Isa. 40:10: REWARD?
Harold R. Holmyard III
hholmyard at ont.com
Fri Dec 1 21:33:59 EST 2000
Motyer's reasoning seems correct to me. His cross reference to Ezek
29:18-19 seems helpful. A study of the word "reward (sakar)" bears out
Motyer's assertion. Isaiah 62:11, by the way, is a parallel passage.
>In Isa. 40:10, YHWH is presented as coming with his reward (sakar) and
>his recompense (pe'ulla). I've often taken those words to indicate that
>YHWH will be giving everyone his due. Others, however, argue that the
>reward isn't going from YHWH to other people but is rather the reward
>that YHWH himself receives (namely, the flock mentioned in verse 11).
>Alec Motyer writes:
> Where reward ... is used with a pronoun (as here) the pronoun
> is the person receiving the 'wage' (cf. Ezk 29:18f. where it
> is used of the victor getting the fruits of his victory). So
> here, the Lord has received the fruits of his victory, and the
> recompense which accompanies him/ 'is before him,' 'in his
> presence' is the flock of his people which his victory has won
> (The Prophecy of Isaiah, p. 302).
>I'd be interested in your evaluation of his grammatical claim about
>"reward" with a pronoun. He doesn't provide examples.
>Thanks in advance for your help.
>John Barach (403) 317-1950
>Pastor, Trinity Reformed Church (URCNA)
>113 Stafford Blvd. N.
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