I S A I A H.
Infinite Wisdom could have ordered things so that
Israel might have been released and yet Babylon unhurt; but if they
will harden their hearts, and will not let the people go, they must
thank themselves that their ruin is made to pave the way to
Israel's release. That ruin is here, in this chapter, largely
foretold, not to gratify a spirit of revenge in the people of God,
who had been used barbarously by them, but to encourage their faith
and hope concerning their own deliverance, and to be a type of the
downfall of that great enemy of the New-Testament church which, in
the Revelation, goes under the name of "Babylon." In this chapter
we have, I. The greatness of the ruin threatened, that Babylon
should be brought down to the dust, and made completely miserable,
should fall from the height of prosperity into the depth of
adversity, ver. 1-5. II.
The sins that provoked God to bring this ruin upon them. 1. Their
cruelty to the people of God, ver.
6. 2. Their pride and carnal security, ver. 7-9. 3. Their confidence in
themselves and contempt of God, ver.
10. 4. Their use of magic arts and their dependence upon
enchantments and sorceries, which should be so far from standing
them in any stead that they should but hasten their ruin, ver. 11-15.