The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleIsaiah 52:5
Now therefore what have I here, saith the Lord, that my people
is taken away for nought?
&c.] Or what do I get by it, that my people
should be taken and held in captivity without cause? I am no gainer,
but a loser by it, as it afterwards appears; and therefore why should I
sit still, and delay the deliverance of my people any longer? but as I
have delivered Israel out of Egypt, and the Jews from Babylon, so will
I deliver my people out of mystical Babylon, spiritually called Sodom
They that rule over them cause them to howl, saith the Lord;
hath carried them captive, and exercised a tyrannical power over them,
cause them to howl under their bondage and slavery, as the Israelites
formerly in Egypt; wherefore the Lord is moved with compassion to them,
and since neither he nor they were gainers, but losers by their
captivity, he determines to deliver them: or it may be rendered, "they
cause its rulers to howl" F9, or his rulers howl; not the common
people only, but their governors, civil and ecclesiastical; so Aben
Ezra interprets it not of Heathen rulers, but of the great men of
and my name continually every day is blasphemed;
by ascribing their
extent of power and authority, their dominions and conquests, not to
the Lord, but to their idols, whom they worship, to such or such a
saint; opening their mouths in blasphemy against God, his name and
tabernacle, and his people, (Revelation 13:5,6) . The Targum is,
``and always, all the day, because of the worship of my name,
The Septuagint is, "for you always my name is blasphemed among the
Gentiles"; see (Romans 2:24) .
F9 (wlylyhy wlvm) "dominatores ejus ululare facient", Montanus;
"dominus ipsius ejulant", Junius & Tremellius, Vitringa; "ululant",
Piscator; "qui habent potestatem in eum ejulant", Cocceius.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Isaiah 52:5". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=isa&chapter=052&verse=005>. 1999.