The Vision of Isaiah

Chapter 55

The prophet, with the promises of Christ, calls to faith, 1-5, and to repentance, 6, 7. The happy success of those who believe, 8-13.

"Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters,/
and he who has no money,/
come, buy, and eat./
Yes, come, buy wine and milk/
without money and without price.

Why do you spend money for that which is not bread,/
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?/
Listen diligently to me, and eat that which is good,/
and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

Incline your ear and come to me./
Hear, and your soul shall live./
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you,/
even the sure mercies of David.

Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people,/
a leader and commander to the people.

Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know,/
and nations that did not know you shall run to you/
because of the LORD your God/
and for the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you."

Seek the LORD while he may be found,/
call upon him while he is near.

Let the wicked forsake his way/
and the unrighteous man his thoughts./
And let him return to the LORD,/
and he will have mercy upon him,/
and to our God,/
for he will abundantly pardon.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts,/
neither are your ways my ways," says the LORD.

"For as the heavens are higher than the earth,/
so are my ways higher than your ways/
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

10 For as the rain comes down,/
and the snow from heaven,/
and does not return there,/
but waters the earth/
and makes it bring forth and bud/
so that it may give seed to the sower/
and bread to the eater,

11 So my word shall be that proceeds from my mouth./
It shall not return to me void,/
but it shall accomplish that which I please/
and prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

12 For you shall go out with joy/
and be led forth with peace./
The mountains and the hills/
shall break forth before you into singing,/
and all the trees of the field/
shall clap their hands.

13 Instead of the thorn,/
the fir-tree shall come up,/
and instead of the brier,/
the myrtle-tree shall come up,/
and it shall be to the LORD for a name,/
for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off."


Matthew Henry Commentary - Isaiah, Chapter 55[➚]


[v.1] - Reference, Revelation 7:16-17.

[v.3] - Quoted in Acts 13:34.

[v.10] - Quoted in 2nd Corinthians 9:10.