60 3 The Gentiles shall come to the knowledge of the Gospel. 8 They shall come to the Church in abundance. 16 They shall have abundance though they suffer for a time.

Arise, O Jerusalem; be bright, for thy [a]light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

For behold, darkness shall cover the [b]earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

And the Gentiles shall walk in [c]thy light, and Kings at the brightness of thy rising up.

Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all [d]these are gathered, and come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nourished at thy side.

Then thou shalt see and shine: thine heart shall be astonied [e]and enlarged, because the multitude of the sea shall be converted unto thee, and the riches of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.

The [f]multitude of camels shall cover thee: and the dromedaries of Midian and of Ephah: all they of Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense, and show forth the praises of the Lord.

All the sheep of [g]Kedar shall be gathered unto thee: the rams of Nebajoth shall serve thee: they shall come up to be accepted upon mine [h]altar: and I will beautify the house of my glory.

Who are these [i]that fly like a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?

Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships [j]of Tarshish, as at the beginning, that they may bring thy sons from far, and their silver and their gold with them unto the Name of the Lord thy God, and to the Holy one of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.

10 And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their [k]Kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my mercy I had compassion on thee.

11 Therefore thy gates shall be open continually: neither day nor night shall they be shut, that men may bring unto thee the riches of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.

12 For the nation and the [l]kingdom, that will not serve thee, shall perish: and those nations shall be utterly destroyed.

13 The [m]glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the elm and the box tree together to beautify the place of my Sanctuary: for I will glorify the place of my [n]feet.

14 The sons also of them that afflicted thee, shall come and bow unto thee: and all they that despised thee, shall fall [o]down at the soles of thy feet: and they shall call thee; The city of the Lord, Zion of the Holy one of Israel.

15 Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went by thee, I will make thee an eternal glory, and a joy from generation to generation.

16 Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the [p]breasts of Kings: and thou shalt know, that I the Lord am thy Savior, and thy Redeemer, the mighty one of Jacob.

17 For brass will I bring gold, and for iron will I bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron. I will also make thy government [q]peace, and thine exactors righteousness.

18 Violence shall no more be heard of in thy land, neither desolation, nor destruction within thy borders: but thou shalt [r]call salvation, thy walls, and praise, thy gates.

19 Thou shalt have no more Sun to shine by day, neither shall the brightness of the [s]Moon shine unto thee: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and thy God, thy glory.

20 Thy Sun shall never go down, neither shall thy Moon be hid: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy sorrow shall be ended.

21 Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall possess the land forever, the [t]grass of my planting shall be the work of mine hands, that I may be glorified.

22 A little one shall become as a [u]thousand, and a small one as a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in due time.

Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 60:1 The time of thy prosperity and felicity: whereas speaking of Babylon, he commanded her to go down, Isa. 47:1.
  2. Isaiah 60:2 Signifying, that all men are in darkness till God give them the light of his Spirit, and that this light shineth to none, but to those that are in his Church.
  3. Isaiah 60:3 Meaning, that Judea should be as the morning star, and that the Gentiles should receive light of her.
  4. Isaiah 60:4 An infinite number from all countries, as Isa. 49:18.
  5. Isaiah 60:5 For joy, as the heart is drawn in for sorrow.
  6. Isaiah 60:6 Meaning, that everyone shall honor the Lord with what wherewith he is able: signifying, that it is no true serving of God, except we offer ourselves to serve his glory, and all that we have.
  7. Isaiah 60:7 That is, the Arabians, that have great abundance of cattle.
  8. Isaiah 60:7 Because the Altar was a figure of Christ, Heb. 13:10, he showeth that nothing can be acceptable to him, which is not offered to him by this Altar, who was both the offering and the altar itself.
  9. Isaiah 60:8 Showing what great number shall come to the Church, and with what great diligence and zeal.
  10. Isaiah 60:9 The Gentiles that are now enemies, shall become friends and setters forth of the Church.
  11. Isaiah 60:10 Meaning, Cyrus and his successors, but chiefly this is accomplished in them that serve Christ, being converted by his Gospel.
  12. Isaiah 60:12 He showeth that God hath given all power and authority here in earth for the use of his Church, and that they which will not serve and profit the same, shall be destroyed.
  13. Isaiah 60:13 There is nothing so excellent which shall not serve the necessity of the Church.
  14. Isaiah 60:13 Signifying, that God’s Majesty is not included in the Temple, which is but the place for his feet, that we may learn to rise us to the heavens.
  15. Isaiah 60:14 To worship their head Christ, by obeying his doctrine.
  16. Isaiah 60:16 Both high and low shall be ready to help and succor thee.
  17. Isaiah 60:17 Thy governors shall love thee, and seek thy wealth and prosperity.
  18. Isaiah 60:18 Meaning, not a temporal felicity, but a spiritual, which is fulfilled in Christ’s kingdom.
  19. Isaiah 60:19 Signifying, that all worldly means shall cease, and that Christ shall be all in all, as Rev. 21:23 and 22:5.
  20. Isaiah 60:21 The children of the Church.
  21. Isaiah 60:22 Meaning, that the Church should be miraculously multiplied.

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