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1 O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.

2 For thou hast made of a city an heap; of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built.

3 Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee, the city of the terrible nations shall fear thee.

4 For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.

5 Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low.

6 And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.

7 And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.

8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.

9 And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

10 For in this mountain shall the hand of the LORD rest, and Moab shall be trodden down under him, even as straw is trodden down for the dunghill.

11 And he shall spread forth his hands in the midst of them, as he that swimmeth spreadeth forth his hands to swim: and he shall bring down their pride together with the spoils of their hands.

12 And the fortress of the high fort of thy walls shall he bring down, lay low, and bring to the ground, even to the dust.

Commentary for Isaiah 25

A song of praise. (1-5) A declaration of the gospel blessings. (6-8) The destruction of the enemies of Christ's church. (9-12)1-5 However this might show the deliverance of the Jews out of captivity, it looked further, to the praises that should be offered up to God for Christ's victories over our spiritual enemies, and the comforts he has provided for all believers. True faith simply credits the Lord's testimony, and relies on his truth to perform his promises. As God weakens the strong who are proud and secure, so he strengthens the weak that are humble, and stay themselves upon him. God protects his people in all weathers. The Lord shelters those who trust in him from the insolence of oppressors. Their insolence is but the noise of strangers; it is like the heat of the sun scorching in the middle of the day; but where is it when the sun is set? The Lord ever was, and ever will be, the Refuge of distressed believers. Having provided them a shelter, he teaches them to flee unto it.

6-8 The kind reception of repentant sinners, is often in the New Testament likened to a feast. The guests invited are all people, Gentiles as well as Jews. There is that in the gospel which strengthens and makes glad the heart, and is fit for those who are under convictions of sin, and mourning for it. There is a veil spread over all nations, for all sat in darkness. But this veil the Lord will destroy, by the light of his gospel shining in the world, and the power of his Spirit opening men's eyes to receive it. He will raise those to spiritual life who were long dead in trespasses and sins. Christ will himself, in his resurrection, triumph over death. Grief shall be banished; there shall be perfect and endless joy. Those that mourn for sin shall be comforted. Those who suffer for Christ shall have consolations. But in the joys of heaven, and not short of them, will fully be brought to pass this saying, God shall wipe away all tears. The hope of this should now do away over-sorrow, all weeping that hinders sowing. Sometimes, in this world God takes away the reproach of his people from among men; however, it will be done fully at the great day. Let us patiently bear sorrow and shame now; both will be done away shortly.

9-12 With joy and praise will those entertain the glad tidings of the Redeemer, who looked for him; and with a triumphant song will glorified saints enter into the joy of their Lord. And it is not in vain to wait for him; for the mercy comes at last, with abundant recompence for the delay. The hands once stretched out upon the cross, to make way for our salvation, will at length be stretched forth to destroy all impenitent sinners. Moab is here put for all adversaries of God's people; they shall all be trodden down or threshed. God shall bring down the pride of the enemies by one humbling judgment after another. This destruction of Moab is typical of Christ's victory, and the pulling down of Satan's strong holds. Therefore, beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord; for your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Isaiah 25

  • Kurt Chappell
    To imagine Old Testament Isaiah would be a foreshadowing of Jesus walking on earth is awesome. This prophet was sawed in half according to history. Such purity of mind and speech he even died agonized like Jesus. Fighting our dark adversaries, bathed in the hope of redemption, giving it all to God's ways and words. Pray for me me going to evangelize at a 3000 person jail in voodo ridden Haiti.
  • Lilian
    We must be Still and know that He is God. Jesus is the only Hope of the World. We are saved by his Grace coz He loves all of us and no one can separate us from the love of Jesus. Our Faith comes only by hearing the word of God. Our Faith is a gift from God. Blessed are those who hear his voice and obey his words until rapture. For they are the one who loves Jesus the most. Without our obedience to Christ we cant recieve any blessings, healing and life in abundance. What a promising Father and a loving Father to all of us. Thanks be to God and praised Jesus forever for he is worthy to be praised. Amen
  • Eric anagha
    a word of hope and restoration to all people.
  • Tonia Praise
    This chapter was sent to me by someone to read. The person never had an idea of what i was passing thru at that moment. I just feel that God used that person to speak thru his WORD of PEACE to me. After reading this i said to my soul " remain calm and do not fear because God has something to give me ". Let all that call on the name of the lord keep reading this chapter.
  • I think it is referring to the spirit of religion that has veiled the whole world, to see the end of the law like 2 Corinthians 3 says happened to Moses and Israel.
  • Roy Summers
    This verse is fortelling jesus christ going to hell and defeating death has father god gave him the power to do only he could do the savior of this world with the power of the holy spirit
  • sin and death have weighed heavily on mankind. Jehovah God assures his people that sin and death will be swallowed up, or removed, “from all the earth.”
  • William Who Loves Trains
    This is one of my most favorite scriptures in the Bible. Not only that but this is a great scripture to comfort those who believe that death will always be. I can understand why many would feel this way but this scripture and others like 1 Corinthians 15:25, 26 and Revelations 21:4 to name a couple to a few more prove and offer hope that death will be a thing of the past. To back up what I'm speaking from Jehovah God's (his name according to Psalm 83:18) word (2 Timothy 3:16), Psalm 37:29, another one of my favorite scriptures, shows that the "righteous will possess the earth" and "reside forever upon it." (New World Translation Bible, other scriptures I quote will come from this but I strongly encourage all reading this to read this in your copy of the Bible) and John 5:28, 29 and Acts 24:15 talk about the resurrection hope and promises that you will see your dead loved ones again.

    This is I'll leave you with.

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According to Isaiah, what will Christ swallow up?
  • Fear
  • Plague
  • Sin
  • Death