The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleIsaiah 47:13
Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels…
of astrologers, diviners, and soothsayers; who were never able to give
any satisfactory answers to questions put to them, or to give good
advice in cases of emergency; as appears from Nebuchadnezzar's
consultation with them about his dream; and Belshazzar's about the
handwriting upon the wall, which was the very night that the city was
taken, (Daniel 2:2,10) (5:7,8,30) :
let now the astrologers;
or, "viewers of the heavens" F19; not that
look upon them, and consider them as the work of God's hands, in order
to glorify him; but that examine the face of the skies, and the
position of the heavenly bodies, their conjunctions with, and aspects
on each other, in order to foretell what shall be below: or, "the
dividers of the heavens" F20, as it may be rendered, from the use of
the word in the Arabic language; who divide the heavens into so many
parts, or houses; who, as Kimchi F21, from the same use of the word,
fix and determine things according to the stars; and who next are
called "the stargazers"; that look at them, and, according to their
position, conjunction, aspect, and influence, judge what will come to
pass among men. So Cicero observes F23, that the Chaldeans, by long
observation of the stars, were thought to have formed a science,
whereby they could foretell what should happen to everyone, and what
fate he was born to:
the monthly prognosticators;
or "that make known months", or "for the
months" F24; what shall be in every month; what weather it will be, and
what things shall happen; such as our almanac makers. Let these now all
and stand up and save thee from those things that shall come upon thee;
which they were never able to do; for if they could not foretell these
things by their art, it could not be thought they could give any
directions how to escape them, or put upon any methods that would secure
F19 (Mymv yrbwh) "speculantes coelos", Pagninus, Montanus, Tigurine
version; "contemplatores coelorum", Vitringa.
F20 "resecuit, amputavit", Golius, Castel.
F21 Sepher Shorash. rad. (rbh)
F23 De Divinatione, l. 1. c. 1.
F24 (Myvdxl Myeydwm) "cognoscere faciunt menses", Pagninus;
"facientes", Montanus; "qui notas faciunt in menses", Junius &
Tremellius, Piscator; i.e. "praedictiones suas notificantes in
menses", Cocceius; "indicantes novilunia", Vitringa.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Isaiah 47:13". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=isa&chapter=047&verse=013>. 1999.