“For Zion’s sake,
I will not keep silent.
For Jerusalem’s sake,
I will not rest
Until her vindication shines out
Like the dawn.
Her salvation will be
Like a burning torch.
The nations shall see your vindication.
All the kings shall see your glory.”
Yahweh reassures his people in the first person singular that he will vindicate and save Zion. He was not going to be silent and rest until Jerusalem’s vindication was shinning like the dawn or its salvation like a burning torch. All the countries would see this vindication. All the kings would see this glory.
“When Yahweh has washed away
The filth of the daughters of Zion,
When he has cleansed
The bloodstains of Jerusalem
From its midst
By a spirit of judgment,
When the cleansing
By a spirit of burning
Then Yahweh will create
Over the whole site of Mount Zion.
He will create over its places of assembly
A cloud by day with smoke,
By night the shining of a flaming fire.
Indeed over all the glory
There will be a canopy.
It will serve as a pavilion.
It will be a shade by day
From the heat.
It will be a refuge from storms.
It will be a shelter from rain.”
Many of these oracles of Isaiah may come from the period of the exile, when there was the hope for a future Jerusalem. Once all the filth of the daughters of Zion and all the bloodshed in Jerusalem had been cleared out by judgment and burning, then Yahweh could create a whole new site at Zion. This new place for a religious assembly at Jerusalem would have a cloud or smoke during the day. At night, there would be a bright burning flame. Over all this glory, there would be a canopy that would act as a pavilion to provide shade from the heat and shelter from storms and rain. This was obviously a less ostentatious undertaking than a whole new temple.