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1 And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.

2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

4 And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.

5 Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.

6 Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.

Commentary for Isaiah 12

This is a hymn of praise suited to the times of the Messiah.

- The song of praise in this chapter is suitable for the return of the outcasts of Israel from their long captivity, but it is especially suitable to the case of a sinner, when he first finds peace and joy in believing; to that of a believer, when his peace is renewed after corrections for backslidings; and to that of the whole company of the redeemed, when they meet before the throne of God in heaven. The promise is sure, and the blessings contained in it are very rich; and the benefits enjoyed through Jesus Christ, call for the most enlarged thanksgivings. By Jesus Christ, the Root of Jesse, the Divine anger against mankind was turned away, for he is our Peace. Those to whom God is reconciled, he comforts. They are taught to triumph in God and their interest in him. I will trust him to prepare me for his salvation, and preserve me to it. I will trust him with all my concerns, not doubting but he will make all to work for good. Faith in God is a sovereign remedy against tormenting fears. Many Christians have God for their strength, who have him not for their song; they walk in darkness: but those who have God for their strength ought to make him their song; that is, give him the glory of it, and take to themselves the comfort of it. This salvation is from the love of God the Father, it comes to us through God the Son, it is applied by the new-creating power of God the Spirit. When this is seen by faith, the trembling sinner learns to hope in God, and is delivered from fear. The purifying and sanctifying influences of the Holy Ghost often are denoted under the emblem of springing water. This work flows through the mediation of Christ, and is conveyed to our souls by means of God's ordinances. Blessed be God, we have wells of salvation opened on every side, and may draw from them the waters of life and consolation. In the second part of this gospel song, ver. #4-6|, believers encourage one another to praise God, and seek to draw others to join them in it. No difference of opinions about the times and seasons, and other such matters, ought to divide the hearts of Christians. Let it be our care that we may be placed amongst those to whom he will say, Come, ye blessed of my Father, receive the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Isaiah 12

  • Charlie filer
    Im Thinkfully that he hasn't left me even tho I backslide and left him and that he never stop loving me and is willing to restore me and him
  • BSP
    Verse 4: We want to praise God and specifically mention his name, Jehovah, in our prayers and in our conversations with others.
  • John stephen othieno
    Isaiah 12 generally shows JEHOVAH LORD is a loving father who will punish you especially when you are going astray and then stretches his loving arm to comfort you.The punishment here is put back on the right truck with him.
  • Steve morrow
    Isaiah 12:3 therefore with joy shall you draw water out of the wells of salvation jeremiah 2:13 for my people have committed two evils they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters and hewed them out cisterns broken cisterns that can hold no water
  • BSP
    Verse 1 shows that God was angry with the Israelites and He had to discipline them. God did not stay angry with them. Once the discipline accomplished its purpose he forgave them and he helped them to restore their relationship with Him.
  • Eric
    Behold, God is my salvation I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song he also is become my salvation.
  • Wejuli
    Comment*Jehovah is more than willing to break our bondages if we seek recognise him as our refuge
  • Gwen
    so glad I found this web site.

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