Scripture Explaining Scripture

I love it when Scripture explains Scripture. Whether it’s Paul or the other NT writers expositing the Old Testament, one idea completed in another part of Scripture, a verse explaining what went right before it, etc.

I read a version of the latter–Isaiah 5:7 explaining what goes before it in the first six verses. I feel like it’s a bonus.

Isaiah 5:1-7
Now I will sing for the one I love a song about his vineyard on a rich and fertile hill.
2 He plowed the land, cleared its stones, and planted it with the best vines. In the middle he built a watchtower and carved a winepress in the nearby rocks. Then he waited for a harvest of sweet grapes, but the grapes that grew were bitter.
3 Now, you people of Jerusalem and Judah, you judge between me and my vineyard.
4 What more could I have done for my vineyard that I have not already done? When I expected sweet grapes, why did my vineyard give me bitter grapes?
5 Now let me tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will tear down its hedges and let it be destroyed. I will break down its walls and let the animals trample it.
6 I will make it a wild place where the vines are not pruned and the ground is not hoed, a place overgrown with briers and thorns. I will command the clouds to drop no rain on it.
7 The nation of Israel is the vineyard of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. The people of Judah are his pleasant garden. He expected a crop of justice, but instead he found oppression. He expected to find righteousness, but instead he heard cries of violence.

Comments welcome.

8 Responses to “Scripture Explaining Scripture”

  1. 1 Nathan Stitt

    I’ve recently been reading Hebrews and I get a similar feeling.

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    That’s one of the things I love about Hebrews.

  3. 3 Nancy

    Yeah…just quit indicating, signaling and beating around the bush and just spit it out! I like the “spit it out” verses that don’t give you any wiggle room…*; )

  4. 4 Scripture Zealot

    Except some of the spit it out verses are mistranslated from vomit to that–spit you out (Rev 3:16). That’s one of the things I like about the HCSB in many instances.

  5. 5 Nancy

    What is HCSB? And yeah, I’m sure there are many instances where certain translations even give God a tummy ache…

  6. 6 Scripture Zealot

    Holman Christian Standard Bible

    I think the standard ones are better.

    See this:
    HCSB Bible Translation Web Sites

  7. 7 job

    thats so clear, i like it!!

  8. 8 Scripture Zealot

    Thanks for the comment. I like it too.

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