Isaiah 58:10-14

10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.
11 The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
13 “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,
14 then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.” The mouth of the LORD has spoken.

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Isaiah 58:10-14 Meaning and Commentary


From the wicked and antichristian party the prophet is bid to turn to the professors of the true religion, and openly, boldly, and sharply, reprove them for their sins, particularly their hypocrisy and formality in worship, Isa 58:1,2, who yet were angry, and complained that the Lord took no notice of their religious services, particularly their fasting, which is put for the whole; the reason of which was, because they did not fast aright; it was attended with much cruelty, strife, and wickedness, and only lay in external appearances, Isa 58:3-5, when they are directed how to keep a fast, and are shown what a true fast is, and what works and services are acceptable to God, Isa 58:6,7 on doing of which, light, health, prosperity, and hearing of their prayers, are promised, provided the yoke of oppression is taken away, and compassion shown to the poor, Isa 58:8-10, yea, a very fruitful and flourishing estate of the soul is promised, and a rebuilding of waste places, delight in the Lord, and great honour and dignity; so be it that the sabbath of the Lord, or public worship, is attended to in a proper manner, Isa 58:11-14.

Cross References 19

  • 1. Deuteronomy 15:7-8
  • 2. S Isaiah 42:16
  • 3. S Job 11:17
  • 4. S Psalms 48:14; S Isaiah 42:16; S Isaiah 48:17
  • 5. S Psalms 104:28; S Psalms 107:9
  • 6. S Psalms 68:6
  • 7. S Psalms 72:16
  • 8. S Song of Songs 4:15
  • 9. S Isaiah 35:7; John 4:14
  • 10. S Isaiah 49:8
  • 11. S Isaiah 44:28
  • 12. Nehemiah 2:17
  • 13. S Exodus 20:8; Isaiah 56:2
  • 14. Psalms 37:4; Psalms 42:4; Psalms 84:2,10
  • 15. Isaiah 59:3
  • 16. S Job 22:26
  • 17. S Deuteronomy 32:13
  • 18. Psalms 105:10-11
  • 19. S Isaiah 1:20
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