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For all these things my hand has made,
and so all these things came to be,”
says Yahweh:
“but this is the person I will look upon with favor,
even to him who is poor and of a contrite spirit
and who trembles at my word. Bible

“look with favor.” In this context, “look” has the sense of “look with favor.”

“contrite.” In English, the word “contrite” means “showing sorrow or remorse for a sin” (Webster’s dictionary). The Hebrew word means to be struck or beaten, and then in some contexts the meaning is extended to “bruised,” “wounded,” “ruined,” or “destroyed.” Honest, humble people have a “contrite spirit,” that is, a contrite attitude toward God because they know that no matter how hard they try, they often sin or fall short of what they know they should do. Jesus taught us, “Blessed are the poor (humble) in spirit (attitude)” (Matt. 5:3).


Commentary for: Isaiah 66:2