1 And there shall come forth aBecause the captivity of Babylon was a figure of the spiritual captivity under sin, he shows that our true deliverance must come by Christ: for as David came out of Jesse, a man without dignity, so Christ would come of a poor carpenter's house as out of a dead stock, (Isa_53:2).rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
2 And the Spirite of the Lord shall rest vpon him: the Spirite of wisedome and vnderstanding, the Spirite of counsell and strength, the Spirite of knowledge, and of the feare of the Lord,
3 And shall make him prudent in the feare of the Lord: for he shall not iudge after the sight of his eies, neither reproue by ye hearing of his eares.
4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shallAll these properties can agree to no one, but only to Christ: for it is he who touches the hearts of the faithful and mortifies their concupiscence: and to the wicked he is the favour of death and to them who will perish, so that all the world will be smitten with his rod, which is his word.smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
5 And iustice shall be ye girdle of his loynes, and faithfulnesse the girdle of his reines.
6 TheMen because of their wicked affections are named by the names of beasts, in which the same affections reign: but Christ by his Spirit will reform them, and work in them such mutual charity, that they will be like lambs, favouring and loving one another and cast off all their cruel affections, (Isa_65:25).wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
7 And the kowe and the beare shall feede: their yong ones shall lie together: and the lyon shall eate strawe like the bullocke.
8 And the sucking childe shall play vpon the hole of the aspe, and the wained childe shall put his hand vpon the cockatrice hole.
9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, asIt will be in as great abundance as the waters in the sea.the waters cover the sea.
10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of theHe prophecies of the calling of the Gentiles.people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and hisThat is, the Church which he also calls his rest, (Psa_132:14).rest shall be glorious.
11 And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the Lord shall set his handFor God first delivered his people out of Egypt and now promises to deliver them out of their enemies hands as from the Parthians, Persians, Chaldeans and them of Antioch among whom they were dispersed and this is chiefly meant of Christ, who calls his people being dispersed through all the world.again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the isles of the sea.
12 And he shall set vp a signe to the nations, and assemble the dispersed of Israel, and gather the scattered of Iudah from the foure corners of the worlde.
13 The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries ofHere he describes the consent that will be in his Church and their victory against their enemies.Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not distress Ephraim.
14 But they shall flee vpon the shoulders of the Philistims toward the West: they shall spoyle them of the East together: Edom and Moab shall be the stretching out of their hands, and the children of Ammon in their obedience.
15 And the LORD shall utterly destroy theMeaning a corner of the sea that enters into the land and has the form of a tongue.tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his handThat is, Nile, the great river of Egypt which enters into the sea with seven streams.over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make [men] go over dryshod.
16 And there shalbe a path to the remnant of his people, which are left of Asshur, like as it was vnto Israel in the day that he came vp out of the land of Egypt.