New American Standard Bible
And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written,
King James Bible
And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
Darby Bible Translation
And the book of the prophet Esaias was given to him; and having unrolled the book he found the place where it was written,
World English Bible
The book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. He opened the book, and found the place where it was written,
Young's Literal Translation
and there was given over to him a roll of Isaiah the prophet, and having unfolded the roll, he found the place where it hath been written:
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
There was delivered unto him - By the minister of the synagogue, or the keeper of the sacred books. They were kept in an "ark" or chest, not far from the pulpit, and the minister gave them to whomsoever he chose, to read them publicly.
The book - The volume contained the prophecy of Isaiah. It would seem, from this, that the books were kept separate, and not united into one as with us.
When he had opened the book - Literally, when he had "unrolled" the book. Books, among the ancients, were written on parchments or vellum that is, skins of beasts, and were "rolled" together on two rollers, beginning at each end, so that while reading they rolled off from one to the other. Different forms of books were indeed used, but this was the most common. When used the reader unrolled the manuscript as far as the place which he wished to find, and kept before him just so much as he would read. When the roller was done with, it was carefully deposited in a case.
The place where it was written - Isaiah 61:1-2.
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And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read.
"THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED,
And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him.
"But Abraham said, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.'
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