Isaiah 13* The armies of God's wrath. (1-5) The conquest of Babylon.(6-18) Its final desolation. (19-22)1-5 The threatenings of God's word press heavily upon thewicked, and are a sore burden, too heavy for them to bear. Thepersons brought together to lay Babylon waste, are called God'ssanctified or appointed ones; designed for this service, andmade able to do it. They are called God's mighty ones, becausethey had their might from God, and were now to use it for him.They come from afar. God can make those a scourge and ruin tohis enemies, who are farthest off, and therefore least dreaded. 6-18 We have here the terrible desolation of Babylon by theMedes and Persians. Those who in the day of their peace wereproud, and haughty, and terrible, are quite dispirited whentrouble comes. Their faces shall be scorched with the flame. Allcomfort and hope shall fail. The stars of heaven shall not givetheir light, the sun shall be darkened. Such expressions areoften employed by the prophets, to describe the convulsions ofgovernments. God will visit them for their iniquity,particularly the sin of pride, which brings men low. There shallbe a general scene of horror. Those who join themselves toBabylon, must expect to share her plagues, #Re 18:4|. All thatmen have, they would give for their lives, but no man's richesshall be the ransom of his life. Pause here and wonder that menshould be thus cruel and inhuman, and see how corrupt the natureof man is become. And that little infants thus suffer, whichshows that there is an original guilt, by which life isforfeited as soon as it is begun. The day of the Lord will,indeed, be terrible with wrath and fierce anger, far beyond allhere stated. Nor will there be any place for the sinner to fleeto, or attempt an escape. But few act as though they believedthese things. 19-22 Babylon was a noble city; yet it should be whollydestroyed. None shall dwell there. It shall be a haunt for wildbeasts. All this is fulfilled. The fate of this proud city is aproof of the truth of the Bible, and an emblem of theapproaching ruin of the New Testament Babylon; a warning tosinners to flee from the wrath to come, and it encouragesbelievers to expect victory over every enemy of their souls, andof the church of God. The whole world changes and is liable todecay. Wherefore let us give diligence to obtain a kingdom whichcannot be moved; and in this hope let us hold fast that gracewhereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godlyfear.
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