55:1 Ho, every one that a thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath b no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy c wine and milk without money and without price.
(a) Christ by proposing his graces and gifts to
his Church, exempts the hypocrites who are full with their imagined works, and
the Epicureans who are full with their worldly lusts, and so do not thirst
after these waters.
(b) Signifying that God's benefits cannot be
bought for money.
(c) By waters, wine, milk and bread, he means all
things necessary to the spiritual life, as these are necessary to this
55:2 Why do ye spend money for [that which is] not
bread? d and your labour for [that
which] satisfieth not? hearken diligently to me, and eat ye [that which is]
good, and let your soul delight itself in e
(d) He reproves their ingratitude, who refuse
those things that God offers willingly, and in the mean time spare neither
cost nor labour to obtain those which are not profitable.
(e) You will be fed abundantly.
55:3 Incline your ear, and come to me: hear, and
your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, [even]
the f sure mercies of David.
(f) The same covenant which through my mercy I
ratified and confirmed to David, that it would be eternal, (2 Samuel
55:4 Behold, I have given g
him [for] a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.
(g) Meaning Christ, of whom David was a figure.
55:5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation [that] thou
knowest not, h and nations [that] knew
not thee shall run to thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of
Israel; for he hath glorified thee.
(h) That is, the Gentiles, who before you did not
receive to be your people.
55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be i
found, call ye upon him while he is near:
(i) When he offers himself by the preaching of
55:7 Let the wicked k
forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return to the
LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly
(k) By this he shows that repentance must be
joined with faith, and how we cannot call on God correctly, unless the fruits
of our faith appear.
55:8 For my l
thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the
(l) Although you are not soon reconciled one to
another and judge me by yourselves, yet I am easy to be reconciled, yea, I
offer my mercies to you.
So shall my m word be that proceedeth
from my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that
which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] for which I sent it.
(m) If these small things have their effect, as
daily experience shows much more will my promise which I have made and
confirmed, bring to pass the things which I have spoken for your deliverance.
55:12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led
forth with peace: the n mountains and
the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the
field shall clap [their] hands.
(n) Read (Isaiah
55:13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir
tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to
the LORD o for a name, for an
everlasting p sign [that] shall not be
(o) To set forth his glory.
(p) Of God's deliverance, and that he will
never forsake his Church.