Isaiah 63:13

13 who led them through the depths? Like a horse in the desert, they did not stumble.

Isaiah 63:13 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 63:13

That led them through the deep
The depths, the bottom of the sea; not through the shallow, but where the waters had been deepest, the descent greatest; and at the bottom of which might have been expected much filth and dirt to hinder them in their passage, yet through this he led them: as an horse in the wilderness;
or rather, "in a plain", as the word F2 sometimes signifies; and so Kimchi renders it a plain land, and Jarchi smooth land. The sense is, that the Israelites passed through the sea with as much ease, and as little difficulty, as a good horse will run over a plain, where there is nothing to stop his course: that they should not stumble?
there being no clay to stick in, no stone to stumble at, but all like an even plain.


F2 (rbdmb) "in planitie", Calvin, Gataker, Vitringa; "in campis", Grotius.

Isaiah 63:13 In-Context

11 Then they remembered the days of old, of Moses his servant. Where is the one who brought them up out of the sea with the shepherds of his flock? Where is the one who put within them his holy spirit,
12 who caused his glorious arm to march at the right hand of Moses, who divided the waters before them to make for himself an everlasting name,
13 who led them through the depths? Like a horse in the desert, they did not stumble.
14 Like cattle that go down into the valley, the spirit of the Lord gave them rest. Thus you led your people, to make for yourself a glorious name.
15 Look down from heaven and see, from your holy and glorious habitation. Where are your zeal and your might? The yearning of your heart and your compassion? They are withheld from me.
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