The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleIsaiah 48:7
They are created now, and not from the beginning…
they were now done or brought into being, for as yet Cyrus was not
born; though the raising of him up, and holding his right hand, and his
executing the counsel of God, are spoken of as if they were already
done, because of the certainty of them, (Isaiah 45:1,12) (46:11) . Aben Ezra
interprets "created" by "decreed"; though these were not now decreed by
God; for no new decrees are made by him; but those which were made by
him of old were now revealed and made manifest by prophecy, which is
the sense of the phrase; so Kimchi observes,
``the time when they went out of the mouth of God is the time
of their creation.''
Thus in like manner the incarnation of Christ, his sufferings and
death, and salvation by him, things decreed from eternity, are spoken
of in this prophecy as if actually done, because of the clear
manifestation and certainty of them:
even before the day when thou heardest them not;
they were in the
breast of God, kept and reserved in his mind, and therefore are before
called hidden things, before the Israelites heard anything of them; as
were the things respecting Christ, and salvation by him; which were not
only in God, who created all things by Christ, but were revealed before
the Israelites had any knowledge of them, even to Adam and Eve,
immediately after their fall; and were spoken of by all the holy
prophets from the beginning of the world:
lest thou shouldest say, behold, I knew them;
lest they should ascribe
their present knowledge of them to their own sagacity and penetration;
as if they were not obliged to a divine revelation, but of themselves
had got the secret, and became acquainted with these things.
The New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Isaiah 48:7". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=isa&chapter=048&verse=007>. 1999.