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An invitation to seek for spiritual blessings from Christ, whom the
Father sends, ver. 1 - 5.
To come to him speedily and by repentance, ver. 6, 7.
His grace infinite, ver. 8, 9.
His word powerful, ver. 10, 11.
The joy of believers, ver. 12, 13.
1: Thirsteth - For the grace of God and the blessings of the gospel.
This thirst implies a vehement, and active, and restless desire after it.
No money - Those who are most worthless and wicked, if they do but thirst
may be welcome. Buy - Procure or receive that which is freely offered.
Wine and milk - All gospel - blessings; in particular, that peace and joy in
the Holy Ghost, which are better than wine, and that love of God which
nourishes the soul, as milk does the body.
2: Money - All your time, and strength, and cost. Not bread - For
those things which can never nourish or satisfy you, such as worldly goods,
or pleasures. Eat ye - That which is truly and solidly, and everlastingly
good. In fatness - In this pleasant food of gospel - enjoyments.
3: An everlasting covenant - That everlasting covenant of grace and
peace which I made with Abraham, and his seed. Of David - Even that
covenant which was made first with Abraham, and then with David,
concerning those glorious and sure blessings which God hath promised
to his people, one and the chief of which was giving Christ to die for
their sins. David here seems to be put for the son of David.
4: Behold - I have appointed, and will in due time actually give.
Him - The David last mentioned, even Christ. A witness - To declare
the will of God concerning the duty and salvation of men, to bear witness
to truth, to confirm God's promises, and, among others, those which
respect the calling of the Gentiles: to be a witness of both parties
of that covenant made between God and men. The people - To all people.
5: Thou - Thou, O Messiah. Call - To the knowledge of thyself.
Knewest not - With that special knowledge which implies approbation.
Because - Because the Lord shall by many tokens, manifest himself to be
thy God, and thee to be his son and faithful servant. Glorify thee - By
confirming thy word with illustrious signs and miracles, and particularly
by thy resurrection, and glorious ascension.
6: Seek - Labour to get the knowledge of God's will, and to obtain
his grace and favour. While - In this day of grace, while he offers mercy
and reconciliation. Near - Ready and desirous to receive you to mercy.
7: Return - By sincere repentance, and faith.
8: For - If any man injure you, especially if he do it greatly and
frequently, you are slow and backward to forgive him. But I am ready
to forgive all penitents, how many, and great, and numberless soever
their sins be.
10: The snow - Which in its season contributes to the fruitfulness
of the earth. Returneth not - Without effect. And bread - That it
may bring forth store of bread - corn, both for mens present supplies,
and for seed for the next year.
11: My word - My promises, concerning the pardon of the greatest
sinners. Void - Without success.
12: Therefore - Ye shall be released from your bondage.
Peace - Safely and triumphantly. Clap - There shall be a general
rejoicing, so that even the senseless creatures shall seem to
rejoice with you.
13: Instead - Whereas your land was filled with thorns and briars,
as was foretold, they shall be rooted out, and it shall be planted
with fir - trees and myrtle - trees, and such other trees, as are useful
either for fruit or for delight. The church shall be delivered from
pernicious things, and replenished with all divine graces and blessings.
It - This wonderful change shall bring much honour to God. A sign - For
a monument, of God's infinite power, and faithfulness, and love to his
people to all succeeding generations.