The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleIsaiah 40:1
Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
Babylonish captivity being predicted in the preceding chapter, for the
comfort of God's people a deliverance is promised, expressed in such
terms, as in the clearest and strongest manner to set forth the
redemption and salvation by Jesus Christ, of which it was typical. Here
begins the more evangelical and spiritual part of this prophecy, which
reaches to and includes the whole Gospel dispensation, from the coming
of John the Baptist to the second coming of Christ. It begins with
comforts, and holds on and ends with them; which consolations, Kimchi
observes, are what should be in the times of the Messiah; and the word
"comfort" is repeated, he says, to confirm the thing. It is God that
here speaks, who is the God of all comfort; the persons whom he would
have comforted are his "people", whom he has chosen, with whom be has
made a covenant in Christ, whom he has given to him, and he has redeemed
by his blood, and whom he effectually calls by his grace; these are
sometimes disconsolate, by reason of the corruptions of their nature,
the temptations of Satan, the hidings of God's face, and the various
afflictions they meet with; and it is the will of God they should be
comforted, as appears by sending his Son to be the comforter of them, by
giving his Spirit as another comforter, by appointing ordinances as
breasts of consolation to them, by the promises he has made to them, and
the confirmation of them by an oath, for their strong consolation; and
particularly by the word of the Gospel, and the ministers of it, who are
Barnabases, sons of consolation, who are sent with a comfortable
message, and are encouraged in their work from the consideration of God
being their God, who will be with them, assist them, and make their
ministrations successful; and to these are these words addressed; which
are repeated, not to suggest any backwardness in Gospel ministers, who
are ready to go on such an errand, however reluctant they may be to
carry bad tidings; but rather to signify the people's refusal to be
comforted, and therefore must be spoken to again and again; and also to
show the vehement and hearty desire of the Lord to have them comforted.
The Targum is,
``O ye prophets, prophesy comforts concerning my people.''
And the Septuagint and Arabic versions insert, "O ye priests", as if
the words were directed to them. The preachers of the Gospel are meant,
and are called unto; what the Lord would have said for the comfort of
his people by them is expressed in the following verse.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Isaiah 40:1". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=isa&chapter=040&verse=001>. 1999.