I S A I A H.
The prophet, in this chapter, goes on to foretel
the desolations that were coming upon Judah and Jerusalem for their
sins, both that by the Babylonians and that which completed their
ruin by the Romans, with some of the grounds of God's controversy
with them. God threatens, I. To deprive them of all the supports
both of their life and of their government, ver. 1-3. II. To leave them to fall into
confusion and disorder, ver. 4, 5,
12. III. To deny them the blessing of magistracy,
ver. 6-8. IV. To strip the
daughters of Zion of their ornaments, ver. 17-24. V. To lay all waste by the
sword of war, ver. 25,
26. The sins that provoked God to deal thus with them
were, 1. Their defiance of God, ver.
8. 2. Their impudence, ver.
9. 3. The abuse of power to oppression and tyranny,
ver. 12-15. 4. The pride
of the daughters of Zion, ver.
16. In the midst of the chapter the prophet is directed
how to address particular persons. (1.) To assure good people that
it should be well with them, notwithstanding those general
calamities, ver. 10. (2.)
To assure wicked people that, however God might, in judgment,
remember mercy, yet it should go ill with them, ver. 11. O that the nations of the earth, at
this day, would hearken to rebukes and warnings which this chapter