The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleIsaiah 49:2
And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword…
``he hath put his words in my mouth as a sharp sword,''
as the Targum; namely, the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of
God, and is sharper than a twoedged sword, and is said to come out of
the mouth of Christ, (Ephesians 6:17) (Hebrews 4:12) (Revelation 1:16) , with which he pierces
into and cuts the hearts of men, and lays open all their sin and
unrighteousness, and cuts down the worst and best in men, and slays all
his enemies; so his mouth was as a sharp sword in the days of his
flesh, to inveigh against the sins and to refute the errors of the
Scribes and Pharisees; as it will be, in the latter day, to smite the
nations of the earth, (Revelation 19:15,21) : "in the shadow of his hand hath he
hid me"; in his counsels and purposes of old, and in his providence;
``in the shadow of his power hath he protected me,''
as the Targum; thus he hid, and protected him from Herod's cruelty in
his infancy; and from the rage and malice of the Scribes and Pharisees,
who sought often to lay hands on him, and take away his life before his
time. The Jews talk very much of the Messiah's being hid under the
throne of glory. Aben Ezra's remark, that the phrase, "he hath hid me",
answers to the scabbard of a sword, before mentioned, is not amiss:
and made me a polished shaft;
or, "choice arrow" F19; which being
polished at the point, or well oiled, and shining, pierces the deeper,
So the doctrines of Christ, the words of his mouth, are compared to
bright and sharp arrows, which make cutting work, and give great pain
where they come; as they sometimes do like arrows, swiftly, suddenly,
and with great force and power, (Psalms 45:5) . Kimchi observes, that he
speaks of a sharp sword with respect to the Jews that were near, where
a sword could reach them; and of a polished shaft or arrow with respect
to the Gentiles afar off, which must be cast after them:
in his quiver hath he hid me,
meaning his secret purposes, and his
powerful protection, as before; which he compares to a quiver, a case
in which arrows are put, because mention had been made of a polished
shaft or arrow before.
F19 (rwrb Ux) (belov eklekton) Sept. "sagittam electam", V. L. "telum
electum", Cocceius; "sagittam nitidam vel electam", Vitringa.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Isaiah 49:2". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=isa&chapter=049&verse=002>. 1999.