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33:1 Woe to thee that spoilest, and thou wast not spoiled; and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! when thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled; and when thou shalt make an end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee.
33:2 O LORD, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.
33:3 At the noise of the tumult the people fled; at the lifting up of thyself the nations were scattered.
33:4 And your spoil shall be gathered like the gathering of the caterpiller: as the running to and fro of locusts shall he run upon them.
33:5 The LORD is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.
33:6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure.
33:7 Behold, their valiant ones shall cry without: the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly.
33:8 The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth: he hath broken the covenant, he hath despised the cities, he regardeth no man.
33:9 The earth mourneth and languisheth: Lebanon is ashamed and hewn down: Sharon is like a wilderness; and Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits.
33:10 Now will I rise, saith the LORD; now will I be exalted; now will I lift up myself.
33:11 Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble: your breath, as fire, shall devour you.
33:12 And the people shall be as the burnings of lime: as thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire.
33:13 Hear, ye that are far off, what I have done; and, ye that are near, acknowledge my might.
33:14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? 33:15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; 33:16 He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.
33:17 Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.
33:18 Thine heart shall meditate terror. Where is the scribe? where is the receiver? where is he that counted the towers? 33:19 Thou shalt not see a fierce people, a people of a deeper speech than thou canst perceive; of a stammering tongue, that thou canst not understand.
33:20 Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.
33:21 But there the glorious LORD will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby.
33:22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us.
33:23 Thy tacklings are loosed; they could not well strengthen their mast, they could not spread the sail: then is the prey of a great spoil divided; the lame take the prey.
33:24 And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.


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Everything King James Bible:Isaiah
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Isaiah
Book: Isaiah
Chapter: 33

Overview:
God's judgments against the enemies of his Church. (1-14) The
happiness of his people. (15-24)

1-14 Here we have the proud and false Destroyer justly reckoned
with for all his fraud and violence. The righteous God often
pays sinners in their own Coin. Those who By Faith humbly wait
for God, shall find him gracious to them; as the Day, So let the
strength be. If God leaves us to ourselves any morning, we are
undone; we must every morning commit ourselves to him, and go
forth in his strength to do the work of the Day. When God
arises, his enemies are scattered. True Wisdom and knowledge
lead to strength of Salvation, which renders us stedfast in the
ways of God; and true Piety is the only treasure which can never
be plundered or spent. The distress Jerusalem was brought into,
is described. God's time to appear for his people, is, when all
other helpers fail. Let all who hear what God has done,
acknowledge that he can do every thing. Sinners in Zion will
have much to answer for, above other sinners. And those that
rebel against the commands of the Word, cannot take its comforts
in time of need. His wrath will burn those everlastingly who
make themselves Fuel for it. It is a Fire that shall never be
quenched, nor ever go out of itself; it is the wrath of an
ever-living God preying On the Conscience of a never-dying soul.

15-24 The true believer Watches against all occasions of Sin.
The Divine power will keep him safe, and his Faith in that power
will keep him easy. He shall want nothing needful for him. Every
blessing of Salvation is freely bestowed On all that ask with
humble, believing Prayer; and the believer is safe in time and
for ever. Those that walk uprightly shall not only have Bread
given, and their water sure, but they shall, By Faith, see the
King of Kings in his beauty, the beauty of Holiness. The
remembrance of the terror they were in, shall add to the
pleasure of their deliverance. It is desirable to be quiet in
our own houses, but much more So to be quiet in God's House; and
in every Age Christ will have a seed to serve him. Jerusalem had
No large River running By it, but the presence and power of God
make up all wants. We have all in God, all we need, or can
desire. By Faith we take Christ for our Prince and Saviour; he
reigns over his redeemed people. All that refuse to have Him to
reign over them, make shipwreck of their souls. Sickness is
taken away in Mercy, when the Fruit of it is the taking away of
Sin. If iniquity be taken away, we have little reason to
complain of outward affliction. This last verse leads our
thoughts, not only to the most glorious state of the Gospel
Church On Earth, but to Heaven, where No sickness or trouble can
enter. He that blotteth out our transgressions, will heal our
souls.

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