25:1 - 27:13. Mercy.

A  D  25:1-12. Praise.
     E  26:1-21. Song in Judah.
      F  27:1. The old serpent punished.
     E  27:2-6. Song of Israel.
    D  27:7-13. Acknowledgment.

25:1-12. Praise.

D  G  1. raise.
    H  g  2-5. Destruction of enemies.
        h  6-8. Place. This mountain.
   G  9. Praise.
    H  g  10-. Place. This mountain.
        h  -11-12. Destruction of enemies.

649-588 B.C.

Isaiah 25)

1 O Lord (Yahaveh), You are my God (Elohim); I will exalt You, I will praise Your name (fig., put for solemn emphasis, to attract our attention); for You have done a wonderful deed; Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.

2 For You have made of a city an heap; of a defensed city a ruin: a palace of foreigners (see 5:17) to be no city; it shall never be built.
3 Therefore shall the strong people glorify You, the city of the terrible nations shall fear You.
4 For You have been a stronghold to the impoverished, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, for the blast of the terrible one [is] as a storm against the wall.
5 You shall bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the triumphal song of the terrible ones shall become low.

6 And in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all the peoples a feast of fat things, a feast of wines purified from the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines purified from the lees well refined. (All these words are thus heaped together to impress us with the greatness of this feast)
7 And He will swallow up in this mountain (i.e. Zion [2:1,2; 24:23) the face of the covering covered over all the peoples, and the veil that is spread over all nations.
8 He will swallow up death for ever (swallow up same word as "destroy" v.7, so as to cause a thing to disappear and be no more. cp. Num. 16:30. Ps. 69:15; 106:17. Jonah 1:17. Quoted in 1 Cor.15:54: where we have the Holy Spirit's comment on the word, giving the additional thought of "victory"); and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the reproach of His People shall He take away from off all the earth: for the Lord has spoken it.

9 And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him (see Gen.49:18), and He will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.

10 For in this mountain shall the hand of the Lord rest,

and Moab shall beaten to pieces by treading under Him, even as straw is trodden down in Madmenah. (as in 10:31 and Jer. 48:2. R.V. quite wrong, "in the water of the dunghill". Dung is never watered in the East, but dried, and used as fuel [Ezek.4:15], and is found only in the streets of towns and villages. In Ps. 83:10 "earth" = ground)
11 And He shall spread forth His hands in the midst of them (in the East all swimmers swim "hand over hand", and beat the water with a loud noise. Parallel with the beating of straw in v.10. Cp. Isa. 63), according as he that swims spreads forth his hands to swim: and He shall bring down their pride together with the devices (or artifices) of their hands.
12 And the fortress of the high fort of thy walls shall he bring down, lay low, and bring to the ground, even to the dust. (to emphasis the certainty and reality of what had been expressed)

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