Isaiah 62:1-12 . INTERCESSORY PRAYERS FOR ZION'S RESTORATION, ACCOMPANYING GOD'S PROMISES OF IT, AS THE APPOINTED MEANS OF ACCOMPLISHING IT.
7. no rest--Hebrew, "silence"; keep not silence yourselves, nor let Him rest in silence. Compare as to Messiah Himself, "I will not hold . . . peace . . . not rest" ( Isaiah 62:1 ); Messiah's watchmen ( Isaiah 62:6 Isaiah 62:7 ) imitate Him ( Isaiah 62:1 ) in intercessory "prayer without ceasing" for Jerusalem ( Psalms 122:6 , 51:18 ); also for the spiritual Jerusalem, the Church ( Luke 18:1 Luke 18:7 , Romans 1:9 ). Zephaniah 3:20 ).
8. sworn by . . . right hand--His mighty instrument of accomplishing His will (compare Isaiah 45:23 , Hebrews 6:13 ).
sons of . . . stranger--Foreigners shall no more rob thee of the fruit of thy labors (compare Isaiah 65:21 Isaiah 65:22 ).
9. eat . . . and praise--not consume it on their own lusts, and without thanksgiving.
drink it in . . . courts--They who have gathered the vintage shall drink it at the feasts held in the courts surrounding the temple ( Deuteronomy 12:17 Deuteronomy 12:18 , 14:23 , &c.).
10. What Isaiah in the person of Messiah had engaged in ( Isaiah 62:1 ) unrestingly to seek, and what the watchmen were unrestingly to pray for ( Isaiah 62:7 ), and what Jehovah solemnly promised ( Isaiah 62:8 Isaiah 62:9 ), is now to be fulfilled; the Gentile nations are commanded to "go through the gates" (either of their own cities [ROSENMULLER] or of Jerusalem [MAURER]), in order to remove all obstacles out of "the way of the people (Israel)" Isaiah 40:3 , 52:10-12 ).
standard--for the dispersed Jews to rally round, with a view to their return ( Isaiah 49:22 , 11:12 ).