1 For Zion's sake I will notThe prophet says that he will never cease to declare to the people the good tidings of their deliverance.hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until its righteousness shall go forth asTill they have full deliverance: and this the prophet speaks to encourage all other ministers to the setting forth of God's mercies toward his Church.brightness, and its salvation as a lamp [that] burneth.
2 And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called byYou will have a more excellent fame than you have had till now.a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.
3 Thou shalt also be aHe will value you as dear and precious as a king does his crown.crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.
4 Thou shalt no more be termedYou will no longer be contemned as a woman forsaken by her husband.Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall beThat it may be replenished with children.married.
5 For [as] a young man marrieth a virgin, [so] shall thy sonsAs they confess one faith and religion with you, they are in the same bond of marriage with you, and they are called the children of the Church, as Christ makes her plentiful to bring forth children to him.marry thee: and [as] the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, [so] shall thy God rejoice over thee.
6 I have setProphets, pastors and ministers.watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, [which] shall never hold their peace day nor night:He exhorts the ministers never to cease to call on God by prayer for the deliverance of his Church and to teach others to do the same.ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,
7 And give him no rest, till he shall establish, and till he shall make Jerusalem aFor the restoration of which all the world will praise him.praise in the earth.
8 The Lorde hath sworne by his right hand and by his strong arme, Surely I wil no more giue thy corne to be meate for thine enemies, & surely the sonnes of the strangers shall not drinke thy wine, for the which thou hast laboured.
9 But they that haue gathered it, shall eate it, and prayse the Lorde, and the gatherers thereof shal drinke it in the courtes of my Sanctuarie.
10 Signifying the great number that would come to the Church, and what means he would prepare for the restitution of the same, as in (Isa_57:14).Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.
11 Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed to the end of the world,You prophets and ministers show the people of this their deliverance: which was chiefly meant of our salvation by Christ, (Zec_9:9; Mat_21:5).Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward [is] with him, andHe will have all power to bring his purpose to pass, as in (Isa_40:10).his work before him.
12 And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, AThat is, one over whom God has had a singular care to recover her when she was lost.city not forsaken.