“How Excellent,” Mississippi Mass Choir
“Judgment Against the Nations,” cont’d, Isaiah 34:9) And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch (black, heavy oil), and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch. 10) It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it, for ever and ever. 11) But the cormorant (pelican) and the bittern (screech owl) shall possess it; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it: And He (God) Shall Stretch Out Upon It the Line Of Confusion, and The Stones Of Emptiness. 12) They shall call the nobles thereof to the kingdom, but none shall be there, and all her princes shall be nothing. 13) And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons (jackals), and a court for owls. 14) The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr (wild goat) shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest. 15) There shall the great owl make her nest, and lay, and hatch, and gather under her shadow: there shall the vultures also be gathered, every one with her mate. 16) Seek ye Out Of The Book Of The Lord, And Read: No One Of These Shall Fail, None Shall Want Her Mate: For My Mouth It Hath Commanded, And His Spirit It Hath Gathered Them. Daniel 7:10; Malachi 3:16. 17) And He Hath Cast The Lot For Them, And His Hand Hath Divided It Unto Them By Line: they shall possess It For Ever, from generation to generation shall they dwell therein. Psalm 78:55.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v9, 10, Brimstone and burning pitch may be allusions to Sodom and Gomorrah (30:33; see Genesis 19:24; Ezekiel 38:22). v11, The pelican, porcupine, owl and raven are all unclean creatures of remote, uninhabitable places. The Hebrew words translated confusion and emptiness are translated “without form or void” in Genesis 1:2. v12, There will be no nobles or princes in the desert. v13-15, For a similar description of these unclean desert creatures, see 13:21; 22. v16, The Book Of The Lord may refer To The Prophecy in vv. 1-15. v17, As God Gave Israel The Promised Land by lot, so in Judgment He Divided Edom among The Unclean Animals.
Quest Study Bible – v16, “What Scroll were the people suppose to study?” Some suggest that This Scroll Was The Book Of Life (Psalm 139:16; Malachi 3:16) or possibly other Parts of Isaiah. Its more likely that It Refers To A Scroll Containing This Prophecy Against Edom. Since It was written down, When It Happens It Will Demonstrate God’s Part In The Final Judgment.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v9-17, Those Who Sin to Ruin The Church, can never do that, but will ruin themselves. What dismal changes sin can make! It turns a fruitful land into barrenness, a crowded city into a wilderness. Let us compare all we Discover In The Book Of The Lord, With The Dealings Of Providence Around Us, That We May Be More Diligent In Seeking The Kingdom Of God And His Righteousness. What The Mouth Of The Lord Has Commanded, His Spirit Will Perform. And let us observe how the Evidences Of The Truth Continually Increase, As One Prophecy After Another Is Fulfilled until these awful scenes bring in more happy days. As Israel was a figure of The Christian Church, so the Edomites, their bitter enemies, represent the enemies of The Kingdom Of Christ. God’s Jerusalem may be laid in ruins for a time, but the enemies of The Church Shall Be Desolate For Ever. Amen.