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1 And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.

2 In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.

3 And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem:

4 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.

5 And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence.

6 And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.

Commentary for Isaiah 4

The havoc occasioned by war. (1) The times of the Messiah. (2-6)1 This first verse belongs to the third chapter. When the troubles should come upon the land, as the unmarried state was deemed reproachful among the Jews, these women would act contrary to common usage, and seek husbands for themselves.

2-6 Not only the setting forth Christ's kingdom in the times of the apostles, but its enlargement by gathering the dispersed Jews into the church, is foretold. Christ is called the Branch of the Lord, being planted by his power, and flourishing to his praise. The gospel is the fruit of the Branch of the Lord; all the graces and comforts of the gospel spring from Christ. It is called the fruit of the earth, because it sprang up in this world, and was suited for the present state. It will be good evidence that we are distinguished from those merely called Israel, if we are brought to see all beauty in Christ, and holiness. As a type of this blessed day, Jerusalem should again flourish as a branch, and be blessed with the fruits of the earth. God will keep for himself a holy seed. When most of those that have a place and a name in Zion, and in Jerusalem, shall be cut off by their unbelief, some shall be left. Those only that are holy shall be left, when the Son of man shall gather out of his kingdom every thing which offends. By the judgment of God's providence, sinners were destroyed and consumed; but by the Spirit of grace they are reformed and converted. The Spirit herein acts as a Spirit of judgment, enlightening the mind, convincing the conscience; also as a Spirit of burning, quickening and strengthening the affections, and making men zealously affected in a good work. An ardent love to Christ and souls, and zeal against sin, will carry men on with resolution in endeavours to turn away ungodliness from Jacob. Every affliction serves believers as a furnace, to purify them from dross; and the convincing, enlightening, and powerful influences of the Holy Spirit, gradually root out their lusts, and render them holy as He is holy. God will protect his church, and all that belong to it. Gospel truths and ordinances are the glory of the church. Grace in the soul is the glory of it; and those that have it are kept by the power of God. But only those who are weary will seek rest; only those who are convinced that a storm is approaching, will look for shelter. Affected with a deep sense of the Divine displeasure, to which we are exposed by sin, let us at once have recourse to Jesus Christ, and thankfully accept the refuge he affords.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Isaiah 4

  • Irene123
    To Joshua Glynns, Isa. 4:1 - you have it right on
  • Alan
    The failure of the " matriarchal society " will have come to an end as prefaced in chapter 3! This is described as a reference in Ezekiel 8 "women weeping for Tammuz, i.e. Christmas and Easter as doctrines of sun worship masqueraded as celebrations to the Messiah in todays pagan world! The old testament men of valor had many wives, i.e. Gideon had 70 wives, etc.
  • Joshua Glynns Chikukwa Dhliwayo for verse 1
    Seven women are Churches as in Revelation...they only wants to be called Christians whilst they have put aside the Law of Him whom they claim to be his. That's what happening today, many claims to be Christians but don't want to keep Christ's Commandments as He commanded at John 14:15 ''If you love me, keep my commandments''
  • Dennis Cordy
    This is Gods word fufilled in ancient time. Christ fufilled all things thru his blood. Animal sacrafice no longer needed. Jesus will take away our reproach. The book of Revalations is the unveiling of Christ that is his Revalation fufilled. We will all have to pass thru the fire which God will supply at the right moment in time his time. Then their will be no more time as we know it. Truly this will be a Glorious day Amen!!!
  • Reverine James Sambo for verse 1
    The verse is more than clear. We do not to suppose that the 7 women are the Churches. How can a Church say we will clothe ourselves. This is very evident as to what is happening these days where they are many unmarried women than men. There is a great decreament of the number of men as some of them die in wars. When you even consider a birth-rate women in comparison to men, we find that many girls are born world-wide than men.
  • Washicd for verse 1
    "...seven women... " - the word used here is women, virgins is not used here. It seems evident that these 'women ' self identify as reproachful, or maybe unfaithful illegitimate. These people churches were not faithful to the Truth God, Jesus .

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According to Isaiah, in the End Times, what will be so scarce that seven women will seek after each one?
  • Children
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  • Wheat
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