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HAYDOCK CATHOLIC BIBLE COMMENTARY ON THE OLD TESTAMENT



ISAIAS 47

 

CHAPTER XLVII.

 

Ver. 1.  Virgin; delicate.  M. --- Cyrus overthrew this empire, (C.) which now felt its share of misery.  W.

 

Ver. 2.  Shame.  Heb. tsammathec, Cant. iv. 1, 4.  Prot. "thy locks, make bare the legs, uncover the thigh, pass," &c.  H. --- Thou shalt be reduced to a state of the most abject slavery.  Ex. xi. 5.  Sup. iii. 17. and xx. 4.  The Barbarians sold their slaves naked.

 

Ver. 6.  Polluted; deemed or declared unclean.  But thou hast sought to gratify thy vindictive temper, in punishing my people.  C. --- The sins of both called down vengeance.  W.

 

Ver. 7.  Lady.  Pride goes before ruin.  Prov. xvi. 18.

 

Ver. 9.  Two.  The empire and the people shall be removed at once. --- Enchanters; princes or magicians, who gave them evil counsel.  v. 12.

 

Ver. 11.  Know.  All this shews the vanity of magic, which cannot announce future events to do any good.  C.

 

Ver. 13.  Months, to tell which would prove lucky.  Est. iii. 7.

 

Ver. 14.  Thereat, to warm themselves, (H.) or to adore.  C. --- In Cappadocia are to be seen "Pyratheia,...in which the magi keep a perpetual fire, and sing hymns about the space of an hour."  Strabo xv. --- These were a sort of open temples.  C.

 

Ver. 15.  Merchants.  The city was well situated for trade.  C. xiii. 20.  Diod. ii.

 

 








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