“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.