“What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” Aretha Franklin
“Amazing Grace,” Aretha Franklin
“The Kingdom Of Righteousness,” Isaiah 32:1) Behold, A King Shall Reign In Righteousness, And Princes shall Rule In Judgment. Hebrews 1:8, 9. 2) And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a 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. Isaiah 29:18. 4) The heart also of the rash shall understand Knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly. 5) The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl (scoundrel) 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 fall. 7) The instruments also of the churl (scoundrel) 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 things shall he stand.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, The Prophecy About This King Is Fulfilled In The Lord Jesus Christ (7:14; 9:1-7; 11:1-5; 28:16; John 10:11, 16). The Princes are His “Undershepherds” (1 Peter 5:2-4). v2, The four similes for The Future King”s Protection And Provision Of His People Contrast With Israel’s Present Incompetent Leadership (28:7; 29:9, 10; 30:1, 2; 31:1, 2). v3, 4 Clear eyes and listening ears are figures for the future sensible leadership, in contrast to the present senseless, foolish leadership. The people would have a heart that is understanding and a tongue that speaks plainly. v5-7, The contrast between the noble and foolish speak comes from the person’s heart (v. 4). If a person meditates on evil, that person will speak and act treacherously. v8, 9 The term complacent is used three times of these women (vv. 9, 10, 12); it is derived from the verb meaning “to trust.” Although the wicked erroneously relied on Egypt for their security (see 31:1), The Righteous Placed Their Trust In The Lord.
Quest Study Bible – v1, “What King Would Reign In Righteousness?” Whether or not Isaiah’s original readers understood it, this pertained to the coming Messiah, not an ordinary king. A perfect government could only be established Under The Rule Of The Messiah (9:7). His Righteousness Would Even Be Reflected By Those Who Served Him, His Rulers Or Governmental Officials. v2, “How would men become shelters and refuges?” The words each man most likely refer to rulers of The Righteous Government. These rulers would reflect the Protective and Sheltering Character Of The Lord, Their King (see 25.4). Some would see this as an allusion to Believer’s In Christ Who Have Become The Royal Priesthood (1 Peter 2:9). They may also be the leaders in The Church, those who govern diligently (Romans 12:8). v3, “Whose eyes will be open?” To All Who Earnestly Seek To Follow Him, Christ Gives Eyes To And Ears To Hear Spiritual Truth. If We Receive Him, We’ll Be Receptive To God’s Truth. Isaiah had warned that the people’s eyes and ears would be Shut To God’s Truth (6:9-10). Their hearts Would Be Hardened To His Message. Here, however, Isaiah promises that The Messiah Will Heal Such Spiritual Blindness And Deafness. v5-6, “Why would fools be considered noble?” Because the people didn’t know any better. When people are Spiritually blind and deaf, they often allow ungodly people (fool means someone who prefers sin over Righteousness–someone who is wicked) to assume noble positions of leadership. Nations Often Get The Leaders They Deserve (see 3:4-7).
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-8, Christ Our Righteous King, And His True Disciples, are evidently here intended. The Consolations and Graces of His Spirit Are As Rivers Of Water in this dry land; and as the overhanging rock affords refreshing shade and shelter to the weary traveler in the desert, So His Power, Truth, And Love, Yield The Believer The Only Real Protection And Refreshment In The Weary Land through which he Journeys To Heaven. Christ Bore The Storm Himself, To Keep It Off From Us. To Him Let The Trembling Sinner Flee For Refuge; For He Alone Can Protect And Refresh Us In Every Trial(!) See what pains sinners take in sin; they labor at it, their hearts are intent upon it, and with art (skill and imagination) they work iniquity; But This Is Our Comfort, That They Can Do No More Mischief Than God Permits. Let us seek to have our hearts more freed from selfishness. The liberal soul (open to new behavior) devises liberal things concerning God, and desires that He Will Grant Wisdom And Prudence, The Comforts Of His Presence, The Influence Of His Spirit, And In Due Time, The Enjoyment Of His Glory.