Isaiah 40:1,2 Double for Sin

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.

Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD's hand double for all her sins.

In Bible times, if a man is indebted and unable to pay his creditors, he appears before the elders sitting at the gate of the city. These elected ones consider cases brought before them and decide the appropriate actions of judgment. The elders are considered the people’s court of the spiritual body. The chairman of the elders depends on God for leadership so the right decision can be rendered.

The indebted person has both a legal and moral obligation to see that his debts are fully paid. The man’s name with the list of his debtors and amounts owed is put on the gate for all to see until the debt is paid. Then everyone in the town knows the situation and that he has been dishonorable. Rejected and insulted by the citizenry, he cannot even find work.

Perhaps the debt notice is seen by a relative, friend or benefactor who agrees to pay fully the amount owed. Once payments are totally fulfilled, the elders at the gate fold the notice, glue it together, and in that manner double it: the debt is paid. Then the elder writes the debtor’s name on the outside and there is then no more condemnation. Rather than meaning twice as much, double for sin means the man has been redeemed from debt.

In like manner, Jesus Christ blotted the handwriting of ordinances that was against us (Colossians 2:14). He was the benefactor that paid it all for us on the cross.

Orientalisms of the Bible Volume I by Bishop K. C. Pillai, D.D., American Christian Press, 1986, 3rd printing 1998, pp. 127-132.

Old and New Testament Orientalisms Teachings of Bishop K. C. Pillai transcript, Isaiah 40:1, 2, pp. 236-238.



Verses 1 and 2 The second verse should be translated, "Speak comfort to the heart of Jerusalem, and declare unto her, that her appointed time is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord's hand a fully paid up receipt for all her sins."


In the East whenever a crime is committed among religious people especially, it is brought before the elders of the gate. There the crime and the punishment are written out and hung on the gate on a large piece of paper. Especially, for instance, if a man became bankrupt they will do this. The people's court is the elders of the gate. They never charge. They never change either. The political court has no effect upon the elders of the gate. The religious people look upon the political courts as worldly, the elders of the gate are the spiritual body. They are the people's court.


For instance, if a bankruptcy is declared it is a political act, it must go to the political court. But suppose in the political court they settle for 25¢ on the dollar, then the elders of the gate will say, "Well that is all right legally. He has paid off his legal responsibility. But it is not all right spiritually or morally until he has paid off the balance of the 75¢ on the dollar he owes every creditor. Therefore, this man's name will be hung on the gate with the names of all the creditors, how much he paid and how much he yet owes to each one. Like here in America we put up the criminals photos in a police station and describe what the misdemeanor is. So they do this, only they don't put up the picture.


Now how do I go about to rectify myself? I pay the 25¢ but according to the elders of the gate I owe 75¢. So when I have more money I could go and pay it off, but I don't have more money. So a good friend of mine comes along and he goes to the political court and pays the 75¢ on the dollar to all my creditors and then they give him a receipt paid in full, dollar for dollar and he takes this to the elders at the gate and he says, "Well, Mr. Smith is my friend, I went to the political court and I paid for him and I would like for you to accept the receipt, paid in full." The elders listen to what he has to say. Then they fold up the paper on which the creditors names are written and what he knows. They take it off the gate and they fold it up and thus both sides are gummed up. He covered up both sides. You can see nothing on it after it is folded up. Then they give the paper to the man who has paid it off for me and he comes to see me and he tells me what he has done for me and then I rejoice over it very much, which is the meaning of Romans 8:1, "There is therefore now no condemnation..." and also the scripture "...hand writing blotted out." Colossians 2:14.


Colossians 2:14. Double for sins. II Corinthians 8:9. Matthew 8:20. Poor (Was Christ?).

(further explanation of just preceding teaching of orientalism in II Kings 3:23,24. He who calls his brother a fool is in danger of hellfire. Fool-idiot abnormal, effeminate. Calling a brother with Christ in him a fool is calling God a fool. Bishop not explain "hell fire".)


In the East a person going bankrupt, he goes to the court and files a list of his creditors and how much he owes to each. Then court declares him bankrupt. In America only three are involved in such a situation: the creditor, the judge, and the person going bankrupt. In the East, all the country knows when a person is bankrupt. The elders at the gate hand the list of his creditors at the gate. Then everyone knows that he is a dishonorable man. Much talk is against him and his family. Hard for his children to marry. This disgrace is not lifted until he pays "dollar for dollar." Legally he is OK if he pays something like 25¢ to the dollar but he is not morally OK still. His payments are recorded at the gate. Someone could pay off his debt for him. It's as good as his own payment. This benefactor pays the court, receives the receipt, and hands it to the elders of the gate. They read it, fold the list and glue it together and then all that was against the man if closed in. No more condemnation. Write his name on the outside and tack the list back up on the wall, that is being doubled.


There is now no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus (Roman 8:1). Christ blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us (Col. 2:14). New creation in Christ.


Christ paid it all for us. He who was rich became poor that we through his poverty might become rich (II Cor. 8:9). He was not poor economically - he wore a seamless robe, his mother owned property, every home in Palestine was open to him. He had riches in glory. "Poor" means humble. Through his humility we inherited his riches in glory.


Matthew 8:20. (Not stated)—a male and a female fox together build a hole for home. Mated birds build nests together. A man would say that he had nowhere to lay his head simply to say that he was unmarried and had no home in that sense.


Jesus' parents and sisters' home were always open to him. He was not poverty stricken. Any holy man of any religion in the East is respected and all homes are open to him.


Double for sins. The wages of sin is death. To receive double for sins, where is the comfort?

Iniquity is pardoned by receiving double for all my sins? This does not mean twice as much. In the East, if a man goes bankrupt, he goes to the elders of the gate court (local counsel elected by the people— original origin of democracy). The elders want to know if Mr. A is bankrupt what he owes and to whom he owes it. Mr. A gives the information at court and the elders post this list at the gates of the city. Every person can see it here. In the East, a man had to pay back his debts, dollar for dollar, no percentage. In the East, a man can be legally, but nor morally free. The paper is put on the gate, although the Mr. A is not thrown in jail. A benefactor might see this debt notice at the gate and go to settle with his creditors, full payment. Papers of confirmation of payment are delivered to the elders. Then the elders fold the debt notice over, doubled. This is being redeemed made whole.


Received double for all her sins. We understand double as twice as much. Double here is not twice as much. In the east, they check each others children. Example: Man becomes bankrupt in east the whole city knows. They hand a list of creditors they got from creditors, goes to the elders and they are published at the gate. Everybody reads it—everyone looks down on you. This makes other people afraid to do this. If a man steals, they cut his hand off. If they go bankrupt must pay dollar for dollar. Legality is no criteria for deciding a man's character. Can be legally right and morally wrong (Example—if a man pays 25¢ on every dollar). A benefactor of family win come and pay the balance to the elders of the gate. Therefore, the man has been redeemed from his debts. As the elders receive payment by the benefactor the debt is folded inside of the paper and doubled. This closes all that was against him. Colossians 2:14.


Receive double for sins. "Double" here does not mean twice as much. Scores of small cities and villages comprise India and each is self-governing. The idea of democracy came from India to the Western world. They chose their governing officials (elders) once every three years. These elders sit at the town gate and the place where they sit is called "ponchi' at" which means "government of the people, by the people, for the people." This idea has been in practice for thousands of years in small Indian villages and India is now the largest democratic country in the world. (Democracy traveled from Indus Valley civilization—became India - to Nile Valley civilization—became Egypt—to Greece, to Rome, to Britain. Western world its civilization from Rome.)


The elders sit in an office at the gate and offenders of the law are brought before them. Small crimes are settled there. The term "receive double for sins" originated at the gate. If a man (a) owed man (b) some money and (a) did not pay it, (b) could take (a's) son to be a bond slave (See II Kings 4:1). The debtor (a) must go to the court at the gate and file a petition of insolvency. The judge calls in all his creditors and the debtor tells them that he cannot pay it all. The debtor then tells them that he can pay a certain percentage (such as 25¢ on the dollar). The debtor is legally protected after he works out a plan of payment. He cannot do any business until he discharges his debt. The elders of the gate keep a record of his debts on a public bulletin board. Thousands of people go there to read the notices. No matter how honorable a man was before, he is considered totally dishonorable when his name is placed on the board as a debtor. His entire family is rejected and insulted. He cannot even find work. He can be legally by filing "bankruptcy" but is still morally wrong if he does not make 100% payment to his creditors. If he paid 25¢ on the dollar, his notice remains on the board and he is dishonored until the entire amount is paid even though he is legally free. Perhaps someone will come along and see that he is a good man in a mess and will pay off the balance of the debt. Then the man is fully discharged. The elders of the gate take the notice and fold it so that no one can read the debt, then hang it back on the board so that everyone can see that this man is no longer in any condemnation because he is fully paid. Someone set him free. He may ask the elders for the notice to keep. The notice was doubled (folded) when the debt was paid. We have also received double for all of our sins because Jesus Christ paid the full price for us (See Colossians 2:13-15).

Anthony Gilmore,
Jun 26, 2011, 1:21 PM