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Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy; . . . They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; . . . Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.

Whether indicating the desert of the Exodus from Egypt or the return from captivity in Babylon, wilderness in the Hebrew Bible depicts a state of adversity, confusion, and danger. The celebration of God’s deliverance in verse 6 forms a refrain repeated in verses 13, 19, and 28. And this deliverance becomes a prophetic metaphor for divine salvation in the book of Isaiah (see 35:1, 6; 40:3; 43:19).

Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem. The Lord hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the Lord, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more. In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: . . . Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; . . . For I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the Lord. 

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Resources cited in this issue

RR: White, R.E.O. Evangelical Commentary on the Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1995.

Cit. 2: Buttrick, George Arthur, Nolan B. Harmon, et al., eds. The Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes. Vol. 1, General and Old Testament Articles, Genesis, Exodus. Nashville: Abingdon, 1951–57.

Cit. 9: Radmacher, Earl D., Ronald Barclay Allen, and H. Wayne House. The NKJV Study Bible. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2007. 

Cit. 13: Barclay, William. The Daily Study Bible: The Gospel of Luke. Edinburgh: Saint Andrew, 1955. Revised and updated by Saint Andrew, 2001. Reprinted as The New Daily Study Bible: The Gospel of Luke. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2001–04; Arnold, Clinton E. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002.

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