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.

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."

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

"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.

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

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.

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."

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.

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

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[➚]