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6 And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will A.C. 713.
7 And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took
8 g And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What shall be the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the Lord the third day.
9 And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou have of the LORD, that the Lord will do the thing that he hath spoken : shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?
10 And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the
11 And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the LORD: and
1 The blessings of Christ's kingdom. 9 Desolation is foreshewn. 15 Restoration
is promised to succeed.
1 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.
$I In the first verse of this chapter, there seems to be an evident allusion to the recent recovery of Hezekiah. “ This thing was not done in a corner :" and while the minds of the people were filled with the remembrance of this astonishing miracle; while they beheld their king healed, and on the third day going up into the house of the Lord, (2 Kings xx. 5.) At this moment of exultation and gratitude, it is not improbable that Isaiah would call upon them to anticipate a period when Israel should have much greater cause for praise and rejoicing. "Behold a King shall reign in righteousness,” rise again from the dead on the third day, and enter into the Holy of Holies, conquering death and sin. On this supposition I have deviated from the plan of Bishop Lowth, in his arrangement of this chapter ; and, following Lightfoot, have put together, as one section
, this and the three chapters ensuing. The first eight verses of this chapter describe the happy state of mankind when the Assyrian, or false religion, shall be destroyed; the seven following predict a period of wrath and tribulation preceding that happy event, in which the careless daughters of pleasure are threatened ; and the five last verses repeat the assurance of the general effusion of the Holy Spirit, and the conversion of the world to the true religion. In the 334 chapter
, the prophet predicts the miraculous destruction of Sennacherit's army, and still dwells upon the general subject of the final overthrow of the irreligious faction, and the prosperity of the Church. He threatens the enemies of God with division and treachery among themselves; and describes
A.C. 713. 2 And a man shall be as a hiding place from the wind,
and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry * Heb. heavy. place, as the shadow of great rock in a weary land.
3 And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the
ears of them that hear shall hearken. + Heb. hasty. 4 The heart also of the trash shall understand know
ledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to fOr, elegant'y. speak I plainly.
the consternation of the sinners of Zion, (ver. 14.) or hypocritical professors of
The 34th and 35th chapters make one distinct prophecy, consisting of two
Froin the manner in which the whole of these four chapters are connected together, by the allusions contained in them to that glorious King, who shall "reign in righteousness,”-and to the future events of the latter days, they are inserted together in this place.-Vide Lightfoot ; Bishop Lowth; Horsley in loc.
* Or, when he
against the poor in judgment.
above a year.
5 The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the A.C. 713. chur) said to be bountiful.
6 For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
7 The instruments also of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even * when the needy speaketh right.
8 But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal speaker things shall he +stand.
9°q Rise up, ye women that are at ease; hear my voice, tor, be esta. ye careless daughters; give ear unto my speech.
10 | Many days and years shall ye be troubled, ye care- * Heb. Days less women : for the vintage shall fail, the gathering shall not come.
11 Tremble, ye women that are at ease; be troubled, ye careless ones : strip you, and make you bare, and gird sackcloth upon your loins. 12 They shall lament for the teats, for $ the pleasant Heb. the
fields of desire. fields, for the fruitful vine.
13 Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns
14 Because the palaces shall be forsaken; the multitude
15 Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and
16 Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and
17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and
18 And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation,
19 When it shall hail, coming down on the forest ; + and + Or, and the the city shall be low in a low place.
utierlyabased 20 Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters, that send forth thither the feet of the ox and the ass.
city shall be
1 Woe to thee that spoilest, and thou wast not spoiled ; and dealest treacherously, and they deal not treacherously
+ Or, messengers.
A.C. 713. with thee! when thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be
spoiled ; and when thou shalt make an end to deal trea-
2 0 LORD, be gracious unto us; we have waited for
3 At the noise of the tumult the people fled; at the lifting up of thyself the nations were scattered.
4 And your spoil shall be gathered like the gathering of
6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy Heb. salva. times, and strength of * salvation : the fear of the LORD is
7 Behold, their + valiant ones shall cry without: the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly.
8 The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth : he hath broken the covenant, he hath despised the cities, he regardeth no man.
9 The earth mourneth and languisheth: Lebanon is 1 Or, withered ashamed and I hewn down : Sharon is like a wilderness ;
and Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits.
10 Now will I rise, saith the LORD, now will I be exalted; now will I lift up myself.
11 Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble : your breath, as fire, shall devour you.
12 And the people shall be as the burnings of lime: as thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire.
13 | Hear, ye that are far off, what I have done ; and, ye that are near, acknowledge my might.
14 The sinners in Zion are afraid ; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?
15 He that 'walketh & righteously, and speaketh || uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of * oppressions, that
shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his || Heb. upright ears from hearing of + blood, and shutteth his eyes from *Or, deceits, seeing evil;
16° He shall dwell on f high: his place of defence shall Heb. heights, or, high places. be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his
waters shall be sure.
17 Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold § the land that is very far off.
18 Thine heart shall meditate terror. u Where is the
t Ps. xv. 2. & xxiv. 4. (Heh, in righteous
+ Heb. bloods.
Heb, the land of far distances. u I Cor. i 20.
scribe? where is the * receiver ? where is he that counted A.C. 713. the towers ?
.. Heb.weigher. 19 Thou shalt not see a fierce people, a people of deeper speech than thou canst perceive; of a + stammering tongue, tous that thou canst not understand.
20 Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.
21 But there the glorious LORD will be unto us a place I of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley Heb. broad with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby.
22 For the LORD is our judge, the Lord is our glaw- \Heb. statutegiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us.
23 | Thy tacklings are loosed ; they could not well | Or, They
24 And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the peo-
of spaces, or, hands.
1 The judgments wherewith God revengeth his church. 11 The desolation of her
enemies. 16 The certainty of the prophecy. 1 Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear, and * all that is therein ; the world, * Heb. the ful.
ness thereof. and all things that come forth of it.
2 For the indignation of the Lord is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies : he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter.
3 Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcases, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood.
4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be *rolled together as a scroll: and all their x Rev. vi, 14. host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a 5 falling fig from the fig tree.
5 For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment.
6 The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the LORD hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea.
y Rev. vi, 13.