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:-. INTERCESSORY PRAYERS FOR ZION'S RESTORATION, ACCOMPANYING GOD'S PROMISES OF IT, AS THE APPOINTED MEANS OF ACCOMPLISHING IT.
1. I—the prophet, as representative of all the praying people of God who love and intercede for Zion (compare Isaiah 62:6; Isaiah 62:7; Psalms 102:13-19.102.17), or else Messiah (compare Isaiah 62:6). So Messiah is represented as unfainting in His efforts for His people (Isaiah 42:4; Isaiah 50:7).
righteousness thereof—not its own inherently, but imputed to it, for its restoration to God's favor: hence "salvation" answers to it in the parallelism. "Judah" is to be "saved" through "the Lord our (Judah's and the Church's) righteousness" (Isaiah 50:7- :).
as brightness—properly the bright shining of the rising sun (Isaiah 60:19; Isaiah 4:5; 2 Samuel 23:4; Proverbs 4:18).
2. (Isaiah 11:10; Isaiah 42:1-23.42.6; Isaiah 49:7; Isaiah 49:22; Isaiah 49:23; Isaiah 60:3; Isaiah 60:5; Isaiah 60:16).
new name—expression of thy new and improved condition (Isaiah 60:16- :), the more valuable and lasting as being conferred by Jehovah Himself (Isaiah 62:12; Isaiah 65:15; Revelation 2:17; Revelation 3:12).
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in . . . hand of . . . Lord—As a crown is worn on the head, not "in the hand," hand must here be figurative for "under the Lord's protection" (compare :-). "All His saints are in thy hand." His people are in His hand at the same time that they are "a crown of glory" to Him (Revelation 6:2; Revelation 19:12); reciprocally, He is "a crown of glory and a diadem of beauty" to them (Revelation 19:12- :; compare Malachi 3:17).
4. be termed—be "forsaken," so as that that term could be applicable to thee.
Hephzi-bah— ( :-), the name of Hezekiah's wife, a type of Jerusalem, as Hezekiah was of Messiah (Isaiah 32:1): "my delight is in her."
Beulah—"Thou art married." See the same contrast of Zion's past and future state under the same figure (Isaiah 54:4-23.54.6; Revelation 21:2; Revelation 21:4).
land . . . married—to Jehovah as its Lord and Husband: implying not only ownership, but protection on the part of the Owner [HORSLEY].
5. thy sons—rather, changing the points, which are of no authority in Hebrew, "thy builder" or "restorer," that is, God; for in the parallel clause, and in Isaiah 62:4, God is implied as being "married" to her; whereas her "sons" could hardly be said to marry their mother; and in Isaiah 49:18, they are said to be her bridal ornaments, not her husband. The plural form, builders, is used of God in reverence as "husbands" (see on Isaiah 62:5).
over the bride—in the possession of the bride (Isaiah 65:19; Jeremiah 32:41; Zephaniah 3:17).
6. I—Isaiah speaking in the person of the Messiah.
watchmen upon . . . walls—image from the watches set upon a city's wall to look out for the approach of a messenger with good tidings (Isaiah 52:7; Isaiah 52:8); the good tidings of the return of the Jewish exiles from Babylon, prefiguring the return from the present dispersion (compare Isaiah 21:6-23.21.11; Isaiah 56:10; Ezekiel 3:17; Ezekiel 33:7). The watches in the East are announced by a loud cry to mark the vigilance of the watchmen.
ye that . . . mention . . . Lord—Hebrew, "ye that are the Lord's remembrancers"; God's servants who by their prayers "put God in remembrance" of His promises (Ezekiel 33:7- :); we are required to remind God, as if God could, which He cannot, forget His promises (Psalms 119:49; Jeremiah 14:21).
7. no rest—Hebrew, "silence"; keep not silence yourselves, nor let Him rest in silence. Compare as to Messiah Himself, "I will not hold . . . peace . . . not rest" ( :-); Messiah's watchmen (Isaiah 62:6; Isaiah 62:7) imitate Him (Isaiah 62:7- :) in intercessory "prayer without ceasing" for Jerusalem (Psalms 122:6; Psalms 51:18); also for the spiritual Jerusalem, the Church (Luke 18:1; Luke 18:7; Romans 1:9).
a praise—(See on Romans 1:9- :; Zephaniah 3:20).
8. sworn by . . . right hand—His mighty instrument of accomplishing His will (compare Isaiah 45:23; Hebrews 6:13).
sons of . . . stranger—Foreigners shall no more rob thee of the fruit of thy labors (compare Isaiah 65:21; Isaiah 65:22).
9. eat . . . and praise—not consume it on their own lusts, and without thanksgiving.
drink it in . . . courts—They who have gathered the vintage shall drink it at the feasts held in the courts surrounding the temple (Deuteronomy 12:17; Deuteronomy 12:18; Deuteronomy 14:23, &c.).
10. What Isaiah in the person of Messiah had engaged in (Isaiah 62:1) unrestingly to seek, and what the watchmen were unrestingly to pray for (Isaiah 62:7), and what Jehovah solemnly promised (Isaiah 62:8; Isaiah 62:9), is now to be fulfilled; the Gentile nations are commanded to "go through the gates" (either of their own cities [ROSENMULLER] or of Jerusalem [MAURER]), in order to remove all obstacles out of "the way of the people (Israel)" (see on Isaiah 62:9- :; Isaiah 40:3; Isaiah 52:10-23.52.12).
standard—for the dispersed Jews to rally round, with a view to their return (Isaiah 49:22; Isaiah 11:12).
11. salvation—embodied in the Saviour (see Zechariah 9:9).
his work—rather, recompense (Isaiah 40:10).
12. Sought out—Sought after and highly prized by Jehovah; answering to "not forsaken" in the parallel clause; no longer abandoned, but loved; image from a wife (Isaiah 62:4; Jeremiah 30:14).
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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Isaiah 62". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/
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