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Commentary on Isaiah

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1, 1 :

The title of the book: an editorial addition. Isaiah: meaning “the salvation of the Lord,” or “The Lord is salvation.” Amoz: not the minor prophet. Judah: The southern kingdom of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. Uzziah: also called Azariah; cf 2 Kgs 15, 1; 2 Chr 26, 1 .

1, 3 :

Israel, not the northern kingdom, as in Is 9, 11 , exclusively, which Isaiah usually calls “Ephraim” from the tribe bordering on the southern kingdom, but the entire chosen people; cf Is 8, 14 .

1, 4 :

Holy One of Israel: a title used frequently by Isaiah, rarely by other writers.

1, 5–8 :

Sufferings inflicted upon God's people for their sins.

1, 8 :

Daughter Zion: Jerusalem. Hut…shed: for the shelter of watchmen and laborers.

1, 9 :

Lord of hosts: God, who is the Creator and Ruler of the heavenly armies of the angels, stars, etc. Remnant: St. Paul uses this text in Rom 9, 29 , where he speaks of God's saving mercy toward the Jews and Gentiles. Sodom…Gomorrah: cf Gn 19.

1, 11 :

The number of your sacrifices: however numerous, they are not acceptable without the right dispositions on the part of the worshipers.

1, 13 :

Octaves with wickedness: the solemnity of the feasts marred by evil deeds.

1, 15 :

Spread out your hands: in prayer.

1, 21 :

A picture of Jerusalem, once so faithful to God. Apostasy from the covenant is often likened by the prophets to unfaithfulness to the marriage vow.

1, 27 :

This verse is the key to the whole Book of Isaiah. Zion's defiant persistence in sin has demanded a divine judgment, by which her survivors will be cleansed and will return to God in justice; cf Is 40, 2 .

1, 29 :

Terebinths which you prized…groves which you chose: as popular shrines for idolatrous worship.

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