Isa 65:1
65:1 I am sought by [them that] {a} asked not [for me]; I am
     found by [them that] sought me not: I said, Behold me,
     behold me, to a nation [that] was not called by my name.

     (a) Meaning, the Gentiles who know not God, would seek him,
         when he had moved their heart with his Holy Spirit,
         Ro 10:20.

Isa 65:2
65:2 I have {b} spread out my hands all the day to a rebellious
     people, which walketh in a way [that is] not good, after
     their own {c} thoughts;

     (b) He shows the reason for the rejection of the Jews,
         because they would not obey him or any admonition of
         his prophets, by whom he called them continually and
         stretch out his hand to draw them.
     (c) He shows that to delight in our own fantasies is the
         declining from God and the beginning of all
         superstitions and idolatry.

Isa 65:3
65:3 A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face;
     that sacrificeth in {d} gardens, and burneth incense upon
     altars of {e} brick;

     (d) Which were dedicated to idols.
     (e) Meaning their altars, which he thus named by contempt.

Isa 65:4
65:4 Which remain among the {f} graves, and lodge in the
     monuments, which eat {g} swine's flesh, and broth of
     abominable [things is in] their vessels;

     (f) To consult with spirits, and to conjure devils, which
         was forbidden.
     (g) Which was contrary to God's commandment,
         Le 11:7, De 14:8.

Isa 65:5
65:5 Which say, {h} Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I
     am holier than thou. These [are] a smoke in my nose, a fire
     that {i} burneth all the day.

     (h) He shows that hypocrisy is always joined with pride and
         contempt of others.
     (i) Their punishment will never have an end.

Isa 65:6
65:6 Behold, [it is] {k} written before me: I will not keep
     silence, but will recompense, even recompense into their

     (k) So that the remembrance of it cannot be forgotten.

Isa 65:7
65:7 Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers {l}
     together, saith the LORD, who have burned incense upon the
     mountains, and blasphemed me upon the hills: therefore will
     I measure their former work into their bosom.

     (l) Will be both punished together: and this declares how
         the children are punished for their fathers faults,
         that is, when the same faults or like are found in

Isa 65:8
65:8 Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the
     cluster, and [one] saith, Destroy it not; for a {m}
     blessing [is] in it: so will I do for my servants' sake,
     that I may not destroy them all.

     (m) That is, it is profitable: meaning that God will not
         destroy the faithful branches of his vineyard, when he
         destroys the rotten stocks, that is, the hypocrites.

Isa 65:10
65:10 And {n} Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley
      of Achor a place for the herds to lie down in, for my
      people that have sought me.

      (n) Which was a plentiful place in Judea to feed sheep, as
          Achor was for cattle.

Isa 65:11
65:11 But ye [are] they that forsake the LORD, that forget my
      holy mountain, that prepare a table for that {o} troop,
      and that furnish the drink offering to that number.

      (o) By the multitude and number he means their innumerable
          idols of whom they thought they could never have

Isa 65:12
65:12 Therefore will I {p} number you to the sword, and ye shall
      all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye
      did not answer; when I {q} spoke, ye did not hear; but did
      evil before my eyes, and did choose [that] in which I
      delighted not.

      (p) Seeing you cannot number your gods, I will number you
          with the sword.
      (q) By my prophets, whom you would not obey.

Isa 65:13
65:13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, my servants
      shall {r} eat, but ye shall be hungry: behold, my servants
      shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, my servants
      shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed:

      (r) By these words, eat and drink, he means the blessed
          life of the faithful, who have always had consolation
          and full contentment of all things in their God,
          though sometimes they lack these corporal things.

Isa 65:15
65:15 And ye shall leave your name for a curse to my {s} chosen:
      for the Lord GOD shall slay thee, and call his servants by
      {t} another name:

      (s) Meaning, that he would call the Gentiles, who would
          abhor even the very name of the Jews for their
          infidelities sake.
      (t) Than by the name of the Jews.

Isa 65:16
65:16 That he who blesseth himself in the {u} earth shall bless
      himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the
      earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former
      {x} troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from
      my eyes.

      (u) By blessing, and by swearing is meant the praising of
          God for his benefits, and the true worshipping of him,
          who will not be only in Judea, but through all the
      (x) I will no longer permit my Church to be desolate as in
          times past.

Isa 65:17
65:17 For, behold, I create {y} new heavens and a new earth: and
      the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

      (y) I will so altar and change the state of my church,
          that it will seem to dwell in a new world.

Isa 65:20
65:20 There shall be no more from there an infant of days, nor
      an old man that hath {z} not filled his days: for the
      child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner
      [being] {a} an hundred years old shall be accursed.

      (z) Meaning, in this wonderful restoration of the Church
          there would be no weakness of youth, nor infirmities
          of age, but all would be fresh and flourishing: and
          this is accomplished in the heavenly Jerusalem, when
          all sins will cease, and the tears will be wiped away.
      (a) By which he shows that the infidels and unrepentant
          sinners have no part of this benediction.

Isa 65:21
65:21 And they shall {b} build houses, and inhabit [them]; and
      they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.

      (b) He proposes to the faithful the blessings which are
          contained in the law, and so under temporal things
          comprehends the spiritual promises.

Isa 65:25
65:25 The {c} wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the
      lion shall eat straw like the ox: and dust [shall be] the
      serpent's food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my
      holy mountain, saith the LORD.

      (c) Read Isa 11:6.