Isaiah 60:15

15 Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.

Isaiah 60:15 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 60:15

Whereas thou hast been forsaken
Seemingly forsaken of God; thought to be so by herself, which was matter of complaint; and by her enemies, which to them was matter of joy; the Lord not appearing for her immediate relief, and for her deliverance out of the hands of her persecutors: and hated:
of all men, of wicked and profane sinners, and of carnal professors, and especially of the antichristian party: so that no man went through thee;
very few passengers in Zion's ways; few asked the way to her, or joined themselves in fellowship and worship with her. Jacob was small; the number of converts exceeding few: I will make thee an eternal excellency;
the saints are the excellent in the earth, in the esteem of God and Christ; they, are their jewels and peculiar treasure, having the excellent graces of the Spirit of God in them; and the excellent robe of Christ's righteousness on them; an excellent knowledge of divine and spiritual things; an excellent spirit of love and unity; and an excellent order and discipline maintained among them; as well as excellent truths preached, and ordinances administered to them; all which shall continue, being made clearly to appear to be their case: the joy of many generations; of age and age
F5; or, as the Targum,

``the house of joy of generation and generation;''
that is, the church will be the joy of God and Christ, of the saints, and of the whole world, age after age, for a long period of time: see ( Isaiah 65:18 Isaiah 65:19 ) there seems to be some respect to ( Psalms 48:2 ) .
FOOTNOTES:

F5 (rwdw rwd) "generationis et generationis", Vatablus, Pagninas, Montanus; "cujusque generationis", Vitringa.

Isaiah 60:15 In-Context

13 The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.
14 The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
15 Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.
16 Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.
17 For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness.