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Isaiah 18

God’s care for his people; and the increase of the church.

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God’s care for his people; and the increase of the church

1 Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:

2 That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, saying, Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers have spoiled!

3 All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when he lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye.

4 For so the LORD said unto me, I will take my rest, and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.

5 For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and take away and cut down the branches.

6 They shall be left together unto the fowls of the mountains, and to the beasts of the earth: and the fowls shall summer upon them, and all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them.

7 In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion.

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G Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Ver. 1. Cymbal. Or sistrum, commonly used in Egypt. Sept. “ship sails.” — Ethiopia, or Chus, lying between the Nile (the branches of which are styled rivers) and the Red Sea. He alludes to the kingdom of Tharaca. 4 K. xix. 8. C.

Ver. 2. Ambassadors. Heb. “images,” (Bochart) in honour of Adonis; (S. Cyr.) or rather Ezechias, or Tharaca send to demand troops. C. — Bulrushes. Lit. “paper.” H. — Formed of rushes which grow on the banks of the Nile. Pliny vii. 56. and xiii. 11. — Angels. Or messengers. — Pieces. With factions after the death of Sabacon, or by the inroads of Sennacherib. — Other. He derides the vanity of the Egyptians. C. — Expecting the overflowing of the Nile. H. — Heb. “of line,” (C.) with which they marked out each person’s property, after the waters had subsided. Strabo 17. — Foot. They worked their dough with their feet, and sent swine to trample on the seed, which required no more cultivation. Herod. ii. 14. and 36. — Spoiled. The Nile made considerable alterations.

Ver. 4. Place. God rules all with ease. — Harvest. The allies shall comfort my people, (C.) or Sennacherib shall threaten ruin. H. — But I will frustrate his evil designs. His army shall perish unexpectedly. v. 5. C. — The Egyptians had sent messengers to assure the Israelites that they would come to assist them: but the prophet informs them of their own ruin. W.

Ver. 6. Them. Their bodies shall lie unburied.

Ver. 7. Sion. Egypt shall send presents to the Lord. 2 Par. xxxii. 23. C.