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Isa 26:1-21. CONNECTED WITH THE TWENTY-FOURTH AND TWENTY-FIFTH CHAPTERS. SONG OF PRAISE OF ISRAEL AFTER BEING RESTORED TO THEIR OWN LAND.
As the overthrow of the apostate faction is described in the twenty-fifth chapter, so the peace of the faithful is here described under the image of a well-fortified city.
1. strong city--Jerusalem, strong in Jehovah's protection: type of
the new Jerusalem
contrasted with the overthrow of the ungodly foe
(Isa 26:4-7, 12-14;
Re 22:2, 10-12,
2. Address of the returning people to the gates of Jerusalem
(type of the heavenly city,
(Ps 24:7, 9; 118:19).
(Re 22:14; 21:25, 27).
3. mind . . . stayed-- (Ps 112:7, 8). Jesus can create "perfect peace" within thy mind, though storms of trial rage without (Isa 57:19; Mr 4:39); as a city kept securely by a strong garrison within, though besieged without (so Php 4:7). "Keep," literally, "guard as with a garrison." HORSLEY translates, (God's) workmanship (the Hebrew does not probably mean "mind," but "a thing formed," Eph 2:10), so constantly "supported"; or else "formed and supported (by Thee) Thou shalt preserve (it, namely, the righteous nation) in perpetual peace."
4. Lord JEHOVAH--Hebrew, Jah, Jehovah. The union of the two names expresses in the highest degree God's unchanging love and power (compare Ps 68:4). This passage, and Isa 12:2; Ex 6:3; Ps 83:18, are the four in which the English Version retains the JEHOVAH of the original. MAURER translates, "For JAH (the eternal unchangeable One, Ex 3:14) is JEHOVAH, the rock of ages" (compare Isa 45:17; De 32:15; 1Sa 2:2).
7. uprightness--rather, "is direct," that is, is directed by God to
a prosperous issue, however many be their afflictions in the
meantime (as in the case of the Jewish exiles); the context requires
Pr 3:6; 11:5),
[MAURER]: thus "way" means God's dealings with
8. way of thy judgments--We have waited for Thy proceeding to
punish the enemy
(Isa 26:9, 10)
[MAURER]. HORSLEY translates
Isa 26:7, 8,
"The path of the Just One is perfectly even; an even road Thou
wilt level for the Just One, even the path of Thy laws, O
Jehovah. We have expected Thee."
9. With, . . . soul . . . I--literally, "I . . . my soul," in
apposition; the faithful Jews here speak individually. The overthrow
of the foe and the restoration of the Jews are to follow upon prayer on the part of the latter and of all God's people
(Isa 62:1-4, 6, 7;
10. uprightness--rather, as in Isa 26:7, "prosperity," answering to "favor" in the parallelism, and in antithesis to "judgments in the earth" (Isa 26:9); where prosperity attends the wicked as well as the just, "he will not learn righteousness," therefore judgments must be sent that he may "learn" it [MAURER].
11. lifted up--to punish the foes of God's people. They who will not see shall be made to "see" to their cost
12. peace--God's favor, including all blessings, temporal and spiritual, opposed to their previous trials (Ps 138:8).
13. other lords--temporal; heathen kings
(2Ch 12:8; 28:5, 6),
Nebuchadnezzar, &c. Spiritual also, idols and lusts
14. They--The "other lords" or tyrants
17. An image of anguish accompanied with expectation, to be followed by joy that will cause the anguish utterly to be forgotten. Zion, looking for deliverance, seemingly in vain, but really about to be gloriously saved (Mic 4:9, 10-13; 5:1-3; Joh 16:21, 22).
18. brought forth wind--MICHAELIS explains
this of the disease empneumatosis. Rather, "wind" is a figure
for that which proves an abortive effort. The "we" is in
antithesis to "Thy," "my"
what we vainly attempt, God will accomplish.
19. In antithesis to
"They (Israel's foes) shall not live"; "Thy (Jehovah's) dead men (the
Jews) shall live," that is, primarily, be restored, spiritually
civilly and nationally
whereas Thy foes shall not; ultimately, and in the fullest scope of the
prophecy, restored to life literally
20. enter . . . chambers--When God is about to take vengeance on the ungodly, the saints shall be shut in by Him in a place of safety, as Noah and his family were in the days of the flood (Ge 7:16), and as Israel was commanded not to go out of doors on the night of the slaying of the Egyptian first-born (Ex 12:22, 23; Ps 31:20; 83:3). The saints are calmly and confidently to await the issue (Ex 14:13, 14).