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Isaiah 2

The conversion of the Gentiles, Description of the sinfulness of Israel. (1-9) The awful punishment of unbelievers. (10-22)

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The conversion of the Gentiles, Description of the sinfulness of Israel

1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to 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 the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.

6 Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers.

7 Their land also is full of 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 is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made:

9 And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not.

The awful punishment of unbelievers

10 Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty.

11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.

12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:

13 And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan,

14 And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up,

15 And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall,

16 And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures.

17 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.

18 And the idols he shall utterly abolish.

19 And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly 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, to the moles and to the bats;

21 To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.

22 Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?

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G Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Ver. 1. Jerusalem. Many particular prophecies are blended with the general one, which regards Christ. C.

Ver. 2. Days. The whole time of the new law, from the coming of Christ till the end of the world, is called in the Scripture the last days; because no other age, or time shall come after it, but only eternity. Ch. — It is therefore styled the last hour. 1 Jo. ii. W. — Mountains. This shews the perpetual visibility of the Church of Christ: for a mountain upon the top of mountains cannot be hid. Ch. — This evidently regards the Church. Mat. v. W. — The Jews can never shew the fulfillment of this prophecy in any material temple. Micheas (iv. 1.) copies this text.

Ver. 3. Jerusalem. Our Saviour preached there, and in some sense the religion established by him, may be esteemed a reform, or accomplishment of the old law.

Ver. 4. War. Ezechias enjoyed peace after the defeat of Sennacherib, as the whole world did at the birth of Christ. C. — Claudentur belli portæ. Æn. i.

Ver. 5. Lord. Ezechias, or rather Christ and his Church, invite all to embrace the true faith. C.

Ver. 6. Jacob. Thus the converts address God, (H.) or the prophet give the reasons of the subversion of the ten tribes. — Filled. Consecrated as priests. — Children. Imitating idolatrous nations, (C.) and marrying with them, (C. Sept. Theod.) or even giving way to unnatural sins. S. Jer. M. — The Jews were not utterly cast off till they had put Christ to death. His Church shall never perish. W.

Ver. 8. Horses. Which the kings were forbidden to multiply. Deut. xvii. 16. Great riches often precede the ruin of states.

Ver. 9. Forgive. Sept. “I will not dismiss them.” Heb. “and thou hast not pardoned them.”

Ver. 10. Rock. Screen thyself if thou canst. He alludes to the kingdom of Israel, which was ruined by idolatry. v. 18. 20.

Ver. 13. Basan. Israel; or Syria and the Ammonites, (C.) whom Nabuchodonosor subdued, five years after he had taken Jerusalem, (Joseph. x. 11.) as the Idumeans, (v. 14.) Philistines, and Egyptians, (v. 15.) and Tyrians, (v. 16.) who felt also the indignation of the Lord. Jer. xxv. 15.

Ver. 16. Tharsis. In Cilicia, denoting large ships for merchandise. — Fair. Heb. “desirable pictures.” Sept. “ships.” C.

Ver. 18. Destroyed. This was verified by the establishment of Christianity. And by this and other texts of the like nature, the wild system of some modern sectaries is abundantly confuted, who charge the whole Christian Church with worshipping idols, for many ages. Ch. — Yea, for above a thousand years, while she still professed the name of Christ. W.

Ver. 20. Bats. The Egyptians adored all sorts of animals. Herod. ii. 65. — Ægyptus portenta colat. Juv. xv. — Omnigenumque Deum monstra. Æn. viii. — The mole was much esteemed by magicians, who promised any the art of divination and success, who should eat the heart of one still warm. Pliny xxx. 3. The Israelites were always ready to embrace such superstitious practices. C.

Ver. 22. High. Adhere to Jesus Christ. Orig. M. — Sept. omit this sentence, and S. Jer. thinks they did it perhaps for fear of shocking their brethren. In Jer. xvii. — It is supplied from Aquila’s version, “how must he be esteemed?” C. — Prot. “for wherein is he to be accounted of?” Jesus will kill the wicked one with the spirit of his mouth. 2 Thess. ii. 8. H. — No dependence must be had in man. The Israelites vainly trusted in Egypt. C.