Isaiah 29:15-24

15 Ah, 1you who hide deep from the LORD your counsel, whose deeds are 2in the dark, and who say, "Who sees us? Who knows us?"
16 3You turn things upside down! Shall the potter be regarded as the clay, that the thing made should say of its maker, "He did not make me"; or the thing formed say of him who formed it, "He has no understanding"?
17 Is it not yet a very little while 4until Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be regarded as a forest?
18 In that day 5the deaf shall hear 6the words of a book, and out of their gloom and darkness 7the eyes of the blind shall see.
19 8The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the LORD, and the poor among mankind shall exult in the Holy One of Israel.
20 For the ruthless shall come to nothing and 9the scoffer cease, and all who watch to do evil shall be cut off,
21 who by a word make a man out to be an offender, and 10lay a snare for him who reproves in the gate, and with an empty plea 11turn aside him who is in the right.
22 Therefore thus says the LORD, 12who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob: "Jacob shall no more be ashamed, no more shall his face grow pale.
23 For when he sees his children, 13the work of my hands, in his midst, they will sanctify my name; 14they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.
24 And those 15who go astray in spirit will come to understanding, and those who murmur will accept instruction."

Isaiah 29:15-24 Meaning and Commentary


This chapter contains a prophecy concerning the destruction of the temple and city of Jerusalem by the Romans; the character and condition of the people of the Jews, previous to it; the calling of the Gentiles, by the preaching of the Gospel; the ruin of antichrist, and the conversion of the Jews, in the latter day. The siege and destruction of Jerusalem are described in Isa 29:1-6 the disappointment of their enemies, notwithstanding their taking and destroying it, Isa 29:7,8 the stupidity, judicial blindness, and hardness of the Jews, which brought on their ruin, are predicted, Isa 29:9,10 the ignorance of their learned, as well as of their unlearned men, with respect to the Scripture, and the prophecies of it, Isa 29:11,12 their hypocrisy and formality in worship, Isa 29:13 a blast upon all their wisdom and prudence, who thought to be wiser than the Lord, and too many for him, whose folly and atheism are exposed, Isa 29:14-16, and a great change both in Judea and the Gentile world, by the removal of the Gospel from the one to the other, Isa 29:17 the effects of which are, deaf sinners hear the word, dark minds are enlightened, and joy increased among the meek and poor, Isa 29:18,19 the fall of the Jews, or else of antichrist, is foretold, Isa 29:20,21 and the chapter is closed with a promise and prophecy of the conversion of the seed of Abraham and Jacob, Isa 29:22-24.

Cross References 15

  • 1. [Isaiah 30:1]
  • 2. Ezekiel 8:12
  • 3. See Isaiah 10:15
  • 4. [Psalms 107:33, 35]
  • 5. [Isaiah 32:3; Isaiah 35:5; Matthew 11:5]
  • 6. ver. 12
  • 7. [Isaiah 35:5; Matthew 11:5]
  • 8. Isaiah 61:1; [Isaiah 14:32; Zephaniah 3:12; Matthew 5:3]
  • 9. Isaiah 28:14, 22
  • 10. Amos 5:10; [Psalms 127:5]
  • 11. Amos 5:12
  • 12. [Isaiah 51:2]
  • 13. Isaiah 19:25; Isaiah 60:21; [Psalms 100:3]
  • 14. Isaiah 8:13
  • 15. [Isaiah 28:7]
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