55:1 Ho, every one that a thirsteth, come ye to the waters,
and he that hath b no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea,
come, buy c wine and milk without money and without
(a) Christ by proposing his graces and gifts to his Church,
exempts the hypocrites who are full with their imagined
works, and the Epicureans who are full with their
worldly lusts, and so do not thirst after these waters.
(b) Signifying that God's benefits cannot be bought for
(c) By waters, wine, milk and bread, he means all things
necessary to the spiritual life, as these are necessary
to this corporal life.
55:2 Why do ye spend money for [that which is] not bread? d
and your labour for [that which] satisfieth not? hearken
diligently to me, and eat ye [that which is] good, and let
your soul delight itself in e fatness.
(d) He reproves their ingratitude, who refuse those things
that God offers willingly, and in the mean time spare
neither cost nor labour to obtain those which are not
(e) You will be fed abundantly.
55:3 Incline your ear, and come to me: hear, and your soul shall
live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
[even] the f sure mercies of David.
(f) The same covenant which through my mercy I ratified and
confirmed to David, that it would be eternal,
(2Sa 7:13, Ac 13:34).
55:4 Behold, I have given g him [for] a witness to the people,
a leader and commander to the people.
(g) Meaning Christ, of whom David was a figure.
55:5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation [that] thou knowest not,
h and nations [that] knew not thee shall run to thee
because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of
Israel; for he hath glorified thee.
(h) That is, the Gentiles, who before you did not receive
to be your people.
55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be i found, call ye upon
him while he is near:
(i) When he offers himself by the preaching of his word.
55:7 Let the wicked k forsake his way, and the unrighteous man
his thoughts: and let him return to the LORD, and he will
have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly
(k) By this he shows that repentance must be joined with
faith, and how we cannot call on God correctly, unless
the fruits of our faith appear.
55:8 For my l thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are]
your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
(l) Although you are not soon reconciled one to another and
judge me by yourselves, yet I am easy to be reconciled,
yea, I offer my mercies to you.
55:11 So shall my m word be that proceedeth from my mouth: it
shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that
which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] for
which I sent it.
(m) If these small things have their effect, as daily
experience shows much more will my promise which I
have made and confirmed, bring to pass the things
which I have spoken for your deliverance.
55:12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace:
the n mountains and the hills shall break forth before
you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall
clap [their] hands.
55:13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and
instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it
shall be to the LORD o for a name, for an everlasting
p sign [that] shall not be cut off.
(o) To set forth his glory.
(p) Of God's deliverance, and that he will never forsake