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Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO ISAIAH 28\\

In this chapter the ten tribes of Israel and the two tribes of Judah and
Benjamin, are threatened with divine judgments, because of their sins
and iniquities mentioned. The ten tribes, under the name of Ephraim, for
their pride and drunkenness, \\#Isa 28:1\\ the means of their destruction,
the Assyrian monarch, compared to a hail storm, and a flood of mighty
waters, \\#Isa 28:2\\ which destruction, for their sins, is repeated, and
represented as sudden and swift; when they would be like a fading flower
and hasty fruit, \\#Isa 28:3,4\\ and then, as for the two tribes, though
they had a glorious prince at the head of them, who had a spirit of
wisdom and judgment for government, and of valour and courage for war,
\\#Isa 28:5,6\\ yet the generality of the people, led on by the example of
priest and prophet, went into the same sensual gratifications as they of
the ten tribes did, \\#Isa 28:7,8\\ and became sottish and unteachable, and
were like children just taken from the breast, and to be used as such,
\\#Isa 28:9-11\\ and though the doctrine proposed to be taught them was such
as, if received, would be of the greatest advantage to them, for their
comfort and refreshment, yet it was refused by them with the utmost
contempt; which was to be their ruin, \\#Isa 28:12,13\\, wherefore the
rulers of Jerusalem are threatened with the judgments of God, which
should come upon them night and day, the report of which would be a
vexation to them; and from which they should not be screened by their
covenant with death and hell, or by their shelters and coverings with
lies and falsehood, in which they placed their confidence, \\#Isa 28:14,15\\
\\#Isa 28:17-22\\ in the midst of which account, for the comfort of the
Lord's people, stands a glorious prophecy, concerning the sure
foundation laid in Zion, on which all that are built are safe and happy,
\\#Isa 28:16\\ and the certainty of these judgments is illustrated by the
method which the ploughman takes in sowing his corn, and threshing it
out; for which he has instruction and direction from the Lord of hosts,
\\#Isa 28:23-29\\.