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14:1 For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob.
14:2 And the people shall take them, and bring them to their place: and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the LORD for servants and handmaids: and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors.
14:3 And it shall come to pass in the day that the LORD shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve, 14:4 That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased! 14:5 The LORD hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers.
14:6 He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth.
14:7 The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing.
14:8 Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us.
14:9 Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.
14:10 All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us? 14:11 Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.
14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
14:16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; 14:17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners? 14:18 All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.
14:19 But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.
14:20 Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.
14:21 Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities.
14:22 For I will rise up against them, saith the LORD of hosts, and cut off from Babylon the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew, saith the LORD.
14:23 I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the LORD of hosts.
14:24 The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand: 14:25 That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders.
14:26 This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.
14:27 For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back? 14:28 In the year that king Ahaz died was this burden.
14:29 Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.
14:30 And the firstborn of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety: and I will kill thy root with famine, and he shall slay thy remnant.
14:31 Howl, O gate; cry, O city; thou, whole Palestina, art dissolved: for there shall come from the north a smoke, and none shall be alone in his appointed times.
14:32 What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the LORD hath founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it.


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Everything King James Bible:Isaiah
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Isaiah
Book: Isaiah
Chapter: 14

Overview:
The Destruction of Babylon, and the Death of its proud
monarch. (1-23) Assurance of the Destruction of Assyria. (24-27)
The Destruction of the Philistines. (28-32)

1-23 The whole plan of Divine Providence is arranged with a
view to the good of the people of God. A settlement in the land
of promise is of God's Mercy. Let the Church receive those whom
God receives. God's people, wherever their Lot is cast, should
endeavour to recommend religion By a right and winning
Conversation. Those that would not be reconciled to them, should
be humbled By them. This may be applied to the success of the
Gospel, when those were brought to obey it who had opposed it.
God himself undertakes to work a blessed change. They shall have
Rest from their sorrow and fear, the sense of their present
burdens, and the dread of worse. Babylon abounded in riches. The
King of Babylon having the absolute command of So much wealth,
By the help of it ruled the nations. This refers especially to
the people of the Jews; and it filled up the Measure of the King
of Babylon's sins. Tyrants Sacrifice their true interest to
their lusts and passions. It is gracious ambition to covet to be
like the Most Holy, for he has said, Be ye holy, for I am holy;
but it is sinful ambition to aim to be like the Most High, for
he has said, He who exalts himself shall be abased. The Devil
thus drew our first parents to Sin. Utter ruin should be brought
upon him. Those that will not cease to Sin, God will make to
cease. He should be slain, and go down to the Grave; this is the
common fate of tyrants. True Glory, that is, true Grace, will go
up with the soul to Heaven, but vain pomp will go down with the
body to the Grave; there is an End of it. To be denied Burial,
if for Righteousness' sake, may be rejoiced in, Mt 5:12. But
if the just Punishment of Sin, it denotes that impenitent
sinners shall rise to Everlasting shame and contempt. Many
triumphs should be in his fall. God will reckon with those that
disturb the peace of mankind. The receiving the King of Babylon
into the regions of the dead, shows there is a world of spirits,
to which the souls of men remove at Death. And that souls have
converse with each other, though we have none with them; and
that Death and Hell will be Death and Hell indeed, to all who
fall unholy, from the height of this world's pomps, and the
Fulness of its pleasures. Learn from all this, that the seed of
evil-doers shall never be renowned. The royal City is to be
ruined and forsaken. Thus the utter Destruction of the New
Testament Babylon is illustrated, Re 18:2. When a people will
not be made Clean with the Besom of reformation, what can they
expect but to be swept off the Face of the Earth with the Besom
of Destruction?

24-27 Let those that make themselves a Yoke and a Burden to
God's people, see what they are to expect. Let those that are
the called according to God's purpose, comfort themselves, that
whatever God has purposed, it shall stand. The Lord of hosts has
purposed to break the Assyrian's Yoke; his Hand is stretched out
to execute this purpose; who has power to turn it back? By such
dispensations of Providence, the Almighty shows in the most
convincing manner, that Sin is hateful in his sight.

28-32 Assurance is given of the Destruction of the Philistines
and their power, By Famine and War. Hezekiah would be more
terrible to them than Uzziah had been. Instead of rejoicing,
there would be Lamentation, for the whole land would be ruined.
Such Destruction will come upon the proud and rebellious, but
the Lord founded Zion for a Refuge to Poor sinners, who flee
from the wrath to come, and trust in his Mercy through Christ
Jesus. Let us tell all around of our comforts and security, and
exhort them to seek the same Refuge and Salvation.

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