Isaiah 47* God's judgments on Babylon. (1-6) Carelessness and confidenceshall not prevent the evil. (7-15)1-6 Babylon is represented under the emblem of a female in deepdistress. She was to be degraded and endure sufferings; and isrepresented sitting on the ground, grinding at the handmill, thelowest and most laborious service. God was righteous in hisvengeance, and none should interpose. The prophet exults in theLord of hosts, as the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel. God oftenpermits wicked men to prevail against his people; but those whocruelly oppress them will be punished. 7-15 Let us beware of acting and speaking as Babylon did; oftrusting in tyranny and oppression; of boasting as to ourabilities, relying on ourselves, and ascribing success to ourown prudence and wisdom; lest we partake of her plagues. Thosein the height of prosperity, are apt to fancy themselves out ofthe reach of adversity. It is also common for sinners to thinkthey shall be safe, because they think to be secret in wickedways. But their security shall be their ruin. Let us draw fromsuch passages as the foregoing, those lessons of humility andtrust in God which they convey. If we believe the word of God,we may know how it will be with the righteous and the wicked toall eternity. We may learn how to escape the wrath to come, toglorify God, to have peace through life, hope in death, andeverlasting happiness. Let us then stand aloof from alldelusions.
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