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Israel's Inalienable Possessions
Create a Want. Other Popular Editions of the Same Title. Search for all books with this author and title. Hosea I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes. New International Version for God's gifts and his call are irrevocable.
English Standard Version For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Berean Literal Bible For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. New American Standard Bible for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. King James Bible For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. Christian Standard Bible since God's gracious gifts and calling are irrevocable.
Contemporary English Version God doesn't take back the gifts he has given or disown the people he has chosen. Good News Translation For God does not change his mind about whom he chooses and blesses. Holman Christian Standard Bible since God's gracious gifts and calling are irrevocable. Isaiah shows that the wickedness prevailing in Israel and Judah included the women, who were proud, arrogant, and more concerned with their clothing, jewels, and personal appearance than with righteousness. But these verses can also be applied in the latter days, when women will once more lose sight of proper priorities.
President Joseph Fielding Smith said of this passage:. They are taught proper deportment and modesty at all times. Moreover, this remark pertains to the men as well as to the women. The Lord gave commandments to ancient Israel that both men and women should cover their bodies and observe the law of chastity at all times.
These were often adorned with bells. See Keil and Delitzsch, Commentary, The prophet contrasts their former beauty with the results of judgment. Because of their wickedness, the beauty, the pride, and the fashion will become tragedy, disaster, and slavery. To be unmarried and childless in ancient Israel was a disgrace see Genesis ; Luke So terrible would conditions in those times be that women would offer to share a husband with others and expect no material support from him, if they could claim they were married to him. See Notes and Commentary on Isaiah Through chastisement and various judgments, Israel will finally be purged of wickedness and turn back to God compare Isaiah ; Zechariah ; Helaman —3.
Doctrine and Covenants —32 speaks of how the glory of Zion shall be her defense. Isaiah compared the protecting divine influence with that experienced by Moses see Exodus —20 ; Deuteronomy I do not mean something that is invisible, but I mean that same order of things which once existed on the earth so far as the tabernacle of Moses was concerned, which was carried in the midst of the children of Israel as they journeyed in the wilderness. No, it is a latter-day work, one that God must consummate in the latter times when he begins to reveal himself, and show forth his power among the nations.
The prophet used the parable of the vineyard to illustrate the impending destruction and scattering of Israel Judah. Talmage, Jesus the Christ, pp. After the parable that introduces this chapter, the prophet Isaiah gave many examples of the wickedness of the people of his day. They built up great estates through wickedness. Such covetousness was all the more reprehensible, because the law of Israel had provided so very stringently and carefully, that as far as possible there should be an equal distribution of the soil, and that hereditary family property should be inalienable.
An acre is the amount a yoke of oxen could plow in a day. A bath is about 5. A homer is about 6. These measurements show how unproductive the land would become because of this wickedness. Drunkenness and partying prevail, with no regard for God. There is no knowledge of truth and true principles. Ignorance is a hindrance in any field of endeavor, but especially in spiritual things.
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A man is saved no faster than he gets knowledge, for if he does not get knowledge, he will be brought into captivity by some evil power in the other world, as evil spirits will have more knowledge, and consequently more power than many men who are on the earth. Hence it needs revelation to assist us, and give us knowledge of the things of God. They draw sin and iniquity with ropes of vanity. They pervert righteousness and goodness, calling them evil, and try to pass off evil things as good. It is the nature of sinners to reject the reality of the consequences of their transgressions, and so they attempt to explain them away.
Eldon Tanner illustrated the necessity of heeding this warning. Then many of our professors begin to teach perverse things, to lead away disciples after them; and our youth whom we send to them for learning accept them as authority, and many are caused to lose their faith in God. Obviously the dark evils that prevailed among the Israelites of the ancient kingdom of Judah help modern readers understand why the judgments of God come upon them.
The Ancient Scriptures and the Modern Jew
The effects of sin today are as devastating as they were anciently. That is the message of Isaiah for today. However, he seems to have described them in unmistakable words. Trains and airplanes do not stop for night. Do You Know? This expression describes a signal, such as a whistle, to summon or alert someone to an event. A vision of the celestial sphere would be difficult if not impossible to describe.
That was the dilemma of the prophet Isaiah. He endeavored in these verses to portray something of the power and glory of his experience, using images and terms with which his readers could identify. Even then he sensed how much he fell short of communicating the reality of the experience. Later in his writing, Isaiah described the inadequacy of words and even of the senses of mortal man to comprehend heavenly things. Reading the experience of others, or the revelation given to them, can never give us a comprehensive view of our condition and true relation to God. Knowledge of these things can only be obtained by experience through the ordinances of God set forth for that purpose.
Could you gaze into heaven five minutes, you would know more than you would by reading all that ever was written on the subject. In addition, some have witnessed a similar scene see Revelation — Whether the name seraphs also applies to perfected and resurrected angels is not clear. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, pp. The presence of smoke was symbolic of the presence and glory of God see Exodus ; Revelation Fire and smoke are frequently used to depict the glory of celestial realms. In the language of Joseph Smith:.
Some dwell in higher glory than others. See Young, Book of Isaiah, — Likewise, the purging by a live coal is symbolic of purifying, cleansing, and forgiveness see Young, Book of Isaiah, — The words the prophet Isaiah was commissioned to deliver were in part to bring the people to a full accountability for their choices, so that they would be left without excuse. The people claimed to hear and see, but they did not understand the spirit of the message. An individual cannot resist or reject the truth without eventually becoming spiritually hardened see History of the Church, The significance of many of the miracles was also misunderstood see John — The testimony of the Messiah and His Sonship was understood, at least in part, by the disciples, but it was rejected by others see Luke — The prophet Isaiah asked the Lord how long some men would be hardened against truth v.
This verse records the prophecy that the house of Israel would survive the coming devastation as does a tree that is stripped of its leaves in winter but still remains alive see Isaiah b. The kingdom of Israel Ephraim in the north had formed an alliance with Syria for mutual strength and protection against the conquering empire of Assyria.
When Judah refused to join the alliance, they threatened to subjugate Judah and attacked their southern foe. Isaiah was directed to warn King Ahaz against seeking political alliances for Judah in order to defend his people. He was one of the sons of the prophet Isaiah who accompanied his father in visiting the king. The image is that of a torch that has burned out. The charred pieces of wood have no strength and carry no real threat see Young, Book of Isaiah, Because the chronologies of biblical and contemporary texts are neither complete nor in harmony, it is difficult to review the history with year-to-year precision.
Throughout the period of disruption and migrations, Ephraim, the Northern Kingdom, was able to maintain some identity until the final deportation. Still the king refused, not because he was unwilling to tempt God as he said v.
The Ancient Scriptures and the Modern Jew
But the Lord revealed the sign anyway, confirming the prophetic promise that the Messiah would be born of the remnant of Judah and that Judah would not totally perish. The two kings who reigned in the north at that time were put to death by the Assyrians. This passage is cited in the New Testament as being fulfilled by the birth of Jesus Christ see Matthew Some commentators point out that the word translated virgin means only a young woman and not someone who has never had sexual relations.
They do this in an attempt to refute this passage as proof of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ.