“‘Why do you complain against me?
You have all rebelled against me.’
I have struck down your children.
They accepted no correction.
Your own sword devoured your prophets
Like a ravening lion.
Behold the word of Yahweh!
Have I been a wilderness to Israel?
Have I been a land of thick darkness?
Why then do my people say?
‘We are free.
We will come to you no more.’
Can a girl forget her ornaments?
Can a bride forget her attire?
Yet my people have forgotten me.
They have done so for days without number.’”
The Israelites had rejected Yahweh. They complained and rebelled against him. Their children would not take any kind of correction. They killed his prophets with a sword. Was Yahweh a wilderness or darkness to the Israelites? Why did they say that they were free? They no longer came to Yahweh. How could this happen? Would a girl forget her jeweled ornaments? Would a bride forget her clothing attire? Yet these people have forgotten Yahweh for many unnumbered days.
“I will greatly rejoice
My whole being shall exult
In my God.
He has clothed me
With the garments of salvation.
He has covered me
With the robe of righteousness.
Like a bridegroom who decks himself
With a garland.
Like a bride who adorns herself
With her jewels.
As the earth brings forth its shoots,
As a garden causes
What is sown in it
To spring up,
So Yahweh God
Will cause righteousness
To spring up before all the nations.
He will cause praise
To spring up before all the nations.”
This author now turns around and rejoices in Yahweh. His whole being and existence exults in God. He has been clothed with the garments of salvation. He wears a robe of righteousness. He is like a groom who wears a flower garland or a bride with all her jewels. He is like the shoots that grow from the ground or like a garden breaking out with flower sprouts. Thus Yahweh, our God, will cause righteousness and praise to spring up among all the various countries.
“Your builders outstrip your destroyers.
Those who laid you waste,
Go away from you.
Lift up your eyes all around you!
They all gather,
They come to you.
‘As I live,
You shall put all of them on
Like an ornament.
You shall bind them on
Like a bride.’”
Second Isaiah has the many builders outnumbering the few disappearing destroyers in the New Jerusalem. He wanted them to look all around. They would all come together. This New Jerusalem would be like a bride with many ornaments and jewels all over it.