4:1 But in the a last days it shall come to pass, [that] the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the b hills; and people shall flow unto it.
(a) When Christ will come, and the temple will be
(b) See Geneva
4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and
let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob;
and he will c teach us of his ways, and
we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of
the LORD from Jerusalem.
(c) He shows that there is no true Church, except
where the people are taught by God's pure word.
4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and d
rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into
plowshares, and their spears into e
pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall
they f learn war any more.
(d) By his corrections and threatenings he will
bring the people into subjection who are in the utmost corners of the world.
(e) They will abstain from all evil doing, and
exercise themselves in godliness and in well doing to others.
(f) Read (Isaiah
4:5 For all people will walk g
every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our
God for ever and ever.
(g) He shows that the people of God ought to
remain constant in their religion, even if all the world should give
themselves to their superstition and idolatry.
4:7 And I will make her that
halted h a remnant, and her that was
cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion
from henceforth, even for ever.
(h) I will cause that Israel, who is now as one
lame and halting, and so almost destroyed, to live again, and grow into a
4:8 And thou, O i
tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it
come, even k the first dominion; the
kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.
(i) Meaning Jerusalem, where the Lord's flock
(k) The flourishing state of the kingdom, as it
was under David and Solomon, which thing was accomplished for the Church by
the coming of Christ.
4:9 Now why dost thou cry out aloud? [is l
there] no king in thee? is thy counsellor perished? for pangs have taken thee as
a woman in travail.
(l) In the meantime he shows that they would
endure great troubles and temptations, when they saw themselves neither to
have king nor counsel.
But they m know not the thoughts of the
LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the
sheaves into the floor.
(m) He shows that the faithful ought not to
measure God's judgments by the braggings and threatenings of the wicked, but
by these are admonished to lift up their hearts to God to call for
4:13 Arise and thresh, n
O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs
brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate their
gain unto the LORD, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.
(n) God gives his Church this victory, as often
as he overcomes their enemies: but the accomplishment of this will be at the
last coming of Christ.