56:1 Thus saith the LORD, a Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation [is] near to come, and my b righteousness to be revealed.
(a) God shows what he requires of them after he
has delivered them: that is, the works of charity by which true faith is
(b) Which I will declare toward you, and pour
into your hearts by my Spirit.
56:2 Blessed [is] the man [that] doeth this, and
the son of man [that] layeth hold on it; that keepeth the c
sabbath from profaning it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.
(c) Under the Sabbath he comprehends the whole
service of God and true religion.
56:3 Neither let the son of the foreigner, that d
hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated
me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I [am] a dry tree.
(d) Let no one think himself unfit to receive the
graces of the Lord: for the Lord will take away all impediments, and will
forsake no one who will keep his true religion, and believe in him.
56:5 Even to them will I give
in my e house and within my walls a
place and a f name better than of sons
and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut
(e) Meaning, in his Church.
(f) They will be called after my people, and be
of the same religion: yea, under Christ the dignity of the faithful will be
greater than the Jews were at that time.
56:7 Even them will I bring
to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt g
offerings and their sacrifices [shall be] accepted upon my altar; for my house
shall be called an house of prayer for h
(g) By this he means the spiritual service of
God, to whom the faithful offer continual thanksgiving, yea themselves and all
that they have, as a lively and acceptable sacrifice.
(h) Not only for the Jews, but for all others, (Matthew
56:9 All ye i
beasts of the field, come to devour, [yea], all ye beasts in the forest.
(i) Meaning, the enemies of the Church, as the
Babylonians, Assyrians, etc thus he speaks to scare the hypocrites and to
assure the faithful that when this comes they may know it was told to them
56:10 His k
watchmen [are] blind: they are all ignorant, they [are] all dumb dogs, they
cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.
(k) He shows that this affliction will come
through the fault of the governors, prophets and pastors, whose ignorance,
negligence, greed and obstinacy provoked God's wrath against them.
56:12 Come ye, [say they],
I will bring wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to l
morrow shall be as this day, [and] much more abundant.
(l) We are well yet, and to morrow will be
better: therefore let us not fear the plagues before they come: thus the
wicked contemned the admonition and exhortations which were made to them in
the Name of God.