1:1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

1:2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear [G: hearken], O earth: for the LORD hath spoken [G: said], I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.

1:3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know [G: hath not known], my people doth not consider [G: hath not understond].      qtext

1:4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters [G: a seed of the wicked, corrupt children] : they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward [G: unto anger; they are gone backwards].      qtext

1:5 Why [G: Wherefore] should ye be stricken [G: smitten] any more? ye will revolt [G: for ye fall away] more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint [G: is heavy].      qtext

1:6 From the sole of the foot even [G omits] unto the head there is no soundness in it [G: nothing whole therein]; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores [G: but wounds, and swelling, and sores full of corruption] : they have not been closed, neither [G: they have not been wrapped, nor] bound up, neither mollified with ointment.      qtext

1:7 Your country [G: land] is desolate [G: waste], your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it [G: strangers devour your land] in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by [G: like the overthrow of] strangers.

1:8 And the daughter of Zion is left as [G: shall remain like] a cottage in a vineyard, as [G: like] a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as [G: and like] a besieged city.

1:9 Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant [G: reserved unto us even a small remnant], we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.      qtext

[Isa 1:9 LXX (And if the Lord of Sabaoth had not left us a seed, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been made like Gomorrha.), cf Rom 9:29]


(Isa 1:1) IP3: 265

(Isa 1:3) GF5: 338; GFT 116; IP1: 102, 404

(Isa 1:4) GF2: 312; JN2: 212, 220; 268 (RS)

(Isa 1:5) IP2: 226

(Isa 1:5f) IP1: 180f

(Isa 1:6) GF3: 472

(Isa 1:9) GF2: 313; MFU 36f; IP1: 192; LB (Z45)


(Isa 1:3)

GFT 116 (1675): So now, his blood and flesh giveth new life [John 6:54]. Life is the heavenly btread. Do not the ox know his owner, and the ass his master's crib [Isa 1:3]? Thy owner is he that hath purchased thee and bought thee [Acts 20:28/1 Cor 6:20]. Does thou know thy owner? Does thou know thy crib? Then thou knowest thou hast thy bread of life from above [John 6:48-51].

IP1:404 (1660): Outward Israel was a true and full resemblance of [fallen man], who had many teachings, a pure law of worship and sacrificing, many prophets to reduce and restore them to the right path of holiness and obedience, but still they were erring in their hearts from the Lord [Psa 95:10], and his pure law of life; not knowing their owner, or their master's crib, so well as the ox or ass did theirs. Isa 1:3.

(Isa 1:4)

[Other texts citing Isa 1:4: JN2:212 (Rom 4:11)]

(Isa 1:5)

IP2:226f (1661): Under the judges they [the outward Jews] tried out the Lord's patient expectation of good from his delivering hand, insomuch as he resolved to deliver them no more. Judg 10:13. Under the kings they were as unruly (whether good kings or bad kings, given in love or wrath), insomuch as the Lord said, "Why would ye be stricken any more? Ye will revolt, more and more." Isa 1:5. There was, indeed, no bending of Israel after the flesh, and keeping him strait to God, in that way of dispensation; therefore must he be cast off; even becoming reprobate silver in the sight of the whole earth, because the Lotd would reject him [Jer 6:30].

(Isa 1:5f)

[Other texts citing Isa 1:5f: IP1: 181 (John 12:40)]

(Isa 1:6)

GF3:472 (1659): You have cast them out that tremble at the word of God [Isa 66:2,5], and have made them your by-word [Job 17:6], and written and printed against them, but the Lord hath appeared to their glory: and what kind of saints are you, with your close iniquity..., and Sion from the head to the foot all full of putrified sores, and no soundness from the head to the foot [Isa 1:6]? And now do you call to them that tremble at the word of God, whom you have cast out, whom in scorn you have called Quakers? Will you now turn Quakers? Do you begin to be ashamed?

(Isa 1:9)

GF2:313 (1686/7): A holy man said: "Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed or remnant, we had been as Sodom [Isa 1:9/Rom 9:29]," &c., that is destroyed. But in the seed, which destroys the devil and his works [Heb 2:14/1 Jn 3:8], and bruises the head of the serpent and his seed [Gen 3:15], are all nations and families of the earth blessed [Gen 22:18].


1:10 Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers [G: O princes] of Sodom; give ear [G: hearken] unto the law of our God, ye [G: O] people of Gomorrah.

1:11 To what purpose is the multitude [G: What have I to do with the multitude] of your sacrifices unto me [G omits]? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in [G: desire not] the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.      qtext

1:12When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?      qtext

1:13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. [G: I cannot suffer your new moons, nor Sabbaths, nor solemn days (it is inquity) nor solemn assemblies]..      qtext

1:14 [G: +My soul hateth] Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth [G omits]: they are a trouble [G: burden] unto me; I am weary to bear them.      qtext

1:15 And when ye [G: you shall] spread forth [G: stretch out] your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when [G: and though] ye make many prayers, I will not hear ; your hands are full of blood.      qtext


(Isa 1:11-20) RBAF 300

(Isa 1:11-14) IP1: 419; IP2: 354; HPS 53

(Isa 1:11) GF2: 316; JN1: 158; IP2: 107

(Isa 1:12-15) WPR 330; WPT 183

(Isa 1:12) JN1: 184; JN2: 258; JN3: 12, 66, 106; IP2: 65; IP4: 194; WPR 597, 599; WPT 397; WTG 45 (SM); 215, 268 (EH); 310 (AM)

(Isa 1:13-16) WPR 29

(Isa 1:13-15) WPR 122

(Isa 1:13) IP1: 90; IP3: 61; RBA 343; RBAF 299f; HPS 516

(Isa 1:13f) RBAF 245; IP1: 344

(Isa 1:14) IP1: 176

(Isa 1:15) GF3: 532


(Isa 1:11-14)

[Other texts citing Isa 1:11-14: Isa 1:418f (Isa 1:16)]

(Isa 1:12)

[Other texts citing Isa 1:12: JN3:105f (1 Cor 12:31), WPR 597 (Mat 25:21,23), WPR 499 (1 Cor 12:7)]

JN1:183f (1654): And when you leave all that say they are Christ's ministers to Christ's maintenance set down in the gospel [Mat 10:8-14, Luk 10:1-11], then it will appear who have run unsent [Jer 23:21], and have not profited the people [Jer 23:32].... And are you doing any acceptable service to God in maintaining such as these as they live? And will it not be said to you one day, who required these things at your hands [Isa 1:12], to oppress the poor who labor hard to give their labors to maintain these belly-gods [Phil 3:19] (contrary to their consciences) in their fullness, pride and lust, and their wives and families in idleness [Ezek 16:49]; and they that labor for it are many times in great want [margin: Prov 22:16]?

WTG 215 (Elizabeth Hudson, 1750): ...the creaturely part is apt to be restless and uneasy under disappointments of this sort and here is a foundation for the enemy to build in and where he has often prevailed upon even honest minds to go beyond the word of the Lord and cause them to run where the Lord sent them not [Jer 23:21], to their own confusion; and oh the death one wrong step of this sort brings upon the soul and what an humbling query is this to be sounded in the ear of the soul, "Who hath required this at thy hand [Isa 1:12]?"

(Isa 1:13)

RBA 343, RBAF 299f (1678, XI.28): [Continued from under 1 Cor 14:15] But the worship, preaching, praying and singing which our adversaries plead for, and which we oppose, is a worship which is both begun, carried on, and concluded in man's own natural will and strength, without the motion or influence of God's Spirit, which they judge they need not wait for, and therefore may be truly acted, both as to the matter and manner, by the wickedest of men. Such was the worship and vain oblations which God always rejected, as appears from Isa 55 3: Jer 14:12, &c; Isa 1:13; Prov 15:29; John 9:31.

HPS 516 (Dorcas Dole, 1684): though there be no need to say to some "know the Lord [Jer 31:34]," yet there is great need to say to some "obey the Lord"; for Obedience is better than sacrifice, and to hearken to the voice of God than all vain oblations [1 Sam 15:22/Isa 1:13]; (continued under John 10:16)

(Isa 1:14)

IP1:176 (1659): ...at the beginning of these late troubles, the stirring of the simplicity from the pure seed was more vigorous and lively than it had been in many ages before; and accordingly the answers of God to it were more fresh and sweet; and there was a taste of him [Psa 34:8], and fellowship with him [1 Jn 1:3], and sweet hopes and refreshments to the soul. Though the way of praying, preaching, and worship, either public or private, was not right before him; yet he overlooked that which his soul hated [Isa 1:14] ... and met with that which he loved. And if the simplicity had grown and thriven, communion with God, and life from him, would have increased, although the pure path of the sanctuary had not yet been made manifest.

(Isa 1:15)

GF3:532 (1659): ...thou, with the devil's doctrine [1 Tim 4:1], shuts up the kingdom of heaven against others, and will not go in thyself [Mat 23:13], who says, let men repent, and do all that ever they can, they must go to hell; when God wills not the death of a sinner but rather that he should turn from his wickedness and live, Ezek 33:11, but he is merciful, and judges not as thou dost, whose eyes are blinded, and whose hads are full of blood [Isa 1:15].


1:16 Wash you, make you clean; put [G: take] away the evil of your doings[G: works] before mine eyes; cease to do evil;      qtext

[Isa 1:16f, cf Psa 34:14, 1 Pet 3:11]

1:17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for [G: and defend] the widow.      qtext

1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as [G: were as crimson, they shall be made] white as snow; though they be red like crimson [G: were red like scarlet] , they shall be as wool.      qtext

1:19 If ye be willing and obedient [G: consent and obey], ye shall eat the good [G: +things] of the land:

[Isa 1:19, cf Hab 2:14]      qtext

1:20 But if ye refuse and rebel [G: be rebellious], ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.      qtext


(Isa 1:16-20) IP4: 129

(Isa 1:16-18) IP3: 61, 207; IP4: 86; TEM 18; WPR 94, 321

(Isa 1:16) IP1: 419; WPR 308

(Isa 1:16f) IP3: 177, 188, 230, 518; RBA 321; RBAF 279; WPT 95; WTG 353 (AM); DFR 90

(Isa 1:17) MFU 279; JN1: 144; JN2: 236; WPR 471

(Isa 1:18-20) GF5: 218

(Isa 1:18) GF3: 374; EQ 548; WPT 144; SIW 135

(Isa 1:19 | Hab 2:14) GF5: 341; LB (E130); HPS 370 (EB); WPR 168, 602; WPT 407

(Isa 1:19f) MFU 205

(Isa 1:20 etc refrain) MFU 38; WDS 147; IP2: 319


(Isa 1:16)

IP1:418f (1660): ...could the wise Jews stoop to the law within [Psa 40:8], to the word in the heart [Deut 30:14] ... to learn there to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with their God? Mic 6:8. Could they wait there to have their hearts circumcised [Deut 30:6] by that word of power, and so to be washed and made clean [Isa 1:16]? Nay, were they not drowned in the outward sacrifices, temple, incense, new-moons and sabbaths, and such kind of observations [Isa 1:11-14], and could not hear the truth of the Lord as it was delivered by Moses, nor as it was opened by the prophets.

(Isa 1:16f)

[Other texts citing Isa 1:16f: IP3:177 (Rom 7:19), RBA 321 (Gen 3:1-6)]

DFR 89f (1772): Remember, that in order to be saved we must all be turned from darkness to light [Acts 26:18] must pass from death unto life [John 5:24] must be born again [John 3:3] and become new creatures [2 Cor 5:17]. We must cease to do evil, otherwise we cannot learn to do well [Isa 1:16f], consequently cannot be happy.

(Isa 1:17)

[Other texts citing Isa 1:17: WPR 471 (1 Pet 2:14)]

MFU 278f (to King Charles II, 1660): ...beware how thou joins with them or harkens to them, who would bind and limit thee; & the whole nation to their sinister ends under pretence and color of a law which was made not for the just & righteous but for the transgressor [1 Tim 1:9], and this they would pervert & corrupt to lay it upon the innocent, and so by it limit the just & holy one as the Jews did [Psa 78:41]. And they go about to limit thee to their will (under pretence of a law) to hinder thee thereby from relieving the innocent and oppressed [Isa 1:17], which laws were made for the limiting of tyrants....

(Isa 1:18)

[Other texts citing Isa 1:18: EQ 548 (Luk 22:35)]

SIW 135 (Mary Alexander, 1797): That evening we had a meeting at Hempnall, where was a great variety of states; a few solid people, and many of a very different description. To the latter in a very remarkable manner, the extension of divine goodness was evidently manifested, to save them from destruction, if there was but a willingness to accept ot the means of purification. "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord" [Isa 1:18] was awfully sounded amongst them.

(Isa 1:19)

GF5:341 (1676): And therefore, "whilst it is called today, hear his voice, and harden not your hearts [Heb 3:15]," and not only hear, but obey; for it is the "obedient to Christ that shall eat the fat of the heavenly land, and inherit substance [Isa 1:19/Prov 8:21]."

WPR 168 (1882): The way of God is a way of faith, as dark to sense as mortal to self. 'Tis the children of obedience [cf Eph 2:2,5:6] that count, with holy Paul, all things dross and dung that they may win Christ [Phil 3:8], that know and walk in this narrow way [Mat 7:14]. Speculation won't do, nor can refined notions enter, the obedient only eat the good of this land [Isa 1:19]; they that do my will (says the blessed Jesus) shall know of my doctrine [John 7:17]; them he will instruct; there is no room for instruction where lawful self is lord and not servant. For self can't receive it; that which should, is oppressed by self, fearful and dare not.

(Isa 1:20)

WDS 147 (1656): If they do not return to the Lord, in his light to wait, to receive an understanding, to walk with him in faithfulness to his counsel, they shall certainly wither and perish; the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it [Isa 1:20 refrain], whose Spirit will not always strive with man [Gen 6:3].


1:21 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it [G: and justice lodged therein] ; but now [G: +they are] murderers.      qtext

1:22 Thy silver is become dross, thy wine [G +is]mixed with water:      qtext

1:23 Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.

1:24 Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD [G: Lord God] of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and mine enemies:      qtext


(Isa 1:21-26) LB(H3)

(Isa 1:21-23) IP1: 333

(Isa 1:22) GF3: 66; GF4: 124; IP3: 450

(Isa 1:23) JN1: 185

(Isa 1:23f) JN1: 140

(Isa 1:24) GF3: 16 (EB); GF4: 249; JN1: 397 (JA); EQ 312, 392; WPR 37


(Isa 1:21-23)

IP1:332f (1659): So likewise for railing speeches. The false prophets can speak smooth words; speaking in the fleshly wisdom [2 Cor 1:12], they can please the fleshly part in their very reproofs; but he that speaks from God, must speak his words, how harsh soever they seem to the fleshly part. And he that speaks in his name, spirit, majesty, and authority, is exalted high above the consideration of the person to whom he speaks. What is a prince, a magistrate, a ruler, before the Lord, but clay [Isa 64:8], or dust and ashes [Gen 18:27]? If the Lord bid any of his servants call that, which was once the faithful city, harlot [Isa 1:21]; and say, concerning her princes, that they are rebellious, and companions of thieves [Isa 1:23], what is the poor earthen vessel [2 Cor 4:7], that it should go to change or mollify this speech?

(Isa 1:22)

[Other texts citing Isa 1:22: IP3:450 (Mat 5:13)]

(Isa 1:24)

GF3:16 (Edward Burrough, 1659): we saw ... evil and iniquity abounding among all sorts of people; and blindness and darkness covered the face of the earth and of the world [Isa 60:2]; and all people were in their transgressions, and making void the law of God; and that it was time for the Lord to work [Psa 119:126], and to arise to ease himself of his adversaries [Isa 1:24].


1:25 And [G: Then] I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away [G: burn out] thy dross, and take away all thy tin:      qtext

1:26 And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The [G: a] city of righteousness, the [G: and a] faithful city.      qtext

1:27 Zion shall be redeemed with [G: in] judgment, and her converts with righteousness [G: they that return in her, in justice].      qtext

1:28 And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed.

1:29 For they shall be ashamed of [G: confounded for] the oaks which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for [G: ashamed of] the gardens that ye have chosen.

1:30 For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.

1:31 And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it [G: thereof] as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.


(Isa 1:25) JN1: 60; TEM 215; WPR 574; WPT 354; JWJM 56

(Isa 1:26) EQ 403; DFR 96

(Isa 1:27) GF6: 162; JN3: 76, 77; IP1: 109; IP2: 444; IP3: 507; IP4: 83; HPS 139, 184; 407 (EB); wpr 123


(Isa 1:25)

WPR 574, WPT 354 (1694): [The Baptists] were very diligent, plain and serious; strong in Scripture and bold in profession; bearing much reproach and contradiction. But ... they rested ... too much upon their watery dispensation, instead of passing on more fully to that of the fire and Holy Ghost, which was his baptism who came with a fan in his hand, that he might thoroughly (and not in part only) purge his floor [Mat 3:11f], and take away the dross and the tin of his people [Isa 1:25], and make a man finer than gold [Isa 13:12].

JWJM 56 (1757): If kind parents love their children and delight in their happiness, then he who is Perfect Goodness, in sending abroad mortal contagions doth assuredly direct their use. Are the righteous removed by it, their change is happy. Are the wicked taken away in their wickedness, the Almighty is clear. Do we pass through it with anguish and great bitterness and yet recover, he intends that we should be purged from dross [Isa 1:25] and our ear opened to discipline.

(Isa 1:26)

DFR 96 (1768): Tis strange to me, to hear members of our Society, that makes profession to the world of being led and guided by an unerring Spirit, in every step we take in our religious progress; yet to say, we are not able certainly to determine what is right, and what is wrong in that great and weighty affair of exercising the discipline of the Church; because that was the thing for which it was promised, that judges should be restored as at the first, and counselors, as at the beginning, in order that we may become, as a city of righteousness, the faithful city [Isa 1:26].

(Isa 1:27)

Other texts citing Isa 1:27: HPS 139 (Isa 26:9), WPR 123 (Isa 33:20)

JN3:77 (1656): True judgment (as it is known to men) is a gift from the Spirit of God, set in the heart of everyone who dwells in the light of Christ, which judgment passes on all that is in the creature, contrary to the life of God; and so as it is received, springs up with life and salvation, to the redeeming of the heart from all uncleanness, condemning all which is contrary to purity, that God may be seen in his dwelling place with his righteousness. And so he is said to redeem Zion with judgment, and her converts with righteousness [Isa 1:27]; and to purge away the filth of the daughter of Zion with the Spirit of judgment and the Spirit of burning [Isa 4:4]. And if there be a dwelling in the light, this judgment ceases not, till the throne of Christ be established in the heart in peace; for this is his judgment, and is upon all that stands up against his kingdom.


2:1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning [G: upon] Judah and Jerusalem.

2:2 And it shall come to pass [G: It shall be] in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established [G: house of the Lord shall be prepared] in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.      qtext

[Isa 2:2-4 cf Mic 4:1-3]

2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths : for out of Zion shall go forth the law [G: the law shall go forth of Zion], and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.      qtext

2:4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall [G omits] rebuke many people: and they shall beat [G: break] their swords into plowshares [G: also into mattocks], and their spears into pruninghooks [G: scythes]: nation shall not lift [G: take] up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war [G: to fight] any more.      qtext


(Isa 2) WPT 303

(Isa 2:2-5) GFJN 16; GF2: 339; IP3: 415; WPT 178f

(Isa 2:2-4) JN1: 303 [cf Micah 4:1-3]

(Isa 2:2 | Mic 4:1) GF2: 353; GF3: 474; GF6: 162, 275f; GF7: 142 [150], 157 [169]; GF8: 80 [317], 124f [333], 151 [352]; GFEJ 346; LB (H21); MFU 231; JN2: 267 (RS); IP1: 222; IP2: 15; IP3: 4, 123, 446; IP4: 166; HPS 59, 316

(Isa 2:2f) GF6: 302; GFT 108; JN2: 17; IP3: 377, 446; IP4: 116

(Isa 2:3-5) JN2: 399 (TB)

(Isa 2:3 | Mic 4:2) GF6: 305; LB (H21); MFU 319; JN2: 267 (RS), 582; IP1: 147; IP2: 92; IP3: 143; IP4: 83, 180, 337, 403

(Isa 2:4) GFJN 400; GF4: 274, 293; GF6: 166; GF7: 178 [188], 249 [232]; IP2: 153, 154; RBA 2, 470; RBAF 428; WPR 579; WPT 364; JWJM 49, 85; WTG 326 (AM) [cf Mic 4:3]


(Isa 2:2 | Mic 4:1)

GF7:142f (1657): And live all as the family of God in love, in life, in truth, in power, having your house established atop of all the mountains [Isa 2:2 | Mic 4:1] and hills; that ye may answer that of God in every man [Col 4:6/Rom 1:19], and the word of the Lord ye may witness to go forth among you and be among you.

IP1:222 (1659): Ah! How the enemy bewitched me, to run from mountain to mountain! And from hill to hill! [Jer 50:6] and hath hereby covered my eye from beholding the mountain of the Lord's house [Isa 2:2 | Mic 4:1], and from feeling the spring of my life, which I further and further ran from, all the while I was seeking abroad.

HPS 59f (Mary Forster, 1659): But now arise and shine [Isa 60:1], O daughter of Sion, shake thyself from thy dust, put on thy beautiful garments [Isa 52:1f], for thy Maker is thy husband, the holy one of Israel [Isa 54:5], and he will plead thy cause [Prov 22:23 et al], and the mountains of the Lord shall be exalted on the tops of all Mountains [Isa 2:2 | Mic 4:1]; and as he is risen in us, and become our first fruits unto God [1 Cor 15:20], so is he also risen for us even to cast out all our enemies....

(Isa 2:3)

[Other texts citing Isa 2:3: IP2:92 (Luk 18:8)]

(Isa 2:4)

[Other texts citing Isa 2:4: GF7:178 (Gen 3:15), GF7:249 (1 Cor 3:19), JWJM 85 (Mat 5:44)]

RBA 469f, RBAF 428 (1678, XV.14): the prophets Isaiah and Micah have expressly prophesied, that in the mountain of the house of the Lord, Christ shall judge the nations, and then "they shall beat their swords into ploughshares," &c. [Isa 2:4 | Mic 4:3]; and the ancient Fathers of the first three hundred years after Christ did affirm those prophecies to be fulfilled in the Christians of their times, who were most averse from war, concerning which Justin Martyr, Tertullian, and others may be seen; which need not seem strange to any, sincePhilo Judaeus abundantly testifies of the Essenes, that "there was none found among them, that would make instruments of war." But how much more did Jesus come, that he might keep his followers from fighting, and might bring them to patience and charity.

WTG 325f (Ann Moore, 1758): No joy, nor peace in this world is to be compared with a redemption from the world, the flesh, and the wicked one. Those who witnessed this done in them and for them, know by experience the time is come, when swords should be beat into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks and not to learn war any more [Isa 2:4].


2:5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light [G: law] of the LORD.      qtext

[Isa 2:5, cf 1 Jn 1:7, Rev 21:23f]

2:6 Therefore [G: Surely] thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like [G: they are full of the East manners, and are sorcerers as] the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers[G: abound with strange children].

2:7 Their land also is [G: was] full of silver and gold, neither is there any [G: there was none] end of their treasures; their land is also [G: was] full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots [G: and their chariots were infinite].

2:8 Their land also is [G: was] full of idols; they worship [G: worshipped] the work of their own hands, that [G omits] which their own fingers have made:      qtext

2:9 And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth [G: a man bowed himself, and a man humbled] himself: therefore forgive [G: spare] them not.


(Isa 2:5) GF7: 157 [169], 222 [220], 249 [232]; GF8: 124 [333]; JN2: 17; IP3: 69, 124, 255, 333, 377, 446; IP4: 1, 237; IPL 59; EQ 125; 516 (BR); HPS 425 (EB); WPR 308, 614, 617; WPT 96, 248, 285, 296 [cf 1 Jn 1:7, Rev 21:23f]

(Isa 2:8) GF4: 376, 413; GF7: 297 [249]; MFU 96; HPS 458 (MF); IP2: 19


(Isa 2:5)

[Other texts citing Isa 2:5: HPS 425 (Isa 19:4)]

IP4:237 (1671): Now, consider with yourselves ... have ye known this law [of Christ]? Have ye received it in measure, and do ye wait to know and receive it daily more and more? Then are ye Christians indeed, and of the house of Jacob, which walk in the light of the Lord [Isa 2:5], and in the light of the holy city, whose light the Lamb is [Rev 21:23f]. But without this law, without this light, without the inward writing of God's Spirit in your hearts [2 Cor 3:3], ye cannot be inward Jews [Rom 2:29] , nor children of the new covenant.

EQ 515f (Robert Barclay, 1676): Christ is accused of the Jews as a Samaritan [John 8:48], and by the Samaritans quarreled for being a Jew [Luk 9:52f]. The apostle Paul is whipped and imprisoned by the Gentiles and upbraided with being a Jew, and teaching their customs; the same Paul is hated and ready to be killed by the Jews for breaking the law, and defiling the temple with the Gentiles. The like hath also befallen these faithful witnesses and messengers, whom God hath raised up in this day to witness for his Truth, which hath long been in a great measure hid, but now is again revealed, and many brought to be witnesses of it, who thereby are come to walk in the light of the Lord [Isa 2:5].

(Isa 2:8)

MFU 96, HPS 458 (1654): So to the measure of God's grace in every one of you [Eph 4:7]I speak, that with it you may search and try where you are, and what you can really and truly, in the presence of God, witness born up in you; that you do not deceive your souls, and worship the works of your own hands [Isa 2:8]; for God is not worshipped, but in that which is Spirit and Truth [John 4:23f].


2:10 Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for [G: from before the] fear of the LORD, and for [G: from] the glory of his majesty.

2:11 The lofty looks [G: The high look] of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness [G: loftiness] of men shall be bowed down [G: abased], and the LORD alone [G: only] shall be exalted in that day.      qtext

[Isa 2:11, cf Isa 2:17, Joel 2:1, 30f]

2:12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is [G: is upon all the] proud and lofty [G: haughty], and upon every one [G: all] that is lifted up [G: exalted] ; and he shall be brought [G: it shall be made] low:      qtext

2:13 And [G: Even] upon all the cedars of Lebanon that are high and lifted up [G: exalted], and upon all the oaks of Bashan,      qtext

2:14 And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up,

2:15 And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced [G: strong] wall,      qtext

2:16 And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures.


(Isa 2:10-13) JN1: 59

(Isa 2:10) RBA 437; RBAF 396

(Isa 2:10f) JN1: 64

(Isa 2:11) GF7: 22 [13]; MFU 120; JN1: 141; JN2: 73; WDS 263, 266; IP1: 80, 216, 293; IP3: 302, 311, 374, 377, 393; IP4: 116; HPS 172 [cf Isa 2:17]

(Isa 2:11f) GF8: 265 [397]; IP2: 92, 217 [cf Joel 2:1, 30f]

(Isa 2:12-16) IP4: 84

(Isa 2:12-15) MFU 37; IP3: 123

(Isa 2:12) JN1: 51; IP3: 122; HPS 138

(Isa 2:12f) GF4: 22, 29; WDS 85 (FE), 122; IP1: 289f; WPR 298; WPT 72

(Isa 2:13) GFJN 30; EQ 174

(Isa 2:15) IP2: 469


(Isa 2:11)

[Other texts citing Isa 2:11: IP1:293 (Luk 1:52)]

MFU 120 (to Oliver Cromwell, 1655): if thou be faithful unto him to the measure of him made manifest in thee, that thou act according to what thou knows for the Lord, thou shalt rule above all the powers of darkness, for verily now is the day in which the Lord alone will be exalted [Isa 2:11, 17]; therefore if thou wilt not exalt him in this day, thou will be pulled down, for no weapon formed against him shall prosper [Isa 54:17]....

WDS 266 (1688): I never heard the voice of Christ (as his follower) till I was slain and baptized, and lay as a little child under his heavenly chastisements; as soon as ever my soul was bought to this, in my humiliation, O! Then, the dreadful judgment was taken away, and the book of life was opened unto me [Rev 20:12], and the Lord spake comfortably to me, "I have loved thee with an everlasting love [Jer 31:3]"; and I was made a Christian through a day of vengeance, and of burning as an oven [Mal 4:1]; and the haughtiness and pride of man in me was brought low [Isa 2:11].

(Isa 2:11f)

Other texts citing Isa 2:11f: IP2:217 (Isa 25:8)

(Isa 2:12)

IP3:122 (1668): Query 1. Have ye known the great and terrible day of the Lord [Joel 2:11], wherein he ariseth to shake terribly the earth [Isa 2:12, 17]? And have ye known that shaken down in you which must be shaken down and removed as a cottage [Isa 24:20], before the everlasting kingdom can be established in you?

(Isa 2:12f)

[Other texts citing Isa 2:12f: WDS 121f (Jude 1:9)]

WDS 85 (Francis Ellington, 1654): the seed that the Lord hath brought out of the north country [Jer 23:8] is grown to a thousand and ten thousand in all parts of England; and the high cedars begin to fall apace in England [Isa 2:12f], to this mighty power of God; for the Lord is very terrible before the northern army [Ezek 38:5], that the scornful world calls Quakers. Yet not one of these soldiers hath so much as a stick in his hand; but they have a sword in their mouths, and with it they slay the nations [Rev 19:15].

(Isa 2:13)

[Other texts citing Isa 2:13: GFJN 30 (Mat 23:33)]

(Isa 2:15)

IP2:468f (1665): The Lord is able, and will maintain his building, however weak and low of esteem it be in the eye of man; but man shall not be able to maintain his buildings, however high and strong in his own eye. Yea, every high tower and every fenced city shall fall [Isa 2:15] before the dread of his presence, who hath now appeared among his poor, desolate people, and gathered them within the verge of his power....


2:17 And the loftiness of man [G: haughtiness of men] shall be bowed down [G: brought low], and the haughtiness [G: loftiness] of men shall be made low [G: be abased] : and the LORD alone shall [G: shall only] be exalted in that day.      qtext

[Isa 2:17, cf Isa 2:17]

2:18 And the idols he shall utterly abolish [G: will he utterly destroy].      qtext

2:19 And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for [G: from before the] fear of the LORD, and for [G: from] the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly [G: shall arise to destroy] the earth.      qtext


(Isa 2:17-22) JN1: 59,64

(Isa 2:17) GF4: 22, 376; MFU 120; JN1: 395 (JA); WDS 215; IP2: 91; EQ 392 [see also Isa 2:11]

(Isa 2:17f) HPS 426 (EB)

(Isa 2:18) JN1: 142

(Isa 2:19) GF3: 380; GF4: 38; MFU 37; IP1: 289f; IP2: 172; IP3: 122, 219, 243; IP4: 84; WPR 161, 297; WPT 71; JWJM 50


(Isa 2:17)

[Other texts citing Isa 2:17: MFU 120 (Isa 2:11), WDS 215 (Luk 10:20), EQ 392 (Isa 23:9)]

JN1:395 (John Audland, 1654): All people take warning, now while you have time prize it, for the mighty day of the Lord is coming. Woe unto you that are proud and high-minded, you will be as stubble before the fire [Isa 47:14]; howl, woe and misery, your downfall day is coming, weep and howl ye mighty men, ye lofty ones, ye rebellious ones, the sword of the Lord is drawn, it is furbished and made fit for the slaughter [Ezek 21:9f], the loftiness of man shall be brought low [Isa 2:17]; cast off your hoods and your rings, your silks and your proud attire; gird you with sackcloth [Isa 3:16-26], prepare to meet the Lord [Amos 4:12].

(Isa 2:18)

JN1:142 (1653): You that live in your pride, painting yourselves in your costly apparel, inventing new ways and fashions to make you seem glorious in the carnal eyes of others [mar: Isa 28:1] that they may worship you; for this is that which the heathen worship who know not God [mar: Gal 4:8, Acts 17:23]; and this is that you look for, which angels dare not take to themselves. But Haman-like, you rage if you have it not [mar: Est 3:5], and bear an evil eye to him that cannot give that to you which belongs to God alone. But the hand of the Lord shall be upon all the idols of the world [mar: Isa 2:18]; you have forgot that you were but dust, and must to dust [Gen 3:19], and God will honor himself in laying all honors in the dust [mar: Psa 7:5] which men seek to themselves, and is not of God alone [mar: John 5:44].

(Isa 2:19)

[Other texts citing Isa 2:19: IP3:243 (Heb 12:28); JWJM 50 (Isa 5:1-7)]

GF4:338 (1654): And this light is your teacher, which teacheth you holiness, and teacheth you the fear of the Lord; and this light hating of it will be your condemnation [John 3:19f], and then you stumble, and then you neither understand parables nor figures, but are they that stumble at noon day [Isa 59:10]; all you that are earthly, minding that which is invisible, ye will read the earthly parables and figures, and see the time of winter; as there is winter without, so there is winter within, the time of winter, and the time of summer, if you wait to get through the earthly part; the earth must be removed, the earth must be shaken when the glory of the Lord ariseth [Isa 2:19].

WPR 161 (1682): Impenitent rebels to his Law may then call to the mountains, and run to the caves of the earth for protection, but in vain [Isa 2:19]; his all-searching eye will penetrate their thickest coverings, and strike up a light in that obscurity, which shall terrify their guilty souls, and which they shall never be able to extinguish. Indeed, their accuser is with them, they can no more be rid of him, than of themselves; he is in the midst of them, and will stick close to them; that Spirit which bears witness with the spirits of the just [Rom 8:16], will bear witness against theirs. Nay, their own hearts will abundantly come in against them; and if thy heart condemn thee, says the Apostle John, God is greater, and knows all things [1 Jn 3:20].


2:20 In [G: At] that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold [G: cast away his silver idols and his golden idols], which they made each one for himself to worship [G: had made themselves to worship them], to the moles and to the bats;      qtext

[Isa 2:20, cf Isa 31:7]

2:21 To go into the clefts [G: holes] of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for [G: from before the] fear of the LORD, and for [G: from] the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly [G: shall rise to destroy] the earth.

2:22 Cease ye from [G: you from the] man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of [G: esteemed]?      qtext


(Isa 2:20) JN1: 125; IP2: 355; IP4: 107; HPS 424 (EB) [cf Isa 31:7]

(Isa 2:20f) GF4: 376; JN1: 218 (GF); JN2: 570

[Isa 2:21 see Isa 2:19]

(Isa 2:22) GFJN 20; GF3: 73, 81, 365; GF4: 17, 128; GF5: 218; DGA 159; MFU 86; JN1: 197; WDS 228; IP1: 410, 423; IP2: 7, 24; IP3: 123, 312; IP4: 407f; HPS 517; WPR 36, 124, 144, 147, 340


(Isa 2:20)

JN1:125 (1653): ...it's no new thing for this generation to render the works of God under the name of the devil. Thou sayest, "they [the Quakers] will go in rags"; dost thou now speak truth? How many hast thou seen deny whole clothes to go in rags? Art thou not inspired with the lying spirit [1 Ki 22:22f] thou speakest on before? But it may be thou art displeased that they pull off their pride, as gold and silver [mar: Isa 2:20, 31:7]: that which they do in obedience to God, thou would render it only as a show.

IP4:107 (1671): For indeed, when the mighty day of the Lord came upon us, and his pure, heavenly light shone in our hearts [2 Cor 4:6], God searched Jerusalem as with candles [Zeph 1:12], discovering the most hidden things of Esau's nature inwardly [Obad 1:6]; and then all the knowledge and wisdom, all the understanding and experiences, which were treasured up in us out of the pure life, out of the truth, which lives and abides, they were found dead, and condemned as dead in us, and so cast forth, as the treasures of Egypt and Babylon [Heb 11:26], and thrown to the bats and moles [Isa 2:20]; who either creep up and down in the earthly nature, or soar aloft in the dark dreams and imaginations of the night of darkness and apostasy.

(Isa 2:22)

[Other texts citing Isa 2:22: IP1:423 (1 Cor 14:40), IP3:123 (Rev 17:16), IP3:312 (Rev 13:3)]

GFJN 20 ([1647]): I was moved to go to the steeplehouse to tell the people and the priest, and to bid them cease from man whose breath was in their nostrils [Isa 2:22], and to tell them where their teacher was, within them, the spirit and the light of Jesus, and how God that made the world doth not dwell in temples made with hands [Acts 17:24].

WDS 228 (1671): In these trying days, be not afraid of what man can do [Psa 118:6], whose breath is in his nostrils [Isa 2:22]; but look up to the all-sufficiency of Almighty God, to stay your minds on him [Isa 26:3], who has counted you worthy to suffer for him [Acts 5:41]. In all humility, walk faithfully before him unto the end: he is your reward, and will give unto you a crown of life for ever [Rev 2:10].

WPR 144 (1677): But there is a bread that never perisheth, and there is a fountain that spiringeth up unto eternal life [John 4:14], and blessed are they that feed and drink thereof; for they shall have eternal life with God [John 6:54]. This is that which only satisfieth what is born of God; it will feed on no other bread, nor drink of no other water. I cannot but warn you all that are come to the Lord's Day, that you cease from all other food, from man [Isa 2:22] and man's will and invention; for that stifleth the divine sense; that overlayeth and killeth this heavenly birth. There are no grapes to be gathered of thorns, or figs of thistles [Mat 7:16].


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