I S A I A H.
We have now come nearer home, for this chapter is
"the burden of the valley of vision," Jerusalem; other places had
their burden for the sake of their being concerned in some way or
other with Jerusalem, and were reckoned with either as spiteful
enemies or deceitful friends to the people of God; but now let
Jerusalem hear her own doom. This chapter concerns, I. The city of
Jerusalem itself and the neighbourhood depending upon it. Here is,
1. A prophecy of the grievous distress they should shortly be
brought into by Sennacherib's invasion of the country and laying
siege to the city, ver.
1-7. 2. A reproof given them for their misconduct in
that distress, in two things:—(1.) Not having an eye to God in
the use of the means of their preservation, ver. 8-11. (2.) Not humbling themselves
under his mighty hand, ver.
12-14. II. The court of Hezekiah, and the officers of
that court. 1. The displacing of Shebna, a bad man, and turning him
out of the treasury, ver.
15-19, 25. 2. The preferring of Eliakim, who should do
his country better service, to his place, ver. 20-24.