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2018 December 25
Isaiah 33

Dividing the Spoils (c. 1635)
Jacob Duck (1600-1667)
Dutch Golden Age Baroque Style
Private Collection
Image Source: Web Gallery of Art

     [ Illustration: Today's painting depicts spoilers with their spoils, as in verse one of today's chapter. ]


[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no chapters will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]

     Explanation: Isaiah 33 begins with a woe stating that the spoiler (Assyria) will be spoiled and their treachery will be rewarded with treachery (1). The Jews respond with a prayer asking the LORD to be gracious to them and protect them from trouble (2). God (or Isaiah speaking for God) responds to this prayer saying that the Assyrians will be scattered and spoiled (3-4). The Jews therefore exalt the LORD for filling Jerusalem with judgment and righteousness; and they praise their king (Hezekiah) for his wisdom and knowledge (5-6). But then Isaiah prophesies that ambassadors of peace will weep bitterly; and the whole land will mourn in a spirit of desolation - prophecies which came true when Sennacherib invaded the land (7-9). To this prophecy God adds his voice saying that he will consume the invaders as fire consumes thorns, stubble, and chaff; and this was filled (2 Kings 18-19; 2 Chronicles 32; Isaiah 37) when the Angel of the LORD slew 185,000 Assyrian soldiers overnight with a plague (10-13). But the effects of the invasion had different effects on different groups within Israel: for sinful hypocrites the effect was terror (14); but for the righteous the effect was great confidence because they realized that they could trust God's provision for them (15-16); they knew that they would see the LORD in his beauty (17); and they knew that the LORD would completely destroy their enemies(18-19). But the holy city (Zion, or https://biblehub.com/topical/j/jerusalem.htmJerusalem) would be preserved safe from invasion by sea or river; even its lame could defend it; and its people would be forgiven (20-24).

     [ Sermons: William Still. Various. ]

Bible Chronologies -- Genesis to Revelation

[Traditional Patriarchal Chronology. Judges Period Chronology 1. Judges Period Chronology 2. Kings of Judah and Israel #1. Kings of Judah and Israel #2].

[Post Exile Chronology 1. Post Exile Chronology 2. Post Exile Chronology 3.]

[Prophets Chronology 1. Prophets Chronology 2. Prophets Chronology 3. Prophets Chronology 4.]

[Intertestamental Period Chronology 1. Intertestamental Period Chronology 2. Intertestamental Period Chronology 3.
Intertestamental Period Chronology 4. Intertestamental Period Chronology 5.]

[New Testament Chronology 1. New Testament Chronology 2. New Testament Chronology 3. New Testament Chronology 4. New Testament Chronology 5.]


PLEASE NOTE: Use the resources on this and other sites thoughtfully, particularly the commentaries and encyclopedias. I have attempted to list conservative, scholarly resources. However, some providers use liberal or liberal-influenced commentaries such as the Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges (in Bible Hub). Such commentaries are undoubtedly included by the provider for the wealth of useful information and comments which they provide. By consulting several commentaries, it should be fairly easy to sort out the wheat from the chaff. If, however, you would like personal assistance, write to me at AD LIB ARTS EMAIL.

          [ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Isaiah 33: Isaiah 24. Isaiah 25. Isaiah 26. Isaiah 27. Isaiah 28. Isaiah 29. Isaiah 30. Isaiah 31. Isaiah 32. Isaiah 33. Isaiah 34. Isaiah 35. ]
[1] Isaiah 10:5-6; Isaiah 17:14; 2 Kings 18:13-17.
[2] Isaiah 25:9; Isaiah 26:8.
[3] Psalm 46:6.
[4] Isaiah 33:23; 2 Kings 7:15-16; 2 Chronicles 14:13; 2 Chronicles 20:25; Joel 2:9, 25.
[5] Isaiah 33:10.
[6] Proverbs 1:1-4.
[7] Isaiah 29:1; 2 Samuel 23:20; 1 Chronicles 11:22; 2 Kings 18:14.
[8] Judges 5:6; 2 Kings 18:14.
[9] Isaiah 2:13.
[10] Psalm 46:10.
[11] Isaiah 8:9-10.
[12] Isaiah 9:18.
[13] Exodus 15:14; Isaiah 18:3.
[14] Isaiah 7:2.
[15] Isaiah 56:1-2; Psalm 1:1-3; Psalm 15:1-2; Psalm 24:1-5; Psalm 106:3; Romans 2:7.
[16] Isaiah 32:18; Psalm 18:33.
[17] Isaiah 37:1; Genesis 13:14-15; Isaiah 29:18; Isaiah 30:20.
[18] Isaiah 10:16-19; Psalm 71:20; 1 Corinthians 1:20.
[19] Isaiah 28:11.
[20] Isaiah 36:17.
[21] Isaiah 8:6; Ezekiel 47:1-5; Psalm 48:7.
[22] Psalm 75:7.
[23] 2 Kings 7:8; 2 Chronicles 20:25.
[24] Isaiah 44:22; Jeremiah 50:20; Matthew 9:2; 1 John 1:7-9.
     -- From Treasury of Scripture Knowledge & Others ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). PROVERBS: Book of Proverbs. ECCLESIASTES: Book of Ecclesiastes Dramatized. SONG OF SOLOMON: Song of Solomon Dramatized. ISAIAH: Isaiah Dramatized. VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


John Calvin - CCEL | Analytical Chart - BLB


Gospel Harmony - Summary | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF) | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF)


Hebrew and Greek Interlinear Download - Scripture 4 All

Bible Hub Interlinear Hebrew and Greek Bible

Bible Hub Hebrew Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Hebrew Interlinear

Mounce Interlinear | Bible Hub Greek Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible

Isaiah Detailed Outline

Isaiah 33

Map 1: Bible Nations | Map 2: Empire of David and Solomon Map 3: Kingdoms of Judah and Israel | Post Exile Chronology.

1. Pre-Exile: The Judgment & Blessing Cycles (1:1 - 39:8) - 740-709 B.C., Israel
(These 2 groups of prophecies concentrate first on Judah & Jerusalem then on the Nations.)

C. Cycles of Prophecy for Judah and Jerusalem (24:1 - 35:10)

6. Cycle 6 - (33:1 - 35:10)

a. Judgment: On Destroyers and Traitors (33:1-4)

b. Blessing: On Those Who Fear the LORD (33:5-6)


c. Judgment: On Covenant Breakers (33:7-16)

10 Now will I rise,
saith the LORD;
now will I be exalted;
now will I lift up myself.
11 Ye shall conceive chaff,
ye shall bring forth stubble:
your breath,
as fire,
shall devour you.
12 And the people shall be as the burnings of lime:
as thorns cut up
shall they be burned in the fire.
13 Hear,
ye that are far off,
what done;
and, ye that are near,
acknowledge my might.
14 The sinners in Zion are afraid;
fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites.
Who among us shall dwell with the devouringfire?
who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?
15 He that walketh righteously,
and speaketh uprightly;
he that despiseth the gain of oppressions,
that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes,
that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood,
and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;
16 He shall dwell on high:
his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks:
bread shall be given him;
his waters shall be sure.

b. Blessing: On Those Who Return to Zion (33:17-24)

17 Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty:
they shall behold the land that is very far off.
18 Thine heart shall meditate terror.
Where is the scribe?
where is the receiver?
where is he that counted [this] the towers?
19 Thou shalt not see [this] a fierce people,
a people of a deeper speech than thou canst perceive;
of a stammering tongue,
that thou canst not understand.
20 Look upon Zion,
the city of our solemnities:
thine eyes shall see Jerusalem
a quiet habitation,
a tabernacle that shall not be taken down;
not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed,
neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.
21 But [But rather] there the glorious LORD will be unto us
a place of broad rivers and streams;
wherein shall go no galley with oars,
neither shall gallant ship pass thereby.
22 For the LORD is our judge,
the LORD is our lawgiver,
the LORD is our king;
he will save us.

23 Thy tacklings loosed;
they could not well strengthen their mast,
they could not spread the sail:
then is the prey of a great spoil divided;
the lame take the prey.
24 And the inhabitant shall not say,
I am sick:
the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.

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