Christ, being sent to the Jews, complaineth of them.
Isaiah 49:1 Listen, O yles, vnto me, and hearken yee people from farre. The LORD hath called mee from the wombe, from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. Isaiah 49:2 And he hath made my mouth like a sharpe sword, in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made mee a polished shaft; in his quiuer hath hee hid me, Isaiah 49:3 And sayd vnto me; Thou [art] my seruant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. Isaiah 49:4 Then I said; I haue laboured in vaine, I haue spent my strength for nought, and in vaine, [yet] surely my iudgement [is] with the LORD, and my worke with my God.
He is sent to the Gentiles with gracious promises.
Isaiah 49:5 And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the wombe to be his seruant, to bring Iacob againe to him; Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall bee my strength. Isaiah 49:6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my seruant to raise vp the tribes of Iacob, and to restore the preserued of Israel: I will also giue thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my saluation, vnto the end of the earth. Isaiah 49:7 Thus saith the LORD the redeemer of Israel, [and] his holy one, to him whom man dispiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a seruant of rulers; Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD, that is faithfull, [and] the holy one of Israel, and he shall choose thee. Isaiah 49:8 Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time haue I heard thee, and in a day of saluation haue I helped thee: and I will preserue thee, and giue thee for a couenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherite the desolate heritages: Isaiah 49:9 That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Goe forth; to them that [are] in darkenesse, Shewe your selues: they shall feede in the wayes, and their pastures [shalbe] in all high places. Isaiah 49:10 They shall not hunger nor thirst, neither shall the heate nor sunne smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, euen by the springs of water shall he guide them. Isaiah 49:11 And I will make all my mountaines a way, and my high wayes shall be exalted. Isaiah 49:12 Behold, these shall come from far: and loe, these from the North and from the West, and these from the land of Sinim.
God's love is perpetual to his Church.
Isaiah 49:13 Sing, O heauen, and be ioyfull, O earth, and breake forth into singing, O mountaines: for GOD hath comforted his people, and will haue mercy vpon his afflicted. Isaiah 49:14 But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Isaiah 49:15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not haue compassion on the sonne of her wombe? yea they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Isaiah 49:16 Behold, I haue grauen thee vpon the palmes of [my] hands: thy walles [are] continually before mee. Isaiah 49:17 Thy children shal make haste, thy destroyers, and they that made thee waste, shall goe forth of thee.
The ample restoration of the Church.
Isaiah 49:18 Lift vp thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselues together [and] come to thee: as I liue, saith the LORD, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them [on thee] as a bride doeth. Isaiah 49:19 For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction shall euen now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants, and they that swallowed thee vp, shall bee farre away. Isaiah 49:20 The children which thou shalt haue, after thou hast lost the other, shall say againe in thine eares, The place [is] too straight for me: giue place to mee that I may dwell. Isaiah 49:21 Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing I haue lost my children and am desolate, a captiue and remouing to and fro? and who hath brought vp these? Beholde, I was left alone, these where [had] they [beene]? Isaiah 49:22 Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift vp mine hand to the Gentiles, and set vp my standerd to the people: and they shall bring thy sonnes in [their] armes: and thy daughters shal be caried vpon [their] shoulders. Isaiah 49:23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queenes thy nursing mothers: they shall bow downe to thee with their face toward the earth, and licke vp the dust of thy feete, and thou shalt know that I [am] the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that waite for me.
The powerful deliverance out of captivity.
Isaiah 49:24 Shall the pray be taken from the mightie, or the lawfull captiue deliuered? Isaiah 49:25 But thus saith the LORD, Euen the captiues of the mightie shall be taken away, and the pray of the terrible shall be deliuered: for I will contend with [him] that contendeth with thee, and I will saue thy children. Isaiah 49:26 And I will feede them that oppresse thee, with their owne flesh, and they shall be drunken with their owne blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD [am] thy Sauiour and thy Redeemer, the mightie One of Iacob.