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The farmer is one who has disowned his former profession of speaking falsely in the name of the Lord (as the previous verses 4-5 make clear). Such an individual now knows his rightful work and applies himself to it with diligence (verse 5). If he has suffered beatings (e.g. for having spoken falsely in the past), then he sees this as a good and positive ...


“The HOUSE OF JUDAH shall again take root” Whatever messianic hopes were later read into Isaiah’s message, the image of the ‘stump of Jesse,’ in its original time and original context, did not foretell the death of their righteous king but was a picture of Jerusalem’s current crisis. Though the ‘godless’ nation to the north, the Kingdom of Israel, had ...

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