Isaiah 52:8

8 The voice of 1your watchmen--they lift up their voice; together they sing for joy; 2for eye to eye they see the return of the LORD to Zion.

Isaiah 52:8 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 52:8

The watchmen shall lift up the voice
Not the Levites in the temple, nor the prophets of the Old Testament; rather the evangelists and apostles of Christ; best of all Gospel ministers in the latter day, so called in allusion to watch men on the walls of cities looking out, and giving notice of approaching danger; see ( Isaiah 62:6 Isaiah 62:7 ) . The words may be rendered, "the voice of the watchmen; they shall lift up the voice; together shall they sing"; that is, this is the voice of the watchmen, namely, the voice of peace and salvation, which the bringer of good tidings, the same with these watchmen, publish. "Lifting up" their "voice" denotes the publicness of their ministrations, the vehemency of them, and their importance; "singing together", their joy and cheerfulness, their harmony and unity. For they shall see eye to eye;
most clearly, Zion's King reigning before his ancients gloriously; the great doctrines of peace and salvation published by them; and the great and wonderful things God will do for his church, in fulfilling prophecies relating thereunto. So the Targum,

``for with their eyes they shall see the great things which the Lord will do;''
and as their light and discerning will be most clear, like the light of seven days, so it will be alike in them; their sentiments and doctrines will exactly agree; there will be no difference nor dissension among them: when the Lord shall bring again Zion:
return his church and people to their former state, from whence they were declined; restore them as at the beginning; revive his work among them; cause his Gospel and ordinances to be professed and observed in their purity; call in his ancient people the Jews, and bring in the fulness of the Gentiles; pour out his spirit in a plentiful manner on them, and grant his gracious presence to them; so the Targum,
``when he shall return his Shechinah or divine Majesty to Zion.''
This text is by the Jews F14 applied to the times of the Messiah, and to the resurrection of the dead F15.
FOOTNOTES:

F14 Pesikta in Kettoreth Hassammim in Targ. in Numb. fol. 25. 4.
F15 T. Bab. Sanhedrhin. fol. 91. 2.

Isaiah 52:8 In-Context

6 Therefore my people shall know my name. Therefore in that day they shall know that it is I who speak; here am I."
7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns."
8 The voice of your watchmen--they lift up their voice; together they sing for joy; for eye to eye they see the return of the LORD to Zion.
9 Break forth together into singing, you waste places of Jerusalem, for the LORD has comforted his people; he has redeemed Jerusalem.
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.

Cross References 2

  • 1. See Isaiah 62:6
  • 2. [Isaiah 33:17, 22; 1 Corinthians 13:12; 1 John 3:2; Revelation 22:4]