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54:1 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.
54:2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; 54:3 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
54:4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.
54:5 For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.
54:6 For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.
54:7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
54:8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.
54:9 For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.
54:10 For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.
54:11 O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.
54:12 And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.
54:13 And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
54:14 In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.
54:15 Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.
54:16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.
54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

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Everything King James Bible:Isaiah
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Isaiah
Book: Isaiah
Chapter: 54

The increase of the Church By the Conversion of the Jews and
Gentiles. (1-5) Its certain deliverance. (6-10) Its triumphant
state is described. (11-17)

1-5 Observe the low state of religion in the world, for a long
time before Christianity was brought in. But By preaching the
Gospel, multitudes were converted from idols to the living God.
This is matter of great rejoicing to the Church. The bounds of
the Church were extended. Though its state On Earth is but mean
and movable, like a Tent or Tabernacle, it is sometimes a
growing state, and must be enlarged as the family increases. But
the more numerous the Church grows, the more she must fortify
herself against errors and corruptions. Thy Maker is thy
Husband. Christ is the Holy One of Israel, the Mediator of the
Covenant made with the Old Testament Church. Long he had been
called the God of Israel; but now he shall be called the God of
the whole Earth. And he will cleanse from Sin, and cause every
true believer to rejoice in this sacred union. We never can
enough admire this Mercy, or duly value this privilege.

6-10 As God is slow to Anger, So he is swift to show Mercy. And
how sweet the returns of Mercy would be, when God should come
and comfort them! He will have Mercy On them. God's gathering
his people takes rise from his Mercy, not any merit of theirs;
and it is with great mercies, with Everlasting kindness. The
wrath is little, the mercies great; the wrath for a moment, the
kindness Everlasting. We are neither to despond under
Afflictions, nor to despair of relief. Mountains have been
shaken and removed, but the promises of God never were broken By
any event. Mountains and hills also signify great men.
Creature-confidences shall fail; but when our friends fail us,
our God does not. All this is alike applicable to the Church at
large, and to each believer. God will rebuke and correct his
people for sins; but he will not cast them off. Let this
encourage us to give the more diligence to make our Calling and
election sure.

11-17 Let the people of God, when afflicted and tossed, think
they hear God speaking comfortably to them By these words,
taking notice of their griefs and fears. The Church is all
glorious when full of the knowledge of God; for none teaches
like him. It is a promise of the teaching and Gifts of the Holy
Spirit. All that are taught of God are taught to Love one
another. This seems to relate especially to the glorious times
to succeed the tribulations of the Church. Holiness, more than
any thing, is the beauty of the Church. God promises protection.
There shall be No fears within; there shall be No fightings
without. Military men value themselves On their splendid titles,
but God calls them, "Wasters made to destroy," for they make
wasting and Destruction their business. He created them,
therefore he will serve his own designs By them. The Day is
coming when God will reckon with wicked men for their hard
speeches, Jude 15. Security and final victory are the
heritage of each Faithful servant of the Lord. The Righteousness
By which they are justified, and the Grace By which they are
sanctified, are the Gift of God, and the effect of his special
Love. Let us beseech him to sanctify our souls, and to employ us
in his service.

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