The Vision of Isaiah

Chapter 60

The glory of the church in the abundant access of the Gentiles, 1-14, and the great blessings after a short affliction, 15-22.

"Arise, shine, for your light has come,/
and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.

For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,/
and gross darkness the people,/
but the LORD will arise upon you,/
and his glory will be seen upon you.

And the Gentiles shall come to your light,/
and kings to the brightness of your rising.

Lift up your eyes around and see./
They all assemble themselves. They come to you./
Your sons shall come from far/
and your daughters shall be nursed at your side.

Then you shall see and flow together,/
and your heart shall fear and be enlarged,/
because the abundance of the sea shall be converted to you,/
the forces of the Gentiles shall come to you.

The multitude of camels shall cover you,/
dromedaries of Midian and Ephah./
All those from Sheba shall come./
They shall bring gold and incense/
and they shall show forth the praises of the LORD.

All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered to you./
The rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you./
They shall come up with acceptance on my altar,/
and I will glorify the house of my glory.

Who are these who fly as a cloud,/
and as doves to their windows?

Surely the coastlands shall wait for me,/
and the ships of Tarshish first,/
to bring your sons from far,/
their silver and their gold with them,/
to the name of the LORD your God,/
and to the Holy One of Israel,/
because he has glorified you.

10 And the sons of strangers shall build up your walls,/
and their kings shall minister to you,/
for in my wrath I smote you,/
but in my favor I have had mercy on you.

11 Therefore, your gates shall be open continually./
They shall not be shut day nor night,/
so that men may bring to you the forces of the Gentiles/
and that their kings may be brought.

12 For the nation and kingdom that will not serve you shall perish./
Indeed, those nations shall be utterly wasted.

13 The glory of Lebanon shall come to you,/
the fir-tree, the pine-tree, and the box-tree together,/
to beautify the place of my sanctuary./
And I will make the place of my feet glorious.

14 The sons of those who afflicted you/
shall also come bending to you./
And all those who despised you/
shall bow themselves down/
at the soles of your feet./
And they shall call you, The City of the LORD,/
The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

15 Whereas you have been forsaken and hated/
so that no man went through you,/
I will make you an eternal excellence,/
a joy of many generations.

16 You shall also drink the milk of the Gentiles/
and shall nurse from the breast of kings./
And you shall know that I, the LORD, am your Savior/
and your Redeemer, the mighty one of Jacob.

17 For brass I will bring gold,/
for iron I will bring silver,/
for wood, brass,/
and for stones, iron./
I will also make your officers peace/
and your exactors righteousness.

18 Violence shall no longer be heard in your land,/
wasting nor destruction within your borders,/
but you shall call your walls Salvation/
and your gates Praise.

19 The sun shall no longer be your light by day,/
neither for brightness shall the moon give light to you,/
but the LORD will be to you an everlasting light,/
and your God your glory.

20 Your sun shall go down no more,/
neither shall your moon withdraw itself,/
for the LORD will be your everlasting light,/
and the days of your mourning shall be ended.

21 Your people shall also be all righteous./
They shall inherit the land forever,/
the branch of my planting, the work of my hands,/
so that I may be glorified.

22 A little one shall become a thousand/
and a small one a strong nation./
I, the LORD, will hasten it in its time."


Matthew Henry Commentary - Isaiah, Chapter 60[➚]


[v.1-3] - Reference, Matthew 5:14-16.

[v.1] - Paraphrased in Ephesians 5:14.

[v.19-20] - Reference, Revelation 21:23, 22:5.