Matthew 4:14

14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:

Matthew 4:14 in Other Translations

14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
14 so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
14 This fulfilled what God said through the prophet Isaiah:
14 This move completed Isaiah's sermon:
14 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

Matthew 4:14 Meaning and Commentary

Ver. 14, 15. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken
Christ's dwelling in Capernaum accomplished a prophecy of the prophet ( Isaiah 9:1 Isaiah 9:2 ) and he went and dwelt there, that it might be fulfilled which he had spoken: the meaning of which prophecy is F24, that as those parts of the land of Israel, there mentioned, had suffered much by Tiglathpileser, who had carried them captive, ( 2 Kings 15:29 ) and is "the vexation" referred to; so they should be honoured, and made very glorious, by the presence and conversation of the Messiah among them, and which now had its literal fulfilment: for Christ now came and dwelt in Capernaum, which lay between the lands and upon the borders both of Zabulon and Nephthalim; was situated by the sea of Tiberias, beyond Jordan, and in, "Galilee of the nations"; the upper Galilee, which had in it people of other nations besides Jews. The ancient Jews expected the Messiah to make his first appearance in Galilee; which expectation must be grounded on this prophecy; for so they say F25 expressly,

``the king Messiah shall be revealed (lylgd aerab) , "in the land of Galilee."''

And in another place F26 explaining ( Isaiah 2:19 ) they paraphrase it thus,

``"for fear of the Lord"; this is the indignation of the whole world: and for the "glory of his majesty"; this is the Messiah; when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth, when he shall arise and be revealed (lylgd aerab) , "in the land of Galilee": because that this is the first place to be destroyed in the holy land; therefore he shall be revealed there the first of all places.''

Here Jesus, the true Messiah, made his first appearance publicly; here he called his disciples, and began his ministry.


F24 See my treatise upon the "Prophecies of the Messiah" p. 147, &c.
F25 Zohar in Gen. fol. 74. 3.
F26 Ib. in Exod. fol. 3. 3. & 88. 3.

Matthew 4:14 In-Context

12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee.
13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali—
14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:
15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—
16 the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”

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