New Defender's Study Bible Notes
29:1 Ariel. “Ariel,” meaning “lion of God,” is indicated as Jerusalem, the city of David. The name probably stems from Jacob’s dying prophecy concerning Judah, David’s ancestor (Genesis 49:9-10).
29:13 removed their heart. An indictment applied by Jesus to the Pharisees (Matthew 15:8), and attributed by Him to the prophecy of Isaiah. See also Ezekiel 33:30-32.
29:14 wise men shall perish. See I Corinthians 1:19. This prophecy is used by Paul to introduce his great exposition of the folly of humanistic “wisdom.”
29:16 He made me not. The context here is that of rebellious ancient Israel, but the anomaly expressed here is surely modern as well. Today, men of great intellect or great power or other God-given abilities are denying the very existence of their Maker. But the time is soon coming when “the terrible one is brought to nought,” and “the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 29:20,19).