¶ Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful
garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more
come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.
.2 Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.
Compare is5109, is5117.
Strength Would they listen to this call and put on their strength? jl0316.
Beautiful garments So she could resume the place of honor God had intended ex2802.
For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall
be redeemed without money.
.4 For thus saith the Lord GOD, My people went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.
5 Now therefore, what have I here, saith the LORD, that my people is taken away for nought? they that rule over them make them to howl, saith the LORD; and my name continually every day is blasphemed.
.6 Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I.
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yourselves They had traded prosperity, honor, freedom, and the
peace of God for evil and captivity. ro0616.
4,5 - Egypt ... Assyrian ... oppressed The picture is of oppression and continual blasphemy. Daniel's prophecy of the 2300 days picks up this imagery da0812.
¶ How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth
good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good,
that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
8 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion.
9 Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.
.10 The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
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beautiful The news of salvation from oppression, brought by
the Messiah (the suffering servant, v15) is4001,
and ultimately salvation from the bondage of sin ro1015.
7 - Thy God reigns He was in ultimate control then and now da0417, re1115.
8 - Watchmen Those appointed as spiritual leaders.
Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go
ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.
.12 For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rereward.
- Depart ye From Babylon is4820.
Compare the flight from spiritual Babylon re1802ff.
It is interesting that the double command follows a double fall "Babylon
is fallen, is fallen." re1408.
12 - Haste As when the Israelites left Egypt.
¶ Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and
extolled, and be very high.
14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:
.15 So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.
The picture develops continuing into the next chapter, Isa. 53.
- My servant The atoning ministry of the Messiah is clearly
shown through is5312. Cyrus was the "servant"
who freed the captives is4428,
Continue reading into the next chapter to understand.
14, 15 - Astonied "Summary of Messiah's history, which is set forth more in detail in the fifty-third chapter. "Just as many were astonished (accompanied with aversion, Jer 18:16; 19:8), &c.; his visage, &c.; so shall He sprinkle," &c.; Israel in this answers to its antitype Messiah, now "an astonishment and byword" (De 28:37), hereafter about to be a blessing and means of salvation to many nations (Isa 2:2,3; Mic 5:7)." (JFB).