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Isaiah 4:1-3 The Passion Translation (TPT)

One Man

Seven women will take hold of one man in that day, saying, “We will eat our own food and wear our own clothing; just take away our disgrace and let us be called by your name.”[a]

The Branch of the Lord

In that day, the branch of Yahweh
    will be beautiful and glorious,[b]
    and the fruit of the earth will be the pride and glory
    of the remnant of Israel.
Then the remnant in Zion and Jerusalem,[c]
    those who are written for life[d] in Jerusalem,
    will be called holy.


  1. Isaiah 4:1 This chapter should be viewed as a continuation of ch. 3 regarding the women of Zion. The women of Zion can also be a metaphor for the churches. There is coming a day when the church will become so destitute of answers that she will turn to one man, the Lord Jesus, and take hold of him. We have taken hold of the world, and we have taken hold of clever ideas, but the “seven women” (seven churches of Rev. 2 and 3) are about to lay hold of their Beloved. The church will long for him, that he would feed us his bread and we would wear his garments. We will want to be called by his great name. The shadow of his beauty will remove our disgrace.
  2. Isaiah 4:2 Although the Hebrew word used here for “branch” is somewhat ambiguous, it is clearly a Messianic term (see also Isa. 11:1; 53:2; Jer. 23:5; 33:15; Zech. 3:8; 6:12). Jesus defines himself as the “Vine,” and we who are joined to him by faith are the branches (John 15:1-6). Today, Jesus has branched out through us to bring forth the fruit of his Spirit. This is the Immanuel (“God with us”) character of Christ that increases and grows like a branch carrying his life (Isa. 9:6-7). Our “family tree” is the branch of the Lord in his beauty. The branch of Lord that is magnificent (or “beautiful”) and glorious reveals Christ’s divine nature; the fruit of the earth is his human nature (man was formed from the earth). Jesus is the fruit of the earth, the fruit of the womb of Mary, and the fruit on the Tree of Life. Heaven gave its beauty and the earth its fruit for you and me.
  3. Isaiah 4:3 See Isa. 37:31-32.
  4. Isaiah 4:3 The Aramaic is “written for eternal life.” Some see a reference here to a Book of Destiny, which has written in it the names of those made holy. Perhaps this is the same book Daniel wrote about in Dan. 12:1, or it could be the book David mentioned (Ps. 139:16). Moses spoke to the Lord about his “book” (Ex. 32:32). We also read of the “Book of the life of the Lamb” (Ps. 69:28; Phil.4:3; Rev.20:12) that belongs to the Lamb (Rev. 13:8). For those who fear the Lord, there is kept a “scroll of remembrance” with their names written in it (Mal. 3:16). Jesus reminded his disciples that their true source of joy was not that they could cast out demons but that their names were written in the journals of heaven (Luke 10:20).
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