Genesis 6:12 ) ;  and have done abominable iniquity;  iniquity is the abominable thing that God hates, and makes men abominable in his sight; in ( Psalms 11:1 ) , it is read, “abominable worlds”: the Targum paraphrases the words, “they are far from good, for iniquity is found in them”; see ( Revelation 21:8 Revelation 21:27 ) ;  [there is] none that doeth good; (See Gill on Psalms 14:1).  v2,   GOD Looked Down From Heaven upon the children of men  In ( Psalms 14:2 ) , it is read, “THE LORD” or “JEHOVAH”; in everything else there is an agreement in this verse; (See Gill on Psalms 14:2);  to see if there were [any] that did understand;  the Targum is, “that were understanding” in The Law; it doubtless means understanding in DIVINE AND SPIRITUAL THINGS;  that did seek GOD;  the above paraphrase is, “seeking Doctrine from before THE LORD”.  v3, Every one of them is gone back  From GOD, AND THE WAY OF HIS COMMANDMENTS. In           ( Psalms 14:3 ) , it is, “they are all gone aside”; (See Gill on Psalms 14:3);  they are altogether become filthy; [there is] none that doeth good,  no, not one.  What follows in this verse is the same as ( Psalms 14:3 ) .

Quest Study Bible –  v1-6, SCRIPTURE LINK “The fool says in his heart,”   The same thoughts can be found in 14:1-7.  v1-6, “Why are some Verses repeated in Scripture?”   The Psalm seems to be a repetition and revision of Psalm 14.  One difference—GOD is used in place of LORD—leads some to believe this Psalm was written a few centuries later, possibly during the reign of Hezekiah.  By that time many regarded YAHWEH (LORD) As More Than Just THE GOD Of Israel.  Others, however, wonder if David may have made slight revisions so the Psalm could be used for another occasion or with different music.  Whatever the reason, the result is that THE TRUTH Is Emphasized.  See “Why repeat these Verses, almost Word for Word?”  (2 Kings 14:15-16) and “Why is this information repeated?”  (Jeremiah 52:1-24).  

Quest Study Bible – v3, “Everyone?”  Yes, everyone.  Even those who try to do right and obey GOD’S COMMANDS fail sooner or later.  Sin has been part of human nature since Adam and Eve.  We all Turn Away From GOD, since by nature we are Corrupt.  THAT IS WHY WE NEED A SAVIOR.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – The Corruption Of Man By Nature.  This Psalm is almost the same as the 14th.  The scope of It is to convince us or our sins.  GOD, By The Psalmist, Here Shows Us How Bad We Are, And Proves This By HIS OWN CERTAIN KNOWLEDGE.  HE SPEAKS Terror To Persecutors, the worst of sinners.  HE SPEAKS Encouragement To GOD’S Persecuted People.  How comes it that men are so bad?  Because there is no FEAR OF GOD before their eyes.  Men’s bad practices flow from their bad principles; if they profess to Know GOD, yet in works, because in thoughts, they Deny HIM.  See the folly of sin; he is a fool, In The Account Of GOD, WHOSE JUDGMENT, We Are Sure Is RIGHT, (Yet we) harbor such Corrupt Thoughts.  And see the Fruit of Sin; to what it brings men, when their hearts are hardened through The Deceitfulness of Sin.  See Also THE FAITH Of The Saints, and their Hope and Power as to the Cure of this great evil.  THERE WILL COME A SAVIOR, A GREAT SALVATION, A SALVATION FROM SIN.  GOD WILL SAVE HIS CHURCH FROM ITS ENEMIES.  HE WILL SAVE ALL BELIEVERS FROM THEIR OWN SINS, THAT THEY MAY NOT BE LED CAPTIVE BY THEM, AND THIS WILL BE EVERLASTING JOY TO THEM.  FROM THIS WORK THE REDEEMER HAD HIS NAME JESUS, FOR HE SHALL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS, Matthew 1:21.  Amen.

Matthew 1:21) And she shall bring forth a SON, and thou shalt call HIS NAME JESUS:  FOR HE SHALL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS.  Genesis 49:10.  Amen.  

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 59, “Sin, Confession and Redemption,” IV

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“Glory To The Lamb,” Geoffrey Golden

Recompence/Recompense – Make Amends, Compensate, Repay.

Standard – CHRIST AND HIS GOSPEL

“Sin, Confession and Redemption,” IV, Isaiah 59:20) AND THE REDEEMER Shall Come To Zion, And Unto Them That Turn From Transgression (Sin) In Jacob, SAITH THE LORD.  21) AS FOR ME, THIS IS MY COVENANT WITH THEM, SAITH THE LORD; MY SPIRIT THAT IS UPON THEE, AND MY WORDS WHICH I HAVE PUT IN THY MOUTH, SHALL NOT DEPART OUT OF THY MOUTH, NOR OUT OF THE MOUTH OF THY SEED, NOR OUT OF THE MOUTH OF THY SEED’S SEED, SAITH THE LORD, FROM HENCEFORTH AND FOR EVER.  Hebrews 8:10.  Amen.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v20, THE REDEEMER WILL COME  IN THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST.  turn from transgression (sin):  For similar appeals to turn from sin in the Prophecies of Isaiah see 1:17-19; 30:15; 31:6; 59:9-15.  v21, Them  refers to the Repentant (v. 20).  MY SPIRIT:  For Similar References see 11:2; 30:1; 42:1; 48:16; 61;1.  You and your in this verse are singular, probably with reference to Isaiah.  GOD’S SPIRIT AND WORDS WOULD BE GIVEN TO ISRAEL (44:3).

Quest Study Bible – v21, “How Could GOD PROMISE That Their Descendants Would Never Reject HIS SPIRIT OR HIS WORD?”  HE DIDN’T.  HE SIMPLY PROMISED THAT HE WOULD NEVER WITHDRAW HIS SPIRIT FROM HIS PEOPLE.  THIS WAS GOD’S SIDE OF THE COVENANT.  But the other side of the deal, on the part of the people, included their own commitment to the Relationship.  As long as they remained Faithful To THE LORD, HE WOULD REMAIN WITH THEM.  HIS PROMISE WAS TO THOSE WHO REPENT OF THEIR SINS (v. 20).  Many also see this a Prophecy Of The New Covenant.  GOD GAVE HIS SPIRIT PERMANENTLY TO THE CHURCH OF CHRIST AT PENTECOST (Acts 2:1-4).  Amen.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – 16-21, This Passage Is Connected With The Following Chapters.  It Is Generally Thought To Describe THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH, AS THE AVENGER AND DELIVERER OF HIS CHURCH.  There was none to Intercede With GOD To Tun Away HIS WRATH; None To Interpose (Involve Oneself) For The Support Of JUSTICE And TRUTH.  YET HE ENGAGED HIS OWN STRENGTH AND RIGHTEOUSNESS FOR HIS PEOPLE.  GOD WILL MAKE HIS JUSTICE UPON THE ENEMIES OF HIS CHURCH AND PEOPLE PLAINLY APPEAR.  When the enemy threatens to bear down all without control, then THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD Shall Stop him, (and) put him to flight.  HE THAT HAD DELIVERED, WILL STILL DELIVER.  A far more GLORIOUS SALVATION Is Promised To Be Wrought Out (Brought About) By THE MESSIAH In The Fullness Of Time, Which All The Prophets Had In View.  THE SON OF GOD SHALL COME TO US TO BE OUR REDEEMER; THE SPIRIT OF GOD SHALL COME TO BE OUR SANCTIFIER:  THUS THE COMFORTER SHALL ABIDE WITH THE CHURCH FOR EVER, John 14:16.  THE WORD OF CHRIST WILL ALWAYS CONTINUE IN THE MOUTHS OF THE FAITHFUL, and whatever is pretended to be the Mind Of THE SPIRIT, Must Be Tried By The SCRIPTURES.  We must lament the progress of infidelity and impiety.  But The Cause of THE REDEEMER Shall Gain a Complete Victory Even On Earth, And The Believer Will Be More Than (A) CONQUEROR When THE LORD Receives him TO HIS (THE LORD’S) GLORY IN HEAVEN.  Amen.

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 59, “Sin, Confession and Redemption,” III

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“Glory To The Lamb,” Geoffrey Golden

Recompence/Recompense – Make Amends, Compensate, Repay.

Standard – CHRIST AND HIS GOSPEL

“Sin, Confession and Redemption,” III, Isaiah 59:16) AND HE SAW THAT THERE WAS no man, and Wondered that there was no Intercessor (Someone To Intervene).  THEREFORE HIS ARM BROUGHT SALVATION unto him; AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS Sustained him.  Mark 6:6.  17) FOR HE PUT ON RIGHTEOUSNESS AS A BREASTPLATE, AND AN HELMET OF SALVATION UPON HIS HEAD; AND HE PUT ON THE GARMENTS OF VENGEANCE FOR CLOTHING, AND WAS CLAD WITH ZEAL AS A CLOKE.   18) According to Their Deeds, Accordingly HE WILL REPAY, Fury To HIS Adversaries, Recompence to HIS Enemies; to the islands HE WILL REPAY Recompence.  19) So shall they Fear THE NAME OF THE LORD from the west, And HIS GLORY from the rising of the sun.  When the enemy shall come in like a flood, THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD Shall Lift Up A Standard (CHRIST AND HIS GOSPEL) Against him.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary –  v15, 16, Justice refers here to Salvation (vv. 9, 10).  THE LORD, USING THE FIRST PERSON, Expresses The Thought Of This Passage In 63:5.  no man:  GOD’S SALVATION Does Not Depend On Humans (Ezekiel 22:30).  HIS OWN ARM Represents THE LORD As A Warrior.  Righteousness Refers To THE LORD’S VICTORIOUS SALVATION (46:13; 51:6, 8; 56:1).  v17, THE LORD’S BREASTPLATE AND HELMET are taken up by HIS Saints in their battle against the devil (Ephesians 6:14-17).  v18, Recompense to HIS enemies is translated “fully repays HIS enemies” in 66:6.  Coastlands (Islands) indicates that THE LORD’S adversaries were distant nations (41:1).  v19, from the west … from the rising of the sun is another way of saying everywhere.  When the enemy comes could also mean “When HE Comes As An Enemy” (35:4).

Quest Study Bible – v16, “Who Did GOD Expect To Intervene?”  Though this could refer to all The People Of GOD, It Likely Means That GOD Expected Their Leaders To Intervene.  But the king, his aids, the priests, and even many of the prophets of Israel failed to defend those who were being oppressed by the injustice committed throughout the land.  v17, “RIGHTEOUSNESS AS HIS BREASTPLATE,”  GOD Is Described As A Warrior WHO Wears A Breastplate Of Righteousness And A Helmet Of Salvation.  Later, Paul uses these Same Terms To Instruct Christians About Their Spiritual Armor.  See Ephesians 6:14, 17.   v18, “How do the Warnings of this Chapter fit with the Reassurances of chs. 54-56?”  In The Old Testament we see a recurring pattern in the life of the Hebrew people:  Their sin; GOD JUDGES THEM; they Repent; GOD FORGIVES THEM.  Then the cycle begins all over again.  GOD’S NATURE Includes both Judgment and Forgiveness, both Warnings and Reassurances.  The Israelites sometimes needed Judgment, sometimes Forgiveness.  Both Were Equally Important In GOD’S Formation of THE SPIRITUAL Life of their nation.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – 16-21, This Passage Is Connected With The Following Chapters.  It Is Generally Thought To Describe THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH, AS THE AVENGER AND DELIVERER OF HIS CHURCH.  There was none to Intercede With GOD To Tun Away HIS WRATH; None To Interpose (Involve Oneself) For The Support Of JUSTICE And TRUTH.  YET HE ENGAGED HIS OWN STRENGTH AND RIGHTEOUSNESS FOR HIS PEOPLE.  GOD WILL MAKE HIS JUSTICE UPON THE ENEMIES OF HIS CHURCH AND PEOPLE PLAINLY APPEAR.  When the enemy threatens to bear down all without control, then THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD Shall Stop him, (and) put him to flight.  HE THAT HAD DELIVERED, WILL STILL DELIVER.  A far more GLORIOUS SALVATION Is Promised To Be Wrought Out (Brought About) By THE MESSIAH In The Fullness Of Time, Which All The Prophets Had In View.  THE SON OF GOD SHALL COME TO US TO BE OUR REDEEMER; THE SPIRIT OF GOD SHALL COME TO BE OUR SANCTIFIER:  THUS THE COMFORTER SHALL ABIDE WITH THE CHURCH FOR EVER, John 14:16.  THE WORD OF CHRIST WILL ALWAYS CONTINUE IN THE MOUTHS OF THE FAITHFUL, and whatever is pretended to be the Mind Of THE SPIRIT, Must Be Tried By The SCRIPTURES.  We must lament the progress of infidelity and impiety.  But The Cause of THE REDEEMER Shall Gain a Complete Victory Even On Earth, And The Believer Will Be More Than (A) CONQUEROR When THE LORD Receives him TO HIS (THE LORD’S) GLORY IN HEAVEN.  Amen.