Isaiah 35:5
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English Standard Version
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;

King James Bible
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

American Standard Version
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

English Revised Version
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

Isaiah 35:5 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

This transition from words of Jehovah concerning Himself to words relating to Him, may also be removed by adopting the following rendering: "For my mouth, it has commanded it, and its (my mouth's) breath, it has brought it together" (rūchō equals rūăch pı̄, Psalm 30:6; Job 15:30).

Isaiah 34:16Whenever any one compared the prophecy with the fulfilment, they would be found to coincide. "Search in the book of Jehovah, and read! Not one of the creatures fails, not one misses the other: for my mouth - it has commanded it; and His breath - it has brought them together. And He has cast the lot for them, and His hand has assigned it (this land) to them by measure: they will possess it for ever; to generation and generation they will dwell therein." The phrase על כּתב is used for entering in a book, inasmuch as what is written there is placed upon the page; and מעל דּרשׁ for searching in a book, inasmuch as a person leans over the book when searching in it, and gets the object of his search out of it. The prophet applied the title "The Book of Jehovah" to his collection of the prophecies with which Jehovah had inspired him, and which He had commanded him to write down. Whoever lived to see the time when the judgment should come upon Edom, would have only to look inquiringly into this holy scripture; and if he compared what was predicted there with what had been actually realized, he would find the most exact agreement between them. The creatures named, which loved to frequent the marshes and solitary places, and ruins, would all really make their homes in what had once been Edom. But the satyrs and the lı̄lı̄th, which were only the offspring of the popular belief - what of them? They, too, would be there; for in the sense intended by the prophet they were actual devils, which he merely calls by well-known popular names to produce a spectral impression. Edom would really become a rendezvous for all the animals mentioned, as well as for such unearthly spirits as those which he refers to here. The prophet, or rather Jehovah, whose temporary organ he was, still further confirms this by saying, "My mouth hath commanded it, and His breath has brought them (all these creatures) together." As the first creating word proceeded from the mouth of Jehovah, so also does the word of prophecy, which resembles such a word; and the breath of the mouth of Jehovah, i.e., His Spirit, is the power which accomplishes the fiat of prophecy, as it did that of creation, and moulds all creatures and their history according to the will and counsel of God (Psalm 33:6). In the second part of Isaiah 34:16 the prophet is speaking of Jehovah; whereas in the first Jehovah speaks through him - a variation which vanishes indeed if we read פּיו (Olshausen on Job 9:2), or, what would be better, פּיהוּ, but which may be sustained by a hundred cases of a similar kind. There is a shadow, as it were, of this change in the להם, which alternates with להן in connection with the animals named. The suffix of chilleqattâh (without mappik, as in 1 Samuel 1:6) refers to the land of Edom. Edom is, as it were, given up by a divine lot, and measured off with a divine measure, to be for ever the horrible abode of beasts and demons such as those described. A prelude of the fulfilment of this swept over the mountainous land of Edom immediately after the destruction of Jerusalem (see Khler on Malachi 1:2-5); and it has never risen to its previous state of cultivation again. It swarms with snakes, and the desolate mountain heights and barren table-lands are only inhabited by wild crows and eagles, and great flocks of birds. But the ultimate fulfilment, to which the appeal in Isaiah 34:16 refers, is still in the future, and will eventually fall upon the abodes of those who spiritually belong to that circle of hostility to Jehovah (Jesus) and His church, of which ancient Edom was merely the centre fixed by the prophet.

Isaiah 35:5 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the eyes

Isaiah 29:18 And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.

Isaiah 32:3,4 And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall listen...

Isaiah 42:5,7,16 Thus said God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth...

Isaiah 43:8 Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.

Psalm 146:8 The LORD opens the eyes of the blind: the LORD raises them that are bowed down: the LORD loves the righteous:

Matthew 9:27-30 And when Jesus departed there, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, You son of David, have mercy on us...

Matthew 11:3-5 And said to him, Are you he that should come, or do we look for another...

Matthew 13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that hears the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches...

Matthew 20:30-34 And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us...

Matthew 21:14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.

Mark 8:22-25 And he comes to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man to him, and sought him to touch him...

Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted...

John 9:1-7,39 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth...

John 11:37 And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?

Acts 9:17,18 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus...

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God...

Ephesians 1:17,18 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory...

Ephesians 5:14 Why he said, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.

the ears

Isaiah 48:8 Yes, you heard not; yes, you knew not; yes, from that time that your ear was not opened...

Exodus 4:11 And the LORD said to him, Who has made man's mouth? or who makes the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?

Job 33:16 Then he opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction,

Proverbs 20:12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD has made even both of them.

Jeremiah 6:10 To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot listen: behold...

Mark 7:32-37 And they bring to him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand on him...

Mark 9:25,26 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying to him, You dumb and deaf spirit, I charge you...

Luke 7:20-23 When the men were come to him, they said, John Baptist has sent us to you, saying, Are you he that should come? or look we for another...

Cross References
Matthew 11:5
the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.

Luke 7:22
And he answered them, "Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them.

John 9:6
Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man's eyes with the mud

John 9:7
and said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.

Acts 26:18
to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.'

Isaiah 29:18
In that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book, and out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see.

Isaiah 32:3
Then the eyes of those who see will not be closed, and the ears of those who hear will give attention.

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