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- Isa 48:13. Ancient Israelites measured things in spans and cubits, with a span being measure of a spread-open hand from the tip of the thumb to the tip of the small finger. A cubit is two spans, and is also the distance from the elbow to the tip of the fingers. When the Lord says that "my right hand hath spanned the heavens," He is claiming to have measured out the heavens. This measuring or "meting out" of the heavens is referred to in Isa 40:12.
- Isa 48:18: Peace had been as a river. This phrase may be referring to the constant flowing nature of a river (cf. Isa 66:12).
- Isa 48:18: As the waves of the sea. This phrase may be referring to the power of the waves of the sea. Interestingly, Isa 57:20 uses a metaphor of tossing waves to describe the unrest that the wicked will experience.
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- Isa 48:4: Is "thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass" Isaiah's way of saying "stiff-necked" and "hard-headed"?
- Isa 48:5: Who is Isaiah referring to when he says "before it came to pass I showed them thee"? Also what does Isaiah mean when he says that some will say that "mine idol hath done them, and my graven image"? What is being blamed on the graven images?
- Isa 48:8: If little children are innocent, how can someone be a "transgressor from the womb"? Does this have anything to do with varying states of righteousness in our pre-mortal existence?
- Isa 48:9: When the Lord says, “for my name’s sake I will defer mine anger,” what is he saying? What does he mean by “my name” in this verse? Is it parallel to “my praise"? If so, what is the point here, and how are we to understand that point? Does verse 11 answer these questions?
- Isa 48:10: In verse 4 the Lord described Israel as obstinate. Here he says they have been refined and were chosen in affliction. How do those go together?
- Isa 48:11: The Lord says that he will save Israel for his own sake. Does this mean that he won’t be doing it for Israel’s sake? Does this contradict Moses 1:39?
- Isa 48:13: What does it mean to say that the Lord's "right hand hath spanned the heavens"?
- Isa 48:16: "the Lord God, and his Spirit, hath sent me." Why does it make a distinction between the Lord God and his Spirit? Assuming that "his Spirit" is the Holy Ghost in this instance, why would they both be involved in "the sending"?
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