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30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: 30:2 That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt! 30:3 Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.
30:4 For his princes were at Zoan, and his ambassadors came to Hanes.
30:5 They were all ashamed of a people that could not profit them, nor be an help nor profit, but a shame, and also a reproach.
30:6 The burden of the beasts of the south: into the land of trouble and anguish, from whence come the young and old lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they will carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses, and their treasures upon the bunches of camels, to a people that shall not profit them.
30:7 For the Egyptians shall help in vain, and to no purpose: therefore have I cried concerning this, Their strength is to sit still.
30:8 Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever: 30:9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: 30:11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.
30:12 Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon: 30:13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.
30:14 And he shall break it as the breaking of the potters' vessel that is broken in pieces; he shall not spare: so that there shall not be found in the bursting of it a sherd to take fire from the hearth, or to take water withal out of the pit.
30:15 For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.
30:16 But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses; therefore shall ye flee: and, We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift.
30:17 One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five shall ye flee: till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as an ensign on an hill.
30:18 And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.
30:19 For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee.
30:20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
30:22 Ye shall defile also the covering of thy graven images of silver, and the ornament of thy molten images of gold: thou shalt cast them away as a menstruous cloth; thou shalt say unto it, Get thee hence.
30:23 Then shall he give the rain of thy seed, that thou shalt sow the ground withal; and bread of the increase of the earth, and it shall be fat and plenteous: in that day shall thy cattle feed in large pastures.
30:24 The oxen likewise and the young asses that ear the ground shall eat clean provender, which hath been winnowed with the shovel and with the fan.
30:25 And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.
30:26 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.
30:27 Behold, the name of the LORD cometh from far, burning with his anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire: 30:28 And his breath, as an overflowing stream, shall reach to the midst of the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity: and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err.
30:29 Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the LORD, to the mighty One of Israel.
30:30 And the LORD shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones.
30:31 For through the voice of the LORD shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod.
30:32 And in every place where the grounded staff shall pass, which the LORD shall lay upon him, it shall be with tabrets and harps: and in battles of shaking will he fight with it.
30:33 For Tophet is ordained of old; yea, for the king it is prepared; he hath made it deep and large: the pile thereof is fire and much wood; the breath of the LORD, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle 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: 30

Overview:
The Jews reproved for seeking aid from Egypt. (1-7) Judgements
in consequence of their contempt of God's Word. (8-18) God's
mercies to his Church. (19-26) The ruin of the Assyrian Army,
and of all God's enemies. (27-33)

1-7 It was often the fault and folly of the Jews, that when
troubled By their neighbours On one side, they sought for
succour from others, instead of looking up to God. Nor can we
avoid the dreadful consequences of adding Sin to Sin, but By
making the Righteousness of Christ our Refuge, and seeking for
the Sanctification of the Holy Spirit. Men have always been
prone to lean to their own understandings, but this will End in
their shame and misery. They would not trust in God. They took
much pains to gain the Egyptians. The riches So spent turned to
a bad account. See what dangers men run into who forsake God to
follow their Carnal confidences. The Creator is the Rock of
ages, the Creature a broken Reed; we cannot expect too little
from Man, or too much from God. Our strength is to sit still, in
humble dependence upon God and his Goodness, and quiet
submission to his will.

8-18 The Jews were the only professing people God then had in
the world, yet many among them were rebellious. They had the
Light, but they loved Darkness rather. The prophets checked them
in their sinful pursuits, So that they could not proceed without
fear; this they took amiss. But Faithful ministers will not be
driven from seeking to awaken sinners. God is the Holy One of
Israel, and So they shall find him. They did not like to hear of
his holy Commandments and his Hatred of Sin; they desired that
they might No more be reminded of these things. But as they
despised the Word of God, their sins undermined their safety.
Their state would be dashed in Pieces like a potter's vessel.
Let us return from our evil ways, and settle in the way of duty;
that is the way to be saved. Would we be strengthened, it must
be in quietness and in confidence, keeping peace in our own
minds, and relying upon God. They think themselves wiser than
God; but the project By which they thought to save themselves
was their ruin. Only here and there one shall escape, as a
warning to others. If men will not repent, turn to God, and seek
happiness in his favour and service, their desires will but
hasten their ruin. Those who make God alone their confidence,
will have comfort. God ever waits to be gracious to all that
come to him By Faith in Christ, and happy are those who wait for
him.

19-26 God's people will soon arrive at the Zion above, and then
they will weep No more for ever. Even now they would have more
comfort, as Well as Holiness, if they were more constant in
Prayer. A Famine of Bread is not So great a Judgment as a Famine
of the Word of God. There are right-Hand and left-Hand errors;
the tempter is busy courting us into By-paths. It is happy if,
By the counsels of a Faithful Minister or friend, or the checks
of Conscience, and the strivings of God the Spirit, we are set
right when doubting, and prevented from going wrong. They shall
be cured of their Idolatry. To all true penitents Sin becomes
very hateful. This is shown daily in the Conversion of souls, By
the power of Divine Grace, to the fear and Love of God. Abundant
Means of Grace, with the influences of the Holy Spirit, would be
extended to places destitute of them. The effect of this should
be comfort and joy to the people of God. Light, that is,
knowledge, shall increase. This is the Light which the Gospel
brought into the world, and which proclaims healing to the
broken-hearted.

27-33 God curbs and restrains from doing mischief. With a Word
he guides his people into the right way, but with a Bridle he
turns his enemies upon their own ruin. Here, in threatening the
ruin of Sennacherib's Army, the Prophet points at the final and
Everlasting Destruction of all impenitent sinners. Tophet was a
Valley near Jerusalem, where fires were continually burning to
destroy things that were hurtful and offensive, and there the
idolatrous Jews caused their children to pass through the Fire
to Moloch. This denotes the certainty of the Destruction, as an
awful emblem of the place of Torment in the other world. No
oppressor shall escape the Divine wrath. Let sinners then flee
to Christ, seeking to be reconciled to Him, that they may be
safe and happy, when Destruction from the Almighty shall sweep
away all the workers of iniquity.

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