1 Behold,This prophecy is of Hezekiah, who was a figure of Christ, and therefore it should chiefly be referred to him.a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shallBy judgment and justice is meant an upright government, both in policy and religion.rule in judgment.
2 And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as streams of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock inWhere men are weary with travelling for lack of water.a weary land.
3 And the eyes ofHe promises to give the true light which is the pure doctrine of God's word, and understanding, and zeal of the same, are contrary to the threatenings against the wicked, (Isa_6:9, Isa_29:10).them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken.
4 And the heart of the foolish shall vnderstand knowledge, and the tongue of the stutters shalbe ready to speake distinctly.
5 TheVice will no more be called virtue, nor virtue esteemed by power and riches.vile person shall be no more called noble, nor the churl said [to be] bountiful.
6 But the nigarde will speake of nigardnesse, and his heart will worke iniquitie, and do wickedly, and speake falsely against the Lorde, to make emptie the hungrie soule, and to cause the drinke of the thirstie to faile.
7 For the weapons of the churle are wicked: hee deuiseth wicked counsels, to vndoe the poore with lying words: and to speake against the poore in iudgement.
8 But the liberall man will deuise of liberall things, and he will continue his liberalitie.
9 Rise up, ye women that are at ease; hear my voice, yeHe prophecies of such calamity to come that they will not spare the women and children, and therefore wills them to take heed and provide.careless daughters; give ear to my speech.
10 Many days and years shall ye be troubled,Meaning that the affliction would continue long and when one year was past, yet they should look for new plagues.ye careless women:God will take from you the means and opportunities, which made you contemn him: that is, abundance of worldly goods.for the vintage shall fail, the gathering shall not come.
11 Yee women, that are at ease, be astonied: feare, O yee carelesse women: put off the clothes: make bare, and girde sackcloth vpon the loynes.
12 They shall lament for theBy the breasts he means the plentiful fields, by which men are nourished as children with the breast: or, the mothers for sorrow and heaviness will lack milk.breasts, for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.
13 Vpon the lande of my people shall growe thornes and briers: yea, vpon all the houses of ioye in the citie of reioysing,
14 Because the palace shalbe forsaken, and the noise of the citie shalbe left: the towre and fortresse shalbe dennes for euer, & the delite of wilde asses, and a pasture for flockes,
15 Until theThat is, when the Church will be restored, thus the prophets after they have denounced God's judgments against the wicked, used to comfort the godly, lest they should faint.spirit shall be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness shall be a fruitful field, and theThe field which is now fruitful, will be but as a barren forest in comparison to what it will be then as in (Isa_29:17) which will be fulfilled in Christ's time, for then they who were before as the barren wilderness, being regenerate will be fruitful and they who had some beginning of godliness, will bring forth fruit in such abundance, that their former life will seem but as a wilderness where no fruit was.fruitful field shall be counted for a forest.
16 And iudgement shal dwel in the desert, and iustice shall remaine in the fruitfull fielde.
17 And the worke of iustice shall bee peace, euen the worke of iustice and quietnesse, and assurance for euer.
18 And my people shall dwell in the tabernacle of peace, and in sure dwellings, and in safe resting places.
19 When it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and theThey will not need to build it in high places for fear of the enemy: for God will defend it, and turn away the storms from hurting their conveniences.city shall be low in a low place.
20 Blessed [are] yeThat is, upon fat ground and well watered, which brings forth in abundance, or in places which before were covered with waters, and now made dry for your uses.that sow beside all waters, thatThe fields will be so rank, that they will send out their cattle to eat up the first crop, which abundance will be signs of God's love and favour toward them.send forth [there] the feet of the ox and the donkey.