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2019 January 12
Isaiah 51

Bibemus Quarry (1898-1900)
Paul Cezanne (1839-1906)
Post Impressionist Style and a Precursor to Cubism
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
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     [ Illustration: Today's painting is of a quarry, symbolizing the quarry mentioned in verse 1 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 51 begins by advising Israel to "look unto the rock [quarry] whence you are hewn," that is to their ancestors Abraham and Sarah, and to understand that as the LORD has blessed them so he will bless Israel by removing their afflictions and giving them "the voice of melody" (1-3). The LORD tells his people that he will send forth law and judgment; heaven and earth will vanish; but his righteousness and his salvation will endure forever (4-8). In response, a call goes forth requesting to see the LORD's strength as in the Exodus; and an assurance is given that the redeemed of the LORD will return with singing to Zion and have everlasting joy (9-11). Then the LORD rebukes his people for their fear of their oppressors and their forgetfulness of the LORD, the creator, and the one who divides the sea and covers his people with the shadow of his hand and calls them his own (12-16). He reminds them of the fury of his judgments (17-20). But he says that he will take the cup of trembling out of their hand and put it into the hand of those who afflict them (21-23).

     [ Sermons: Eric Alexander. William Still. William Taylor. 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.]


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          [ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Isaiah 51: Isaiah 49. Isaiah 50. Isaiah 51. ]
[1] Isaiah 46:3-4.
[2] Hebrews 11:12; Ezekiel 33:24.
[3] Genesis 1-3; Ezekiel 31:9; Ezekiel 31:16; Ezekiel 36:35; Joel 2:3; Revelation 2:7.
[4] Luke 1:77; Romans 1:17.
[5] Isaiah 46:13.
[6] Psalm 102:26; Matthew 24:35; 2 Peter 3:10.
[7] Isaiah 45:17.
[8] Isaiah 45:17.
[9] Judges 5:12; Isaiah 30:7; Psalm 89:10; Psalm 74:13; Ezekiel 29:3.
[10] Isaiah 42:15.
[11] Isaiah 35:10.
[12] Isaiah 57:15-18.
[13] Isaiah 17:10.
[14] Jeremiah 38:6.
[15] Nehemiah 9:11.
[16] Isaiah 51:1; Isaiah 49:2; Isaiah 65:17; Isaiah 66:22.
[17] Isaiah 52:1.
[18] Matthew 15:14.
[19] Isaiah 47:9.
[20] Lamentations 2:12.
[21] Isaiah 29:9.
[22] Jeremiah 25:15.
[23] Psalm 129:3; Joshua 10:24.
     -- 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 51

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

2. Post-Exile: The Blessing & Judgment Cycles ( 40:1 - 66:24 ) - 701-681 B.C., Israel
(These 8 groups of prophecies alternate between blessings on Israel and judgment on God's enemies.)

D. Cycle 4 (51:1-23)

1. Blessing: On Zion (51:1-20)
(Comfort and Rebuilding for Those Who Seek the LORD)

1 Hearken to me,
ye that follow after righteousness,
ye that seek the LORD:
look unto the rock whence ye are hewn,
and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.
2 Look unto Abraham your father,
and unto Sarah that bare you:
for I called him alone,
and blessed him,
and increased him.
3 For the LORD shall comfort Zion:
he will comfort all her waste places;
and he will make her wilderness like Eden,
and her desert like the garden of the LORD;
joy and gladness shall be found therein,
and the voice of melody.

4 Hearken unto me,
my people;
and give ear unto me,
O my nation:
for a law shall proceed from me,
and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.
5 My righteousness is near;
my salvation is gone forth,
and mine arms shall judge the people;
the isles shall wait upon me,
and on mine arm shall they trust.
6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
and look upon the earth beneath:
for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke,
and the earth shall wax old like a garment,
and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner:
but my salvation shall be for ever,
and my righteousness shall not be abolished.
7 Hearken unto me,
ye that know righteousness,
the people in whose heart is my law;
fear ye not the reproach of men,
neither be ye afraid of their revilings.
8 For the moth shall eat them up like a garment,
and the worm shall eat them like wool:
but my righteousness shall be for ever,
and my salvation from generation to generation.

9 Awake,
put on strength,
O arm of the LORD;
as in the ancient days,
in the generations of old.
Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab,
and wounded the dragon?
10 Art thou not it which hath dried the sea,
the waters of the great deep;
that hath made the depths of the sea
a way for the ransomed to pass over?
11 Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return,
and come with singing unto Zion;
and everlasting joy shall be upon their head:
they shall obtain gladness and joy;
and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

12 I, even I, am he that comforteth you:
who art thou,
that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die,
and of the son of man which shall be made as grass;
13 And forgettest the LORD thy maker,
that hath stretched forth the heavens,
and laid the foundations of the earth;
and hast feared continually every day
because of [from the face of] the fury of the oppressor,
as if he were ready to destroy?
and where is the fury of the oppressor?
14 The captive exile hasteneth
that he may be loosed,
and that he should not die in the pit,
nor that his bread should fail.
15 But I am the LORD thy God,
that divided the sea,
whose waves roared:
The LORD of hosts is his name.
16 And I have put my words in thy mouth,
and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand,
that I may plant the heavens,
and lay the foundations of the earth,
and say unto Zion,
Thou art my people.

17 Awake,
stand up,
O Jerusalem,
which hast drunk at the hand of the LORD
[this] the cup of his fury;
thou hast drunken [this] the dregs of the cup of trembling,
and wrung them out.
18 There is none to guide her
among all the sons whom she hath bought forth;
neither is there any that taketh her by the hand
of all the sons that she hath bought up.
19 These two things are come unto thee;
who shall be sorry for thee?
and destruction,
and the famine,
and the sword:
by whom shall I comfort thee?
20 Thy sons have fainted,
they lie at the head of all the streets,
as a wild bull in a net:
they are full of the fury of the LORD,
the rebuke of thy God.

2. Judgment: Trembling and Fury Upon the Enemies of God's People (51:21-23)
(Those Who Torment Zion will Experience God's Wrath)

21 Therefore hear now this,
thou afflicted,
and drunken,
but not with wine:
22 Thus saith thy Lord the LORD,
and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people,
I have taken out of thine hand [this] the cup of trembling,
even [this] the dregs of the cup of my fury;
thou shalt no more drink it again:
23 But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee;
which have said to thy soul,
Bow down,
that we may go over:
and thou hast laid thy body as the ground,
and as the street,
to them that went over.

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