The prophet lamenteth the invasion of Jewry by the Persians.
Isaiah 22:1 The heauy burthen vpon the valley of vysyons. What haste thou there to do, that thou clymmest vp into the house toppe, Isaiah 22:2 O thou cytye of miracles, sedycyous and wylfull seynge, thy slayne men are neyther kylled wyth swearde, nor deade in battell. Isaiah 22:3 For all thy captaynes gat them to their horses from their ordinaunce, yea they are all together ridden awaye, & fled farre of. Isaiah 22:4 When I perceyued that, I sayde: awaye from me, that I may wepe bitterly. Take no laboure for to comforte me, as thouchinge the destruccion of my people. Isaiah 22:5 For this is the daye of the lord of hostes, wherin he will plage, treade doune, & wede out the valleye of visions, and breake doune the walles with suche a cracke, that it shal geue a sounde in the mountaynes. Isaiah 22:6 I sawe the Elamites take the quyuers to carte and to horse, and that the walles were bare from harnesse. Isaiah 22:7 Thy goodly valleys were ful of charettes, the horse men made them sone to besege the gates.
He reproveth their human wisdom and worldly joy.
Isaiah 22:8 Then was the couerynge of Iuda put from thence, and then was sene the sege of the tymbre house. Isaiah 22:9 There shall ye se the ryftes in the walles of the cyty of Dauid, whereof there shalbe many. Ye shall gather together the waters of the lower pole, Isaiah 22:10 and tell the houses of Ierusalem, and breake of some of them to kepe the walles. Isaiah 22:11 And ye shal make a pyt betwyxte the two walles of the water of the old pole, and nothing regard him, that toke it in hande, & made it. Isaiah 22:12 And at the same tyme shall the Lorde of Hostes call men to wepinge, mourninge, to baldnesse & puttynge on of sacke clothe. Isaiah 22:13 But they to fulfil their lust and wilfulnes, slaughter oxen: they kyll shepe, they eate costly meate, and drincke wyne, let vs eate and drincke, to morow we shall dye. Isaiah 22:14 Neuerthelesse when the Lorde of Hostes hearde of it, he sayde: yea, yf this wyckednes of yours shalbe remytted, ye must dye for it. This hathe the Lorde of Hostes spoken.
He prophesieth Shebna's deprivation,
Isaiah 22:15 Thus sayeth the Lorde God of Hostes: Go into the treasury vnto Sobna the gouernoure, & saye vnto him: Isaiah 22:16 What hast thou here to do, & from whence comest thou? that thou hast made the a graue here? For he had caused a costly tombe of stone to be made for him selfe, & a place to lye into be hewen out of a rocke. Isaiah 22:17 Beholde, the Lorde shal cast the out by violence, he wyl deck the of another fashyon, & put vpon the a straunge cloth. Isaiah 22:18 He shall carye the into a farre countre, lyke a ball with hys handes. There shalt thou dye, there shal the pompe of thy charettes haue an ende: thou villeyne of the house of the Lorde: Isaiah 22:19 I wyl shut the oute of thyne offyce, and put þe from thine estate.
and Eliakim prefiguring the Kingdom of Christ, his substitution.
Isaiah 22:20 After this wil I cal my seruaunt Eliakim, the sonne of Helkiah, Isaiah 22:21 & aray with him thy cote & gyrde him with the gyrdle, & I wil geue thy power into his hande. He shalbe a father of þe cytesins of Ierusalem and of the kinred of Iuda: Isaiah 22:22 I will also laye the keye of Dauids house vpon his shoulders, & yf he open, noman shall shut: and yf he do shut, noman shal open. Isaiah 22:23 I wyl fasten him to a nayle in the place of þe moost hye faithfulnesse, and he shalbe vpon the glorious trone of his fathers house. Isaiah 22:24 They shall hange vpon him all the glorie of his fathers house, of the children and childers children, al apparel small and great, al instrumentes of measure & musike. Isaiah 22:25 This shal come to passe (sayeth the Lorde of Hostes) when the nayle that is fastened to þe place of the highest faythfulnesse, shalbe pluckt of. And when the weyght that hangeth vpon it, shall fal, be broken, and hewen in peces. For the Lorde hym selfe hath sayde it.