An exhortation, after the pattern of Abraham, to trust in Christ,
Isaiah 51:1 Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousnesse, ye that seeke the LORD: looke vnto the rocke [whence] yee are hewen, and to the hole of the pitte [whence] ye are digged. Isaiah 51:2 Looke vnto Abraham your father, and vnto Sarah [that] bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.
by reason of his comfortable promises,
Isaiah 51:3 For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he wil comfort all her waste places, and he wil make her wildernes like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD: ioy and gladnesse shalbe found therein, thankesgiuing, and the voice of melody.
of his righteous salvation,
Isaiah 51:4 Hearken vnto me, my people, and giue eare vnto me, O my nation: for a Law shall proceed from mee, and I will make my iudgement to rest for a light of the people. Isaiah 51:5 My righteousnes [is] neere: my saluation is gone foorth, and mine armes shall iudge the people: the Iles shall wait vpon me, and on mine arme shall they trust. Isaiah 51:6 Lift vp your eyes to the heauens, and looke vpon the earth beneath: for the heauens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall waxe old like a garment, and they that dwel therein shall die in like maner: but my saluation shal be for euer, and my righteousnes shall not be abolished.
and man's mortality.
Isaiah 51:7 Hearken vnto me ye that know righteousnesse, the people in whose heart is my Law: Feare ye not the reproch of men, neither be yee afraid of their reuilings. Isaiah 51:8 For the moth shall eate them vp like a garment, and the worme shal eate them like wooll: but my righteousnes shalbe for euer; and my saluation from generation to generation.
Christ by his sanctified arm defendeth his from the fear of man.
Isaiah 51:9 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arme of the LORD, awake as in the ancient dayes, in the generations of old. [Art] thou not it that hath cut Rahab, [and] wounded the dragon? Isaiah 51:10 [Art] thou not it which hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deepe, that hath made the depthes of the sea a way for the ransomed to passe ouer? Isaiah 51:11 Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall returne, and come with singing vnto Zion, and euerlasting ioy [shalbe] vpon their head: they shall obtaine gladnesse and ioy, [and] sorrow and mourning shall flee away. Isaiah 51:12 I, [euen] I [am] hee that comforteth you, who art thou that thou shouldest be afraid of a man [that] shall die, and of the sonne of man [which] shall bee made [as] grasse? Isaiah 51:13 And forgettest the LORD thy maker that hath stretched foorth the heauens, and layed the foundations of the earth? and hast feared continually euery day, because of the furie of the oppressour, as if hee were ready to destroy? and where [is] the furie of the oppressour? Isaiah 51:14 The captiue exile hasteneth that he may be loosed, and that hee should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should faile. Isaiah 51:15 But I [am] the LORD thy God, that diuided the sea, whose waues roared: the LORD of hosts [is] his Name. Isaiah 51:16 And I haue put my wordes in thy mouth, and haue couered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heauens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say vnto Zion, Thou [art] my people.
He bewaileth the afflictions of Jerusalem,
Isaiah 51:17 Awake, awake, stand vp, O Ierusalem, which hast drunke at the hand of the LORD the cup of his furie; thou hast drunken the dregges of the cup of trembling, [and] wrung [them] out. Isaiah 51:18 [There is] none to guide her among all the sonnes [whom] shee hath brought foorth: neither [is there] any that taketh her by the hand, of all the sonnes [that] she hath brought vp. Isaiah 51:19 These two things are come vnto thee; who shall be sorie for thee? desolation and destruction, and the famine and the sword: by whom shall I comfort thee? Isaiah 51:20 Thy sonnes haue fainted, they lie at the head of all the streetes as a wilde bull in a net; they are full of the furie of the LORD, the rebuke of thy God.
and promiseth deliverance.
Isaiah 51:21 Therefore heare now this thou afflicted and drunken, but not with wine. Isaiah 51:22 Thus saith thy Lord, the LORD and thy God [that] pleadeth the cause of his people, Behold, I haue taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, [euen] the dregges of the cup of my furie: thou shalt no more drinke it againe. Isaiah 51:23 But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee: which haue said to thy soule, Bow downe that wee may goe ouer: and thou hast laide thy body as the ground, and as the streete to them that went ouer.