The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleIsaiah 49:16
Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands…
Not upon his thick clouds, the clouds of heaven under him, always in
view, as R. Saadiah Gaon, mentioned by Jarchi, Aben Ezra, and Kimchi:
much better the Targum,
``lo, as upon the hands thou art engraven before me;''
signifying that his people were always in his sight, his eyes were
ever upon them, and never withdrawn from them; as anything held in the
hand, or tied to or wore upon it, as a signet or ring that has the name
of a person on it, to which the allusion may be; which shows how near
and dear they are to him, what affection he has for them, and care of
them; see (Song of Solomon 8:6) . Some think respect is had to the wounds in the hands
of Christ, which, being on their account, are looked upon and
remembered by him; or, however, to their being in his hands, out of
which none can pluck them, (John 10:28,29) :
thy walls are continually before me;
not the walls of Jerusalem to
rebuild, though there may be an allusion to them; but either the walls
of their houses where they dwell; his delights being in the habitable
parts of his earth, where his saints are; or rather the walls of the
church of God, for the erecting and establishing of which he is
concerned. The metaphor seems to be taken from an architect that has
the plan of a building, a house, or a city and its walls, in his hand,
or lying before him. The phrase denotes the constant care and concern
of Jehovah for the protection and safety of his church and people; who
places angels about them, salvation for walls and bulwarks to them, yea,
he himself is a wall of fire about them, (Isaiah 26:1) (Zechariah 2:5) (Revelation 21:14) .
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Isaiah 49:16". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=isa&chapter=049&verse=016>. 1999.