“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 25, “PRAISE TO THE LORD,” III

CHRISTIAN LIVING

“Intercession,” William McDowell 

  “PRAISE TO THE LORD,” lll, ISAIAH 25:9) AND IT SHALL BE SAID IN THAT DAY, LO, THIS IS OUR GOD; WE HAVE WAITED FOR HIM, WE WILL BE GLAD AND REJOICE IN HIS SALVATION.  10) FOR IN THIS MOUNTAIN SHALL THE HAND OF THE LORD REST, AND MOAB SHALL BE TRODDEN DOWN UNDER HIM, EVEN AS STRAW IS TRODDEN DOWN FOR THE DUNGHILL.  11) AND HE SHALL SPREAD FORTH HIS HANDS IN THE MIDST OF THEM, AS HE THAT SWIMMETH SPREADETH FORTH HIS HANDS TO SWIM:  AND HE SHALL BRING DOWN THEIR PRIDE TOGETHER WITH THE SPOILS OF THEIR HANDS.  JOB 40:11, 12.  12) AND THE FORTRESS OF THE HIGH FORT OF THY WALLS SHALL HE BRING DOWN, LAY LOW, AND BRING TO THE GROUND, EVEN TO THE DUST.   

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v9, Note the change from “my God” (v.1) to our God.  This verse is the faithful’s song of Praise.  Be Glad And Rejoice may be rephrased as “be exceedingly happy.”  Salvation is deliverance from constraint (limits), whether it is falling into a pit (Psalm 40:2) or the constraint of sin and death.  v10, 11, Moab symbolizes the proud.  for the refuse heap:  This phrase refers to water mixed with dung—a very unpleasant image.  v12,  HE WILL BRING DOWN:  THIS WILL BE THE WORK OF THE LORD.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v9-12, WITH JOY AND PRAISE WILL THOSE ENTERTAIN THE GLAD TIDINGS OF THE REDEEMER, WHO LOOKED FOR HIM, AND WITH A TRIUMPHANT SONG WILL GLORIFIED SAINTS ENTER INTO THE JOY OF THEIR LORD!  AND IT IS NOT IN VAIN TO WAIT FOR HIM; FOR THE MERCY COMES AT LAST, WITH ABUNDANT RECOMPENSE FOR THE DELAY.  THE HANDS ONCE STRETCHED OUT UPON THE CROSS, TO MAKE WAY FOR OUR SALVATION, WILL AT LENGTH BE STRETCHED FORTH TO DESTROY ALL IMPERTINENT SINNERS.  MOAB IS HER PUT FOR ALL ADVERSARIES OF GOD’S PEOPLE; THEY SHALL ALL BE TRODDEN DOWN OR THRESHED .  GOD SHALL BRING DOWN THE PRIDE OF THE ENEMIES BY ONE JUDGMENT AFTER ANOTHER.  THIS DESTRUCTION OF MOAB IS TYPICAL OF CHRIST’S VICTORY , AND THE PULLING DOWN OF SATAN’S STRONG-HOLDS.  THEREFORE, BELOVED BRETHREN, BE YE STEDFAST, UNMOVABLE, ALWAYS ABOUNDING IN THE WORK OF THE LORD; FOR YOUR LABOUR IS NOT IN VAIN IN THE LORD.  AMEN.

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 25, “PRAISE TO THE LORD,” cont’d

CHRISTIAN LIVING

“Intercession,” William McDowell

“Great I Am,” LaRue Howard

“PRAISE TO THE LORD,” CONT’D, ISAIAH 25:6) AND IN THIS MOUNTAIN SHALL THE LORD OF HOSTS MAKE UNTO ALL PEOPLE A FEAST OF FAT THINGS, A FEAST OF WINES ON THE LEES (the best wine), OF FAT THINGS FULL OF MARROW, OF WINES ON THE LEES WELL REFINED.  MATTHEW 22:4; DANIEL 7:14.  7) AND HE WILL DESTROY IN THIS MOUNTAIN THE FACE OF THE COVERING CAST OVER ALL PEOPLE, AND THE VEIL THAT IS SPREAD OVER ALL NATIONS.  8) HE WILL SWALLOW UP DEATH IN VICTORY; AND THE LORD GOD WILL WIPE AWAY TEARS FROM OFF ALL FACES; AND THE REBUKE OF HIS PEOPLE HE TAKE AWAY FROM OFF ALL THE EARTH:  FOR THE LORD HATH SPOKEN IT.  2 CORINTHIANS 5:4; HEBREWS 2:14.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v6, A feast of wine on the lees refers to the best wine.  Fat things full of marrow refers to the choicest food.  v7, The surface of the covering and veil refer to a “shroud.”  This Is A Promise Of The End Of Death (v. 8).  v8, Lord Will Swallow Up Death.  Wipe Away Tears:  This Promise is given anew in Revelation 7:17; 21:4.  The Lord Has Spoken:  The Promises Are As Sure As The Eternal Character Of God (1:20).

 Quest Study Bible – v6, 7, “Who are the people of the feast?”  The People of God Who Join In An Unrestrained Celebration.  The Picture Is Of An Inaugural Banquet For A King, With The Lord As King.  It Also Could Suggest A Wedding Celebration, With Isaiah Hinting About The Marriage Supper Of The Lamb (Luke 14:15; Revelation 19:7-9).  v7, “What covers the nations?”  Death, portrayed through the image of a shroud that wraps a corpse.  The Hebrew combines rhyming words with similar meanings and poetic parallelism (in which the second thought repeats the first).  All this emphasizes that Death Will Be Destroyed (v. 8).  v8, SCRIPTURE LINK (25:8) To Show That God’s Ultimate Victory Will End Death And The Mourning It Causes.  John linked this with the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:2-4).

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v6-8, THE KIND RECEPTION OF REPENTANT SINNERS, IS OFTEN IN THE NEW TESTAMENT LIKENED TO A FEAST.  THE GUESTS INVITED ARE ALL PEOPLE, GENTILES AS WELL AS JEWS.  THERE IS THAT IN THE GOSPEL WHICH STRENGTHENS AND MAKES GLAD THE HEART, AND IS FIT FOR THOSE WHO ARE UNDER CONVICTIONS OF SIN, AND MOURNING FOR IT.  THERE IS A VEIL SPREAD OVER ALL NATIONS, FOR ALL SAT IN DARKNESS.  BUT THIS VEIL THE LORD WILL DESTROY, BY THE LIGHT OF HIS GOSPEL SHINING IN THE WORLD, AND THE POWER OF HIS SPIRIT OPENING MEN’S EYES TO RECEIVE IT.  HE WILL RAISE THOSE TO SPIRITUAL LIFE WHO WERE LONG DEAD IN TRESPASSES AND SINS.  CHRIST WILL HIMSELF, IN HIS RESURRECTION, TRIUMPH OVER DEATH.  GRIEF SHALL BE BANISHED; THERE SHALL BE PERFECT AND ENDLESS JOY.  THOSE THAT MOURN FOR SIN SHALL BE COMFORTED.   THOSE WHO SUFFER FOR CHRIST SHALL HAVE CONSOLATIONS.  BUT IN THE JOYS OF HEAVEN, AND NOT SHORT OF THEM, WILL FULLY BE BROUGHT TO PASS THIS SAYING, GOD SHALL WIPE AWAY ALL TEARS.  THE HOPE OF THIS SHOULD NOW DO AWAY WITH OVER-SORROWS, ALL WEEPING THAT HINDERS SOWING.  SOMETIMES IN THIS WORLD GOD TAKES AWAY THE REPROACH OF HIS PEOPLE FROM AMONG MEN; HOWEVER, IT WILL BE DONE FULLY AT THE GREAT DAY.  LET US PATIENTLY BEAR SORROW AND SHAME NOW; BOTH WILL BE DONE AWAY SHORTLY.  PRAISE GOD.

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 25, “PRAISE TO THE LORD”

Christian Living

“Intercession,”  William McDowell 

“Glory To The Lamb,”  Geoffrey Golden 

“PRAISE TO THE LORD,” ISAIAH 25:1) O LORD, THOU ART MY GOD; I WILL EXALT THEE, I WILL PRAISE THY NAME; FOR THOU HAST DONE WONDERFUL THINGS; THY COUNSELS OF OLD ARE FAITHFULNESS AND TRUTH.  2) FOR THOU HAST MADE OF A CITY AN HEAP; OF A DEFENCED CITY A RUIN:  A PALACE OF STRANGERS TO BE NO CITY; IT SHALL NEVER BE BUILT.  3) THEREFORE SHALL THE STRONG PEOPLE GLORIFY THEE, THE CITY OF THE TERRIBLE NATIONS SHALL FEAR THEE.  REVELATION 11:13.  4) FOR THOU HAST BEEN A STRENGTH TO THE POOR, A STRENGTH TO THE NEEDY IN HIS DISTRESS, A REFUGE FROM THE STORM, A SHADOW FROM THE HEAT, WHEN THE BLAST OF THE OF THE TERRIBLE ONES IS AS A STORM AGAINST THE WALL.   PSALM 46; NAHUM 1;7.  5) THOU SHALL BRING DOWN THE NOISE OF STRANGERS, AS THE HEAT IN A DRY PLACE; EVEN THE HEAT WITH THE SHADOW OF A CLOUD:  THE BRANCH OF THE TERRIBLE ONES SHALL BE BROUGHT LOW.    

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, Wonderful Things refers to The Wonders Only God Can Do.  Faithfulness and Truth may be rephrased as “Absolute Truth.”  v2, Any proud city is in view here (24:10).  never be rebuilt:  For a similar idea, see 24:20.  v3, The terrible nations are those addressed in chs. 13-23.  The pairing of Glorify in (24:15) and Fear speaks of The Absolute Submission To God Of All People (Philippians 2:10).  v4, The repetition of the word strength and the use of the terms refuge (57:13) and shade is similar to the listing of terms for protection in Psalm 91:1-3.  v5, The use of the term terrible ones, or nations, three times in vv. 3-5 Emphasizes Divine Judgment On The Nations Represented.

Quest Study Bible – v2, “Why Praise God For Destruction And Devastation?”  See “Who Would Praise God With Destruction All Around?”  (24:14-16).

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-5, However this might show the deliverance of the Jews out of captivity, it looked further, TO THE PRAISES THAT SHOULD BE OFFERED UP TO GOD FOR CHRIST’S VICTORIES OVER OUR SPIRITUAL ENEMIES, AND THE COMFORTS HE HAS PROVIDED FOR ALL BELIEVERS.  TRUE FAITH SIMPLY CREDITS THE LORD’S TESTIMONY AND RELIES ON HIS TRUTH TO PERFORM HIS PROMISES.  AS GOD WEAKENS THE STRONG WHO ARE PROUD AND SECURE,  SO HE STRENGTHENS THE WEAK THAT ARE HUMBLE, AND STAY (will not be moved) THEMSELVES UPON HIM.  GOD PROTECTS HIS PEOPLE IN ALL WEATHERS.  THE LORD SHELTERS THOSE WHO TRUST IN HIM FROM THE INSOLENCE OF OPPRESSORS.  THEIR INSOLENCE IS BUT THE NOISE OF STRANGERS, IT IS LIKE THE HEAT OF THE SUN SCORCHING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY; BUT WHERE IS IT WHEN THE SUN IS SET?  THE LORD EVER WAS, AND EVER WILL BE, THE REFUGE OF DISTRESSED BELIEVERS.  HAVING PROVIDED THEM A SHELTER, HE TEACHES THEM TO FLEE UNTO IT.   AMEN.R ALL NATIONS, FOR ALL SAT IN DARKNESS.  BUT THIS VEIL THE LORD WILL DESTROY, BY THE LIGHT OF HIS GOSPEL SHINING IN THE WORLD, AND THE POWER OF HIS SPIRIT OPENING MEN’S EYES TO RECEIVE IT.  HE WILL RAISE THOSE TO SPIRITUAL LIFE WHO WERE LONG DEAD IN TRESPASSES AND SINS.  CHRIST WILL HIMSELF, IN HIS RESURRECTION, TRIUMPH OVER DEATH.  GRIEF SHALL BE BANISHED; THERE SHALL BE PERFECT AND ENDLESS JOY.  THOSE THAT MOURN FOR SIN SHALL BE COMFORTED.   THOSE WHO SUFFER FOR CHRIST SHALL HAVE CONSOLATIONS.  BUT IN THE JOYS OF HEAVEN,AND NOT SHORT OF THEM, WILL FULLY BE BROUGHT TO PASS THIS SAYING, GOD SHALL WIPE AWAY ALL TEARS.  THE HOPE OF THIS SHOULD NOW DO AWAY WITH OVER-SORROWS, ALL WEEPING THAT HINDERS SOWING.  SOMETIMES IN THIS WORLD GOD TAKES AWAY THE REPROACH OF HIS PEOPLE FROM AMONG MEN; HOWEVER, IT WILL BE DONE FULLY AT THE GREAT DAY.  LET US PATIENTLY BEAR SORROW AND SHAME NOW; BOTH WILL BE DONE AWAY SHORTLY.  PRAISE GOD.  

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 24, “The Lord’s Devastation of the Earth,” V

Christian Living

“Intercession,” William McDowell

“The Lord’s Devastation of the Earth,” V, Isaiah 24:20) The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.  21) And it shall come to pass in That Day, That The Lord Shall Punish The Host Of The High Ones That Are On High, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.  22) And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited.  23) Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, When The Lord Of Hosts Shall Reign In Mount Zion, And In Jerusalem, And Before His Ancients Gloriously.  Revelation 19:4. 

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v16, But I said:  The prophet could not join the oppressed’s hymn of Praise because he saw the treachery that would precede the rejoicing (33:1; Daniel 7:28; 8:27).  v17, 18, Windows may be an allusion to the Flood (Genesis 7:11).  In the Old Testament the word means “openings.”   v19, 21, The Hebrew word to punish means to “to visit” (23:17).  The host of stars (Jeremiah 33:22).  is identified with fallen angels (Matthew 24:29; Revelation 12:4, 9).  v22, prisoners:  For a similar idea see 2 Peter 2:4.   v23 (It’s, Jerusalem’s) elders may be a reference to  angelic beings (* or ancients) who attend God’s Majesty.      

Quest Study Bible – v18-20, “Is this a description of the end of the world?”  Perhaps not the end of the planet, but perhaps the end of human society.  Isaiah borrows a description from the early days of history to describe the last days:  flood gates of the Heavens pictures the flood—God’s Judgment (Genesis 7:11).  Then, in poetry that pushes the language to its limit, Isaiah Says That Those Who Trust Only In The World Will Find Themselves With Nothing.

Quest Study Bible – v21-22, “Powers in the Heavens,”  This may mean Satan and the fallen angels.  Later Jewish end-times writings pick up the idea of warfare among supernatural beings.  The idea is also found in the New Testament (Ephesians 6:12; Revelations 12:7-9; 20:2-3).  The phrase might refer, however, to the stars.  Many believed the stars had power of individuals and nations.

Quest Study Bible – v23, “Will God Literally Reign In Jerusalem?”  Some believe The Messiah Will Come To Earth, Rebuild The Jerusalem Temple And Reign Over The World.  But others think this may describe The New Jerusalem after the destruction of the earth (Revelation 21:1-2).  Either way, The Message Remains The Same.  God Will Reign.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v16-23, Believers may be driven into the uttermost parts of the earth; but they are singing, not sighing.  Here Is Terror To Sinners; the prophet laments the miseries he saw breaking in like a torrent; and the small number of Believers.  He foresees that sin would abound.  The meaning is plain, that evil pursues sinners.  Unsteady, uncertain are all these things.  Worldly men think to dwell in the earth as in a palace, as in a castle; but it shall be removed like a cottage, like a lodge put up for the night.  It shall fall and not rise again; But There Shall Be New Heavens and a New Earth, In Which Shall Dwell Nothing But Righteousness.  Sin is a burden to the whole creation, it is a heavy burden, under which it groans now, and will sink at last.  The high ones, that are puffed up with their grandeur; that think themselves out of the reach of danger, God Will Visit For Their Pride And Cruelty.  Let Us Judge Nothing Before The Time, though some shall be visited.  None in this world should be secure, though their condition be ever so prosperous; nor need any despair, though their condition be ever so deplorable.  God Will Be Glorified In All Of This.  But The Mystery Of Providence Is Not Yet Finished.  The Ruin of The Redeemer’s enemies must make way For His Kingdom, And Then The Son Of Righteousness Will Appear In Full Glory.  Happy Are Those Who Take Warning By The Sentence Against Others;  every impenitent sinner will sink under his transgressions, and rise no more, While Believers Enjoy Everlasting Bliss.  Amen.

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 24, “The Lord’s Devastation of the Earth,” IV

Christian Living

“Intercession,”  William McDowell 

“The Lord’s Devastation of the Earth,” lV, Isaiah 24:16) From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, Even Glory To The Righteous.  But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me!  the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.  Jeremiah 3:20.  17) Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.  Amos 5:19.  18) And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the Fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare:  For The Windows From On High Are Open, and the foundations of the earth do shake.  19) The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.  Jeremiah 4:23.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v16, But I said:  The prophet could not join the oppressed’s hymn of Praise because he saw the treachery that would precede the rejoicing (33:1; Daniel 7:28; 8:27).  v17, 18, Windows may be an allusion to the Flood (Genesis 7:11).  In the Old Testament the word means “openings.”   v19, 21, The Hebrew word to punish means to “to visit” (23:17).  The host of stars (Jeremiah 33:22).  is identified with fallen angels (Matthew 24:29; Revelation 12:4, 9).  v22, prisoners:  For a similar idea see 2 Peter 2:4.   v23 (It’s, Jerusalem’s) elders may be a reference to  angelic beings (or ancients KJV) who attend God’s Majesty.

Quest Study Bible – v14-16, “Who would Praise God with destruction all around?”  Perhaps the righteous who escape, as few in number as the olives and grapes missed during a harvest (v. 13).  No one else would have reason to be happy about judgment.  God’s Wrath will terrorize the wicked and excite those who have been anticipating and Praying for God To Act.   Still, their Praise will not be about destruction, but about what comes next—The Fulfillment Of God’s Kingdom.  v16, “Why did Isaiah feel betrayed?”  He was appalled at the immense human tragedy in his Vision.  After Woe to me, Isaiah uses a poetic device—five words that sound quite the same in Hebrew.  The technique seems to underscore his complaint that everywhere he looked he saw treachery.  Though appropriate to rejoice about the coming victory of good over evil, Isaiah found himself engulfed in the misery of those defeated.

Quest Study Bible – v18-20, “Is this a description of the end of the world?”  Perhaps not the end of the planet, but perhaps the end of human society.  Isaiah borrows a description from the early days of history to describe the last days:  flood gates of the Heavens pictures the flood—God’s Judgment (Genesis 7:11).  Then, in poetry that pushes the language to its limit, Isaiah Says That Those Who Trust Only In The World Will Find Themselves With Nothing.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v16-23, Believers may be driven into the uttermost parts of the earth; but they are singing, not sighing.  Here Is Terror To Sinners; the prophet laments the miseries he saw breaking in like a torrent; and the small number of Believers.  He foresees that sin would abound.  The meaning is plain, that evil pursues sinners.  Unsteady, uncertain are all these things.  Worldly men think to dwell in the earth as in a palace, as in a castle; but it shall be removed like a cottage, like a lodge put up for the night.  It shall fall and not rise again; But There Shall Be New Heavens and a New Earth, In Which Shall Dwell Nothing But Righteousness.  Sin is a burden to the whole creation, it is a heavy burden, under which it groans now, and will sink at last.  The high ones, that are puffed up with their grandeur; that think themselves out of the reach of danger, God Will Visit For Their Pride And Cruelty.  Let Us Judge Nothing Before The Time, though some shall be visited.  None in this world should be secure, though their condition be ever so prosperous; nor need any despair, though their condition be ever so deplorable.  God Will Be Glorified In All Of This.  But The Mystery Of Providence Is Not Yet Finished.  The Ruin of The Redeemer’s enemies must make way For His Kingdom, And Then The Son Of Righteousness Will Appear In Full Glory.  Happy Are Those Who Take Warning By The Sentence Against Others;  every impenitent sinner will sink under his transgressions, and rise no more, While Believers Enjoy Everlasting Bliss.  Amen.

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 24, “The Lord’s Devastation of the Earth,” III

Christian Living

“Intercession,” William McDowell 

“The Lord’s Devastation of the Earth,” lll, Isaiah 24:13) When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, there shall be as the shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done.  14) They shall lift up their voice, they shall Sing For The Majesty Of The Lord, they shall cry aloud from the sea.  15) Wherefore Glorify ye The Lord In The Fires, Even The Name Of The Lord God Of Israel In The Isles Of The Sea.  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v13, shaking … gleaning:  People in desperation continue to seek for a single olive or for grapes.   v14, They refers to those who Love God’s Law and Who Have Suffered For Righteousness.  v15, dawning light … the sea:  The imagery suggest the east (the dawn) and west (the Mediterranean Sea).  From east to west, Everyone Should Give The Lord The Praise That Is Due Him.

Quest Study Bible – v14-16, “Who would Praise God with destruction all around?”  Perhaps the righteous who escape, as few in number as the olives and grapes missed during a harvest (v. 13).  No one else would have reason to be happy about judgment.  God’s Wrath will terrorize the wicked and excite those who have been anticipating and Praying for God To Act.   Still, their Praise will not be about destruction, but about what comes next—The Fulfillment Of God’s Kingdom.  v16, “Why did Isaiah feel betrayed?”  He was appalled at the immense human tragedy in his Vision.  After Woe to me, Isaiah uses a poetic device—five words that sound quite the same in Hebrew.  The technique seems to underscore his complaint that everywhere he looked he saw treachery.  Though appropriate to rejoice about the coming victory of good over evil, Isaiah found himself engulfed in the misery of those defeated.

 Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v13-15, There shall be a remnant preserved from the general ruin, and it shall be a Devout and Pious Remnant.  These few are dispersed like the gleanings of the olive tree, hid under the leaves.  The Lord Knows Those That Are His; the world does not.  When the mirth of carnal (worldliness) ceases, The Joy Of The Saints Is As Lively As Ever, Because The Covenant Of Grace, The Fountain Of Their Comforts, and The Foundation Of Their Hopes Never Fails.  Those Who Rejoice In The Lord Can Rejoice In Tribulation, And By Faith May Triumph When All About Them Are In Tears.  They encourage their fellow-sufferers to do likewise, even those who are in The Furnace of Affliction.  Or, in the valleys, low, dark, miry places.  In every fire, even the hottest, in every place, even the remotest, Let Us Keep Up Our Good Thoughts Of God.  If none of theses trials move us, Then We Glorify The Lord In The Fires.   

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 24, “The Lord’s Devastation of the Earth,” cont’d

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“Intercession,” William Mcdowell

“The Lord’s Devastation of the Earth,” cont’d, Isaiah 24:7) The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh.  8) The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth.  9) They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.  10) The city of confusion is broken down:  every house is shut up, that no man may come in.  11) There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone.  12) In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v7, New wine is simply a synonym of the standard word for wine.  v8, 9, Mirth and joy represent the same Hebrew word.  v10, Confusion is translated “without form” in Genesis 1:2.  v11, 12, cry for wine:  For a similar message, see Zephaniah 1:13.

Quest Study Bible – v10 – 12, “What city was ruined?”  Some think this meant Jerusalem, which fell in 586 B. C. — over a century after Isaiah’s time.  Some say that ruined city could literally mean city of chaos, perhaps suggesting the chaos when God Began Creation.  The God Who Created Out Of Chaos, they say, Will Undue It All And Begin Again.  Others think that city refers to all the cities of the world—implying an end to all civilization.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – 1-12, All whose treasures and happiness are laid up on earth, will soon be brought to want and misery.  It is good to apply to ourselves what the Scripture says of the vanity and vexation of spirit which attend all things below.  Sin has turned the earth upside down; the earth is become quite different to man, from what it was When God First Made It To Be His (Man’s) Habitation.  It is, at the best, like a flower, which withers in the hands of those that please themselves with it, and lay it in their bosoms.  The world we live in is a world of disappointment, a vale of tears; the children of men in it are but of few days, and full of trouble.  See The Power Of God’s Curse, How It Makes  All Empty, And Lays Waste All Ranks and Conditions.  Sin Brings These Calamities Upon The Earth, It Is Polluted By the Sins Of Men, Therefore It Is Made Desolate By God’s Judgments.  Carnal joy will soon be at an end.  God Has Many Ways To Embitter Wine and Strong Drink to those who love them; distemper (a viral disease) of body, anguish of mind, and the ruin of the estate, will make strong drink bitter, and the delights of sense tasteless.  Let men learn to mourn for sin, and Rejoice In God; then no man, no event, can take their joy from them.

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 24, “The Lord’s Devastation of the Earth”

Christian Living

“Intercession,” William McDowell

“The Lord’s Devastation of the Earth,” Isaiah 24:1) Behold, The Lord Maketh The Earth Empty, And Maketh It Waste, And Turneth It Upside Down, And Scattereth Abroad The inhabitants Thereof.  2) And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower, as with the taker of usury (lender), so with the giver of usury to him (creditor).  3) The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled:  For The Lord Hath Spoken This Word.  4) The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.  5) The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgresed the Laws, changed the Ordinance, broken The Everlasting Covenant.  6) Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate:  therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.  

 Quest Study Bible – v1-6, “How And When Would God Destroy The Whole Earth?”  To this point, Isaiah’s warnings were about God’s Judgment upon specific cities.  But here he broadens The Word Of Doom to encompass the entire world:  destruction comes to all who sin.  The picture he paints is of devastation so complete it will rival the flood.  Ruin its face (Maketh The Earth Empty, And Maketh It Waste, And Turneth It Upside Down, And Scattereth Abroad The inhabitants) (v. 1) suggests a disease that will change the contours of the planet, much like the flood did.  Earthquakes, droughts and crashing meteorites each have the potential to to that.  This much is clear:  it is God, not soldiers, laying waste to the planet.  It is God Judging Human Beings For Their Sins (v. 5).  We don’t know when this destruction will happen.  But Isaiah seems to say that after God Turns His Creation Into Chaos, He Will Make A New Creation (26:11).  This could be in the last days of human history, when God Defeats Evil Once And For All.  So many have interpreted The Message this way that chs. 24-27 are known as the Apocalypse of Isaiah.  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, Scatters is an allusion to Genesis 11:9.  The Lord Had Scattered the inhabitants of the earth in the past at the Tower of Babel; He Would Do So Again.  v2, 3, As … debtor:  Wealth and power will make no difference.  Both Will Suffer For Wickedness Before God.  v4, The earth mourns:  For a similar idea, see Romans 8:22.  v5, Laws … Ordinance … Everlasting Covenant:  The usual language about a breach of The Covenant is applied more generally to the wicked nations.  Perhaps these Words speak of that innate sense of right and wrong—the conscience—That God Has Given To All Humankind, but which everyone violates (Romans 1:18-32; compare Acts 24:16).   v6  Left may also be translated  “remnant” (10:20, 21).  

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – 1-12, All whose treasures and happiness are laid up on earth, will soon be brought to want and misery.  It is good to apply to ourselves what the Scripture says of the vanity and vexation of spirit which attend all things below.  Sin has turned the earth upside down; the earth is become quite different to man, from what it was When God First Made It To Be His (Man’s) Habitation.  It is, at the best, like a flower, which withers in the hands of those that please themselves with it, and lay it in their bosoms.  The world we live in is a world of disappointment, a vale of tears; the children of men in it are but of few days, and full of trouble.  See The Power Of God’s Curse, How It Makes  All Empty, And Lays Waste All Ranks and Conditions.  Sin Brings These Calamities Upon The Earth, It Is Polluted By the Sins Of Men, Therefore It Is Made Desolate By God’s Judgments.  Carnal joy will soon be at an end.  God Has Many Ways To Embitter Wine and Strong Drink to those who love them; distemper (a viral disease) of body, anguish of mind, and the ruin of the estate, will make strong drink bitter, and the delights of sense tasteless.  Let men learn to mourn for sin, and Rejoice In God; then no man, no event, can take their joy from them.  

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 23, “A Prophecy About Tyre,” III

Christian Living

christian cross: Illustration of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. A bleeding heart with flames, pierced by a lance wound with crown of thorns and cross. Illustration

“Be Blessed” Yolanda Adams

Oracle – A person through whom God Speaks, or Message From God.

Oracles – The Words Of God

Prophecy – A Message or Prediction (What Will Happen In The Future)  From God

Prophesy – To Foretell, Expound, And Interpret The Message From God

Prophet/Prophetess – God’s Spokesman (or, person), Divinely Called Minister  

Prophetic – To Speak From God’s Perspective of what will Happen In The Future 

Idolatry – Worship Of/To Any Created Object or Person Instead of The True Creator, God.

“A Prophecy Against Tyre,” lll, Isaiah 23:13) Behold the land of the Chaldeans; this people was not, till the Assyrian founded it for them that dwell in the wilderness:  they set up the towers thereof, they raised up the palaces thereof; and he brought it to ruin.  14) Howl, ye ships of Tashish:  for your strength is laid waste.  Ezekiel 27:25; Revelation 18:22.  15) And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king:  after the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot.  16) Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.  17) And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, That The Lord Will Visit Tyre, and she shall turn to her hire, and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth.  Genesis 10:15, 19.  18) And her merchandise and her hire Shall Be Holiness To The Lord:  it shall not be treasured nor laid up; for her merchandise shall be for them that Dwell Before The Lord, to eat sufficiently, and for durable clothing.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v13, 14, Since the Chaldeans had not escaped the siege towers of the Assyrians who raised up or laid bare the foundations of Babylon’s palaces, neither would Tyre.  v15, Seventy years symbolizes a full measure of time, a lifetime.  v16, The forgotten harlot who, in her old age, sings songs to be remembered is a metaphor for the restoration for Tyre.  v17, Will deal is a translation of the Hebrew word “to visit.”  Although the verb can express God’s Merciful Visitation On His People, here the verb is used to express God’s Judgment (24:21).  Commit fornication is a metaphor for Typre’s forming economic alliances with anyone that enriched her, regardless of ethics.  v18, Tyre’s pay would be set apart, or regarded as “Holy,”  For The Lord (18:7; 60:5-11).  This was not a violation of Deuteronomy 23:18, which forbade bringing a harlot’s pay to the Temple.

Quest Study Bible – v15-16, “Why would a forgotten prostitute sing in public?”  Perhaps to drum up business.  An older prostitute feeling less attractive, would use entertainment or whatever other means possible to get the attention she needed to make a living.  v17, “How was Tyre like a prostitute?”  In two ways: (1) figuratively, by compromising ethical standards for the sake of making a profit and building a thriving business with merchants from many nations;  (2) literally, by using temple prostitutes to worship Baal.  Tyre returned to its prostitution when Ptolemy ll, an Egyptian ruler sympathetic to Jews, began rebuilding Tyre (274 B. C.).

 Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-14, Tyre was the mart of the nations.  She was noted for mirth and diversions; and this made her loth to consider The Warnings God Gave By His Servants.  Her merchants were princes, and lived like princes.  Tyre being destroyed and laid waste, the merchants should abandon her.  Flee to shift for thine own safety, but those that are uneasy in one place, will be so in another; For When God’s Judgments Pursue Sinners, They Will Overtake Them.  Whence shall all this trouble come?  It Is A Destruction From The Almighty God Designed To Convince Men Of The Vanity And Uncertainty Of All Earthly Glory.  Let The Truth of Tyre Warn All Places And Persons To Take Heed Of Pride; For He Who Exalts Himself Shall Be Abased.  God Will Do It, Who Has All Power In His Hand; but the Chaldeans shall be the instruments.  

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v15-18, The Desolation’s of Tyre were not to be for ever.  The Lord Will Visit Tyre In Mercy.  But when set at liberty she will use her old arts of temptation.  The Love Of Worldly Wealth Is Spiritual Idolatry; And Covetousness (Desiring Wealth) Is Spiritual Idolatry.  This directs those that have wealth, To Use It In The Service Of God.  When We Abide With God In Our Worldly Callings, When We Do All In Our Power To Further The Gospel, Then Our Merchandise And Hire Are Holiness To The Lord, If We Look To His Glory.  Christians Should Carry On Business As God’s Servants, And Use Riches As His Stewards (Managing All Resources For The Glory Of God).

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 23, “A Prophecy About Tyre,” cont’d

Christian Living

christian cross: Illustration of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. A bleeding heart with flames, pierced by a lance wound with crown of thorns and cross. Illustration

“Be Blessed” Yolanda Adams

Oracle – A person through whom God Speaks, or Message From God.

Oracles – The Words Of God

Prophecy – A Message or Prediction (What Will Happen In The Future)  From God

Prophesy – To Foretell, Expound, And Interpret The Message From God

Prophet/Prophetess – God’s Spokesman (or, person), Divinely Called Minister  

Prophetic – To Speak From God’s Perspective of what will Happen In The Future 

Idolatry – Worship Of/To Any Created Object or Person Instead of The True Creator, God.

“A Prophecy About Tyre,” cont’d, Isaiah 23:6) Pass ye over to Tarshish; howl, ye inhabitants of the isle.  7) Is this your joyous city, whose antiquity is of ancient days?  her own feet shall carry her afar off to sojourn.  Isaiah 22:2.  8) Who hath taken this counsel against Tyre, the crowning city, whose merchants are princes, whose traffickers, are the honourable of the earth?  1 Timothy 3:4.  9) The Lord Of Hosts Hath Purposed It, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honourable of the earth.  Luke 1:51, 52.  10) Pass through thy land as a river, O daughter of Tarshish:  there is no more strength.  11) He Stretched Out His Hand Over The Sea, He Shook The Kingdoms:  The Lord Hath Given A Commandment Against The Merchant City (Canaan), To Destroy The Strongholds Thereof.  12) And He Said, Thou Shalt No More Rejoice, O thou oppressed virgin, daughter of Zidon:  arise, pass over to Chittim; there also shalt thou have no rest.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary –  v6, 7, Tarshish is Tartessus in Spain and represents the most distant place to the ancient Israelites (2:16).  Whose feet … to dwell is a personification of Tyre’s colonies.  Tyre’s large merchant fleet transversed the Mediterranean Sea.  Their colonies were sprinkled throughout the Mediterranean Sea in support of their shipping empire.  v8, crowning:  Tyre crowned its trading merchants with wealth and prestige.   v9, dishonor the pride:  For a similar idea, see 2:12-19.  v10-12, Oppressed suggests “crushed” in war.  virgin daughter of Sidon:  it is possible that this phrase is used as a parody (imitation).  Jerusalem is The Lord’s daughter; Tyre is just a pretender.

Quest Study Bible –  v12, “Why call Sidon a Virgin Daughter?”  Simply to show the contrast between what Sidon was and what she would become.  Sidon, with all Phoenicia would no longer be like a happy-go-lucky girl, enjoying the pampered life.  She would be captured, beaten and raped.  v12, “What could Cyprus offer?”  The king of Sidon hoped to escape Sennacherib and the Assyrians by finding safety among allies on the island of Cyprus.  But any short rest would be short-lived.  Sidons defeat to the Assyrians was as inevitable as the defeats handed to the not-yet-powerful Babylon (710 and 689 B. C.).  See v. 13.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-14, Tyre was the mart of the nations.  She was noted for mirth and diversions; and this made her loth to consider The Warnings God Gave By His Servants.  Her merchants were princes, and lived like princes.  Tyre being destroyed and laid waste, the merchants should abandon her.  Flee to shift for thine own safety, but those that are uneasy in one place, will be so in another; For When God’s Judgments Pursue Sinners, They Will Overtake Them.  Whence shall all this trouble come?  It Is A Destruction From The Almighty God Designed To Convince Men Of The Vanity And Uncertainty Of All Earthly Glory.  Let The Truth of Tyre Warn All Places And Persons To Take Heed Of Pride; For He Who Exalts Himself Shall Be Abased.  God Will Do It, Who Has All Power In His Hand; but the Chaldeans shall be the instruments.