Isaiah 47:8

8 "Now, then, hear this, you 1sensual one, Who 2dwells securely, Who says in your heart, '3I am, and there is no one besides me. I will 4not sit as a widow, Nor know loss of children.'

Isaiah 47:8 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 47:8

Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures
To carnal lusts and pleasures; gratifying her sensual appetite; indulging herself in everything that was agreeable to the senses; abounding in delicacies, and living deliciously; as is said of mystical Babylon, ( Revelation 18:4 Revelation 18:7 ) , particularly given to venereal pleasures. Curtius says F7,

``no city was more corrupt in its manners, or furnished to irritate or allure to immoderate pleasures. Parents and husbands suffered their children and wives to prostitute themselves to strangers, so that they had but a price.''
Yea, every woman was obliged by a law to do this once in life, and that in a public manner, in the temple of Venus; the impurities of which are at large described by Herodotus F8 and Strabo F9: that dwelleth carelessly;
in great confidence and security, being fearless of danger, and insensible of any: that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else besides me:
sole monarch of the world, empress of the whole universe; no competitor with me, none that can rival me. These words are sometimes used by the eternal and unchangeable Jehovah of himself, and indeed they suit with none but him; and it is the height of insolence and blasphemy in a creature to use them of itself; they fitly express that sovereignty, supremacy, infallibility, and even deity, which mystical Babylon assumes and ascribes to her head: I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children;
not be without a head, king, or monarch, which is as a husband to the state; nor without numerous subjects, which are as children. The like mystical Babylon says, "I sit a queen, and am no widow", ( Revelation 18:7 ) .

F7 Hist. l. 5. c. 1. sect. 1.
F8 Clio, sive l. 1. c. 199.
F9 Geograph. l. 16. p. 513.

Isaiah 47:8 In-Context

6 "I was angry with My people, I profaned My heritage And gave them into your hand. You did not show mercy to them, On the aged you made your yoke very heavy.
7 "Yet you said, 'I will be a queen forever .' These things you did not consider Nor remember the outcome of them.
8 "Now, then, hear this, you sensual one, Who dwells securely, Who says in your heart, 'I am, and there is no one besides me. I will not sit as a widow, Nor know loss of children.'
9 "But these two things will come on you suddenly in one day: Loss of children and widowhood. They will come on you in full measure In spite of your many sorceries, In spite of the great power of your spells.
10 "You felt secure in your wickedness and said, 'No one sees me,' Your wisdom and your knowledge, they have deluded you; For you have said in your heart, 'I am, and there is no one besides me.'

Cross References 4

  • 1. Isaiah 22:13; Isaiah 32:9; Jeremiah 50:11
  • 2. Isaiah 32:9, 11; Zephaniah 2:15
  • 3. Is 45:5, 6, 18; Isaiah 47:10; Zephaniah 2:15
  • 4. Revelation 18:7

Footnotes 1

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