51:1 Hearken to me, a ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look to the b rock [from which] ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit [from which] ye were dug.
(a) He comforts the Church, that they would not
be discouraged for their small number.
(b) That is, to Abraham, of whom you were
begotten, and to Sarah of whom we were born.
51:3 For the LORD shall
comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her
wilderness c like Eden, and her desert
like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found in it,
thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.
(c) As plentiful as paradise, (Genesis
51:4 Hearken to me, my people; and give ear to me,
O my nation: for a d law shall proceed
from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.
(d) I will rule and govern my Church by my word
51:5 My e
righteousness [is] near; my salvation is gone forth, and my f
arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on my arm shall
(e) The time that I will accomplish my promise.
(f) My power and strength.
51:6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look
upon the earth beneath: for the g
heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall become old like a
garment, and its inhabitants shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be
for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.
(g) Forewarns them of the horrible changes and
mutations of all things, and how he will preserve his church in the midst of
all these dangers.
Awake, awake, put on thy strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient
days, h in the generations of old. [Art]
thou not that which hath cut i Rahab,
[and] wounded the k dragon?
(h) He puts them in remembrance of his great
benefit for their deliverance out of Egypt, that by it they might learn to
trust in him constantly.
(i) Meaning, Egypt, (Psalms
(k) That is, Pharaoh, (Ezekiel
51:11 Therefore the
redeemed of the LORD shall l return, and
come with singing to Zion; and everlasting joy [shall be] upon their head: they
shall obtain gladness and joy; sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
(l) From Babylon.
The captive exile m hasteneth that he
may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should
(m) He comforts them by the short time of their
banishment: for in seventy years they were restored and the greatest empire of
the world destroyed.
51:16 And I have put my
words in thy n mouth, and have covered
thee in the shadow of my hand, that I may plant the o
heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say to Zion, Thou [art] my
(n) Meaning, of Isaiah and of all true ministers
who are defended by his protection.
(o) That all things may be restored in heaven and
51:17 Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which
hast drank at the hand of the LORD the p
cup of his fury; thou hast drank the dregs of the cup of trembling, [and] wrung
(p) You have been justly punished and
sufficiently as (Isaiah
40:2) and this punishment in the elect is by measure, and according as God
gives grace to hear it: but in the reprobate it is the just vengeance of God
to drive them to an insensibleness and madness, as (Jeremiah
51:19 These two q
[things] have come to thee; who shall be sorry for thee? desolation, and
destruction, and famine, and the sword: by whom shall I comfort thee?
(q) Of which the one is outward as of the things
that come to the body, as war, and famine and the other is inward, and belongs
to the mind: that is, to be without comfort: therefore he says "How will
you be comforted?"
51:21 Therefore hear now
this, thou afflicted, and drunk, but r
not with wine:
(r) But with trouble and fear.