Isa 18:1
18:1 Woe to the {a} land shadowing with wings, which [is] beyond
     the rivers of Cush:

     (a) He means that part of Ethiopia which lies toward the
         sea, which was so full of ships that the sails (which
         he compares to wings) seemed to shadow the sea.

Isa 18:2
18:2 That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of {b}
     bulrushes upon the waters, [saying], {c} Go, ye swift
     messengers, to a nation scattered and stripped, to a {d}
     people terrible from their beginning to this time; a nation
     measured by line and trodden down, whose land the {e}
     rivers have laid waste!

     (b) Which is those countries were great, so much so that
         they made ships from them for swiftness.
     (c) This may be taken that they sent others to comfort the
         Jews and to promise them help against their enemies,
         and so the Lord threatened to take away their strength,
         that the Jews should not trust in it: or that they
         solicited the Egyptians and promised them aid to go
         against Judah.
     (d) That is, the Jews who because of God's plague made all
         other nations afraid of the same, as God threatened in
         @De 28:37.
     (e) Meaning the Assyrians, @Isa 8:7.

Isa 18:3
18:3 All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth,
     see ye, when {f} he lifteth up an ensign on the mountains;
     and when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye.

     (f) When the Lord prepared to fight against the Ethiopians.

Isa 18:4
18:4 For so the LORD said to me, I will take my {g} rest, and I
     will consider in my dwelling place like a {h} clear heat
     upon herbs, [and] like a cloud of dew in the heat of

     (g) I will stay a while from punishing the wicked.
     (h) Which two seasons are profitable for the ripening of
         fruit, by which he means that he will seem to favour
         them and give them abundance for a time, but he will
         suddenly cut them off.

Isa 18:6
18:6 They shall be left together to the fowls of the mountains,
     and to the {i} beasts of the earth: and the fowls shall
     summer upon them, and all the beasts of the earth shall
     winter upon them.

     (i) Not only men will contemn them, but the brute beast.

Isa 18:7
18:7 In that time shall the {k} present be brought to the LORD
     of hosts of a people scattered and stripped, and from a
     people terrible from their beginning to this time; a nation
     measured by line and trodden under foot, whose land the
     rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD
     of hosts, the mount Zion.

     (k) Meaning that God will pity his Church, and receive that
         little remnant as an offering to himself.

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