Isaiah 2:2-4

2 1It shall come to pass in the latter days that 2the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and 3all the nations shall flow to it,
3 and 4many peoples shall come, and say: "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths." For 5out of Zion shall go the law,[a] and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
4 He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; 6and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; 7nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.

Isaiah 2:2-4 Meaning and Commentary


This chapter contains a vision or prophecy of the enlargement of Christ's kingdom and interest, and of the glory of his church in the latter day, by the calling of the Gentiles, and the numerous conversions of them to it, and of the abolition of idolatry, and the destruction of the antichristian party. The inscription to it is in Isa 2:1 the prophecy itself follows; the date of it is the last days; the subject matter of it, the kingdom, interest, and church of Christ, signified by the mountain of the Lord's house; its glorious estate is expressed by its establishment on the mountains; by its exaltation above the hills; and by the great numbers that should flock to it, and should encourage one another to go up to it, in order to learn the ways of God, and walk in them; the means of which is the Gospel preached, that should go out of Jerusalem; the effect of that is peace among the nations: hence the house of Jacob is exhorted to walk in the light held forth by it, Isa 2:2-5 and then the reasons are given of God's rejecting and forsaking some that bear the Christian name, called the house of Jacob; namely, their Heathenish superstition, idolatry, covetousness, and confidence in their riches; who are sarcastically called upon to hide themselves in the rocks for fear of the Lord, Isa 2:6-10 when the judgments of God are denounced on the proud and lofty, comparable to cedars, oaks, mountains, hills, high towers, fenced walls, and ships of the ocean, at which time, Christ, and he alone, will be exalted, and idolatry utterly abolished; the consequence of which will be the utmost dread and terror to all idolaters, Isa 2:11-21 and the chapter is concluded with an exhortation to such to cease from the man of sin, and have him in no account, Isa 2:22.

Cross References 7

  • 1. For ver. 2-4, see Micah 4:1-3
  • 2. Isaiah 14:13; Isaiah 25:6
  • 3. [Isaiah 56:7]
  • 4. See Zechariah 8:20-23
  • 5. [Luke 24:47; John 4:22]
  • 6. [Joel 3:10]
  • 7. Isaiah 9:7; Psalms 72:3, 7; Hosea 2:18; Zechariah 9:10

Footnotes 1

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