Isa 55:1
55:1 Ho, every one that {a} thirsteth, come ye to the waters,
     and he that hath {b} no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea,
     come, buy {c} wine and milk without money and without

     (a) Christ by proposing his graces and gifts to his Church,
         exempts the hypocrites who are full with their imagined
         works, and the Epicureans who are full with their
         worldly lusts, and so do not thirst after these waters.
     (b) Signifying that God's benefits cannot be bought for
     (c) By waters, wine, milk and bread, he means all things
         necessary to the spiritual life, as these are necessary
         to this corporal life.

Isa 55:2
55:2 Why do ye spend money for [that which is] not bread? {d}
     and your labour for [that which] satisfieth not? hearken
     diligently to me, and eat ye [that which is] good, and let
     your soul delight itself in {e} fatness.

     (d) He reproves their ingratitude, who refuse those things
         that God offers willingly, and in the mean time spare
         neither cost nor labour to obtain those which are not
     (e) You will be fed abundantly.

Isa 55:3
55:3 Incline your ear, and come to me: hear, and your soul shall
     live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
     [even] the {f} sure mercies of David.

     (f) The same covenant which through my mercy I ratified and
         confirmed to David, that it would be eternal,
         2Sa 7:13, Ac 13:34.

Isa 55:4
55:4 Behold, I have given {g} him [for] a witness to the people,
     a leader and commander to the people.

     (g) Meaning Christ, of whom David was a figure.

Isa 55:5
55:5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation [that] thou knowest not,
     {h} and nations [that] knew not thee shall run to thee
     because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of
     Israel; for he hath glorified thee.

     (h) That is, the Gentiles, who before you did not receive
         to be your people.

Isa 55:6
55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be {i} found, call ye upon
     him while he is near:

     (i) When he offers himself by the preaching of his word.

Isa 55:7
55:7 Let the wicked {k} forsake his way, and the unrighteous man
     his thoughts: and let him return to the LORD, and he will
     have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly

     (k) By this he shows that repentance must be joined with
         faith, and how we cannot call on God correctly, unless
         the fruits of our faith appear.

Isa 55:8
55:8 For my {l} thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are]
     your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

     (l) Although you are not soon reconciled one to another and
         judge me by yourselves, yet I am easy to be reconciled,
         yea, I offer my mercies to you.

Isa 55:11
55:11 So shall my {m} word be that proceedeth from my mouth: it
      shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that
      which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] for
      which I sent it.

      (m) If these small things have their effect, as daily
          experience shows much more will my promise which I
          have made and confirmed, bring to pass the things
          which I have spoken for your deliverance.

Isa 55:12
55:12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace:
      the {n} mountains and the hills shall break forth before
      you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall
      clap [their] hands.

      (n) Read Isa 44:23,49:13

Isa 55:13
55:13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and
      instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it
      shall be to the LORD {o} for a name, for an everlasting
      {p} sign [that] shall not be cut off.

      (o) To set forth his glory.
      (p) Of God's deliverance, and that he will never forsake
          his Church.