32:1 Behold, a a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall b rule in judgment.
(a) This prophecy is of Hezekiah, who was a
figure of Christ, and therefore it should chiefly be referred to him.
(b) By judgment and justice is meant an upright
government, both in policy and religion.
32:2 And a man shall be as an hiding place from the
wind, and a covert from the tempest; as streams of water in a dry place, as the
shadow of a great rock in c a weary
(c) Where men are weary with travelling for lack
32:3 And the eyes of d
them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken.
(d) He promises to give the true light which is
the pure doctrine of God's word, and understanding, and zeal of the same,
are contrary to the threatenings against the wicked, (Isaiah
32:5 The e
vile person shall be no more called noble, nor the churl said [to be] bountiful.
(e) Vice will no more be called virtue, nor
virtue esteemed by power and riches.
Rise up, ye women that are at ease; hear my voice, ye f
careless daughters; give ear to my speech.
(f) He prophecies of such calamity to come that
they will not spare the women and children, and therefore wills them to take
heed and provide.
32:10 Many days and years shall ye be troubled, g
ye careless women: h for the vintage
shall fail, the gathering shall not come.
(g) Meaning that the affliction would continue
long and when one year was past, yet they should look for new plagues.
(h) God will take from you the means and
opportunities, which made you contemn him: that is, abundance of worldly
32:12 They shall lament for
the i breasts, for the pleasant fields,
for the fruitful vine.
(i) By the breasts he means the plentiful fields,
by which men are nourished as children with the breast: or, the mothers for
sorrow and heaviness will lack milk.
Until the k spirit shall be poured upon
us from on high, and the wilderness shall be a fruitful field, and the l
fruitful field shall be counted for a forest.
(k) That is, when the Church will be restored,
thus the prophets after they have denounced God's judgments against the
wicked, used to comfort the godly, lest they should faint.
(l) The field which is now fruitful, will be but
as a barren forest in comparison to what it will be then as in (Isaiah
29:17) which will be fulfilled in Christ's time, for then they who were
before as the barren wilderness, being regenerate will be fruitful and they
who had some beginning of godliness, will bring forth fruit in such abundance,
that their former life will seem but as a wilderness where no fruit was.
When it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and the m
city shall be low in a low place.
(m) They will not need to build it in high places
for fear of the enemy: for God will defend it, and turn away the storms from
hurting their conveniences.
32:20 Blessed [are] ye n
that sow beside all waters, that o send
forth [there] the feet of the ox and the donkey.
(n) That is, upon fat ground and well watered,
which brings forth in abundance, or in places which before were covered with
waters, and now made dry for your uses.
(o) The fields will be so rank, that they will
send out their cattle to eat up the first crop, which abundance will be signs
of God's love and favour toward them.