Isa 29:1
29:1 Woe to {a} Ariel, to Ariel, the city [where] David dwelt!
     add ye year to year; {b} let them kill sacrifices.

     (a) Or Ariel: the Hebrew word Ariel signifies the Lion of
         God, and signifies the Altar, because the altar seemed
         to devour the sacrifice that was offered to God, as in
         @Eze 43:16.
     (b) Your vain confidence in your sacrifices will not last

Isa 29:2
29:2 Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be heaviness and
     sorrow: and it shall be to me {c} as Ariel.

     (c) Your city will be full of blood as an altar on which
         they sacrifice.

Isa 29:4
29:4 And thou shalt be brought down, [and] shalt speak out of
     the {d} ground, and thy speech shall be low out of the
     dust, and thy voice shall be, like a medium, out of the
     ground, and thy speech shall whisper out of the dust.

     (d) Your speech will be no longer be so lofty but abased
         and low as the very charmers who are in low places and
         whisper, so that their voice can scarcely by heard.

Isa 29:5
29:5 Moreover the multitude of thy {e} strangers shall be like
     small dust, and the multitude of the terrible ones [shall
     be] as chaff that passeth away: yea, it shall be at an
     instant suddenly.

     (e) Your hired soldiers in whom you trusted, will be
         destroyed as dust or chaff in a whirlwind.

Isa 29:7
29:7 And the {f} multitude of all the nations that fight against
     Ariel, even all that fight against her and her strong hold,
     and that distress her, shall be as a dream of a night

     (f) The enemies that I will bring to destroy you, and that
         which you place your vain trust in will come at
         unawares even as a dream in the night. Some read as if
         this was a comfort to the Church for the destruction of
         their enemies.

Isa 29:8
29:8 It shall even be as when an hungry [man] dreameth, and,
     behold, {g} he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is
     empty: or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he
     drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, [he is] faint, and
     his soul hath appetite: so shall the multitude of all the
     nations be, that fight against mount Zion.

     (g) That is, he thinks that he eats.

Isa 29:9
29:9 {h} Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they
     are drunk, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with
     strong drink.

     (h) Muse on this a long as ye like, yet you will find
         nothing but opportunity to be astonished for your
         prophets are blind, and therefore cannot direct you.

Isa 29:11
29:11 And the vision of all is become to you as the words of a
      book that is sealed, which [men] deliver to one that is
      learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I
      {i} cannot; for it [is] sealed:

      (i) Meaning, that it is all alike, either to read, or not
          to read, unless God open the heart to understand.

Isa 29:13
29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people {k} draw
      near [me] with their mouth, and with their lips do honour
      me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their
      {l} fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

      (k) Because they are hypocrites and not sincere in heart,
          as in @Mt 15:7,8.
      (l) That is, their religion was learned by man's doctrine,
          and not by my word.

Isa 29:14
29:14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work
      among this people, [even] an wonderful work and a wonder:
      for the wisdom of their wise [men] shall {m} perish, and
      the understanding of their prudent [men] shall be hid.

      (m) Meaning, where God is not worshipped according to his
          word, both magistrates and ministers are fools and
          without understanding.

Isa 29:15
29:15 Woe to them that {n} seek deep to hide their counsel from
      the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say,
      Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?

      (n) This is spoken of them who in heart despised God's
          word, and mocked at the admonitions but outwardly bore
          a good face.

Isa 29:16
29:16 Surely your turning of things upside down shall be
      esteemed {o} as the potter's clay: for shall the work say
      of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing
      formed say of him that formed it, He had no understanding?

      (o) For all your craft says the Lord, you are not able to
          escape my hands any more than the clay that is in the
          potter's hands has power to deliver itself.

Isa 29:17
29:17 [Is] it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be
      {p} turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field
      shall be esteemed as a forest?

      (p) Will there not be a change of all things?  Carmel is a
          plentiful place in respect to what it will be then and
          may be taken for a forest, as in @Isa 32:15 and
          thus he speaks to comfort the faithful.

Isa 29:21
29:21 That make a man an offender for a {q} word, and lay a
      snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside
      the just for a thing of nothing.

      (q) They who went about to find fault with the prophets
          words, and would not abide admonitions, but would
          entangle them and bring them into danger.

Isa 29:24
29:24 They also that erred in spirit {r} shall come to
      understanding, and they that murmured shall learn

      (r) Signifying that unless God gives understanding and
          knowledge, man cannot but still err and murmur against

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