The people praise God, profess their devotion to him, and ask that he punish the impious.
God tells the people to wait: “Go, my people, enter your chambers, and lock your doors behind you. Hide but a little moment, until the indignation passes.” (v. 20)
III. Important Verses
1-2: In that day, this song shall be sung In the land of Judah: Ours is a mighty city; He makes victory our inner and outer wall. Open the gates, and let A righteous nation enter, A nation that keeps faith.
7: The path is level for the righteous man; O Just One, You make smooth the course of the righteous.
9: At night I yearn for You with all my being, I seek You with all the spirit within me. For when Your judgments are wrought on earth, The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
10-11: But when the scoundrel is spared, he learns not righteousness; In a place of integrity, he does wrong — He ignores the majesty of the LORD. O LORD! They see not Your hand exalted. Let them be shamed as they behold Your zeal for Your people And fire consuming Your adversaries.
16-18: O LORD! In their distress, they sought You; Your chastisement reduced them To anguished whispered prayer. Like a woman with child Approaching childbirth, Writhing and screaming in her pangs, So are we become because of You, O LORD. We were with child, we writhed — It is as though we had given birth to wind; We have won no victory on earth; The inhabitants of the world have not come to life!
1a. Introduction: A song to be sung in Judah 1b-6. Praise 1b. The strength of Jerusalem 2-3. The opening of the gates; Safety 4. Exhortation: Trust in God 5-6. Rationale: God has destroyed the proud city 7-9. Affirmation of confidence 7. Praise for the righteous 8-9. Yearning for God 10-19. Imprecation of the enemy 10-11. Imprecation of the irreligious 12. Petition for peace 13-14a. Trust in God and not other rulers 14b. The futility of dead beings 15. God’s glory in extending Israel’s boundaries 16-18a. The people long for God like a woman giving birth 18b-19. Petition to the deceased 20-21. Prophetic pronouncement: God will reward his followers and punish the sinners
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VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Blenkinsopp, Joseph. “Isaiah 1-39” The Anchor Bible vol. 19 (New York: Doubleday, 2000).
Collins, John J. “Introduction to the Hebrew Bible,” (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004).
Sweeney, Marvin A. “Isaiah 1-39 with an Introduction to Prophetic Literature” The Forms of Old Testament Literature vol. 16 (Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans, 1996).
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