65:1 I am sought by [them that] a asked not [for me]; I am found by [them that] sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, to a nation [that] was not called by my name.
(a) Meaning, the Gentiles who know not God, would
seek him, when he had moved their heart with his Holy Spirit, (Romans
65:2 I have b
spread out my hands all the day to a rebellious people, which walketh in a way
[that is] not good, after their own c
(b) He shows the reason for the rejection of the
Jews, because they would not obey him or any admonition of his prophets, by
whom he called them continually and stretch out his hand to draw them.
(c) He shows that to delight in our own fantasies
is the declining from God and the beginning of all superstitions and idolatry.
65:3 A people that provoketh me to anger
continually to my face; that sacrificeth in d
gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of e
(d) Which were dedicated to idols.
(e) Meaning their altars, which he thus named by
65:4 Which remain among the f
graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat g
swine's flesh, and broth of abominable [things is in] their vessels;
(f) To consult with spirits, and to conjure
devils, which was forbidden.
(g) Which was contrary to God's commandment, (Leviticus
65:5 Which say, h
Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These [are] a
smoke in my nose, a fire that i burneth
all the day.
(h) He shows that hypocrisy is always joined with
pride and contempt of others.
(i) Their punishment will never have an end.
65:6 Behold, [it is] k
written before me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense, even recompense
into their bosom,
(k) So that the remembrance of it cannot be
65:7 Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your
fathers l together, saith the LORD, who
have burned incense upon the mountains, and blasphemed me upon the hills:
therefore will I measure their former work into their bosom.
(l) Will be both punished together: and this
declares how the children are punished for their fathers faults, that is, when
the same faults or like are found in them.
65:8 Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found
in the cluster, and [one] saith, Destroy it not; for a m
blessing [is] in it: so will I do for my servants' sake, that I may not
destroy them all.
(m) That is, it is profitable: meaning that God
will not destroy the faithful branches of his vineyard, when he destroys the
rotten stocks, that is, the hypocrites.
65:10 And n
Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for the herds
to lie down in, for my people that have sought me.
(n) Which was a plentiful place in Judea to feed
sheep, as Achor was for cattle.
65:11 But ye [are] they that forsake the LORD,
that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for that o
troop, and that furnish the drink offering to that number.
(o) By the multitude and number he means their
innumerable idols of whom they thought they could never have enough.
65:12 Therefore will I p
number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because
when I called, ye did not answer; when I q
spoke, ye did not hear; but did evil before my eyes, and did choose [that] in
which I delighted not.
(p) Seeing you cannot number your gods, I will
number you with the sword.
(q) By my prophets, whom you would not obey.
65:13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold,
my servants shall r eat, but ye shall be
hungry: behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, my
servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed:
(r) By these words, eat and drink, he means the
blessed life of the faithful, who have always had consolation and full
contentment of all things in their God, though sometimes they lack these
65:15 And ye shall leave
your name for a curse to my s chosen:
for the Lord GOD shall slay thee, and call his servants by t
(s) Meaning, that he would call the Gentiles, who
would abhor even the very name of the Jews for their infidelities sake.
(t) Than by the name of the Jews.
65:16 That he who blesseth himself in the u
earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth
shall swear by the God of truth; because the former x
troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from my eyes.
(u) By blessing, and by swearing is meant the
praising of God for his benefits, and the true worshipping of him, who will
not be only in Judea, but through all the world.
(x) I will no longer permit my Church to be
desolate as in times past.
65:17 For, behold, I create y
new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come
(y) I will so altar and change the state of my
church, that it will seem to dwell in a new world.
There shall be no more from there an infant of days, nor an old man that hath z
not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the
sinner [being] a an hundred years old
shall be accursed.
(z) Meaning, in this wonderful restoration of the
Church there would be no weakness of youth, nor infirmities of age, but all
would be fresh and flourishing: and this is accomplished in the heavenly
Jerusalem, when all sins will cease, and the tears will be wiped away.
(a) By which he shows that the infidels and
unrepentant sinners have no part of this benediction.
65:21 And they shall b
build houses, and inhabit [them]; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the
fruit of them.
(b) He proposes to the faithful the blessings
which are contained in the law, and so under temporal things comprehends the
The c wolf and the lamb shall feed
together, and the lion shall eat straw like the ox: and dust [shall be] the
serpent's food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith
(c) Read (Isaiah