27 A prophecy against the kingdom of Satan. 2 And of the joy of the Church for their deliverance.
1 In that [a]day the Lord with his sore and great and mighty [b]sword shall visit Leviathan, that piercing serpent, even Leviathan, that crooked serpent, and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.
2 In that day sing of the vineyard [c]of red wine.
3 I the Lord do keep it: I will water it every moment: lest any assail it, I will keep it night and day.
4 Anger [d]is not in me: who would set the briers and the thorns against me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together.
5 Or will he [e]feel my strength, that he may make peace with me, and be at one with me?
6 [f]Hereafter Jacob shall take root: Israel shall flourish and grow: and the world shall be filled with fruit.
7 Hath he smitten [g]him, as he smote those that smote him? or is he slain according to the slaughter of them that were slain by him?
8 In [h]measure in the branches thereof wilt thou contend with it, when he bloweth with his rough wind in the day of the East wind.
9 By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged, and this is all the [i]fruit, the taking away of his sin: when he shall make all the stones of the altars, as chalk stones broken in pieces, that the groves and images may not stand up.
10 Yet the [j]defensed city shall be desolate, and the habitation shall be forsaken, and left like a wilderness. There shall the calf feed, and there shall he lie and consume the branches thereof.
11 When the boughs of it are dry, they shall be broken: the [k]women come and set them on fire: for it is a people of none understanding: therefore he that made them shall not have compassion of them, and he that formed them, shall have no mercy on them.
12 And in that day shall the Lord thresh from the channel of the [l]river unto the river of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered, one by one, O children of Israel.
13 In that day also shall the great trumpet be [m]blown, and they shall come, which perished in the land of Assyria, and they that were chased into the land of Egypt, and they shall worship the Lord in the holy Mount at Jerusalem.
Isaiah 27:1That is, by his mighty power, and by his word. He prophesieth here of the destruction of Satan and his kingdom under the name of Leviathan, Assyria, and Egypt.
Isaiah 27:2Meaning, of the best wine, which this vineyard, that is, the Church should bring forth, as most agreeable to the Lord.
Isaiah 27:4Therefore he will destroy the kingdom of Satan, because he loveth his Church for his own mercy’s sake, and cannot be angry with it, but wisheth that he may pour his anger upon the wicked infidels, whom he meaneth by briers and thorns.
Isaiah 27:5He marveleth that Israel will not come by gentleness, except God make them to feel his rods, and so bring them unto him.
Isaiah 27:6Though I afflict and diminish my people for a time, yet shall the root spring again and bring forth in great abundance.
Isaiah 27:7He showeth that God punisheth his in mercy, and his enemies in justice.
Isaiah 27:8That is, thou wilt not destroy the root of thy Church, though the branches thereof seem to perish by the sharp wind of affliction.
Isaiah 27:9He showeth that there is no true repentance, nor full reconciliation to God, till the heart be purged from all idolatry, and the monuments thereof be destroyed.
Isaiah 27:10Notwithstanding his favor that he will show them after, yet Jerusalem shall be destroyed, and grass for cattle shall grow in it.
Isaiah 27:11God shall not have need of mighty enemies: for the very women shall do it to their great shame.
Isaiah 27:12He shall destroy all from Euphrates to the Nile: for some fled toward Egypt, thinking to have escaped.
Isaiah 27:13In the time of Cyrus, by whom they should be delivered: but this was chiefly accomplished under Christ.
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