The Vision of Isaiah

Chapter 63

Christ shows who he is, 1, his victory over his enemies, 2-6, and his mercy toward his church, 7-9. In his just wrath he remembers his free mercy, 10-14. The church, in her prayer, 15, 16, and complaint, professes her faith, 17-19.

1 Who is this who comes from Edom with dyed garments from Bozrah, this who is glorious in his apparel, traveling in the greatness of his strength? "I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save."

2 Why are you red in your apparel, and your garments like him who treads in the wine-vat.

3 "I have trodden the wine-press alone, and of the people there was no one with me. For I will tread them in my anger and trample them in my fury, and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my clothing.

4 For the day of vengeance is in my heart and the year of my redeemed has come.

5 And I looked, and there was no one to help. And I wondered that there was no one to uphold. Therefore, my own arm brought salvation to me. And my fury, it upheld me.

6 And I will tread down the people in my anger and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring their strength down to the earth."

7 I will mention the loving-kindnesses of the LORD and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has bestowed on us and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he has bestowed on them according to his mercies and according to the multitude of his loving-kindnesses.

8 For he said, "Surely they are my people, children who will not lie." So he was their Savior.

9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and in his pity he redeemed them. And he bore them and carried them all the days of old.

10 But they rebelled and vexed his Holy Spirit; therefore, he was turned to be their enemy and he fought against them.

11 Then he remembered the days of old, Moses and his people, saying, "Where is he who brought them out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? Where is he who put his Holy Spirit within him,

12 Who led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make himself an everlasting name,

13 Who led them through the deep, as a horse in the wilderness, so that they should not stumble?"

14 As a beast goes down in the valley, the Spirit of the LORD caused him to rest. Thus you led your people to make yourself a glorious name.

15 Look down from heaven and behold from the habitation of your holiness and of your glory. Where is your zeal and your strength, the sounding of your heart and of your mercy toward me? Are they restrained?

16 Doubtless you are our Father, though Abraham is ignorant of us and Israel does not acknowledge us. You, O LORD, are our Father, our Redeemer. Your name is from everlasting.

17 O LORD, why have you made us to err from your ways and hardened our heart from your fear? Return for your servants' sake, the tribes of your inheritance.

18 The people of your holiness have possessed it but a little while. Our adversaries have trodden down your sanctuary.

19 We are yours. You never bore rule over them. They were not called by your name.


Matthew Henry Commentary - Isaiah, Chapter 63[➚]