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Isaiah 62

God’s care of his church and people. (1-5) The office of ministers in preaching the gospel. (6-9) Every hinderance shall be removed from the way of salvation. (10-12)

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God’s care of his church and people

1 For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.

2 And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.

3 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.

4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.

5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.

The office of ministers in preaching the gospel

6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,

7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

8 The LORD hath sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the which thou hast laboured:

9 But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the LORD; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my holiness.

Every hinderance shall be removed from the way of salvation

10 Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.

11 Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.

12 And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.

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G Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Ver. 1. Rest, as long as God grants me life, or till I behold the Saviour; or Cyrus, the figure of Christ. C. — True preachers will not be silent on account of any threats, but will labour for the Church. 2 Tim. ii. W.

Ver. 2. One. No profane historian mentions what Cyrus did for the Jews; but all the world knows how much Christ has favoured his Church. C. — Name. Thou shalt be no longer the rebellious Jerusalem, but the spouse and chosen people, the Church of Christ. S. Ignat. ad Magnes. S. Jer.

Ver. 3. Hand. Chal. “before.” Heb. “by the protection.”

Ver. 4. Forsaken. Yet the synagogue was again rejected, at the death of Christ. The promises naturally relate to his Church. C. — Inhabited. Prot. retain the Heb. words Chephtsi-bah, “my delight in her,” and Beulah, (marg.) “married.” H.

Ver. 5. Dwell. Heb. “marry.” They shall be attached to their country. — Thee. He shall love thee as a bridegroom does one whom he has lately married. Christ never abandons his virgin spouse. C. — Isaias speaks of some state of the Jews which has not yet taken place. Houbigant.

Ver. 6. Watchmen; priests and prophets, (Mat. ii. 1. Ps. cxxxiii. 2. C.) or angels. S. Jer. S. Bern. — The synagogue has long been destitute of guides, but the Catholic Church has an uninterrupted succession of watchful pastors. — Mindful whose duty it is to remind him of his promises, and to recite the Church office. C. — Heb. mazcirim, monitors. 2 K. viii. 16. H. — In these faithful watchman the Church is always visible. W.

Ver. 8. Hand; inviolably. Deut. xxxii. 40. The Persians deemed this oath most sacred. C. — Darius just expiring, said to Polycrates, “By thee I give this right hand to Alexander,” (Plut.) that he may revenge my death. — Wine. The Church cannot be deprived of her faith or of her God.

Ver. 10. People, that they may return to Judea, and be converted to Christ. C.

Ver. 11. Work the redemption of mankind. H. — Though Cyrus was a figure of Christ, he was as much beneath him as earth is below heaven. Zac. ix. 9. C.