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Isa 35:1-10. CONTINUATION OF THE PROPHECY IN THE THIRTY-FOURTH CHAPTER.
1. solitary place--literally, "a dry place," without springs of
water. A moral wilderness is meant.
2. glory of Lebanon--its ornament, namely, its cedars
3. Strengthen . . . hands . . . confirm . . . knees--The Hebrew for "strengthen" refers to the strength residing in the hand for grasping and holding a thing manfully; "confirm," to the firmness with which one keeps his ground, so as not to be dislodged by any other [MAURER]. Encourage the Jews, now desponding, by the assurance of the blessings promised.
4. fearful--"hasty," Margin; that is, with a heart fluttered with
5, 6. Language figuratively, descriptive of the joy felt at the deliverance from Assyria and Babylon; literally, true of the antitypical times of Messiah and His miracles (see Margin references, Mt 11:5; Lu 7:2; 2Jo 5, 8; Ac 3:2).
7. parched ground--rather, "the mirage (Hebrew, Sharab, 'the
sun's heat') shall become a
(real) lake." The sun's rays refracted on
the glowing sands at midday give the appearance of a lake of water and
often deceive the thirsty traveller (compare
8. highway--such a causeway (raised way, from a
Hebrew root, "to cast up") as was used for the march of armies;
valleys being filled up, hills and other obstructions removed
Isa 40:3, 4).
9. No lion--such as might be feared on the way through the wilderness which abounded in wild beasts, back to Judea. Every danger shall be warded off the returning people (Isa 11:6-9; Eze 34:25; Ho 2:18). Compare spiritually, Pr 3:17.
10. Language: literally, applying to the return from Babylon;
figuratively and more fully to the completed redemption of both literal
and spiritual Israel.