Isaiah 54:1-17 NIV
The Future Glory of Zion
1“Sing, barren woman,
you who never bore a child;
burst into song, shout for joy,
you who were never in labor;
because more are the children of the desolate woman
than of her who has a husband,”
says the Lord.
2“Enlarge the place of your tent,
stretch your tent curtains wide,
do not hold back;
lengthen your cords,
strengthen your stakes.
3For you will spread out to the right and to the left;
your descendants will dispossess nations
and settle in their desolate cities.
4“Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame.
Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated.
You will forget the shame of your youth
and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.
5 For your Maker is your husband—
the Lord Almighty is His Name—
the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer;
he is called the God of all the earth.
6The Lord will call you back
as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit—
a wife who married young,
only to be rejected,” says your God.
7“For a brief moment I abandoned you,
but with deep compassion I will bring you back.
8In a surge of anger
I hid My face from you for a moment,
but with everlasting kindness
I will have compassion on you,”
says the Lord your Redeemer.
9“To me this is like the days of Noah,
when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth.
So now I have sworn not to be angry with you,
never to rebuke you again.
10Though the mountains be shaken
and the hills be removed,
yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken
nor My covenant of peace be removed,”
says the Lord, Who has compassion on you.
11“Afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted,
I will rebuild you with stones of turquoise,a
your foundations with lapis lazuli.
12I will make your battlements of rubies,
your gates of sparkling jewels,
and all your walls of
13All your children will be taught by the Lord,
and great will be their peace.
14In righteousness you will be established:
Tyranny will be far from you;
you will have nothing to fear.
Terror will be far removed;
it will not come near you.
15If anyone does attack you, it will not be My doing;
whoever attacks you will surrender to you.
16“See, it is I Who created the blacksmith
who fans the coals into flame
and forges a weapon fit for its work.
And it is I Who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc;
17no weapon forged against you will prevail,
and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
and this is their vindication from Me,”
declares the Lord.
As the former chapter is a prophecy of the humiliation and exaltation of Christ, of His sufferings and Death, and the Glory that should follow; this is a prophecy of that part of His Glory which relates to the flourishing estate of His church, as the fruit of His death, and explains and enlarges upon the promise of His having a numerous seed.
This prophecy reaches from the Death and Resurrection of Christ to His second coming; and describes the state of the church during that time, which had been like a barren woman, but now fruitful, which was matter of joy; and would increase, and have yet a more numerous issue, through the conversion of the Gentiles; and therefore is told not to fear, since she should not bear the shame and reproach of widowhood, Isaiah 54:1, the reason confirming which is, because Christ was her Husband, Who was her Maker and Redeemer, the God of Israel, and of the whole earth, Isaiah 54:5.
And though she might for some time be under some dark providences, and seem to be forsaken of God, and lie under His displeasure; yet she is assured of the love of God towards her, that it is constant and perpetual; which is illustrated by the oath and covenant of God with Noah, and by its being more immovable than mountains and hills, Isaiah 54:6, and though she would sometimes be in a very afflicted and uncomfortable condition, yet should be raised again to a state of great honor and splendor, of spiritual knowledge, peace, and safety, Isaiah 54:11 and that all her enemies, that gathered together against her, should perish, and all their attempts be unsuccessful, since the Lord was on her side, and would defend her cause, and protect her, Isaiah 54:15.