The prophet lamenteth the invasion of Jewry by the Persians.
Isaiah 22:1 The burthen of the valley of vision: What hast thou to do here, that thou clymest vnto the house toppes? Isaiah 22:2 Thou that art full of occupieng, thou sedicious & proude citye: thy slayne men are nether put to death wyth swerde, ner deed in batell. Isaiah 22:3 All thy captaynes are fugitiue together, the archers haue taken them presoners: All they þt are founde in the, are in captiuyte together, because they fled farre of. Isaiah 22:4 Therfore sayd I: let me alone & I wyll make lamentacion. Ye shall not be able to comforte me, because of the destruccyon of the daughter of my people. Isaiah 22:5 For thys is a daye of trouble, of ruyne, & of destruccyon þt the Lorde wyll bryng to passe in the valley of vision, breakyng downe the citye, & cryeng vnto mountaynes. Isaiah 22:6 Elam bare the quyuer wt a charet of fote men and of horsmen, and the cytye of Kyr shewed the shylde open. Isaiah 22:7 Thy chefe valley also was full of charetes, and the horsmen set theyr faces directly towarde the gate.
He reproveth their human wisdom and worldly joy.
Isaiah 22:8 And in þt daye dyd the enemye take awaye þe bewtye of Iuda, and then dyddest thou loke towarde the armoure of the house of the forest. Isaiah 22:9 Yee haue sene also þe broken places of þe citye of Dauid, how that they are many, & ye gathered together the waters of the lower pole. Isaiah 22:10 As for the houses of Ierusalem ye haue nombred them, and the houses haue ye broken downe to make þe wall strong. Isaiah 22:11 A pytt also haue ye made betwene the two walles, for the waters of the olde pole, and haue not regarded the maker therof, nether had respecte vnto him that toke it in hande. Isaiah 22:12 And in that daye dyd the Lorde God of hoostes call men vnto wepyng and mournyng, to baldnesse & gyrdyng aboute wyth sack cloth. Isaiah 22:13 And Behold, they haue ioye and gladnesse, slayeng oxen & kylling shepe eatyng flesh & drynkyng wyne: Let vs eate and drynke: for tomorowe we shal dye Isaiah 22:14 And it came to the eares of the Lord of hoostes: This iniquite shall not be pourged from you till ye dye, sayeth þe lord God of hostes.
He prophesieth Shebna's deprivation,
Isaiah 22:15 Thus sayeth the Lord God of hostes: Go, get the into younder treasurer, euen vnto Sebna, which is þe ruler of þe house. Isaiah 22:16 What hast thou to do here? and whom hast thou here, that thou shuldest here hewe the out a sepulcre, as it were one that heweth hym out a sepulcre an hye, or þt graueth an habitacion for him self in a hard rock? Isaiah 22:17 Beholde, O thou man, the Lord shall carye the awaye into captiuite, & shall surely couer the with confusion. Isaiah 22:18 The Lord shall turne the ouer lyke a ball with hys handes into a farre contre: There shalt thou dye, & there (in steade of the charettes of thy pompe) shall þe house of thy lord haue confusion Isaiah 22:19 I will dryue the from thy place, & out of thy dwellyng shall he ouerthrow the.
and Eliakim prefiguring the Kingdom of Christ, his substitution.
Isaiah 22:20 And in that daye shall I call my seruaunt Eliakim the sonne of Helkia. Isaiah 22:21 And with thy garmentes will I clothe him, and wyth thy gyrdle will I strength hym: thy power also will I committe into his hande & he shalbe a father of such as dwel in Ierusalem, and in the house of Iuda. Isaiah 22:22 And the keye of the house of Dauid will I laye vpon his shoulder, so þt he shall open and no man shall shut. He shall shut, and no man shall open. Isaiah 22:23 And I wyll fasten hym as a nayle in a sure place, and he shall be the gloryous seate of hys fathers house. Isaiah 22:24 Morouer, all generacions and posterites shall hang vpon him, all the glory of their fathers house, all vessels both great and small, and all instrumentes of measure and musyck. Isaiah 22:25 In that daye (sayeth the Lorde of hostes) shall the nayle that is fastened in the sure place departe, be broken and fall, and the burthen þt was vpon it, shall be plucte awaye, for so the lorde hath spoken.