1 Hearken to me,He comforts the Church, that they would not be discouraged for their small number.ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look to theThat is, to Abraham, of whom you were begotten, and to Sarah of whom we were born.rock [from which] ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit [from which] ye were dug.
2 Consider Abraham your father, and Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.
3 For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wildernessAs plentiful as paradise, (Gen_2:8,9).like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found in it, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.
4 Hearken to me, my people; and give ear to me, O my nation: for aI will rule and govern my Church by my word and doctrine.law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.
5 MyThe time that I will accomplish my promise.righteousness [is] near; my salvation is gone forth, and myMy power and strength.arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on my arm shall they trust.
6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for theForewarns them of the horrible changes and mutations of all things, and how he will preserve his church in the midst of all these dangers.heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall become old like a garment, and its inhabitants shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.
7 Hearken vnto me, ye that know righteousnesse, the people in whose heart is my Lawe. Feare ye not the reproche of men, neither be ye afraide of their rebukes.
8 For the mothe shall eate them vp like a garment, & the worme shall eate them like wool: but my righteousnesse shalbe for euer, and my saluation from generation to generation.
9 Awake, awake, put on thy strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days,He puts them in remembrance of his great benefit for their deliverance out of Egypt, that by it they might learn to trust in him constantly.in the generations of old. [Art] thou not that which hath cutMeaning, Egypt, (Psa_87:4).Rahab, [and] wounded theThat is, Pharaoh, (Eze_29:3).dragon?
10 Art not thou the same, which hath dried the Sea, euen the waters of the great deepe, making the depth of the Sea a way for the redeemed to passe ouer?
11 Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shallFrom Babylon.return, and come with singing to Zion; and everlasting joy [shall be] upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
12 I, euen I am he, that comfort you. Who art thou, that thou shouldest feare a mortall man, and the sonne of man, which shalbe made as grasse?
13 And forgettest the Lorde thy maker, that hath spred out the heauens, and layde the foundations of the earth? and hast feared continually all the day, because of the rage of the oppressour, which is readie to destroy? Where is now the rage of the oppressour?
14 The captive exileHe comforts them by the short time of their banishment: for in seventy years they were restored and the greatest empire of the world destroyed.hasteneth that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail.
15 And I am the Lorde thy God that deuided the Sea, when his waues roared: the Lord of hostes is his Name.
16 And I have put my words in thyMeaning, of Isaiah and of all true ministers who are defended by his protection.mouth, and have covered thee in the shadow of my hand, that I may plant theThat all things may be restored in heaven and earth, (Eph_1:10).heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say to Zion, Thou [art] my people.
17 Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drank at the hand of the LORD theYou have been justly punished and sufficiently as (Isa_40:2) and this punishment in the elect is by measure, and according as God gives grace to hear it: but in the reprobate it is the just vengeance of God to drive them to an insensibleness and madness, as (Jer_25:15-16).cup of his fury; thou hast drank the dregs of the cup of trembling, [and] wrung [them] out.
18 There is none to guide her among all the sonnes, whome she hath brought foorth: there is none that taketh her by the hand of all the sonnes that she hath brought vp.
19 These twoOf which the one is outward as of the things that come to the body, as war, and famine and the other is inward, and belongs to the mind: that is, to be without comfort: therefore he says «How will you be comforted?»[things] have come to thee; who shall be sorry for thee? desolation, and destruction, and famine, and the sword: by whom shall I comfort thee?
20 Thy sonnes haue fainted, and lye at the head of all the streetes as a wilde bull in a nette, and are full of the wrath of the Lorde, and rebuke of thy God.
21 Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted, and drunk, butBut with trouble and fear.not with wine:
22 Thus saith thy Lorde God, euen God that pleadeth the cause of his people, Beholde, I haue taken out of thine hande the cuppe of trembling, euen the dregges of the cuppe of my wrath: thou shalt drinke it no more.
23 But I will put it into their hande that spoile thee: which haue said to thy soule, Bowe downe, that wee may goe ouer, and thou hast layde thy bodie as the grounde, and as the streete to them that went ouer.