Ariel and Her Enemies

291 Woe to you, Ariel, Ariel, the city where David settled! Add year to year and let your cycle of festivals go on.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Isaiah 29:1

Commentary on Isaiah 29:1-8

(Read Isaiah 29:1-8)

Ariel may signify the altar of burnt-offerings. Let Jerusalem know that outward religious services will not make men free from judgements. Hypocrites never can please God, nor make their peace with him. God had often and long, by a host of angels, encamped round about Jerusalem for protection and deliverance; but now he fought against it. Proud looks and proud language shall be brought down by humbling providences. The destruction of Jerusalem's enemies is foretold. The army of Sennacherib went as a dream; and thus the multitudes, that through successive ages fight against God's altar and worship, shall fall. Speedily will sinners awake from their soothing dreams in the pains of hell.