ending of evil seen in four chapters
as compared to the captivity and restoration
||Promise and protection for the end-time righteous|
||End-time wicked to be punished; Preadvent judgment|
||Desolation of a thousand years|
||The earth restored and possessed|
¶ Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule
.2 And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.
3 And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken.
4 The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerer shall be ready to speak plainly.
|2 - A man This is again the Messiah of verse 1 with emphasis on His human nature. Imagery drawn from the wilderness experience.|
| 5 The vile person shall
be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful.
.6 For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
7 The instruments also of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right.
8 But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand.
| 5 -
A person who is selfish or harmful or who behaves badly.
5 - No more be called liberal The time will come when God will reveal hearts. In Malachi we saw this as at the end of the preadvent judgment mal-0314ff. Read to verse 18 where the thought of our verse here appears.
8 - Liberal Generous or noble.
¶ Rise up, ye women that are at ease; hear my voice, ye careless daughters;
give ear unto my speech.
10 Many days and years shall ye be troubled, ye careless women: for the vintage shall fail, the gathering shall not come.
11 Tremble, ye women that are at ease; be troubled, ye careless ones: strip you, and make you bare, and gird sackcloth upon your loins.
12 They shall lament for the teats, for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.
|9 - Women ... at ease Addressed in verses 9-20. They enjoyed selfish pleasures is0316-23.|
Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers; yea, upon all
the houses of joy in the joyous city:
14 Because the palaces shall be forsaken; the multitude of the city shall be left; the forts and towers shall be for dens for ever, a joy of wild asses, a pasture of flocks;
|Description of the change that would come with the fall of Jerusalem, and in the larger symbolic picture, the coming desolation of the thousand years described in chapter 34.|
Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be
a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest.
16 Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field.
.17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.
|Punishment from the Lord is balanced by His promises of final victory for the faithful. The Spirit will be poured out as the latter rain jl0223 for gathering the final souls into the kingdom before Babylon falls completely re18.|
And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings,
and in quiet resting places;
19 When it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and the city shall be low in a low place.
.20 Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters, that send forth thither the feet of the ox and the ass.
|18,19 - My people ... sure dwellings Reminding us of the promise Jesus would make long after this time. The Christians fled from Jerusalem and were safe mr1314.|