I S A I A H.
Syria and Ephraim were confederate against Judah
(ch. vii. 1, 2),
and, they being so closely linked together in their counsels, this
chapter, though it be entitled "the burden of Damascus" (which was
the head city of Syria), reads the doom of Israel too. I. The
destruction of the strong cities both of Syria and Israel is here
foretold, ver. 1-5 and ver.
9-11. II. In the midst of judgment mercy is remembered
to Israel, and a gracious promise made that a remnant should be
preserved from the calamities and should get good by them,
ver. 6-8. III. The
overthrow of the Assyrian army before Jerusalem is pointed at,
ver. 12-14. In order of
time this chapter should be placed next after ch. ix., for the destruction of
Damascus, here foretold, happened in the reign of Ahaz, 2 Kings xvi. 9.