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Isa 25:1-12. CONTINUATION OF THE TWENTY-FOURTH CHAPTER. THANKSGIVING FOR THE OVERTHROW OF THE APOSTATE FACTION, AND THE SETTING UP OF JEHOVAH'S THRONE ON ZION.
The restoration from Babylon and re-establishment of the theocracy was a type and pledge of this.
2. a city . . . heap--Babylon, type of the seat of
Antichrist, to be destroyed in the last days (compare
with Re 18:1-24,
followed, as here, by the song of the saints' thanksgiving in
"Heaps" is a graphic picture of Babylon and Nineveh as they now are.
3. strong people--This cannot apply to the Jews; but other nations
on which Babylon had exercised its cruelty
shall worship Jehovah, awed by the judgment inflicted on Babylon
4. the poor . . . needy--the Jews, exiles from their country
(Isa 26:6; 41:17).
5. Translate, "As the heat in a dry land (is brought down by the shadow of a cloud, so) thou shalt bring down the tumult (the shout of triumph over their enemies) of strangers (foreigners); and as the heat by the shadow of the cloud (is brought low), so the branch (the offspring) of the terrible ones shall be brought low." PARKHURST translates the Hebrew for "branch," the exulting song. JEROME translates the last clause, "And as when the heat burns under a cloud, thou shalt make the branch of the terrible ones to wither"; the branch withering even under the friendly shade of a cloud typifies the wicked brought to ruin, not for want of natural means of prosperity, but by the immediate act of God.
6. in this mountain--Zion: Messiah's kingdom was to begin, and is to
have its central seat hereafter, at Jerusalem, as the common country of
7. face of . . . covering--image from mourning, in which it was usual to cover the face with a veil (2Sa 15:30). "Face of covering," that is, the covering itself; as in Job 41:13, "the face of his garment," the garment itself. The covering or veil is the mist of ignorance as to a future state, and the way to eternal life, which enveloped the nations (Eph 4:18) and the unbelieving Jew (2Co 3:15). The Jew, however, is first to be converted before the conversion of "all nations"; for it is "in this mountain," namely, Zion, that the latter are to have the veil taken off (Ps 102:13, 15, 16, 21, 22; Ro 11:12).
8. Quoted in
in support of the resurrection.
9. And it shall be said in that day, &c.--"After death has been
swallowed up for ever, the people of God, who had been delivered from
the hand of death, shall say to the Lord, Lo, this is our God, whom
unbelievers regarded as only a man"
[JEROME]. "The words are so
moulded as to point us specially to the person of the Son of God, who
'saves' us; as He vouchsafed to Israel temporal saving, so to His elect
He appears for the purpose of conferring eternal salvation"
The Jews, however, have a special share in the words, This is
our God (see on
10. rest--as its permanent protector; on "hand" in this
Ezr 7:6, 28.
11. he--Jehovah shall spread His hands to strike the foe
on this side and on that, with as little effort as a swimmer spreads
forth his arms to cleave a passage through the water
LOWTH takes "he" as Moab, who, in danger of
sinking, shall strain every nerve to save himself; but Jehovah
(and "he") shall cause him to sink ("bring down the pride" of Moab,