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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Isaiah 60:9-14

The promises made to the church in the Isa. 60:1-8 are here repeated, ratified, and enlarged upon, designed still for the comfort and encouragement of the Jews after their return out of captivity, but certainly looking further, to the enlargement and advancement of the gospel church and the abundance of spiritual blessings with which it shall be enriched. I. God will be very gracious and propitious to them. We must begin with that promise, because thence all the rest take rise. The sanctuary... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Isaiah 60:12

For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish ,.... That will not serve the Lord Christ, and worship him with his church and people; that will not be obedient to the laws and ordinances of his house; but appoint another head over them, the pope of Rome; and make other laws, and set up other ordinances, rejecting the authority of Christ, the rule of his word, and the order of his churches: yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted ; even all the antichristian states,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 60:1-14

The rebuilding of the temple. I. THE DAWN OF THE NEW DAY . Zion, lying like a prostrate woman on the ground, is bidden to arise, because the glory of her God has dawned upon her. And this in contrast to the thick darkness enwrapping the earth in general. This darkness means alienation from God. As the Israelites had light in their dwellings when thick darkness was on the land of Egypt, so again now. Israel is the "central and mediatorial people." Here a community of God; yonder a... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 60:1-22

SECTION VII . THE GLORIES OF THE RESTORED JERUSALEM ( Isaiah 60:1-22 .). A SONG OF TRIUMPH UPON GLORIFIED ZION . This is rather a detached poem than an integral portion of a book. It is complete in itself, and but slightly connected, either with what precedes or with what follows. Delitzsch and Mr. Cheyne regard it as a "counterpart" to the magnificent ode in Isaiah 47:1-15 , which describes the fall and ruin of Babylon. It is composed of five stanzas, of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 60:1-22

The characteristics of the final Church of the Redeemer. Isaiah's teaching on this subject divides itself under three heads. I. THE CHURCH SHALL BE RADIANT WITH A LIGHT DERIVED FROM HER LORD . The radiance spoken of (verses 1-3) is a radiance of moral and spiritual goodness. The absolute moral perfection of the Son of man can, of course, be but faintly and feebly imitated by his followers. Still, they are bound to imitate him; for he "left them an example, that they... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 60:1-22

The Church triumphant. With other eyes than ours the Jews must have read these glowing words. They saw in them a fascinating picture of a triumphant people; they saw the Jerusalem of their knowledge and of their love made strong and glorious in some coming time. Their patriotic hopes were kindled and must have been raised to a white heat of intensity as they dwelt on the gladdening, transporting promise. In the midst of surrounding darkness covering the whole earth ( Isaiah 60:2 ), Zion... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 60:12

The nation … that will not serve thee shall perish . God's curse shall be upon them; they shall wither and decay for lack of the Divine favour and of the graces which God dispenses to mankind through his Church (comp. Zechariah 14:17-19 ). read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 60:12

The condition of national prosperity. "Every nation shall fall unless it serves the Lord, the righteous God, the God of Israel, through whom alone is salvation. The figure of serving Israel means serving the God of Israel" (Matthew Arnold). Foerster remarks that "the Roman pontiffs abuse this oracle of the prophet to establish their tyranny over monarchs. In particular, it is recorded of Pius IV ; that at the time of his election he caused a coin to be struck, on one side of which was his... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Isaiah 60:12

For the nation and kingdom - Perhaps this is given as a reason for What is said in the previous verse - that kings and their subjects should come to Zion and embrace the true religion, because if it were not done they would perish. This is certainly one reason why sinners hasten to embrace the Saviour; and when this truth becomes deeply impressed on a community, it is one of the means of a revival of religion. An apprehension of danger; a certain anticipation of ruin if the gospel is not... read more

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