Isaiah 19* Judgments upon Egypt. (1-17) Its deliverance, and theconversion of the people. (18-25)1-17 God shall come into Egypt with his judgments. He willraise up the causes of their destruction from among themselves.When ungodly men escape danger, they are apt to think themselvessecure; but evil pursues sinners, and will speedily overtakethem, except they repent. The Egyptians will be given over intothe hand of one who shall rule them with rigour, as was shortlyafter fulfilled. The Egyptians were renowned for wisdom andscience; yet the Lord would give them up to their own perverseschemes, and to quarrel, till their land would be brought bytheir contests to become an object of contempt and pity. Herenders sinners afraid of those whom they have despised andoppressed; and the Lord of hosts will make the workers ofiniquity a terror to themselves, and to each other; and everyobject around a terror to them. 18-25 The words, "In that day," do not always refer to thepassage just before. At a time which was to come, the Egyptiansshall speak the holy language, the Scripture language; not onlyunderstand it, but use it. Converting grace, by changing theheart, changes the language; for out of the abundance of theheart the mouth speaks. So many Jews shall come to Egypt, thatthey shall soon fill five cities. Where the sun was worshipped,a place infamous for idolatry, even there shall be a wonderfulreformation. Christ, the great Altar, who sanctifies every gift,shall be owned, and the gospel sacrifices of prayer and praiseshall be offered up. Let the broken-hearted and afflicted, whomthe Lord has wounded, and thus taught to return to, and callupon him, take courage; for He will heal their souls, and turntheir sorrowing supplications into joyful praises. The Gentilenations shall not only unite with each other in the gospel foldunder Christ, the great Shepherd, but they shall all be unitedwith the Jews. They shall be owned together by him; they shallall share in one and the same blessing. Meeting at the samethrone of grace, and serving with each other in the samebusiness of religion, should end all disputes, and unite thehearts of believers to each other in holy love.
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