“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.