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Book of Isaiah
 

 
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Isaiah 49

King James Version
The Servant of the Lord
1 Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.
2 And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;
3 And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.
4 Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my work with my God.
5 And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength.
6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.
7 Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee.

Restoration of Israel
8 Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;
9 That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places.
10 They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them.
11 And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted.
12 Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.
13 Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.
14 But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me.
15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.
16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.
17 Thy children shall make haste; thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee.
18 Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the LORD, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth.
19 For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants, and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away.
20 The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell.
21 Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where had they been?
22 Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.
23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.
24 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?
25 But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.
26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.1


Bible Commentary
This is a prophecy concerning Christ, and redemption by him; and of the enlargement of the church in the latter day, by the conversion of Jews and Gentiles; which the isles, and people afar off, are exhorted to listen and hearken to, delivered out by the prophet, in the person of Christ; who gives an account of his call to his office, and the time of it; of what the Lord did for him, and said unto him, Isaiah 49:1, then follows a complaint of his labouring in vain, and a correction of it, Isaiah 49:4 and a further declaration of his call and appointment to office, and of each of the parts of the work assigned him, with encouragement to it, Isaiah 49:5. Christ is again represented under discouraging circumstances, as despised of men, abhorred by the nation, and a servant of rulers; who is encouraged by divine promises that kings should rise up before him, and worship him; that God would be faithful to his promise to him, and yet choose him, hear and help him, at a proper time; preserve him, and give him for a covenant to the people, to the establishment of the earth, and making it habitable, Isaiah 49:7 for the release of prisoners, and feeding, leading, and guiding them, and removing all difficulties out of the way, Isaiah 49:9 when the calling of the Gentiles is foretold, which would occasion great joy in the world, Isaiah 49:12 yet the church is introduced as complaining that she was forsaken of God, Isaiah 49:14 which is denied, and the contrary affirmed; being dear to the Lord as a sucking child to its mother, and more so; never forgotten by him, and always under his care, Isaiah 49:16, and, for her comfort, she is assured that those who had destroyed and made her waste should be removed; and that she should have converts that would be an ornament to her, and these numerous, insomuch that the place of their habitation would be too strait and narrow, and which would be matter of astonishment to her, Isaiah 49:17 and, besides those that would be converted in the land of Judea, there would be great numbers in the Gentile world converted by the power of God accompanying his Gospel, set up as a standard there, kings and queens countenancing and encouraging the interest of Christ, Isaiah 49:22 and yet still it is questioned whether the church should be delivered from her oppressors, Isaiah 49:24 to which it is answered, that she should be delivered, and her persecutors destroyed; by which it would be known that the Lord is the Redeemer and Saviour of his people, Isaiah 49:25.3


References and notes
1.  King James Authorized Version
2
.  Matthew Henry Bible Commentary - http://eword.gospelcom.net/comments/isaiah/mh/isaiah49.htm
3.  John Gill's Exposition of the Bible - http://eword.gospelcom.net/comments/isaiah/gill/isaiah49.htm
4.  Preaching helps - http://www.gbod.org/worship/worship/articles.asp?act=reader&item_id
=13195&loc_id=9,32,47

 

Music for Isaiah 49

Click on image for song preview of Isaiah 49. This song was composed in 2006 and features on the low budget album Isaiah Servant Songs which was released in 2007.
 

 
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Author of Isaiah

The prophet Isaiah was the author of the book called by his name.
 

 

Division

In this chapter we have,
I. The designation of Christ, under the type of Isaiah, to his office as Mediator (v. 1-3).
II. The assurance given him of the success of his undertaking among the Gentiles (v. 4-8).
III. The redemption that should be wrought by him, and the progress of that redemption (v. 9-12).
IV. The encouragement given hence to the afflicted church (v. 13-17).
V. The addition of many to it, and the setting up of a church among the Gentiles (v. 18-23).
VI. A ratification of the prophecy of the Jews' release out of Babylon, which was to be the figure and type of all these blessings, (v. 24-26).2

 

 

Second Servant Song

In Isaiah's first Servant Song, the speaker was God. In this second song, the Servant speaks to the nations. Listen! Pay attention!
The Servant was called before he was born (verse 1) this was fulfilled in the divine circumstances of Jesus' birth.
The Servant's ministry would be prophetic, his mouth like a sharp sword (verse 2) compare this to Ephesians 6:17, Hebrews 4:12 or Revelation 1:16.
The Servant was hidden for a time (verse 2) compare this to the fact that relatively little is known about Jesus before he was thirty years old.
The task appeared hopeless (verse 4) in fulfillment, Jesus' ministry received mixed reception in Israel.
The Servant was empowered by God to be an instrument of salvation (verses 5-6).
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Isaiah Song Category

The Isaiah Song Category is a great starting point for searching the songs which make up this music category. The song category page contains Daily Scriptures and easy links to song previews and song pages. The song pages include interesting background information and commentary about the songs and the Bible author. Sometimes there are links to related web pages including Bible Quotes, Sermons, Music samples, and Bible Puzzles.
 




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