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Isaiah 40:28

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40:28 Do you not know?

Have you not heard?

The Lord is an eternal God,

the creator of the whole earth. 1 

He does not get tired or weary;

there is no limit to his wisdom. 2 

1 Corinthians 2:7-10

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2:7 Instead we speak the wisdom of God, hidden in a mystery, that God determined before the ages for our glory. 2:8 None of the rulers of this age understood it. If they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 2:9 But just as it is written, “Things that no eye has seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, 3  are the things God has prepared for those who love him. 4  2:10 God has revealed these to us by the Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.

Psalms 32:7-8

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32:7 You are my hiding place;

you protect me from distress.

You surround me with shouts of joy from those celebrating deliverance. 5  (Selah)

32:8 I will instruct and teach you 6  about how you should live. 7 

I will advise you as I look you in the eye. 8 

1 tn Heb “the ends of the earth,” but this is a merism, where the earth’s extremities stand for its entirety, i.e., the extremities and everything in between them.

2 sn Exiled Israel’s complaint (v. 27) implies that God might be limited in some way. Perhaps he, like so many of the pagan gods, has died. Or perhaps his jurisdiction is limited to Judah and does not include Babylon. Maybe he is unable to devise an adequate plan to rescue his people, or is unable to execute it. But v. 28 affirms that he is not limited temporally or spatially nor is his power and wisdom restricted in any way. He can and will deliver his people, if they respond in hopeful faith (v. 31a).

3 tn Grk “entered the heart,” an OT expression, in which the heart functions like the mind.

4 sn A quotation from Isa 64:4.

5 tn Heb “[with] shouts of joy of deliverance you surround me.”

6 tn The second person pronominal forms in this verse are singular. The psalmist addresses each member of his audience individually (see also the note on the word “eye” in the next line). A less likely option (but one which is commonly understood) is that the Lord addresses the psalmist in vv. 8-9 (cf. NASB “I will instruct you and teach you…I will counsel you with My eye upon you”).

7 tn Heb “I will instruct you and I will teach you in the way [in] which you should walk.”

8 tn Heb “I will advise, upon you my eye,” that is, “I will offer advice [with] my eye upon you.” In 2 Chr 20:12 the statement “our eye is upon you” means that the speakers are looking to the Lord for intervention. Here the expression “my eye upon you” may simply mean that the psalmist will teach his pupils directly and personally.



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