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1 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.

2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;

3 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.

4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.

5 For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

6 For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.

7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.

8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.

9 For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.

10 For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.

11 O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.

12 And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.

13 And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.

14 In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.

15 Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.

16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.

17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

Commentary for Isaiah 54

The increase of the church by the conversion of the Jews and Gentiles. (1-5) Its certain deliverance. (6-10) Its triumphant state is described. (11-17)1-5 Observe the low state of religion in the world, for a long time before Christianity was brought in. But by preaching the gospel, multitudes were converted from idols to the living God. This is matter of great rejoicing to the church. The bounds of the church were extended. Though its state on earth is but mean and movable, like a tent or tabernacle, it is sometimes a growing state, and must be enlarged as the family increases. But the more numerous the church grows, the more she must fortify herself against errors and corruptions. Thy Maker is thy Husband. Christ is the Holy One of Israel, the Mediator of the covenant made with the Old Testament church. Long he had been called the God of Israel; but now he shall be called the God of the whole earth. And he will cleanse from sin, and cause every true believer to rejoice in this sacred union. We never can enough admire this mercy, or duly value this privilege.

6-10 As God is slow to anger, so he is swift to show mercy. And how sweet the returns of mercy would be, when God should come and comfort them! He will have mercy on them. God's gathering his people takes rise from his mercy, not any merit of theirs; and it is with great mercies, with everlasting kindness. The wrath is little, the mercies great; the wrath for a moment, the kindness everlasting. We are neither to despond under afflictions, nor to despair of relief. Mountains have been shaken and removed, but the promises of God never were broken by any event. Mountains and hills also signify great men. Creature-confidences shall fail; but when our friends fail us, our God does not. All this is alike applicable to the church at large, and to each believer. God will rebuke and correct his people for sins; but he will not cast them off. Let this encourage us to give the more diligence to make our calling and election sure.

11-17 Let the people of God, when afflicted and tossed, think they hear God speaking comfortably to them by these words, taking notice of their griefs and fears. The church is all glorious when full of the knowledge of God; for none teaches like him. It is a promise of the teaching and gifts of the Holy Spirit. All that are taught of God are taught to love one another. This seems to relate especially to the glorious times to succeed the tribulations of the church. Holiness, more than any thing, is the beauty of the church. God promises protection. There shall be no fears within; there shall be no fightings without. Military men value themselves on their splendid titles, but God calls them, "Wasters made to destroy," for they make wasting and destruction their business. He created them, therefore he will serve his own designs by them. The day is coming when God will reckon with wicked men for their hard speeches, #Jude 1:15|. Security and final victory are the heritage of each faithful servant of the Lord. The righteousness by which they are justified, and the grace by which they are sanctified, are the gift of God, and the effect of his special love. Let us beseech him to sanctify our souls, and to employ us in his service.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Isaiah 54

  • Philiswa Gcadinja
    For sometime I ignonerd God, His wrath was upon me, as I came to realise I am of God and has to stay righteous, His mercy, everlasting kindness, protection abounded in me, and He is asking me to go deeper acknowledging His presence,doing aIl I can to worship and walking His ways extending all of me for Him and is promising all the best that will make me forget past hurts and grieves. Oh!I love him
  • Pansy Foster
    This is one of my personal chapters from the Lord, especially verse 17 telling me that no weapon formed against me shall prosper. God have me cover so I don't have to be afraid of the enemy and their plans. I am safe and secure with Jesus as my guide!!he will do the same for all who will put their trust in Him
  • Esther
    Isaiah 54v7 8 is talking abt how God forsake and also had mercy on his people. What those verses are telling us is that sin can cut the relationship between God and man. Therefore, if we have in any way displease God in our way of life we need to come to Him in repentance and He is also ready to accept us back and show us mercy. My dear friend out there come to Him today. He is ready to have mercy on you.Tarry not tomorrow may be too late.
  • I am the chosen one. I helped make him the God of the world. I will be reigning with him forever. We are one. We are glad to be of service to you. We are nothing but good and I am love. My new name is Joy. For o have conquered evil here on earth for people to have a better life around the world. Love to all. Prepare your hearts so you are ready for our new kingdom. All about peace and love. We are united again so there can balance in the world in which we live. Peace and love.
  • Pat Clark
    I love this particular chapter in Isaiah... but the verses that speak to me the most are 1 2... At one point in my walk with God I'd reached a place of indecisiveness, and I didn't know when it was that the Lord wanted me to do? I was yet rather young in the faith at the time...so as I search the scripture for answers, God directed me Isaiah 54 and kept me right there for quite some times...I didn't know what He wanted me to see until after reading, and studying this chapter over and over again. The first two verses seem to be highlighted in me spirit man so clear ! As a child of God, being saved by grace...it is my reasonable service to share the good news of salvation with other that know not of God's free gift unto salvation, and of the price Jesus paid that they might attain His gift... In verses 1 2 this is what became clear to me, is that God is saying to his people, that there are "so many people out here" vs1 more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord . Vs 2 "Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitation:spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes" This spoke volumes to me. There is a lot of work to be done, people are dying without knowing they have a Savior... in vs 1 He's letting us know that there's more "children of God then a wife could ever have "

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According to Isaiah, the women of what nation will be barren no more?
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