Isaiah 62

Salvation for Zion

.1 ¶ For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.
.2  And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.
   1 - Zion The holy mountain where Jerusalem stood, personified as God's people. This will be after a time of silence re0801a. Notice the alternate translation.
   1 - Salvation as a lamp Compare the scene after the wedding lu1235.
.3  Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.
.4  Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.
.5  For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.
   3 - Crown in the hand Christ's kingdom is established by the preparation and identification of group of people who have chosen to be totally faithful to Him da0714.His right to rule His crown is those He has purified. Also zc0916.
  4 - Hephzibah Meaning "my delight is in her." Compare 2ki2101.
  5 - Thy sons " ... rather, changing the points, which are of no authority in Hebrew [See below], 'thy builder' or 'restorer,' that is, God; for in the parallel clause, and in Isa 62:4 [preceding verse here], God is implied as being "married" to her; whereas her "sons" could hardly be said to marry their mother; and in Isa 49:18, they are said to be her bridal ornaments, not her husband. The plural form, builders, is used of God in reverence as "husbands." (JFB Commentary).
 6 ¶ I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,
.7  And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
  6 - Watchmen Spiritual leaders are to be alert to dangers that threaten the people of God. Many winds of doctrine set people at risk of losing salvation ep0414. The only safety is in the Scriptures is0820.
  7 - No rest "Hebrew, silence; keep not silence yourselves, nor let Him rest in silence. Compare as to Messiah Himself, "I will not hold ... peace ... not rest" (... verse 1); Messiah's watchmen (Isa 62:6,7) imitate Him (... verse 1) in intercessory "prayer without ceasing" for Jerusalem (Ps 122:6; 51:18); also for the spiritual Jerusalem, the Church (Lu 18:1,7; Ro 1:9)." (JFB)
 8  The LORD hath sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the which thou hast laboured:
 9  But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the LORD; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my holiness.
.10 ¶ Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.     Through the gates Compare re2214.
.11  Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
.12  And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.
   12 - Redeemed ... city In contrast to the captivity of God's unfaithful people and the desolation of their city, we see the redeemed ones in heaven as the city no longer forsaken re2115.
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Hebrew vowels
The Hebrew language was written essentially without vowels. In the 9th and 10th centuries A.D. Jewish scholars known as Masoretes (or Masorites) developed a system of little marks which could be added to the Hebrew letters (consonants) in the Scriptures to indicate what they believed to have been the intended vowel sounds. Without the marks or "pointing" many spellings represent more than one word. The word "read" is like that in English. Although the idea is very helpful, alternative vowels need to be considered to make some verses make sense. Such is apparently the case for verse 5 above.