The freeing of the prisoners (Isa 49:8-49:9)

“Thus says Yahweh.

‘In a time of favor,

I have answered you.

On a day of salvation,

I have helped you.

I have kept you.

I have given you

As a covenant to the people,

To establish the land,

To apportion the desolate heritages.

I say to the prisoners.

‘Come out!’

To those who are in darkness,


Second Isaiah has Yahweh explain that he has answered the Israelites with favors. He has helped them to salvation. He has kept his covenant with his people. He has established the land that has given them their heritages. Finally he has told the prisoners to come out of jail. He has told those in darkness to appear in the light.

Future praise for Yahweh (Ps 102:18-102:22)

“Let this be recorded for a generation to come.

Thus a people yet unborn may praise Yahweh.

He looked down from his holy height.

From heaven,

Yahweh looked at the earth.

He heard the groans of the prisoners.

He set free those who were doomed to die.

Thus the name of Yahweh may be declared in Zion.

His praise may be declared in Jerusalem.

Peoples will gather together to worship Yahweh.

Kingdoms will worship Yahweh.”

This was to be recorded for posterity so that future generations would praise Yahweh. He looked down from heaven, his holy high place, on earth. He heard the groans of the prisoners and those doomed to die. He wanted the name of Yahweh declared on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem. Various people and kingdoms will gather in the future to worship Yahweh.

God is a protector of widows and orphans (Ps 68:5-68:6)

“God is the father of orphans.

God is the protector of widows.

God is in his holy habitation.

God gives the desolate a home to live in.

God leads out the prisoners to prosperity.

However the rebellious live in a parched land.”

God is the father of orphans. He protects widows from his holy dwelling. He gives the desolate a home to live in. He leads the prisoners into prosperity. However, the rebellious ones will have to live in a parched dry land.