Isaiah 65:22

22 "They will not build and 1another inhabit, They will not plant and another eat; For 2as the lifetime of a tree, so will be the days of My people, And My chosen ones will 3wear out the work of their hands.

Isaiah 65:22 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 65:22

They shall not build, and another inhabit
As the Canaanites did, whose houses the Israelites inhabited; but they shall inhabit the houses they have built, and shall not be dispossessed by an enemy: they shall not plant, and another eat;
the fruit of the vines, olives, fig trees, or others, planted by them: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people;
not as of a leaf which falls every year, but as of a tree, and as of such that last long, as oaks, cedars, and the like; though perhaps a tree bearing fruit fit to eat is meant; and the sense be, that the Lord's people should live as long as the trees planted by them, and so should eat the fruit thereof, and not leave them to others to partake of. The Targum, Septuagint, and Arabic versions, render it,

``as the days of the tree of life;''
which, some of the Rabbins say, were five hundred years. The allusion may be to the tree of life in paradise, and may be expressive of the long life of good men in this state; and as the tree of life was typical of Christ, who is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon him, it may denote that eternal life his people have by him. And mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands;
what they have built and planted; they shall live long in their houses, and for many years partake of the fruit of their vineyards. The blessing of long life is carried on with the promises of all other instances of outward happiness.

Isaiah 65:22 In-Context

20 "No longer will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, Or an old man who does not live out his days; For the youth will die at the age of one hundred And the one who does not reach the age of one hundred Will be thought accursed.
21 "They will build houses and inhabit them; They will also plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
22 "They will not build and another inhabit, They will not plant and another eat; For as the lifetime of a tree, so will be the days of My people, And My chosen ones will wear out the work of their hands.
23 "They will not labor in vain, Or bear children for calamity; For they are the offspring of those blessed by the LORD , And their descendants with them.
24 "It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Isaiah 62:8, 9
  • 2. Psalms 92:12-14
  • 3. Psalms 21:4; Psalms 91:16

Footnotes 1