Isaiah 22:23

23 I will drive him like a peg into a firm place; he will become a seat[a] of honor for the house of his father.

Isaiah 22:23 in Other Translations

KJV
23 And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father's house.
ESV
23 And I will fasten him like a peg in a secure place, and he will become a throne of honor to his father's house.
NLT
23 He will bring honor to his family name, for I will drive him firmly in place like a nail in the wall.
MSG
23 I'll pound him like a nail into a solid wall. He'll secure the Davidic tradition.
CSB
23 I will drive him, like a peg, into a firm place. He will be a throne of honor for his father's house.

Isaiah 22:23 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 22:23

And I will fasten him [as] a nail in a sure place
In a strong part of the wall or timber, where it shall not fail, or be removed, or cut down, and so let drop what is hung upon it: it denotes the stability and continuance of his government, and of the strength and support he should be of unto others; and well agrees with Christ his antitype; see ( Zechariah 10:4 ) and is expressive of the strength of Christ, as the mighty God; and as the man of God's right hand, made strong for himself; and as the able Saviour, and mighty Redeemer; and of the stability of his person, he is unchangeable, the same today, yesterday, and for ever; and of his office, as Mediator, Head, and Surety of the covenant; whose priesthood passes not from one to another, and whose kingdom is an everlasting one, and his truths and ordinances unshaken and immovable: the sure place in which he is fixed is both his church, where he is the everlasting Head, Husband, and Saviour of it; and heaven, where he is, and will be retained, until the time of the restitution of all things:

and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father's house;
or make the throne of his father's house glorious, Eliakim being, as some have thought, of the blood royal; or he should be an honour and credit to his father's house, by his wise and faithful administration of the government committed to him. Christ is the brightness of his Father's glory; and, to them that believe, he is an honour; he is on a glorious throne himself, and he will bring all his Father's family to sit with him on the same throne, ( 1 Samuel 2:8 ) ( Revelation 3:21 ) .

Isaiah 22:23 In-Context

21 I will clothe him with your robe and fasten your sash around him and hand your authority over to him. He will be a father to those who live in Jerusalem and to the people of Judah.
22 I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.
23 I will drive him like a peg into a firm place; he will become a seat of honor for the house of his father.
24 All the glory of his family will hang on him: its offspring and offshoots—all its lesser vessels, from the bowls to all the jars.
25 “In that day,” declares the LORD Almighty, “the peg driven into the firm place will give way; it will be sheared off and will fall, and the load hanging on it will be cut down.” The LORD has spoken.

Cross References 3

  • 1. ver 25; Ezekiel 15:3; Zechariah 10:4
  • 2. S Ezra 9:8; S Job 6:25
  • 3. S 1 Samuel 2:7-8; S Job 36:7

Footnotes 1