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THE SERVANT OF THE LORD
IN ISAIAH XL.-LXVI.
RECLAIMED TO ISAIAH AS THE AUTHOR
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JOHN FORBES, D.D., LL.D.
It is with feelings of the deepest and most sincere gratitude I give thanks to Almighty God, that health and strength have been granted me, at the advanced age of eighty-seven, to complete at length my Commentary on Isaiah's Last Prophecy of the “ Servant of the LORD” in chaps. xl.-lxvi., and to reclaim for Isaiah its authorship, now denied by almost every biblical scholar on this side of the Atlantic, Dr. Delitzsch no longer forming an exception.
Knowing from my own experience how difficult it is to overcome long-cherished opinions, I cannot expect those who have arrived at an opposite conclusion after careful examination to assent to my views ; but I do cherish the hope that the arguments adduced for the genuineness and authenticity of the Prophecy as a writing of the time of Isaiah will be found sufficient to convince younger scholars, who approach the question without prepossession, of the utter untenableness of the prevalent opinion that the Prophecy is the work of an author who wrote at the time of Cyrus; and to prove that, so far from being a "desultory composition, often interrupted and obscured by retrocessions and resumptions," as even Dr. Joseph Addison Alexander affirms, the Prophecy forms a continuous and most symmetrically arranged whole, in every respect worthy