J. N. Darby.
(Notes and Comments Vol. 4.)
This prophet does not speak of Israel but once. It is the action on the Assyrian, compare Micah 5.
- 11-14. This is the important part, as prophecy, and must be compared with Isaiah 10:25, and chap. 14:25.
- 2. I should translate this, 'The Lord hath restored the glory' or 'supremacy,' 'exaltation' 'of Israel.' So Simon renders it, "Restituit gloriam Israel"; so Isaiah 52:8. Thus the sense is very easy. The judgment is, all through the chapter, on Nineveh, and how so? 'The Lord has restored the glory to Israel,' or 'of Israel.' It is not question of the Beasts at all - that is settled - but with the world externally, with the Assyrian for its head against Israel, and the Lord to decide between them; the result and end of it is here. This verse would then read, 'He hath restored the excellency of Jacob according to the excellency of Israel,' i.e., a prince prevailing with God according to what passed (as the type of this very scene) when he received that name. To the end of Isaiah 12 we have this same judgment and conduct of the Assyrian, without reference to Antichrist or Babylon, which begins as a different subject after that. The deliverance and joy is viewed as complete. Another scene then begins, whose triumphant joy is in chapter 25:6-7.