1 Ho, every one thatChrist by proposing his graces and gifts to his Church, exempts the hypocrites who are full with their imagined works, and the Epicureans who are full with their worldly lusts, and so do not thirst after these waters.thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hathSignifying that God's benefits cannot be bought for money.no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buyBy waters, wine, milk and bread, he means all things necessary to the spiritual life, as these are necessary to this corporal life.wine and milk without money and without price.
2 Why do ye spend money for [that which is] not bread?He reproves their ingratitude, who refuse those things that God offers willingly, and in the mean time spare neither cost nor labour to obtain those which are not profitable.and your labour for [that which] satisfieth not? hearken diligently to me, and eat ye [that which is] good, and let your soul delight itself inYou will be fed abundantly.fatness.
3 Incline your ear, and come to me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, [even] theThe same covenant which through my mercy I ratified and confirmed to David, that it would be eternal, (2Sa_7:13; Act_13:34).sure mercies of David.
4 Behold, I have givenMeaning Christ, of whom David was a figure.him [for] a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.
5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation [that] thou knowest not,That is, the Gentiles, who before you did not receive to be your people.and nations [that] knew not thee shall run to thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.
6 Seek ye the LORD while he may beWhen he offers himself by the preaching of his word.found, call ye upon him while he is near:
7 Let the wickedBy this he shows that repentance must be joined with faith, and how we cannot call on God correctly, unless the fruits of our faith appear.forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return to the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 For myAlthough you are not soon reconciled one to another and judge me by yourselves, yet I am easy to be reconciled, yea, I offer my mercies to you.thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 For as ye heauens are higher then the earth, so are my wayes higher then your wayes, and my thoughtes aboue your thoughts.
10 Surely as the raine commeth downe and the snow from heauen, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth and maketh it to bring forth and bud, that it may giue seede to the sower, and bread vnto him that eateth,
11 So shall myIf these small things have their effect, as daily experience shows much more will my promise which I have made and confirmed, bring to pass the things which I have spoken for your deliverance.word be that proceedeth from my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] for which I sent it.
12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: theRead (Isa_44:23, Isa_49:13)mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap [their] hands.
13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORDTo set forth his glory.for a name, for an everlastingOf God's deliverance, and that he will never forsake his Church.sign [that] shall not be cut off.