26:1 In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint [G: set] for walls and bulwarks.      qtext

26:2 Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.      qtext

26:3 Thou wilt keep him in [G: By an assured purpose wilt thou preseve] perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee [G omits]: because he trusteth [G: they trusted] in thee.      qtext


(Isa 26:1) GFJN 176; GF8: 46 [297], 55 [305], 139 [344]; MFU 69; WDS 256, 259, 307; IP3: 69, 84, 232, 323, 331, 376, 397; IP4: 119, 211; EQ 97 (WD); HPS 54, 510, 522; WPR 151; JWJM 82, 204; SIW 144

(Isa 26:1f) IP3: 411, 416

(Isa 26:2) IP3: 212; IP4: 387; WPR 611; WPT 277

(Isa 26:3) GFJN 143, 194, 346; GF3: 179; GF4: 129, 132, 265; GF7: 21 [10, 11], 32 [24], 39 [32], 223 [221], 244 [230], 284 [249]; GFEJ 24, 477; JN2: 289, 602; JN3: 52, 759; WDS 160, 228, 256, 307; IP3: 145f; 185, 299, 344, 416, 463, 465; IP4: 344; TEM 164; RBA 298; RBAF 252; HPS 207, 258, 466, 510; WPR 152, 574;WTG 66 (SM)


(Isa 26:1)

[Other texts citing Isa 26:1: GF8:139 (1 Cor 7:15), IP3:323 (Rom 6:9), IP3:331 (Mat 23:37), HPS 54 (Gen 11:1-9), SIW 144 (1 Pet 4:7)]

JWJM 204 (1762): To act continually with integrity of heart above all narrow or selfish motives is a sure token of our being partakers of that salvation which God hath appointed for walls and bulwarks [Isa 26:1], and is, beyond all contradiction, a more happy situation than can ever be promised by the utmost reach of art and power united, not proceeding from heavenly wisdom.

(Isa 26:2)

IP3:212 (1672): For the cry of the Spirit of the Lord is in the gospel-day; "Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation, which keepeth the truth, may enter in [Isa 26:2]." This is the truth, as God hath revealed by his own Spirit, in this our day; but to say this speaks of our state in him, without witnessing it in ourselves, is but a mere dream; and men cannot bring forth fruit to God [Rom 7:4], nor be lovely and pleasing in his eyes, but as their fallow ground is ploughed up [Jer 4:3], the thorns, thistles, briars, and that which is unclean and unholy, removed.

(Isa 26:3)

[Other texts citing Isa 26:3: ?GF3: 179 (1 Cor 15:14), GF4:129 (John 16:13), GF7:244 (1 Cor 14:34f), GF7:284 (Rom 16:20), JN2:289 (Rev 22:4), WDS 228 (Isa 2:22), WDS 256 (Mat 5:6), IP3:145 (Mar 16:15), IP3:299 (Rom 5:5), IP3:344 (Heb 6:19), HPS 466 (Mat 11:29), WPR 574 (Luk 2:25)

RBA 298f, RBAF 252 (1678, XI.7): For when people are gathered thus together, not merely to hear men nor depend upon them, but all are inwardly taught to stay their minds upon the Lord [margin: Isa 10:20, 26:3] and wait for his appearance in their hearts, thereby the forward working of the spirit or man is stayed and hindered from mixing itself with the worship of God.... [continued under 1 Cor 10:16]

WTG 66 (Susanna Morris, 1745): the glory of the Lord is not yet departed from his spiritual Israel [1 Sam 4:21f] that all mankind the world over were but willing to have their minds stayed on the Lord God [Isa 26:3] of the living, that they might be made willing to part with all this world's glory for a sure portion of divine peace and holy quiet in their bosom, then would such know how to buy the truth themselves and a true care remain on the mind not to sell it [Prov 23:23].


26:4 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH [G: God] is everlasting strength [G: strength for evermore]:      qtext

KJV margin: {everlasting...: Heb. the rock of ages}

26:5 For he bringeth [G: will bring] down them that dwell on high; the lofty [G: high] city, he layeth it low; he layeth it low [G: will abase], even to the ground [G: +will he cast it down]; he bringeth it even to the [G: and bring it unto] dust.      qtext

26:6 The foot shall tread it down, even the feet of the poor, and the steps of the needy.


(Isa 26:4) IP3: 12; WPR 321; WPT 143; JWJM 72

(Isa 26:4n: KJV margin) GFJN 368; GF7: 277 [245]; GF8: 30 [279], 37 [288], 62 [309], 125 [333], 127 [336], 149 [350]; GFT 61, 73, 220; LB (C117); MFU 261; WDS 186; IP3: 226, 358; HPS 205, 299; JWJM 86; SIW 91

(Isa 26:5) EQ 58; HPS 510

(Isa 26:5f) IP1: 51, 135; IP3: 143

(Isa 26:6) IP4: 422


(Isa 26:4)

JWJM 72 (1757): In the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength [Isa 26:4], and as the mind by a humble resignation is united to him and...we continue in patience and meekness, heavenly peace is the reward of our labours.

(Isa 26:4n)

[Other texts citing Isa 26:4n: GF8:127 (John 4:14), IP3:226 (1 Cor 10:4), HPS 205 (John 8:12), JWJM 86 (Isa 28:16)]

(Isa 26:5f)

[Other texts citing Isa 26:5f: IP3:143 (Rev 18:2)]


26:7 The way of the just is uprightness [G: righteousness]: thou, most upright, dost weigh the [G: wilt make equal the righteous] path of the just.

26:8 Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee [G: Also we, O Lord, have waited for thee in the way of thy judgments] ; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee.      qtext

26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea [G: and], with my spirit within me will I seek thee early [G: in the morning]: for when [G: seeing] thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will [G: shall] learn righteousness.      qtext

26:10 Let favour [G: mercy] be shewed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly [G: do wickedly], and will not behold the majesty of the LORD.


(Isa 26:7-9) HPS 510

(Isa 26:7) GF3: 268; GF6: 388

(Isa 26:8) IP3: 73; IP4: 34; HPS 424 (EB)

(Isa 26:8f) WPR 136

(Isa 26:9) GF5: 332; IP1: 172; IP3: 338, 405; HPS 139

(Isa 26:10) RBA 437; RBAF 396


(Isa 26:8)

Other texts citing Isa 26:8: HPS 424 (Isa 38:17)

IP3:73 (1668): There is a state of wounding, of judging, of God's pleading with the soul, because of sin and transgression. Now he that breaks and wounds, he alone can bind up and heal [Deu 32:39/Hos 6:1]; and the Lord is to be waited on in the way of his judgments [Isa 26:8], until he see meet to bind up and heal. Now the Lord heals by the same Spirit and power wherewith he wounds; but it is hard to lie under the judgment, to bear the indignation of the Lord, and so keep the wound (which he makes) open, till he pour in the oil, and heal. For there is that near, which will be offering to heal before the season, and will be bringing in promises, and applying promises, otherwise than the Spirit of the Lord intendeth or applieth them. Now this is diligently to be watched against, that the hurt of the soul (judged and wounded by the Spirit of the Lord) be not healed slightly, and peace spoken to it (and an expectation and hope rasied in it ) which is not of the Lord.

(Isa 26:9)

GF5:332 (1676): [quotes Isa 26:9] So my desire is, that all christians were of this spirit and mind: and if all flesh will not obey this good spirit which strives with them all [Neh 9:20/Gen 6:3], when his judgments are come into the earth, that will make them to learn righteousness [Isa 26:9].

HPS 139 (Dorothy White, 1662): Therefore be ye awakened unto righteousness, O ye inhabitants of the earth; for the day is come wherein the Lord God is come to judgment, and all must know the righteous judgments of the Lord God to be set up within, that the inhabitants of the earth thereby may come to learn righteousness [Isa 26:9] and Sion through judgment be redeemed, and her converts by righteousness [Isa 1:27] must be set free for freedom....


26:11 LORD, when thy hand is lifted up, they will not see [G: O Lord, they will not behold thine high hand]: but they shall see [G: it], and be ashamed for their envy at [G: confounded with the zeal of] the people; yea [G: and], the fire of thine enemies shall devour them.      qtext

26:12 LORD, [G: +unto us] thou wilt ordain peace for us [G omits]: for thou also hast wrought all our works in [G: for] us.      qtext

26:13 O LORD our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over [G: ruled] us: but by thee only will we make mention of [G: we will remember thee only, and] thy name.      qtext

26:14 They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish. [G 26:14 The dead shall not live, neither shall the dead arise, because thou hast visited and scattered them, and destroyed all their memory.]

26:15 Thou hast increased the nation, O LORD, thou hast increased the nation: thou art glorified [G: made glorious]: thou hadst removed it far unto all the ends [G: hast enlarged all the coasts] of the earth.


(Isa 26:11) HPS 51

(Isa 26:12) JN2: 544; JN3: 41, 257, 454; WPR 143, 508; JSS 11

(Isa 26:13) IP2: 38; IP3: 187, 405


(Isa 26:11)

HPS 51 (Sarah Blackborow, 1658): a lamentation there is which cannot cease, what may I do that you may know your Saviour? He is near you waiting to be gracious to you [Isa 30:18]; and this is he who under all, lies in you all, that down all might come to him, and when that eye which the God of this world hath blinded [2 Cor 4:4] is opened again; then shall you see and be ashamed [Isa 26:11]....

(Isa 26:12)

[Other texts citing Isa 26:12: JN2:544 (Heb 4:3), WPR 507f (1 Cor 1:30f)

JSS 11 (179-): All our springs are in God [Psa 87:7]. He has wrought all our works in us [Isa 26:12]. But the springs are no further ours, and the work is no further wrought in us, than we suffer the obstructions to the arising and flowing of the well of life and salvation in us to be removed, and are willing to be wrought upon, formed, and fashioned by the Great Potter as he pleaseth [Rom 9:19-21, Isa 45:9]. ?(Continued under Rom 9:19-21)

(Isa 26:13)

IP3:187 (1668): Query 10. Had not other lords dominion over their heart, to subdue it to sin, and defile it, before Christ was known and received in his Spirit and power? But when Christ is known and received in his Spirit and power, have the other lords power to do so still? Is not Christ's law, the law of his Spirit of life, able to bring under, and make the soul free from the law of sin and death [Rom 8:2]? Insomuch as now it may be said in truth, by the souls whom he hath set free: "O Lord, our God! Other lords besides thee have had dominion over us; but (now henceforward) by thee only will we make mention of thy name [Isa 26:13]."


26:16 LORD, in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer when thy chastening was upon them.

26:17 Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain [G: travail, is in sorrow], and crieth out in her pangs; [G: pains] so have we been in thy sight, O LORD.

26:18 We have been with child [G: conceived], we have been [G: borne] in pain, we have as it were [G: as though we should have] brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance [G: there was no help] in the earth; neither have [G: did] the inhabitants of the world fallen [G: fall].      qtext

26:19 Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead [G: even with my] body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.      qtext

26:20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment [G: for a very little while], until the indignation be overpast [G: pass over; L].      qtext

26:21 For, behold [G: lo], the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity [G: to visit the iniquity of the inhabitants of the earth upon them] : the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover [G: hide] her slain.


(Isa 26:18) JN1: 197

(Isa 26:19) GF3: 179; GF8: 29 [279]; LB (B25); MFU 52; HPS 453 (MF)

(Isa 26:20) IP4: 401, 434; HPS 488, 511

(Isa 26:21) JN1: 64


(Isa 26:18)

JN1:197 (1653): Are not these the choicest of thy worthies who are now in power? Hath it not been the top of thy desires and labors to see it in their hands? And are not they now become weak as other men, and the land still in travail, but nothing brought forth but wind [Isa 26:18]? How is the wisdom of the wise turned into folly, and the understanding of the prudent hid [Isa 29:14]! How is he who seemed valiant for general freedom fallen into a particular earthly interest, and hath no power to help himself!

(Isa 26:19)

[Other texts citing Isa 26:19: MFU 52, HPS 453 (both John 5:25)]

GF8:29 (1670): And these are the living members, who have a living head, Christ Jesus; and that saying comes to be fulfilled, "Thy dead men shall live together, with my dead body shall they arise [Isa 26:19];" so come to live with Christ Jesus. And they are the congregation of the dead [Prov 21:16], that believe not in the light, nor drink the blood of Jesus, but death and destruction talk of him and of God [Job 28:22], and his prophets' and apostles' words....

(Isa 26:20)

[Other texts citing Isa 26:20: IP4:401 (Luk 21:19)]

HPS 488 (Mary Waite, 1679): So I have cleared my spirit of what hath long lain upon me, and discharged my conscience in delivering the Lord's message faithfully, according to the ability he hath given me. And so am clear in my spirit: The Lord set it home upon every heart whom it may concern, and that it may be received, in the same bowels of love it was given forth. Then shall I have my reward; and the Lord his glory. And so shall return to my tent, and enter into the hole of the Rock, where safety is to be found, till the indignation be overpast [Isa 26:20]....


27:1 In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong [G: mighty] sword shall punish [G: visit] leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.      qtext

27:2 In that day sing ye unto her, A [G: of the] vineyard of red wine.

27:3 I the LORD do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt [G: assail] it, I will keep it night and day.

27:4 Fury [G: Anger] is not in me: who would set the briers and thorns against me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together.      qtext

27:5 Or let him take hold of [G: will he feel] my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace [G: be at one] with me.

27:6 He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit. [G 27:6: Hereafter, Jacob shall take root: Israel shall flourish and grow, and the world shall be filled with fruit.]

27:7 Hath he smitten him, as he smote those that smote him? or is he slain according to the slaughter of them that are slain by him?

27:8 In measure, when it shooteth forth, thou wilt debate [G: in the branches thereof wilt thou contend] with it: he stayeth [G: when he bloweth with] his rough wind in the day of the east wind.

27:9 By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged; and this is all the fruit to take away [G: the taking away of] his sin; when he maketh [G: shall make] all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in sunder [G: broken in pieces, that], the groves and images shall [G: may] not stand up.      qtext

27:10 Yet the defenced city shall be desolate, and the habitation [G: +shall be] forsaken, and left like a wilderness: there shall the calf feed, and there shall he lie down, and consume the branches thereof.

27:11 When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the women come, and set them on fire: for it is a people of no understanding: therefore he that made them will not have mercy [G: shall not have compassion] on them, and he that formed them will shew them no favour [G: shall have no mercy upon them].

27:12 And it shall come to pass [G omits] in that day, that the LORD shall beat off [G: shall the Lord thresh] from the channel of the river unto the stream[G omits] of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel.

27:13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that [G: In that day also shall] the great trumpet shall[G omits] be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish [G: perished] in the land of Assyria [G: Asshur], and the outcasts in the land of [G: they that were chased into the land of] Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.


(Isa 27:1-4) IP4: 120

(Isa 27:1) GF5: 291; GF7: 243 [229]; MFU 433; IP3: 6, 232, 375, 478, 490; IP4: 341; EQ 548

(Isa 27:2f) GF5: 291; IP3: 272; IP3: 304

(Isa 27:4) GF3: 573; GF4: 124; JN2: 287

(Isa 27:4f) IP2: 95; IP4: 111

(Isa 27:9f) GF4: 366, 376f


(Isa 27:1)

[Other texts citing Isa 27:1: GF7:243 (Rev 17:15)]

GF5:291 (1676): And Christ will bruise the head of the serpent [Gen 3:15]; for the Lord with his sore, and great and strong sword shall punish the leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent [Isa 27:1], which makes the world (both men and women) crooked. And he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea [Isa 27:1], ... for his habitation is in the wicked like a roaring sea [Isa 57:20], and they plead for him and his sin till they go to the grave, and not for Christ that bruiseth his head; and the Lord that destroys him with his great sword.

IP3:6 (1667): so subtle, so strong, such a many holds, so many stratagems hath the subtle, twining, crooked, piercing leviathan [Isa 27:1], to ensnare, perplex, over-run, and entangle them with. And then outwardly, the same flesh, the same earthly spirit and wisdom [Jas 3:15], the same crooked, hellish will, is striving in men without also, to bear down and subject the pure principle in them who are born of God, to their devices and institutions, decrees, ways, customs, &c., which are of the will and wisdom of the flesh.

(Isa 27:2f)

IP3:272 (1672): Blessed are they that hear the joyful sound [Psa 89:15], and come to the holy mount and the city of our God [Psa 48:1], where life lives and reigns, and is fed on by all the living; who are God's elect, God's heritage, God's vineyard of red wine [Isa 27:2], God's enclosed garden [Song 4:12], whom he watcheth over night and day, and watereth every moment [Isa 27:3]; and in whom he dwelleth and walketh, and is to them a God and Father [2 Cor 6:16, 18], and maketh them daily sensible that they are his servants, children, and spouse, in whom is his great delight, and on whose hearts and foreheads is written "Holiness to the Lord" [Exo 28:36, 38].

(Isa 27:4)

[Other texts citing Isa 27:4: JN2:287 (Rom 5:14)]

(Isa 27:9f)

GF4:376f (1661): [quotes Isa 27:9-10a G] Now consider this, christians, ye are unpurged, and have images, you are in your iniquities, where your images yet stand up, your defenced cities not yet desolate yet, and your habitations are not yet forsaken, nor made like a wilderness; but look for all this to come to pass.


28:1 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose [G: for his] glorious beauty is [G: shall be] a fading flower, which are on [G: is upon] the head of the fat valleys of them that [G: valley of them that be fat, and] are overcome with wine!      qtext

28:2 Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as [G: host, like] a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood [G: whirlwind that overthroweth, like a tempest] of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand [that overflow, which throw to the ground mightily].

28:3 [G: +They shall be trodden under foot, even] The crown of pride [G: and the pride of], the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet [G omits]      qtext

28:4 And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley , [G: valley of them that be fat] shall be a fading flower, and as the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.

28:5 In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty unto the residue of his people,

28:6 And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.      qtext


(Isa 28) WPT 303

(Isa 28:1-4) JN1: 65

(Isa 28:1-3) GF5: 10; GF8: 257 [397]; GFEJ 435; JN1: 65; WPR 452

(Isa 28:1) GF7: 59 [46]; JN1: 4, 142; JN2: 73; EQ 58, 382

(Isa 28:3) JN1: 77 (RF); IP1: 170

(Isa 28:5) GF8: 257 [397]; GFEJ 435

(Isa 28:6) JN1:483; JWJM 80


(Isa 28:1)

[Other texts citing Isa 28:1: JN1:142 (Isa 2:18), EQ 382 (Luk 16:19-31)]

EQ 58 (George Canby from Selby Meeting, Yorkshire, 1704): Dear Friends, ... it is in my heart to give this small testimony concerning the breaking forth of this blessed Light and Truth in this our town of Selby.... William Dewsbury was one of the first that came with a public testimony into the said town, who lodged at our house. And then ... Elizabeth Tomlinson was made to go out into the streets in the mighty power of the Lord, which carried her almost off her feet, and her testimony was, "Repent! Repent! For the day of the Lord is at hand [Isa 13:6/Mat 3:2]! Woe to the crown of pride. Woe to the covetous professors. Woe to the drunkards of Ephraim [Isa 28:1]," and struck a great astonishment in the people.

(Isa 28:3)

IP1:170 (1659): Oh, inhabitant of Sion! Dost thou not behold the crown of pride going down apace [Isa 28:3]? The decree is sealed [Dan 6:8f] against her [Babylon]; she cannot escape; yea, she is fallen, she is fallen [Rev 18:2]; she is already taken in the snare [Jer 50:24]; the eye of my life sseeth it, and rejoiceth over her in the living power.

(Isa 28:6)

[Other texts citing Isa 28:6: JWJM 80 (Rom 13:1)]


28:7 But they also have erred through wine, and and through strong drink are out of the way [G: are out of the way by strong drink]; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way [G: have gone astray] through strong drink; they err [G: fail] in vision, they stumble in judgment.      qtext

28:8 For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place [G: filthy vomiting; no place is] clean.      qtext

28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine [G: the things that he heareth]?      qtext

28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon [G: unto (2x)] line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:      qtext

28:11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will [G: a stammering tongue and with a strange language shall] he speak to this people.      qtext

[Isa 28:11: cf 1 Cor 14:21]

28:12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest [G: give rest to him that is weary] ; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

28:13 But the [G: Therefore shall] word of the LORD was [G: be] unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon [G: unto (2x)] line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.      qtext


(Isa 28:7) GF3: 16 (EB); IP1: 218

(Isa 28:7f) GF5: 10; GF6: 451

(Isa 28:9) GF5: 330; IP2: 3

(Isa 28:10) WDS 260; IP1: 404

(Isa 28:11f) MFS 68

(Isa 28:13) IP1: 181; WPR 602; WPT 407


(Isa 28:7)

IP1:218 (1659): Now what might be the cause, or how could it come to pass, that the zealous worshippers of that age [the time of Christ] should thus err in their zeal, and be thus heady and rash against him, whom they looked for to be their Saviour? How came they thus to err in vision, and stumble in judgment [Isa 28:7] in so weighty a matter? Show unto us the cause, that we may see whether the same cause be not in us: for undoubtedly if it be, it will produce the same effect, and so we may ignorantly draw upon our heads the same heavy wrath in our day, that they did in their day.

(Isa 28:7f)

GF5:10 (1674): [quotes Isa 28:7-8a G] Now, look into your houses of drunkenness, ye called christians, and see what filthiness is there; and by such doings ye devour the creation, and cause the drink of the thirsty to fail [Isa 32:6], which would do them good, which you destroy, and do yourselves hurt withal.... Come, try yourselves by these scriptures, ye that call yourselves christians, and ye priests and prophets; and see whether by strong drink ye have not stumbled in judgment, and erred in vision, and are some of you swallowed up with wine?

(Isa 28:9)

GF5:330 (1676): [quotes Isa 28:9] Now let all christians consider what milk and what breasts this is, seeing the babes that are born again of the immortal seed [1 Pet 1:23], "feeds upon the sincere milk of the word [1 Pet 2:2]."

(Isa 28:10)

[Other texts citing Isa 28:10: WDS 260 (1 Cor 15:45)]

IP1:403f (1660): Let the Lord try him [fallen man] ever so much, ever so often; drop down of the dew of heaven upon him [Deu 33:28], send him line upon line, precept upon precept, now a little and then a little [Isa 28:10], yet he still remains brutish, both in his understanding, perceiving, and in his making use of it all [cf Psa 94:8]. Still he forgets the truth, and loses himself in the image; gets a notion, and imagination, a comprehension of somewhat into his natural part (which changes him not inwardly, but still he is the same in his root, ground, and nature), but the life, the eternal virtue, he is still estranged from and so is brutish in all his knowledge [Jer 10:14] and apprehension of God and his truths.....

(Isa 28:11f)

[Other texts citing Isa 28:11f: MFS 68 (1 Cor 14:34f)]

(Isa 28:13)

IP1:181 (1659): [Continued from John 12:40] ... though there be "line upon line, precept vpon precept, here a little and there a little; yet it is that they might stumble, and fall, and be snared, and broken, and taken [Isa 28:13]." For as discoveries of truth grow more clear and manifest; so they grow more hardened against it. And as they, on the one hand, increase in walking contrary to God; so God, on the other hand, proceeds in walking contrary to them; delighting more and more to stumble the wise, disputing part, which would so fain know, but must be made blind, that the eye of the babe may be opened, which sees that in the childish simplicity, which the other eye can never reach in the most manly wisdom.


28:14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye

28:15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall [G: though a scourge run over and] pass through, it shall not come unto [G: at] us: for we have made lies [G: falsehood] our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves [G: vanity are we hid]:      qtext

28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I [G: +will] lay in Zion for a foundation [G omits] a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.      qtext

[Isa 28:16 LXX (Therefore thus saith the Lord, even the Lord, Behold, I lay for the foundations of Sion a costly stone, a choice, a corner-stone, a precious stone, for its foundations; and he that believes on him shall by no means be ashamed.): Rom 9:33, 10:11; 1 Pet 2:6]

28:17 Judgment also will I lay to the line [G: rule], and righteousness to the plummet [G: balance]: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies [G: vain confidence], and the waters shall overflow the hiding [G: secret] place.      qtext

28:18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall [G: a scourge shall run over and] pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.      qtext


(Isa 28:14f) JN1: 66

(Isa 28:15) GFJN 198, 406; GF3: 99, 162, 377, 470, 471; GF4: 304; MFS 36; JN2: 205, 211, 437, 470; JN3: 319, 509; IP1: 158, 225, 236; IP2: 48, 169; IP4: 120; EQ 137; HPS 301

(Isa 28:16) DGA 73, 90; LB (C9); GFJN 175; GF3: 362, 466; GF4: 132; GF7: 212 [213], 240 [226]; GF8: 62 [309], 284 [402]; GFT 101, 140; MFS 34, 85; MFU 431; JN1: 166; JN2: 564; IP3: 280, 396; IP4: 149; HPS 147, 205, 288; 348, 395 (EB); JWJM 86; JSS 36 [LXX: cf Rom 9:33, 10:11; I Pet 2:6]

(Isa 28:17) GF3: 8, 23 (EB), 187; GF7: 191[200], 263 [239]; MFS 36; JN2: 16, 51, 63, 151, 168, 255, 435; JN3: 509;567 (MS); WDS 252; IP1: 58; IP3: 296; EQ 82, 313; WPR 123, 297, 586; WPT 71, 378

(Isa 28:17f) JN3: 78

(Isa 28:18) GFJN 406; GF3: 162, 429; GF4: 304; GF7: 207 [206]; MFU 16; JN1: 66; IP2: 48, 197; IP4: 434; WPR 116, 149


(Isa 28:15)

[overflowing scourge, covenant with death and hell: cf Isa 28:18. refuge of lies : cf Isa 28:17]

[Other texts citing Isa 28:15: JN2:211 (Mat 13:31f), IP1:225 (Rom 1:20f), IP2:48 (Isa 29:1f), IP4:120 (Heb 10:27)]

GFJN 198 (to Oliver Cromwell, 1655): From him who to all your souls is a friend, for establishing of righteousness and cleansing the land of evil doers and a witness against all wicked inventions of men and murderous plots, which answered shall be with the light in all your consciences, which makes no covenant with death [Isa 28:15,18], to which light in you all I speak, and am clear.

GF3:98f (1659): For they that draw from the anointing within are the seducers [1 Jn 2:26f].... Therefore have you so many heaps of teachers, arming yourselves, and making lies your refuge [Isa 28:15] against them that are come to the anointing, which you are all gadded from, giving judgment agaisnt yourselves, who will not have people to own the light Christ Jesus, "who doth enlighten every man that cometh into the world [John 1:9]."

(Isa 28:16)

DGA 73: see note under (1 Cor 14:40)

[Other texts citing Isa 28:16: GF3:362 (Jas 1:26), GF3:466 (1 Cor 3:11-13), GF7:240 (Heb 11:38), MFU 431 (Mat 16:19), HPS 205 (John 8:12)]

GFT 140 (1677): And he that believes makes not haste [Isa 28:16]. He is grafted into the word [cf Jas 1:21] that was first and is last [cf Rev 1:17, etc], the word that abideth and endureth forever [1 Pet 1:23]. All flesh is grass, it withers ande fades away [1 Pet 1:24]. But they that believe in that which endures forever, they preach the word that were grafted into the word.

JWJM 86 [corporate epistle to Friends in Philadelphia, 1755]: And beware of the spirit of this world [1 Cor 2:12], that is unstable and often draws into dark and timorous reasonings, lest the God thereof should be suffered to blind the eye of the mind [2 Cor 4:4], and such not knowing the sure foundation [Isa 28:16], the Rock of Ages [Isa 26:4n], may partake of the terrors and fears not known to the inhabitants of that place where the sheep and lambs of Christ ever had a quiet habitation [Isa 33:20]....

JSS 36: Here he rises from the grave, bursts the bands of death...; and yet after all this, "touch me not, for I am not yet ascended [John 20:17]." Wait to have an ear open to receive this, and wait his ascension over all in thee; be not hasty; "he that believeth shall not make haste [Isa 28:16]."

(Isa 28:17)

[refuge of lies : cf Isa 28:15]

[Other texts citing Isa 28:17: JN2:16 (Mat 15:14), JN2:63 (Jas 1:26), WDS 252 (Rom 6:4), IP1:58 (Luk 11:52), EQ 313 (Gen 1:5)]

GF3:187 (1659): ...thousands in the nation, that are not under the name of Quakers, know and see the contrary of what thou hast published; they will fall upon thy own self, and be thy own burthen. And then thou shalt say, when thou feelest thy own works burn, thou hadst better have been silent, and not have published forth thy folly, and made thy name to stink, and brought thy anme upon record, who hath made lies thy refuge [Isa 28:15]; but the hail is come, and coming, that will sweep them away [Isa 28:17].

GF7:191 (1661): The line of righteousness and justice [Isa 28:17] stretched forth over all merchants, &c. And an exhortation unto all Friends and people whatsoever, who are merchants, tradesmen, husbandmen, or seamen, who deal in merchandise, trade in buying and selling by sea or land, or deal in husbandry, that ye all do that which is just, equal, and righteous in the sight of God and man, one to another, and to all men. And that ye use just weights and just measures [Deut 25:15], and speak and do that which is true, just, and right in all things.

(Isa 28:18)

[overflowing scourge, covenant with death and hell: cf Isa 28:18.]

[Other texts citing Isa 28:18: MFU 16 (Luk 21:19)]

WPR 149 (1678): for some time I have had a deep sense, that the overflowing scourge [Isa 26:18] of God's wrath and indignation was just ready to break out upon the people, confusion, amazement, and misery! The weight of which hath caused me to cry within myself, Who shall save us? Who shall deliver us? [1 Sam 4:8] Is there none to stay the stroke, to blast the edge, to stop the fury, and intercede for the people of this poor line, that the Lord may not utterly depart....


28:19 From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.

28:20 For the bed is shorter than [G: straight] that a man can stretch himself on it [G: it cannot suffice]: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it [G: narrow that one cannot wrap himself].      qtext

28:21 For the LORD shall rise up [G: stand] as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act.      qtext

28:22 Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong [G: bonds increase]: for I have heard from the Lord GOD [G omits] of hosts a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth.      qtext

28:23 Give ye ear [G: Hearken ye] , and hear my voice; hearken [G: +ye], and hear my speech.

28:24 Doth the plowman plow all day to sow? doth he open and break the clods of his ground?

28:25 When he hath made plain the face thereof, doth [G: it plain, will] he not cast abroad [G: then sow] the fitches, and scatter the [G: sow] cummin, and cast in the principal wheat [G: wheat by measure] and the appointed barley and the rye in their place?

28:26 For his God doth instruct him to [G: +have] discretion, and doth teach him.      qtext

28:27 For the fitches are not [G: shall not be] threshed with a threshing instrument, neither is [G: shall] a cart wheel [G: +be] turned about upon the cummin; but the fitches are beaten out with a staff, and the cummin with a rod.

28:28 Bread corn is bruised; because he will not ever be threshing it, nor break it with the wheel of his cart, nor bruise it with his horsemen. [G 28:28: Bread corn when it is threshed, he doth not alway thresh it, neither doth the wheel of his cart still make a noise, neither will he break it with the teeth thereof.]

28:29 This also cometh forth [G omits] from the LORD of hosts, which is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working.


(Isa 28:20) MFU 50, 181; JN1: 511; HPS 51, 507

(Isa 28:21) IP1: 158

(Isa 28:22) JN1: 66; IP1: 181; WPT 88

(Isa 28:26) WPR 343


(Isa 28:20)

[Other texts citing Isa 28:20: HPS 507 (Mat 27:51)]

JN1:510f (1654): The messengers of Jesus we own, and their call, and deny you, who scorn the immediate call of Christ and would cast it off as blasphemy on them whom he hath called; and so witness yourselves to be those who run unsent [Jer 23:21]: and here you are discovered, and your covering is too narrow, and your bed is too short [Isa 28:20].

(Isa 28:21)

[Other texts citing Isa 28:21: IP1:158 (Isa 5:19f)]

(Isa 28:22)

IP1:181f (1659): wait for the raising of the true seed of life, in the true simplicity, whereby ye may serve God acceptably here, and be saved hereafter. And be not mockers, lest your bands be made strong [Isa 28:22]; for the consumption is determined against you by that Spirit of life, whose breath will waste you. All flesh is grass, and the glory thereof as the flower of the field! Surely this people is grass, and their zeal and profession of God, like the fading flower [Isa 40:6f].

(Isa 28:26)

WPR 343 (1673): God is the fountain as well of reason, as light: And we assert our principle not to be without reason, but most reasonable; whence it is frequent with us in our reproof of cruel men, to say, they are Unreasonable, whether it be to man or beast, making good what the prophet saith, For his God doth instruct him to descretion and doth teach them [Isa 28:26].

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