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Isa 29:6

“visited.” When God “visited” someone, He intervened, and He could intervene for their blessing or to bring deserved consequences or punishment. God is a righteous God, and He holds people accountable for their actions. Here in Isaiah 29:6, God “visits” in judgment. [For more on God “visiting,” see commentary on Exod. 20:5].

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Isa 29:13

“Because this people draws near with their mouth.” Isaiah 29:13 is quoted in Matthew 15:8-9 and Mark 7:6-7, but the New Testament quote is closer to the Septuagint than to the Hebrew text.

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Isa 29:17

“Is it not yet only a very little while, and Lebanon will be turned into a fruitful field.” In the previous verses, people—the things that are made—have been arrogant and disobedient to their Creator, Yahweh. But God will not put up with that forever. There is a day coming in the future when God will bless those people who have been meek and afflicted, and the arrogant will be punished.

Isaiah 29:17 suddenly shifts to when Israel is redeemed and restored, and Isaiah 29:17-24 is about the future Millennial Kingdom when Jesus Christ rules the earth. At that time the earth will be restored to an Eden-like state and Jesus will rule the earth from Jerusalem. This is one of the many prophecies in the Bible that say that the Lord’s reign on earth would happen very soon, but it has now been delayed some 2,700 years since Isaiah wrote.

This verse seems to depict that the Millennial Kingdom will be a time of different priorities than we see on earth today, and that will certainly be true of life when Christ rules the earth. Historically, Lebanon has been known for great forests, but in Christ’s kingdom it will be known for its fruitful fields which will be so abundant that they will seem like forests.

[For more verses in Isaiah that speak of the Millennial Kingdom, see commentary on Isaiah 2:2. For more on Christ’s future kingdom on earth, see Appendix 3, “Christ’s Future Kingdom on Earth”].

Isa 29:18

“In that day.” This verse speaks of the Day of Yahweh, but that part of the Day of Yahweh that is the Millennial Kingdom of Christ, when he rules the earth and the earth is a paradise.

“the deaf will hear the words of a book.” When Jesus Christ rules the earth everyone will be healed. The deaf and the blind, two very problematic illnesses of the ancient world, will be healed, and in this context those two ailments are a synecdoche (a part for the whole) for all ailments being healed.

Isa 29:19(top)
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Isa 29:21

“by false testimony.” This is more literally, “by emptiness,” so it could refer to a number of different things that are false, including false charges, false testimony, or false witnesses.

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Isa 29:23(top)
Isa 29:24

“err in spirit.” This is the use of “spirit” (Hebrew: ruach #07307 רוּחַ) that refers to the activities of the mind: the thoughts, attitudes and emotions. In the future when Christ reigns as king on earth, people who err in their minds and attitudes will have understanding. [For more on the uses of “spirit,” see Appendix 6, “Usages of ‘Spirit.’” Usage #13 concerns thoughts and emotions. For more on the future reign of Christ on earth, see Appendix 3, “Christ’s Future Kingdom on Earth].

“grumble.” In this context, those people who “grumble” criticize and complain. Those people will accept instruction and come to understand more about God and life.


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