1 I am sought by [them that]Meaning, the Gentiles who know not God, would seek him, when he had moved their heart with his Holy Spirit, (Rom_10:20).asked not [for me]; I am found by [them that] sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, to a nation [that] was not called by my name.
2 I haveHe shows the reason for the rejection of the Jews, because they would not obey him or any admonition of his prophets, by whom he called them continually and stretch out his hand to draw them.spread out my hands all the day to a rebellious people, which walketh in a way [that is] not good, after their ownHe shows that to delight in our own fantasies is the declining from God and the beginning of all superstitions and idolatry.thoughts;
3 A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth inWhich were dedicated to idols.gardens, and burneth incense upon altars ofMeaning their altars, which he thus named by contempt.brick;
4 Which remain among theTo consult with spirits, and to conjure devils, which was forbidden.graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eatWhich was contrary to God's commandment, (Lev_11:7; Deu_14:8).swine's flesh, and broth of abominable [things is in] their vessels;
5 Which say,He shows that hypocrisy is always joined with pride and contempt of others.Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These [are] a smoke in my nose, a fire thatTheir punishment will never have an end.burneth all the day.
6 Behold, [it is]So that the remembrance of it cannot be forgotten.written before me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense, even recompense into their bosom,
7 Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathersWill be both punished together: and this declares how the children are punished for their fathers faults, that is, when the same faults or like are found in them.together, saith the LORD, who have burned incense upon the mountains, and blasphemed me upon the hills: therefore will I measure their former work into their bosom.
8 Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and [one] saith, Destroy it not; for aThat is, it is profitable: meaning that God will not destroy the faithful branches of his vineyard, when he destroys the rotten stocks, that is, the hypocrites.blessing [is] in it: so will I do for my servants' sake, that I may not destroy them all.
9 But I will bring a seede out of Iaakob, and out of Iudah, that shal inherit my mountaine: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my seruants shall dwell there.
10 AndWhich was a plentiful place in Judea to feed sheep, as Achor was for cattle.Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie down in, for my people that have sought me.
11 But ye [are] they that forsake the LORD, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for thatBy the multitude and number he means their innumerable idols of whom they thought they could never have enough.troop, and that furnish the drink offering to that number.
12 Therefore will ISeeing you cannot number your gods, I will number you with the sword.number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when IBy my prophets, whom you would not obey.spoke, ye did not hear; but did evil before my eyes, and did choose [that] in which I delighted not.
13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, my servants shallBy these words, eat and drink, he means the blessed life of the faithful, who have always had consolation and full contentment of all things in their God, though sometimes they lack these corporal things.eat, but ye shall be hungry: behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed:
14 Beholde, my seruants shal sing for ioye of heart, and ye shal crye for sorow of heart, and shal howle for vexation of minde.
15 And ye shall leave your name for a curse to myMeaning, that he would call the Gentiles, who would abhor even the very name of the Jews for their infidelities sake.chosen: for the Lord GOD shall slay thee, and call his servants byThan by the name of the Jews.another name:
16 That he who blesseth himself in theBy blessing, and by swearing is meant the praising of God for his benefits, and the true worshipping of him, who will not be only in Judea, but through all the world.earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the formerI will no longer permit my Church to be desolate as in times past.troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from my eyes.
17 For, behold, I createI will so altar and change the state of my church, that it will seem to dwell in a new world.new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
18 But be you glad and reioyce for euer in the things that I shall create: for beholde, I will create Ierusalem, as a reioycing and her people as a ioye,
19 And I wil reioyce in Ierusalem, and ioye in my people, and the voyce of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voyce of crying.
20 There shall be no more from there an infant of days, nor an old man that hathMeaning, in this wonderful restoration of the Church there would be no weakness of youth, nor infirmities of age, but all would be fresh and flourishing: and this is accomplished in the heavenly Jerusalem, when all sins will cease, and the tears will be wiped away.not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner [being]By which he shows that the infidels and unrepentant sinners have no part of this benediction.an hundred years old shall be accursed.
21 And they shallHe proposes to the faithful the blessings which are contained in the law, and so under temporal things comprehends the spiritual promises.build houses, and inhabit [them]; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.
22 They shall not build, and another inhabite: they shall not plant, and another eate: for as the dayes of the tree are the dayes of my people, and mine elect shall inioye in olde age the worke of their handes.
23 They shall not labour in vaine, nor bring forth in feare: for they are the seede of the blessed of the Lord, and their buds with them.
24 Yea, before they call, I will answere, and whiles they speake, I will heare.
25 TheRead (Isa_11:6).wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the ox: and dust [shall be] the serpent's food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.