1 The worde that Isaiah the sonne of Amoz sawe vpon Iudah and Ierusalem.
2 And itThe decree and ordinance of God, concerning the restoration of the Church, which is chiefly meant by the time of Christ.shall come to pass in the last days, [that] the mount of the LORD'S houseIn an evident place to be seen and discerned.shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shallWhen the kingdom of Christ will be enlarged by the preaching of the doctrine. Here also is declared the zeal of the children of God when they are called.flow to it.
3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up toAlluding to mount Zion, where the visible Church then was.the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth theMeaning, the whole doctrine of salvation.law, and the word of the LORD fromThis was accomplished when the gospel was first preached in Jerusalem, and from there went through all the world.Jerusalem.
4 AndThe Lord, who is Christ, will have all power given to him.he shall judge among the nations, and shallThat they may acknowledge their sins, and turn to him.rebuke many people: and they shallHe shows the fruit of the peace which the gospel should bring, that is, that men should do good to one another, while before they were enemies.beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learnHe speaks not against the use of weapons and lawful war, but shows how the hearts of the godly will be affected one toward another, which peace and love begin and grow in this life, but will be perfected when we are joined with our head Jesus Christ.war any more.
5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let usSeeing the Gentiles will be ready, make haste, and show them the way to worship God.walk in the light of the LORD.
6 Therefore thouThe prophet seeing the small hope that the Jews would convert, complains to God as though he had utterly forsaken them for their sins.hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they areFull of the corruptions that reigned chiefly in the east parts.filled [with customs] from the east, and [are] soothsayers like the Philistines,They altogether gave themselves to the fashions of other nations.and they please themselves in the children of foreigners.
7 Their land also is full ofThe prophet first condemned their superstition and idolatry next their covetousness and thirdly their vain trust in worldly means.silver and gold, neither [is there any] end of their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither [is there any] end of their chariots:
8 Their land also was full of idols: they worshipped the worke of their owne hands, which their owne fingers haue made.
9 And the mean man boweth down, and the great manHe notes the nature of the idolaters who are never satisfied in their superstitions.humbleth himself: thereforeThus the prophet spoke being inflamed with the zeal of God's glory, and that he might fear them with God's judgment.forgive them not.
10 Enter into the rocke, and hide thee in the dust from before the feare of the Lord, and from the glory of his maiestie.
11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be abased, and the LORD alone shall be exalted inMeaning, as soon as God will begin to execute his judgments.that day.
12 For the day of the Lorde of hostes is vpon all the proude and hautie, and vpon all that is exalted: and it shalbe made lowe.
13 Euen vpon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are hie & exalted, & vpon all the okes of Bashan,
14 And upon all the highBy high trees and mountains are he means the proud and lofty, who think themselves most strong in this world.mountains, and upon all the hills [that are] lifted up,
15 And vpon euery hie tower, and vpon euery strong wall,
16 And uponHe condemns their vain confidence which they had in strongholds and in their rich merchandise which brought in vain pleasures with which men's minds became effeminate.all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures.
17 And the hautinesse of men shalbe brought low, and the loftinesse of men shalbe abased, and the Lord shall onely be exalted in that day.
18 And the idoles will he vtterly destroy.
19 Then they shall goe into the holes of the rockes, & into the caues of the earth, from before the feare of the Lorde, and from the glory of his maiestie, when he shall arise to destroy the earth.
20 In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made [each one] for himself to worship,They will cast them into vile and filthy places when they perceive that they are not able to help them.to the moles and to the bats;
21 To goe into the holes of the rockes, and into the toppes of the ragged rockes from before the feare of the Lorde, and from the glory of his maiestie, when he shall rise to destroy the earth.
22 Cease ye from man, whoseCast off your vain confidence in man, whose life is so frail that if his nose is stopped he is dead and consider that you are dealing with God.breath [is] in his nostrils: for why is he to be esteemed?