I S A I A H.
God, having in the foregoing chapter reckoned with
the Babylonians, and shown them their sins and the desolation that
was coming upon them for their sins, to show that he hates sin
wherever he finds it and will not connive at it in his own people,
comes, in this chapter, to show the house of Jacob their sins, but,
withal, the mercy God had in store for them notwithstanding; and he
therefore sets their sins in order before them, that by their
repentance and reformation they might be prepared for that mercy.
I. He charges them with hypocrisy in that which is good and
obstinacy in that which is evil, especially in their idolatry,
notwithstanding the many convincing proofs God had given them that
he is God alone, ver.
1-8. II. He assures them that their deliverance would be
wrought purely for the sake of God's own name and not for any merit
of theirs, ver. 9-11.
III. He encourages them to depend purely upon God's power and
promise for this deliverance, ver.
12-15. IV. He shows them that, as it was by their own
sin that they brought themselves into captivity, so it would be
only by the grace of God that they would obtain the necessary
preparatives for their enlargement, ver. 16-19. V. He proclaims their
release, yet with a proviso that the wicked shall have no benefit
by it, ver. 20-22.