Isaiah 60

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The Future Glory of Israel

1 1Arise, shine, for your light has come, and 2the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
2 For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.
3 3And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.
4 4Lift up your eyes all around, and see; they all gather together, they come to you; 5your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be carried on the hip.
5 Then you shall see and 6be radiant; your heart shall thrill and exult,[a] because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, 7the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
6 A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels of 8Midian and 9Ephah; all those from 10Sheba shall come. 11They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall bring good news, the praises of the LORD.
7 All the flocks of 12Kedar shall be gathered to you; the rams of 13Nebaioth shall minister to you; 14they shall come up with acceptance on my altar, 15and I will beautify my beautiful house.
8 Who are these that fly like a cloud, and 16like doves to their windows?
9 For 17the coastlands shall hope for me, 18the ships of Tarshish first, 19to bring your children from afar, their silver and gold with them, for the name of the LORD your God, and for the Holy One of Israel, because 20he has made you beautiful.
10 21Foreigners shall build up your walls, and 22their kings shall minister to you; for in my wrath I struck you, but in my favor I have had mercy on you.
11 23Your gates shall be open continually; day and night they shall not be shut, 24that people may bring to you the wealth of the nations, with their kings led in procession.
12 25For the nation and kingdom that will not serve you shall perish; those nations shall be utterly laid waste.
13 26The glory of Lebanon shall come to you, the cypress, the plane, and 27the pine, to beautify the place of my sanctuary, and I will make the place of my feet glorious.
14 28The sons of those who afflicted you shall come bending low to you, 29and all who despised you shall bow down at your feet; 30they shall call you the City of the LORD, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
15 31Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, with no one passing through, 32I will make you majestic forever, a joy from age to age.
16 33You shall suck the milk of nations; you shall nurse at the breast of kings; and you shall know that 34I, the LORD, am your Savior and your Redeemer, 35the Mighty One of Jacob.
17 Instead of bronze I will bring gold, and instead of iron I will bring silver; instead of wood, bronze, instead of stones, iron. I will make your overseers peace 36and your taskmasters righteousness.
18 37Violence shall no more be heard in your land, devastation or destruction within your borders; 38you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise.
19 39The sun shall be no more your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give you light;[b] but the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.[c]
20 Your sun shall no more go down, nor your moon withdraw itself; for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and 40your days of mourning shall be ended.
21 41Your people shall all be righteous; 42they shall possess the land forever, 43the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I might be glorified.[d]
22 44The least one shall become a clan, and the smallest one a mighty nation; 45I am the LORD; in its time I will hasten it.

Isaiah 60 Commentary

Chapter 60

The glories of the church of God, when the fulness of the Gentiles shall come in. (1-8) and the Jews shall be converted and gathered from their dispersions. (9-14) and the kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdom of our Lord, and of his Christ. (15-22)

Verses 1-8 As far as we have the knowledge of God in us, and the favour of God towards us, our light is come. And if God's glory is seen upon us to our honour, we ought, not only with our lips, but in our lives, to return its praise. We meet with nothing in the history of the Jews which can be deemed a fulfilment of the prophecy in this chapter; we must conclude it relates principally to future events. It predicts the purity and enlargement of the church. The conversion of souls is here described. They fly to Christ, to the church, to the word and ordinances, as doves to their own home; thither they fly for refuge and shelter, thither they fly for rest. What a pleasant sight to see poor souls hastening to Christ!

Verses 9-14 God will be very gracious. We must begin with his promise, thence all mercies take rise. Many shall be brought into the church, even from far countries. Christ is always ready to receive all who come to him; and the gate of mercy is always open, night and day. All that are about the church shall be made serviceable to it. But those who will not be subject to Christ's golden sceptre, to his word and Spirit, who will not be kept in by the laws and rules of his family, shall be broken in pieces by his iron rod. The peculiar advantages of every nation, and of every description of men, shall join to beautify the church of Christ. We must suppose this to be accomplished in the beauties of holiness, and the graces and comforts of the Spirit, with which gospel ordinances are adorned and enriched. Blessed be his name, the gates of Zion are ever open to returning sinners.

Verses 15-22 We must look for the full accomplishment in times and things, exceeding those of the Old Testament church. The nations and their kings shall lay themselves out for the good of the church. Such a salvation, such a redemption, shall be wrought out for thee, as discovers itself to be the work of the Lord. Every thing shall be changed for the better. In thy land shall no more be heard threats of those that do violence, nor complaints of those that suffer violence. Thy walls shall be means of safety, thy gates shall be written upon with praises to God. In the close of this chapter are images and expressions used in the description of the New Jerusalem, ( Revelation 21:23 , Revelation 22:5 ) . Nothing can answer to this but some future glorious state of the church on earth, or the state of the church triumphant in heaven. Those that make God their only light, shall have him their all-sufficient light. And the happiness shall know no change or alloy. No people on earth are all righteous; but there are no mixtures in heaven. They shall be wholly righteous. The spirits of just men shall there be made perfect. The glory of the church shall be to the honour of God. When it shall be finished, it will appear a work of wonder. It may seem too difficult to be brought about, but the God of almighty power has undertaken it. It may seem to be delayed and put off; but the Lord will hasten it in the time appointed by his wisdom, though not in the time prescribed by our folly. Let this hope cheer us under all difficulties, and stir us up to all diligence, that we may have an abundant entrance into this everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Cross References 45

  • 1. [Ephesians 5:14]
  • 2. Isaiah 40:5; Isaiah 58:8; Malachi 4:2
  • 3. Isaiah 42:6; Isaiah 49:6; Revelation 21:24
  • 4. Isaiah 49:18
  • 5. ver. 9; Isaiah 66:20
  • 6. Psalms 34:5
  • 7. Isaiah 61:6
  • 8. Judges 6:5
  • 9. Genesis 25:4
  • 10. 1 Kings 10:1; Psalms 72:10
  • 11. [Matthew 2:11]
  • 12. See Isaiah 21:16
  • 13. Genesis 25:13; Genesis 28:9; Genesis 36:3
  • 14. Isaiah 56:7
  • 15. Haggai 2:7
  • 16. Hosea 11:11; [Genesis 8:9]
  • 17. Isaiah 51:5; See Isaiah 11:11
  • 18. See Isaiah 2:16
  • 19. Galatians 4:26
  • 20. Isaiah 44:23; Isaiah 55:5
  • 21. Isaiah 45:1, 13; Zechariah 6:15
  • 22. Isaiah 45:1, 13; Zechariah 6:15
  • 23. [Revelation 21:25, 26]
  • 24. [Revelation 21:25, 26]
  • 25. [Zechariah 14:17-19]
  • 26. Isaiah 35:2
  • 27. Isaiah 41:19
  • 28. [Isaiah 14:1, 2; Zechariah 8:23]
  • 29. Isaiah 49:23; [Revelation 3:9]
  • 30. [Isaiah 1:26; Isaiah 62:2]
  • 31. Isaiah 54:6; Isaiah 62:4
  • 32. Psalms 47:4; [Isaiah 65:18]
  • 33. [Isaiah 49:23; Isaiah 66:11, 12]
  • 34. Isaiah 43:3; Isaiah 49:26; [Isaiah 47:4]
  • 35. Genesis 49:24; Psalms 132:2
  • 36. [Isaiah 58:3]
  • 37. Isaiah 11:9
  • 38. Isaiah 26:1
  • 39. Zechariah 14:6, 7; Revelation 21:23; Revelation 22:5; [Isaiah 24:23; Isaiah 30:26]
  • 40. Isaiah 35:10; Isaiah 65:19; Revelation 21:4
  • 41. Isaiah 52:1; Jeremiah 31:34
  • 42. Psalms 37:9; See Ezekiel 37:25
  • 43. Isaiah 61:3
  • 44. [Matthew 13:31]
  • 45. Habakkuk 2:3

Footnotes 4

  • [a]. Hebrew your heart shall tremble and grow wide
  • [b]. Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint, Targum add by night
  • [c]. Or your beauty
  • [d]. Or that I might display my beauty

Chapter Summary



As, in the two preceding chapters, the hypocrisy and formality, the profaneness and immorality, that should abound in the latter day, and even among professors of religion, are prophesied of; so, in this, a very ample account is given of latter daylight and glory; of both the spiritual and personal reign of Christ, with the latter of which it concludes. The light and glory of the church, in the spiritual reign, are described, Isa 60:1-3 the numerous conversions of persons to it from all quarters, east and west particularly, are prophesied of, Isa 60:4-8, the great usefulness those should be of unto it, in enriching it, and building it up, and in glorifying it, is declared, Isa 60:9-13, as also the subjection of enemies to it; the favours it should receive from kings, and the fame and renown of it through all nations and ages, Isa 60:14-16, its riches, prosperity, peace, and safety, Isa 60:17,18 and the chapter is concluded with an account of the more perfect state of the church in the personal reign of Christ, when there will be a perfection of light and righteousness; and the number of God's elect will be complete, and they will be all together, Isa 60:19-22.

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