Isaiah 52:12

12 For you shall not 1go out in haste, and you shall not go in flight, 2for the LORD will go before you, 3and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

Isaiah 52:12 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 52:12

For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight
As persons afraid of their enemies, of being pursued, overtaken, and detained by them; privily or by stealth, like fugitives, as the Oriental versions render it; in like manner as the Israelites went out of Egypt: but it signifies, that they should go out openly, boldly, quietly, and safely, and without fear of their enemies; yea, their enemies rather being afraid of them. So the witnesses, when they shall rise, will ascend to heaven in the sight of their enemies; which will be followed with a great slaughter of some, and the terror of others, ( Revelation 11:12 Revelation 11:13 ) : for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your
the Lord will be their Captain, and will lead the van, so that they shall follow in order, and without any tumult or fear; and though they shall make all necessary dispatch, yet no more haste than good speed; the Lord, going before, will check all tumultuous and disorderly motions; and he also will bring up the rear, so that they shall be in no fear of the enemy attacking them behind, and where generally the weaker and more feeble part are; but the Lord will be gathering them up, or closing them, as the word F17 signifies; so that they shall be in the utmost safety, and march out of Babylon with the greatest ease and freedom, without any molestation or disturbance. The allusion may be to the Lord's going before, and sometimes behind Israel, in a pillar of fire and cloud by night and day, as they passed through the wilderness.


F17 (Mkpoam) , (o episunagwn umav) , Sept.; "colligens vos", Montanus; "congregabit vos", V. L. Syr. Ar.

Isaiah 52:12 In-Context

10 The LORD has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
11 Depart, depart, go out from there; touch no unclean thing; go out from the midst of her; purify yourselves, you who bear the vessels of the LORD.
12 For you shall not go out in haste, and you shall not go in flight, for the LORD will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.
13 Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted.
14 As many were astonished at you-- his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind--

Cross References 3

  • 1. [Ex. 12:11, 33, 39]
  • 2. Micah 2:13; [Exodus 14:19]
  • 3. [Isaiah 58:8]
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