Knobel understands this as referring to their turning pale, which is a piece of exegetical jugglery. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/isaiah-13.html. The best good is got when one helps one; when a man goes to his neighbour and gets acquainted with him, and becomes his personal friend, and sympathises with him, and uplifts him. (The rising sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light. Words in boxes are from the Bible. Than the golden wedge of Ophir - The word (כתם kethem) rendered 'wedge' means properly "gold;" yellow gold; what is hidden, precious, or hoarded; and is used only in poetry. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? Isaiah 13:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Isaiah 13:12, NIV: "I will make people scarcer than pure gold, more rare than the gold of Ophir." Because of God's visitation human mortality will be extremely high, but not complete. In the heat of business competition, professed philanthropists, and men personally humane--these two expressions do not always mean the same thing--become as reckless of lives as the general in the field. Josephus supposes that it was in the East Indies; Bruce that it was in South Africa; Rosenmuller and others suppose that it was in Southern Arabia. This word is true with all the truth of God Almighty. I will make a man more precious than fine gold - I will so cut off Babylon's defenders, that a single man shall be as rare and precious as the finest gold. Well, the accidents of wealth and rank and office and station cannot add much more of ornament or value to a true man than could trinkets like these to the beauty of the Belvedere Apollo. What we all need, whether we have great possessions or small possessions, is to be interested in men. understanding it of the Israelites, that were in Babylon when it was taken, and who were precious and in high esteem with the Medes and Persians, more than gold, and whose lives they spared. A Prophecy Against Babylon - A prophecy against Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz saw: Raise a banner on a bare hilltop, shout to them; beckon to them to enter the gates of the nobles. I. John Trapp Complete Commentary. Isaiah 13. “How much was he worth when he died? Then all sink into anxious and fearful trembling. Isaiah 43:4).—On אֱנוֹשׁ and אדם comp. On one side a man, on the other side a bar of gold. It is the statue of a man, chiselled out of marble, one of the noblest figures that art has ever produced. Biblical Commentary Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12 EXEGESIS: THE SERVANT SONGS: Chapters 42-53 of the book of Isaiah contain four Servant Songs. 71, 1. of theirs, where having mentioned this passage, it is added, this is the Messiah, that shall ascend and be more precious than all the children of the world, and all the children of the world shall worship and bow before him. Our text is prophetic, moreover, of the doom and discipline of the exclusive spirit. Mark 16:15-18 "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." This is interpreted by the Jews also of the King Messiah; for in an ancient writing (g) of theirs, where having mentioned this passage, it is added, this is the Messiah, that shall ascend and be more precious than all the children of the world, and all the children of the world shall worship and bow before him. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. 5:26 raise a signal; cry aloud to them; wave the hand for # [ch. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/isaiah-13.html. How much is he or she worth, was then in some quarters a question simply commercial; a question to which a perfectly literal answer could be given. Learning & Values Texts & Writings Classic Texts Tanakh - The Hebrew Bible Nevi'im - Prophets Isaiah Yeshayahu - Isaiah - Chapter 13 « Previous Chapter 12. Isaiah 13:4 The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a great people; a tumultuous noise … It indicates nothing about the shape of the gold, as the word, wedge would seem to suppose. Isaiah 11:10. ; and Forster "On Arabia."). Perhaps it will take money; perhaps it will take time; perhaps it will take yourself. Anyhow, it is true that the kindest, most thoughtful, most helpful people, quickest to bear the hardest inconveniences for a neighbour, readiest to lift up those that are down, are the poor. Evidence of this is visible in the respect paid to wealth, even when it is joined to one who is but a caricature of manhood; even when it is the spoil that has been won by the debasement of manhood. The ‹ships of Tarshish‘ sailed from Ezion-geber on the Red Sea, and went to Ophir 1 Kings 9:26; 1 Kings 10:22; 1 Kings 22:48. And it shall come to pass, that as the chased roe, and as sheep that no man gathereth, they shall turn every man to his own people, and shall flee every man to his own land. (l) He notes the great slaughter that will be, seeing the enemy will neither for gold or silver spare a man's life as in Isa 13:17. And of one and another it is said with a mixture of pity and contempt, “He is not worth anything!” Before the war men and women were actually bought and sold for money. It is a hard school in which to learn this lesson of the preciousness of man; but if it can be learned in no other way it may well be enforced upon the world, even by such fiery tuition. None shall dwell there. on Isaiah 8:1. But God is not dead. Behold, the LORD makes the earth empty: Isaiah invites us to behold, to look upon the scene of God's judgment. It is not the rich alone whose judgment in this matter goes astray; the poor fall into the same error. A. “some man may ask. Isaiah 13:6-12 New International Version (NIV) 6 Wail, for the day of the Lord is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty. pp. ‘I will make a man more precious than fine gold, even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.’ That was what Isaiah said. (Hugh Black, M. the gates of the nobles. Spain sent out her brave and stalwart sons to ravage the lands of the Indians, to seize on Mexican and Peruvian gold; and Spain has never since been able to produce and nourish the men who should enable her to hold her place among the foremost nations. Nothing on earth is valuable when man has lost his value. It is not true that human institutions are of no value; they are often of great value. The text sets the emphasis, not on money, but on men. The scope of the judgment of the LORD. Isaiah 13:12, ESV: "I will make people more rare than fine gold, and mankind than the gold of Ophir." (Note: For the seven passages, see Ewald, Lehrbuch (ed. 1599-1645. man
precious — I will so cut off Babylon‘s defenders, that a single man shall be as rare and precious as the finest gold. "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". Therefore I will make the heavens tremble, And the earth will be shaken from its place At the fury of the LORD of hosts In the day of His burning anger. A harlot’s soul, sunk in the mud and filth of iniquity! Jesus Christ was more interested in men than He was in anything else on earth or in heaven. MAN IS WORTH MORE THAN HIS INSTITUTIONS. Josephus supposes that it was in the East Indies; Bruce that it was in South Africa; Rosenmuller and others suppose that it was in Southern Arabia. Would she get, perhaps, to thinking that because she had plenty of butter on her bread, so had everybody else? But, when their teaching had done its work, its fruit appeared in the Revolution itself, whose unspeakable inhumanities afforded our race such glances into the dark depths of its own nature as can never be forgotten. In two ways the pressure may be lightened. Study the bible online using commentary on Isaiah 13 and more! 3. This is interpreted by the Jews also of the King Messiah; for in an ancient writingF7Zohar in Gen. fol. "The Adam Clarke Commentary". 51, 52 Babylon which # ch. But as the etymology does not correspond to this view, and as I do not think that it occurred to the Prophet’s mind, I consider it to be rather a repetition of the same sentiment, such as we know to have been customary among the Hebrews. "Commentary on Isaiah 13:12". They thought that their ceremonial law was vastly more sacred than the men who worshipped by means of it. Thus I will punish the world for its evil And the wicked for their iniquity; I will also put an end to the arrogance of the proud And abase the haughtiness of the ruthless. It is not without reason, however, that the Prophet pronounces such fearful threatening against them, since the revolution of the empire was the forerunner of the various calamities which followed afterwards. In some far-away extremity I can even imagine that England can cast all thoughts of possessing wealth back to barbaric nations, and that while the suns of Indus may flash from the turban of the slave, she as a Christian mother may at last attain to the virtues and treasures of the heathen one, and be able to lead forth her sons, saying, ‘These are my jewels.’” (Hugh Black, M. The Servant is God’s agent to do God’s work in the world. I will make a man more precious.] She gives herself. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known (1 Corinthians 13:12). For history gives a different account, and Daniel himself, who was an eye-witness of this destruction, relates that the city was only taken, for the Medes and Persians spared the citizens and inhabitants. But what is the point of Isaiah? Isaiah 13 Bible Commentary. Isaiah 13:12 I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir. Isaiah 11. In that contempt of man, which at the first her pride and lust of possession revealed, was hidden Babylon's doom. This is a sentence out of the Word of God. (Psalms 137:9.) Bad enough to have the land shorn of its harvests, and all the standing grain trampled under the feet of war-horses; bad enough to have the consuming fire lay hold upon its houses; bad enough to have pride turned into shame, and wealth into poverty, and power into captivity. • The first song (42:1-4) tells of the call of the Servant to “bring justice to the nations” (42:1). ... Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. The preacher was promising a day of trouble for great Babylon. It is at the root of all his economical writings. Thus, so long as God permitted the city to remain in existence, it presented a shameful and revolting spectacle to the whole world, that the accomplishment of the prophecy might be more evident and more impressive. Would not these tawdry ornaments detract from the simple dignity and majesty of that model of manly grace and strength! But we might do much by the amendment of our laws, by alteration of our social customs and personal habits, by a check on extravagant expenditure, and by a juster distribution of the strain of living, to lighten the pressure at home. 20 It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there. Isaiah 12 Isaiah 14 Isaiah 13:12-17 English Standard Version (ESV) 12 I will make people more rare than fine gold, and mankind than the gold of Ophir. It is an anxious question whether we are encouraging emigration in the best and wisest mode. We humane Englishmen need to he scourged into habitual practical humanity. His manhood itself, to all clear insight, is something infinitely grander and diviner than these belongings. Show content in: Both English Hebrew. Study This. And He loved us and gave Himself for us. The nation so lavish of human life was to die utterly out; the empire which sets no value on men, for lack of men shall perish. 1 The oracle concerning # ver. 51, 52 Babylon which # ch. even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir; which designs the same thing in different words. A. "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". He lived and died protesting that man is more precious than discoveries or engineering appliances or electrical contrivances. viii. There are other ways in which want of regard for men is evinced beside that of conquest, and the doom is ever the same. You could not have a man to be employed in any of the affairs of state, not a man to be enlisted in the army, not a man to match a daughter to, for the building up of a family, if you would give any money for one. 13 The oracle concerning Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw. Our Price: $34.99 Save: $20.00 (36%) Buy Now. (George Hedges, D. D.), I have heard that one of the diamond fields of South Africa was discovered on this wise. 14:4; 21:9; 47:1; See Jer. Sac. why, a Pharisee would not stain his fingers to find it. Babylon was in her full career of conquest when Assyria was trembling to her fall. Other Forerunner Commentary entries containing Isaiah 3:12: Ezekiel 34:1-5 Amos 4:1-3 Isaiah 3:11 : Isaiah 3:13 >> The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. To man, as to God, there is naught on earth so precious and so dear as man. For thou hast said in thine heart.] Three years were required for the voyage; and they returned freighted with gold, peacocks, apes, spices, ivory, and ebony (1 Kings 9:28; 1 Kings 10:11-12; compare 2 Chronicles 8:18). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/isaiah-13.html. 1999. Ophritica:” H. Relandi, “Dissert. David Guzik :: Study Guide for Isaiah 59 ← Back to David Guzik's Bio & Resources . (J. Parker, D. D.). It is not true that property is of no consequence; man’s belongings are good just in proportion as they assist in the development of his character. "Commentary on Isaiah 13:12". 1. The Reality Check. The general meaning is, that Babylon will not only be destroyed, but will be devoted to utter extermination; for when he says that the life of a man shall be more precious than gold, he asserts that the enemies will be so eager to shed blood, that it will be impossible to rescue a man out of their hands at any price, because they will choose rather to kill than to accept a ransom. 364-369; Martini Lipenii, "Dissert. The gold of that country was more celebrated than that of any other country for its purity. The vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah son of Amoz saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Gordon Churchyard. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. Who can doubt that this haughty nation was roughly handled by barbarian conquerors, for in no other way could it have been reduced to obedience? All must fall by the sword, or go into captivity together; for the Medes, ( Isaiah 13:17;), regard not silver, and delight not in gold. No life of pride or self-sufficiency or exclusiveness is possible to us, either in the Church or the nation. Used by Permission. Isaiah 12 Isaiah 14. "Sermon Bible Commentary". BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. "Commentary on Isaiah 13:12". And although the city Ctesiphon was founded for the purpose of attracting a portion of its splendor and wealth, yet the convenience of its situation, the costly buildings, and the fortifications of the city, rendered it, with the exception of royal rank, not inferior to Persis. The doctrine of a common redemption has awakened in the Christian consciousness the sense of a vast human kin, unfavoured, unblessed, left to themselves, like sheep not having a shepherd. The word פז, (paz,) which, in common with other translators, I have rendered pure gold, is supposed by some to mean a pearl; but from many passages of Scripture we conclude that it is the purest and finest gold. I will make mortal man scarcer than pure gold And mankind than the gold of Ophir. John Trapp Complete Commentary. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". Our Price: $37.99 Save: $22.00 (37%) Buy Now. A. Mackennal, Christian World Pulpit, vol. They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord As the waters cover the sea. III. A. Isaiah 13 Isaiah 13:14 Therefore I will make the heavens tremble, And the earth will be shaken from its place At the fury of the LORD of hosts In the day of His burning anger. That is what the Master taught. 'I will love those who fear me, more than gold in which people glory; and those who observe the law more than the tried gold of Ophir.' ), Probably it is not true that human life is held more dear in times of war; but some sense of the value of the lives sacrificed is apt to dawn upon the people after the war is over, when the nation finds its resources wasted, and the people sit desolate in their homes, waiting for the strong and the brave who shall return no more. The Italian Campagna was once the home of a multitude of farmers; the conquests of Rome demanded that legions should be hurled against the barbarian tribes. It is not your money that we want so much as your interest. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/isaiah-13.html. Some take "Phaz", the word for fine gold, to be the name of a place from whence it came, and therefore was so called; and that the kingdom of Phez, in Africa, has its name from hence; and Ophir is taken to be Peru in America; though others place it in India; and the Arabic version renders it, "a man shall be more precious than a little stone that is" brought "from India"; and the Septuagint version is, "than a stone in", or "of sapphire". Isaiah 12:4 "And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted." Isaiah 13:22 Context. Isaiah said a great many things in his day, and is dead. Would she fall before the temptation of a comfortable life? But in the ancient world, mirrors were made out of polished metal, and the image was always unclear and somewhat distorted. (W. Gladden, D. D.), One who listens to the talk of the street and the shops, might easily get the impression that the value of man is a subject of general interest. God has, by His judgments, to “make a man more precious than fine gold.”. “Burden or oracle”: In the sense of … This is a verse by verse, phrase by phrase, occasionally even word by word 178 page commentary from a literal, pre-millennial perspective. BibliographyExell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Isaiah 13:12". BibliographyNisbet, James. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. What we all need, whether we have great possessions or small possessions, is to be interested in men.—The part of a Christian man or a Christian woman is to set about making somebody’s life better. There can be no doubt, therefore, that there was a great slaughter before the conquerors extended their protection to the whole of the people as having surrendered at discretion. Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. "Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation." BibliographyGill, John. II. As for money, she would give that too if she had any to give. BibliographyTorrey, R. A. Men shall be reduced to a small number, not nobles only, sed triobolares homunciones, but peasants; nor shall any money be taken in exchange for lives. Go to. Isa. And that is Christianity. de Ophir;” Ugolini, “Thes. The city and nation shall be so depopulated, that few men shall be left in it. Gold of Ophir was pure gold. ‘I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.’, What Isaiah really wrote was this: ‘I will make man more rare than fine gold.’. BibliographyTrapp, John. I will make a man more precious than fine gold-wedge of Ophir - The Medes and Persians will not be satisfied with the spoils of the Babylonians. BibliographyNicoll, William R. "Commentary on Isaiah 13:12". He never wearied of insisting upon this distinction between money and men. "Commentary on Isaiah 13:12". (J. Stalker, D. D.), With this accords the great lesson of John Ruskin’s teaching and of his life--one of the greatest of Englishmen, greatest of all as a political teacher, with somewhat of the passion and power of a prophet. A Prophecy Against Babylon - A prophecy against Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz saw: Raise a banner on a bare hilltop, shout to them; beckon to them to enter the gates of the nobles. 1:1 Isaiah the son of Amoz saw. Bad enough to have the land shorn of its harvests, and all the standing grain trampled under the feet of war horses; bad enough to have the consuming fire lay hold upon its houses; bad enough to have pride turned into shame, wealth into poverty, power into captivity. A. It is probable that the situation of Ophir must ever remain a matter of conjecture. "I will make a man more rare than fine gold, even a man than the pure gold of Ophir. The Chaldee Paraphrase gives a different sense to this passage. II. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 19; ch. Thus the order of events was not observed, but a similarity of subject was the reason why all these prophecies were put into one place. Ophritica:" H. Relandi, "Dissert. Do we not often find ourselves preferring gold to manhood; labouring more diligently to enlarge our possessions than to improve ourselves? A.). It is the worth of lost humanity which is revealed to us in the redemption by Christ, and which the Gospel will not let us forget. If their ritual obstructed human growth, crippled virtue, or killed charity, no matter; these must stand back and let the ritual be exalted. When Christ came, His teachings were so entirely out of harmony with this notion that the people were fairly bewildered by them. 1:1; Hab. 224.). Sac. Rare, (Worthington) or sought after for destruction, ver. Isaiah 13:12 I will make a man more precious than fine gold Dearth of men a judgment from God When God caused His scythe to swing through the harvests of Babylon it was not expected that a single ear would be left in the devastated field. ), If, in Bacon’s phrase, the “breed and disposition of the people be not stout,” its civilisation is a dismal failure. The 'ships of Tarshish' sailed from Ezion-geber on the Red Sea, and went to Ophir 1 Kings 9:26; 1 Kings 10:22; 1 Kings 22:48. "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". There is now and always has been a prevalent notion that people were made for governments, and not governments for people; that it is more important that certain dynasties should reign, or that certain political institutions should be kept intact, or that certain parties should remain in power, or that certain policies should be adopted, than that men should be free and wise and good and prosperous. Retail: $54.99. It ought to be observed that Isaiah did not utter this prediction while the monarchy of Nineveh was still flourishing; but all that he predicted against heathen nations, during the whole course of his ministry, was collected into one book. May it not be well to go a little deeper than the common usage goes into the meaning of this phrase, and ask, with all seriousness, not concerning this man or that man, but concerning man, any man, every man, “How much is he worth?”. Therefore I will make the heavens to tremble, and the earth shall be shaken out of its place, in the wrath of Jehovah of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. Isaiah 11:10. Copyright StatementThese files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed. too often equally immoral, equally fatal. Don’t send your servant! Isaiah takes an abrupt turn to the oracle concerning Babylon beginning in Isaiah 13:1 followed by additional oracles to the nations through chapter 27.. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/sbc/isaiah-13.html. New American Standard Version. 1905-1909. One of the most helpful people I know lives in a back, street, in an unpleasant neighbourhood, in a small house. 1832. Isaiah 13:12 Context. Biblical Commentary Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12 EXEGESIS: THE SERVANT SONGS: Chapters 42-53 of the book of Isaiah contain four Servant Songs. It has undergone purification by fire. The "water" here, is the Spirit of … ), Christianity dignifies man: agnosticism tends to decade him, In the teaching of Christ man is so dignified by his connection with God and by his immortal destiny, that everyone who really believes this creed must feel himself condemned if he treats his brother ill. A mortal and a man. Then he came to the very abyss and extremity of their desolation. When God caused His scythe to swing through the harvests of Babylon it was not expected that a single ear would be left in the devastated field. He has been rated as a fanatic, as opposed to machinery and railways and it is not necessary to accept his teachings on money on all points; all this is but a misunderstanding of him by unthinking and casual readers. Isaiah 13:12 in all English translations. You may have even read it for yourself. 1865-1868. “A thousand pounds,” says someone, “to him who will rescue that child!” A few years after, the child is an engine driver, and, drowsy through long hours of work, he misreads a signal, wrecks his train, and dies, himself the involuntary instrument of an appalling calamity. “ Conturbabuntur - Innumerabilibus sollicitudinibus. It was in the generation preceding the French Revolution that atheistic philosophy took its rise. Interest yourself in that unhappy life. Jarchi interprets it particularly of Daniel, and of the honour that was done him by Belshazzar, upon his reading and interpreting the writing on the wall, Daniel 5:29. [ a] 7 Because of this, all hands will go limp, Because of this visitation human mortality will be extremely high, but not complete. 4. 3 I myself have commanded my consecrated ones, and have summoned my mighty men to execute my anger, my proudly exulting ones. David Guzik :: Study Guide for Isaiah 24 ← Back to David Guzik's Bio & Resources. 10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. The worth of wealth is what you can do with it for your fellows. Ever since Bernard Duhm’s Isaiah commentary in 1895, biblical scholars have widely accepted his tripartite division of the book (Isaiah 1-39, 40-55, 56-66). It is painful to recall that Rousseau himself, the most eloquent and, in some respects, the noblest apostle of the new faith, while preaching universal brother hood, sent his own children one by one, as they were born, to the Foundling Hospital, to save himself the trouble and expense of their support. “Peace hath her victories no less renowned than war”; the victories are, alas! (12) I will make a man more precious.—Both the words for man (e̓nosh and a̓dam) express, as in Psalms 8:2, the frailty of man’s nature.