Biblical Commentary

  • Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 Commentary

    "Come now, and let us reason together," says Yahweh: "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."

  • Isaiah 2:1-5 Commentary

    He will judge between the nations, and will decide concerning many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

  • Isaiah 5:1-7 Commentary

    My beloved had a vineyard on a fruitful hill. He dug it up, gathered its stones, planted it with the choicest vine, built a tower in its midst, and cut out a winepress. He looked for it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes.

  • Isaiah 6:1-13 Commentary

    In the year that king Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up; and his train filled the temple. I heard the Lord's voice, saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" I said, "Here I am. Send me!"

  • Isaiah 7:10-16 Commentary

    Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin will conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

  • Isaiah 9:2-7 Commentary

    The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Those who lived in the land of the shadow of death, on them the light has shined.

  • Isaiah 11:1-10 Commentary

    A shoot will come out of Jesse, and a branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of Yahweh will rest on him: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Yahweh.

  • Isaiah 12:1-6 Commentary

    Behold, God is my salvation. Therefore with joy, draw water out of the wells of salvation. Say, "Give thanks to Yahweh! Call on his name. Declare his doings among the peoples. Proclaim that his name is exalted!"

  • Isaiah 25:6-9

    He has swallowed up death forever! The Lord Yahweh will wipe away tears from off all faces. He will take the reproach of his people away from off all the earth, for Yahweh has spoken it.

  • Isaiah 25:1-10 Commentary

    It shall be said in that day, "Behold, this is our God! We have waited for him, and he will save us! This is Yahweh! We will be glad and rejoice in his salvation!" For in this mountain the hand of Yahweh will rest.

  • Isaiah 35:1-10 Commentary

    The wilderness and the dry land will be glad. The desert will rejoice and blossom like a rose. Lebanon will see Yahweh's glory, the excellence of our God.

  • Isaiah 40:1-11 Commentary

    “Comfort, comfort my people,” says your God. “Speak comfortably to Jerusalem; and call out to her that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received of Yahweh’s hand double for all her sins.”

  • Isaiah 40:21-31 Commentary

    Even the youths faint and get weary, and the young men utterly fall; but those who wait for Yahweh will renew their strength. They will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run, and not be weary. They will walk, and not faint.

  • Isaiah 42:1-9 Commentary

    "Behold, my servant, whom I uphold; my chosen, in whom my soul delights—I have put my Spirit on him. He will bring justice to the nations. He won't break a bruised reed or quench a dimly burning wick. He will faithfully bring justice.

  • Isaiah 43:1-7 Commentary

    Thus says Yahweh who created you, Jacob, and he who formed you, Israel: "Don't be afraid, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by your name. You are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you."

  • Isaiah 43:16-28 Commentary

    "Don't remember the former things, and don't consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing. It springs forth now. Don't you know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

  • Isaiah 44:6-8 Commentary

    This is what Yahweh, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, Yahweh of Armies, says: "I am the first, and I am the last; and besides me there is no God.

  • Isaiah 45:1-7 Commentary

    Thus says Yahweh to his anointed, to Cyrus, "For Israel my chosen, I have called you by your name, though you have not known me. I will strengthen you, that they may know that there is none besides me."

  • Isaiah 49:1-7 Commentary

    "It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give you for a light to the nations, that you may be my salvation to the end of the earth."

  • Isaiah 49:8-16a Commentary

    "Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yes, these may forget, yet I will not forget you! Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands."

  • Isaiah 50:4-9a Commentary

    The Lord Yahweh will help me; therefore I have not been confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be disappointed. He is near who justifies me; who will bring charges against me?

  • Isaiah 51:1-6 Commentary

    The heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment. Those who dwell therein shall die in the same way: but my salvation shall be forever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.

  • Isaiah 52:7-10 Commentary

    How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of good, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns!"

  • Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12 Commentary

    He was despised, and rejected by men; a man of suffering, and acquainted with disease. He was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his wounds we are healed.

  • Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12 Commentary

    He was despised, and rejected by men; a man of suffering, and acquainted with disease. He was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his wounds we are healed.

  • Isaiah 55:1-13 Commentary

    All we like sheep have gone astray. Yahweh has laid on him the iniquity of us all. When he was afflicted he didn't open his mouth. As a lamb that is led to the slaughter, so he didn't open his mouth.

  • Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 Commentary

    The foreigners who join themselves to Yahweh; even them will I bring to my holy mountain. Their burnt offerings shall be accepted on my altar. My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.

  • Isaiah 58:1-14 Commentary

    If you draw out your soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul: then Yahweh will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in dry places, and make strong your bones; and you shall be like a watered garden, whose waters don't fail.

  • Isaiah 60:1-6 Commentary

    "Arise, shine; for your light has come. For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth; but Yahweh will arise on you, and his glory shall be seen on you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising."

  • Isaiah 61:1-4, 8 – 62:3 Commentary

    The Spirit of the Lord Yahweh is on me; because Yahweh has anointed me to preach good news to the humble. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to those who are bound.

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  • Isaiah 61:1-4, 8 – 62:3 Commentary

    The Spirit of the Lord Yahweh is on me; because Yahweh has anointed me to preach good news to the humble. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to those who are bound.

  • Isaiah 62:1-12 Commentary

    For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, until her righteousness go forth as brightness. The nations shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of Yahweh shall name.

  • Isaiah 63:7-9 Commentary

    In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bore them, and carried them all the days of old.

  • Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7 Commentary

    Yahweh, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you our potter; and we all are the work of your hand. Don't be furious, Yahweh, neither remember iniquity forever: see, look, we beg you, we are all your people.

  • Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7 Commentary

    Yahweh, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you our potter; and we all are the work of your hand. Don't be furious, Yahweh, neither remember iniquity forever: see, look, we beg you, we are all your people.

  • Isaiah 64:1-9 Commentary

    Yahweh, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you our potter; and we all are the work of your hand. Don't be furious, Yahweh, neither remember iniquity forever: see, look, we beg you, we are all your people.

  • Isaiah 65:1-9 Commentary

    "I am inquired of by those who didn't ask; I am found by those who didn't seek me: I said, See me, see me, to a nation that was not called by my name. I have spread out my hands all the day to a rebellious people."

  • Isaiah 65:17-25 Commentary

    "Behold, I create new heavens and a new earth. The former things shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be you glad and rejoice in that which I create; for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy."

  • Isaiah 66:10-14 Commentary

    As one whom his mother comforts, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted in Jerusalem. You will see it, and your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like the tender grass.