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

  • Joshua on Isaiah 4
    Today's woman of the world identifies with complete autonomy and independence from the authority of any man. Yet in spite of all this "equality" , for many women , the absence of any biological miracle of giving birth is still a reproach not necessarily in the eyes of a sinful society but to many not all women themselves who would love to bear children hence they still need a man .
  • Maude Fratcher on Isaiah 4
    It is true that in scripture, that a woman represents a church.Depending on her description,whether she is faithful and pure,obedient to God and Christ, or unfaithful,fallen,apostat,disobedient to God and Christ.Is her beauty from the character she has learned from knowing and spending time with her creator,and savior Jesus,or is it superficial,not coming from an intimate relationship withJesus.
    I have been wondering what "seven women" has to do with the Bible.Thanks for the interpretation of the deed the word "women" symblozes the "church" and or christians who want to retain their identity as such but not willing to meet the special conditions attached to the calling....
  • God's Chosen on Isaiah 4
    Women used to be happy to serve at home with their husbands children create make homes as God had ordained, but because most of our men got out of their place, women have had to step up be in that lead role so them their children can survive. It is what it is. Just serve God will your whole heart and trust in Him, walk in the Spirit and in the truth of the Word and you will be just fine!
  • God's Chosen on Isaiah 4
    God gave me, when I read this years ago, that this is the prophecy of Women's Liberation where women want to be and do their own thing and we will only marry you and take on your name to keep away the shame because a single woman past a certain age was frowned upon in those days. We are living in that day and that time!
  • Shenika Chapman on Isaiah 4
    The Lord is working for me when I don't realize it. Call upon the Lord and you shall be SAVED.
  • Irene123 on Isaiah 4
    To Joshua Glynns, Isa. 4:1 - you have it right on
  • Alan on Isaiah 4
    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 on Isaiah 4:1
    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 on Isaiah 4
    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!!!


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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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