December 29, 2023 – Friday
Isaiah 54:14 NET
14 You will be reestablished when I vindicate you. You will not experience oppression; indeed, you will not be afraid. You will not be terrified, for nothing frightening will come near you.
Isaiah 54:14 ESV
14 In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you.
Isaiah 54:14 NKJV
14 In righteousness you shall be established; You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; And from terror, for it shall not come near you.
Isaiah 54:14 NIV
14 In righteousness you will be established: Tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you.
First, if you read the four versions above, they go from the most literal to the most readable, but there is little difference between all of them as they all work to be faithful to scripture. Second this is the middle verse of Isaiah 54:11-17 which Guzik titles, Promises of prosperity, peace, and protection. From the verse above alone, the title fits.
Matthew Henry’s Commentary – paraphrased – begins with, Let the people of God, when think they hear God speaking comfortably to them by these words, taking notice of their griefs and fears. afflicted and tossed about, think they hear God speaking comfortably to them by these words, taking notice of their griefs and fears. And then he ends with, Security and final victory are the heritage of each faithful servant of the Lord. The righteousness by which they are justified, and the grace by which they are sanctified, are the gift of God, and the effect of his special love.
I wondered why the differences in the middle phrase, You will not experience oppression (NET), you shall be far from oppression (ESV & NKJV), and Tyranny will be far from you (NIV). But then I looked up the synonyms for tyranny and the first one listed was oppression, so there is that. But looking up the synonyms for oppression, tyranny does not show up. However, all the words that do show up are what one would experience living under tyranny. Looking up the Hebrew word used here H6233, osheq, the primary definition provided is both oppression and extortion. But the Brown-Driver-Briggs dictionary states that in Isaiah 54:14, it is national oppression which means tyranny to me.
Nonetheless, being far from oppression or from tyranny also means for it to also be far from us as individuals in our own actions or practices. If God has established us in righteousness through Jesus, we must not be oppressive or tyrannical towards others. To do otherwise would be to deny any righteousness we have through Jesus. To ensure we do not ever act with oppression or tyranny, we simply need to make Micah 6:8 a way of life verse. After it is where God tells us what we need to do, He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?
Bottom Line: Stay far from oppression in your own actions and keep far from it when it comes from others or from the government always remembering to hear God speaking comfortably to you by these words, and knowing God is always taking notice of our griefs and fears. He has a wonderful eternal future planned for each of us.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Keep us from being oppressive and always remembering no matter what happens you have established us in righteousness and our home is with You in heaven. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
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