“Your riggings hangs loose.
It cannot hold the mast firm in its place.
It cannot keep the sail spread out.
Then prey in abundance will be divided.
Spoil in abundance will be divided.
Even the lame will fall to plundering.
No inhabitant will say.
‘I am sick.’
The people who live there
Will be forgiven their iniquity.”
Isaiah remarks that despite the fact that the ship is not in good shape since the riggings are loose, the mast is not firm, and the sail is not spread out, you will not have to worry. There will be enough prey to be divided up. There will be so much spoil that even the lame will be able to plunder the area. No one will be sick in this utopian time. In fact, all their iniquity will be forgiven so that they do not have to be anxious or troubled.
A king will reign in righteousness.
Princes will rule with justice.
Each will be
Like a hiding place from the wind,
Like a covert from the tempest,
Like streams of water
In a dry place,
Like the shade of a great rock
In a weary land.
Then the eyes of those who have sight
Will not be closed.
The ears of those who have hearing
The minds of the rash
Will have good judgment.
The tongues of the stammerers
Will speak readily.
They will speak distinctly.”
Isaiah maintains that there will be new age when justice will prevail. The righteous kings and the good princes will rule with justice. Thus they will be helpful to others because they will be like a hiding place from the wind, like a covering in a storm, like streams of water in a dry place, and like shade in a hot weary land. The seeing will see and the hearing will hear. Minds will make good judgments. People who stammer will speak readily and distinctly. This would be some kind of utopian time when justice and fairness for all existed in an enlightened society.
“In days to come
The mountain of Yahweh’s house
Shall be established
As the highest of the mountains.
It shall be raised above the hills.
All the nations shall stream to it.
Many people shall come.
They shall say.
Let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh!
Let us go to the house of the God of Jacob!
Thus he may teach us his ways.
Thus we may walk in his paths.’
Out of Zion
Shall go forth instruction.
The word of Yahweh
Comes from Jerusalem.
He shall judge
Between the nations.
He shall arbitrate for many people.
They shall beat their swords into plowshares.
They shall turn their spears into pruning hooks.
A nation shall not lift up its sword
Against another nation.
Neither shall they learn war anymore.”
Isaiah has a vision of a time of perpetual peace that is often cited by pacifists. However, it comes from Yahweh. The Lord’s house will be on the highest mountain above the hills at Zion in Jerusalem. All the nations of the world would come to the God of the house of Jacob, so that they could learn the ways and paths of Yahweh, the Lord God. Yahweh would arbitrate and judge all nations. Then there is the famous saying that they would beat their swords into plows. They would turn their spears into pruning hooks. No one would lift a sword against anyone else. People would forget how to wage war since no one would learn it. This is the utopian theocratic peace that has Jerusalem rule the world through Yahweh. It has never happened and probably will not.