The prophet lamenteth the invasion of Jewry by the Persians.
Isaiah 22:1 The burden of the valley of vision. What aileth thee now, that thou hast wholly gone up to the house-tops? Isaiah 22:2 Thou that art full of stirs, a tumultuous city, a joyous city: thy slain [men are] not slain with the sword, nor dead in battle. Isaiah 22:3 All thy rulers have fled together, they are bound by the archers: all that are found in thee are bound together, [who] have fled from far. Isaiah 22:4 Therefore said I, Look away from me; I will weep bitterly, labor not to comfort me, because of the devastation of the daughter of my people. Isaiah 22:5 For [it is] a day of trouble, and of treading down, and of perplexity by the Lord GOD of hosts in the valley of vision, breaking down the walls, and of crying to the mountains. Isaiah 22:6 And Elam bore the quiver with chariots of men [and] horsemen, and Kir uncovered the shield. Isaiah 22:7 And it shall come to pass, [that] thy choicest valleys shall be full of chariots, and the horsemen shall set themselves in array at the gate.
He reproveth their human wisdom and worldly joy.
Isaiah 22:8 And he uncovered the coverings of Judah, and thou didst look in that day to the armor of the house of the forest. Isaiah 22:9 Ye have seen also the breaches of the city of David, that they are many: and ye collected the waters of the lower pool. Isaiah 22:10 And ye have numbered the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses have ye broken down to fortify the wall. Isaiah 22:11 Ye made also a ditch between the two walls for the water of the old pool: but ye have not looked to its maker, neither had respect to him that fashioned it long ago. Isaiah 22:12 And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth: Isaiah 22:13 And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for to-morrow we shall die. Isaiah 22:14 And it was revealed in my ears by the LORD of hosts, Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you till ye die, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.
He prophesieth Shebna's deprivation,
Isaiah 22:15 Thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, Go, repair to this treasurer, [even] to Shebna, who [is] over the house, [and say], Isaiah 22:16 What hast thou here? and whom hast thou here, that thou hast hewed thee out a sepulcher here, [as] he that heweth him out a sepulcher on high, [and] that graveth a habitation for himself in a rock? Isaiah 22:17 Behold, the LORD will carry thee away with a mighty captivity, and will surely cover thee. Isaiah 22:18 With violence he will surely turn and toss thee [like] a ball into a wide country: there shalt thou die, and there the chariots of thy glory [shall be] the shame of thy lord's house. Isaiah 22:19 And I will drive thee from thy station, and from thy state shall he pull 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 my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah: Isaiah 22:21 And I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah. Isaiah 22:22 And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open. Isaiah 22:23 And I will fasten him [as] a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father's house. Isaiah 22:24 And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father's house, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons. Isaiah 22:25 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sure place be removed, and be cut down, and fall; and the burden that [was] upon it shall be cut off: for the LORD hath spoken it.