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Sentence on the Nations. Blessings in Store for God’s People
These chapters are now generally considered non-Isaianic and referred to the period of the exile, on two grounds: (a) the literary style is unlike Isaiah’s. (b) The strong feeling against Edom points to a date subsequent to the capture of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar, when the Edomites exulted in the city’s fall and sided against the Jews, conduct which provoked bitter resentment (Obadiah 1:10-16; Lamentations 4:21-22; Psalms 137:7).
1-4. The judgment upon the nations,
5-17. and upon Edom in particular.
Isaiah 35. The blessings in store for God’s redeemed people.
1. While Edom becomes a desert, for God’s people, on the other hand, the desert places burst into bloom, the fairest parts of Palestine sharing their fertile beauty with the waste places (Isaiah 35:2).
7. Parched ground] RM ’mirage’: this which so often deceives travellers in the desert will become a real lake.
Dragons] RV ’jackals.’
8. An highway] by which the exiles may return through the desert.
9. Cp. Isaiah 51:11.
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Dummelow, John. "Commentary on Isaiah 35". "Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible". https://studylight.org/
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