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Isaiah Forty Seven

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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Isaiah 47:1 Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate.

sit in the dust. The judgments prophesied in this chapter against Babylon were fulfilled precursively when it was defeated by the Medo-Persians about 170 years later. Its eventual complete fulfillment, however, awaits the time yet future when rebuilt Babylon is completely destroyed and will finally be in silent darkness thereafter (Isaiah 47:5; see Revelation 18).

Isaiah 47:2 Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.

Isaiah 47:3 Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man.

Isaiah 47:4 As for our redeemer, the LORD of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 47:5 Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms.

O daughter of the Chaldeans. Although Assyria was still the greatest kingdom in the world at the time Isaiah was writing, the Babylonian star was rising, and would eventually defeat both the Egyptians and the Assyrians, becoming essentially a world empire about a century after Isaiah. The prophet, however, was enabled by the Holy Spirit to see the arrogance and wickedness that would characterize Babylon and to predict its eventual defeat and humiliation by Cyrus and his Medo-Persian armies.

Isaiah 47:6 I was wroth with my people, I have polluted mine inheritance, and given them into thine hand: thou didst show them no mercy; upon the ancient hast thou very heavily laid thy yoke.

Isaiah 47:7 And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it.

Isaiah 47:8 Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children:

Isaiah 47:9 But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments.

Isaiah 47:10 For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.

Isaiah 47:11 Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know.

come upon thee suddenly. Daniel later tells how the Persians suddenly and unexpectedly entered the Babylonian capital and overthrew that mighty empire in a single night (Daniel 5:13-31).

Isaiah 47:12 Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail.

Isaiah 47:13 Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.

astrologers. All such occult devices for predicting or determining future actions are condemned by God, whether in ancient paganism or modern New Age occultism. God's Word is sufficient (Isaiah 8:20).

Isaiah 47:14 Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.

Isaiah 47:15 Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured, even thy merchants, from thy youth: they shall wander every one to his quarter; none shall save thee.