The prophet lamenteth the invasion of Jewry by the Persians.
Isaiah 22:1 The oracle on the valley of vision,What aileth thee, then, That thou art wholly gone up to the house-tops? Isaiah 22:2 With tumults, art thou filled, thou citadel in commotion! city exultant! Thy slain, are, Not the slain, of the sword, Nor the dead in battle. Isaiah 22:3 All thy ruler, having fled, together, by the bow, are taken captive: All found in thee have been taken captive, together, Far away, have they fled. Isaiah 22:4 For this cause, I saidLook away from me, Bitterly, will I weep,Do not press to comfort me, For the ruin of the daughter of my people. Isaiah 22:5 For, a day of confusion and downtreading and perplexity, pertaineth to My Lord Yahweh of hosts, in the valley of vision, an undermining of walls, and a crying for help to the mountain. Isaiah 22:6 Yea, Elam, beareth the quiver, With trains of men, [and] horsemen,And, Kir, hath uncovered the shield. Isaiah 22:7 And it hath come to pass that, the choice of thy vales, are full of chariots; Yea, the horsemen, have set themselves, in array, at the gate.
He reproveth their human wisdom and worldly joy.
Isaiah 22:8 Then removed he the veil of Judah,Yea thou didst peer, on that day, into the armoury of the forest-house; Isaiah 22:9 And, the breaches in the city of David, ye beheld, for they were many,So ye gathered together the waters of the lower pool; Isaiah 22:10 And, the houses of Jerusalem, ye counted,And brake down the houses, to fortify the wall; Isaiah 22:11 And a reservoir, ye made, between the two walls, for the waters of the ancient pool,And had no regard unto him that made it, Nor, unto him that formed it long ago, had ye respect. Isaiah 22:12 And, when My Lord Yahweh of hosts called, in that day,for weeping, and for lamentation, and for shaving bare, and for girding with sackcloth, Isaiah 22:13 Then lo! joy and rejoicing, killing oxen, and slaughtering sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine,Let us eat and drink, For, tomorrow, we may die! Isaiah 22:14 Therefore did Yahweh reveal himself in mine ears, Surely there shall be no propitiatory-covering put over this iniquity for you, until ye die, Saith My Lord, Yahweh, of hosts.
He prophesieth Shebna's deprivation,
Isaiah 22:15 Thus, said My Lord Yahweh, of hosts, Come, go in unto this steward, Unto Shebna, who is over the house: Isaiah 22:16 What doest thou here? And whom hast thou here? That thou hast hewn for thyself here a sepulchre,As one hewing on high, his sepulchre, Cutting out in the cliff, a habitation for himself? Isaiah 22:17 Lo! Yahweh, is about to hurl thee, with a hurl, O mighty man,And roll thee with a roll; Isaiah 22:18 He will, toss, thee, with a toss, like a ball, into a country wide on both hands,There, shalt thou die, And, there, shall thy glorious, chariots be the contempt of the house of thy lord. Isaiah 22:19 Thus will I thrust thee out from thine office,And, from thy station, shall one tear thee down.
and Eliakim prefiguring the Kingdom of Christ, his substitution.
Isaiah 22:20 And it shall come to pass, in that day, That I will call for my servant, for Eliakim, son of Hilkiah, Isaiah 22:21 And will clothe him with thy tunic, And, with thy girdle, will I gird him, And, thine authority, will I deliver into his hand,So shall he become a father, To the inhabitant of Jerusalem, and, To the house of Judah. Isaiah 22:22 And I will lay the key of the house of David, upon his shoulder,And he shall open, and none, shall shut, And shut, and none, shall open; Isaiah 22:23 And I will fasten him as a peg in a sure place,And he shall become a throne of glory, to the house of his father; Isaiah 22:24 And they shall hang upon him, all the weight of his father's houseThe offshoots, and the side-twigsAll the small vessels, Both the cups and all the jugs. Isaiah 22:25 In that day,Declareth Yahweh of hosts, Shall the peg, give way, that was fastened in a sure place,Yea it shall be cut off and fall, And the burden that was upon it shall perish, For, Yahweh, hath spoken!