60:1 Arise, shine; for thy a light is come, and the glory of
the LORD is risen upon thee.
(a) The time of your prosperity and happiness: while
speaking of Babylon, he commanded her to go down,
60:2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the b earth, and
gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon
thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
(b) Signifying, that all men are in darkness till God gives
them the light of his Spirit, and that this light
shines to no one, but to those that are in his Church.
60:3 And the Gentiles shall come to c thy light, and kings to
the brightness of thy rising.
(c) Meaning, that Judea would be as the morning star, and
that the Gentiles would receive light from her.
60:4 Lift up thy eyes around, and see: all d they gather
themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come
from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at [thy] side.
(d) An infinite number from all countries as in
60:5 Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thy heart shall
fear, e and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea
shall be converted to thee, the forces of the Gentiles
shall come to thee.
(e) For joy, as the heart is drawn in for sorrow.
60:6 The f multitude of camels shall cover thee, the
dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall
come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall
show forth the praises of the LORD.
(f) Meaning, that everyone will honour the Lord with that
with which he is able: Signifying that it is no true
serving of God unless we offer ourselves to serve his
glory, and all that we have.
60:7 All the flocks of g Kedar shall be gathered together to
thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister to thee: they
shall come up with acceptance on my h altar, and I will
glorify the house of my glory.
(g) That is the Arabians, that have great abundance of
(h) Because the altar was a figure of Christ,
(He 13:10), he shows that nothing can be acceptable
to him, which is not offered to him by this altar, who
was both the offering and the altar itself.
60:8 Who [are] these i [that] fly as a cloud, and as doves to
(i) Showing what great number will come to the Church, and
with what great diligence and zeal.
60:9 Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships k of
Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver
and their gold with them, to the name of the LORD thy God,
and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified
(k) The Gentiles that are now enemies, will become friends
and set forth the Church.
60:10 And the sons of foreigners shall build up thy walls, and
their l kings shall minister to thee: for in my wrath I
smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.
(l) Meaning Cyrus and his successors, but chiefly this is
accomplished in them that serve Christ, being
converted by his gospel.
60:12 For the nation and m kingdom that will not serve thee
shall perish; yea, [those] nations shall be utterly
(m) He shows that God has given all power and authority
here in earth for the use of his Church, and that they
who will not serve and profit the same will be
60:13 The n glory of Lebanon shall come to 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 o feet
(n) There is nothing so excellent which will not serve the
needs of the Church.
(o) Signifying that God's majesty is not included in the
temple, which is but the place for his feet, that we
may learn to rise to the heavens.
60:14 The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come
bending to thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow
themselves p 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.
(p) To worship their head Christ, by obeying his doctrine.
60:16 Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt
suck the q breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I
the LORD [am] thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One
(q) Both high and low will be ready to help and comfort
60:17 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 r peace, and thy exactors
(r) Your governors will love you, and seek your wealth and
60:18 Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor
destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt s call
thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.
(s) Meaning not an earthly happiness, but spiritual, which
is fulfilled in Christ's kingdom.
60:19 The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for
brightness shall the t moon give light to thee: but the
LORD shall be to thee an everlasting light, and thy God
(t) Signifying that all worldly means will cease, and that
Christ will be all in all, as in (Re 21:23,22:5).
60:21 Thy people also [shall be] all righteous: they shall
inherit the land for ever, the u branch of my planting,
the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.
(u) The children of the Church.
60:22 A little one shall become a x thousand, and a small one
a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in its time.
(x) Meaning, that the Church would be miraculously