The sentinels on the wall (Isa 62:6-62:7)

“O Jerusalem!

Upon your walls

I have set sentinels.

All day,

All night,

They shall never be silent.

You who remind Yahweh!

Take no rest!

Give him no rest

Until he establishes Jerusalem!

Until he makes it renowned

Throughout the earth!”

Yahweh was going to put sentinels or watchmen on the walls, day and night, that would never be silent. They were there to remind Yahweh that he was not to rest until Jerusalem had been established and known throughout the world.

Against corrupt leaders (Isa 56:9-56:12)

“All you wild animals!

All you wild animals in the forest!

Come to devour!

Israel’s sentinels are blind.

They are all without knowledge.

They are all silent dogs.

They cannot bark.

They are dreaming.

They are lying down.

They love to slumber.

The dogs have a mighty appetite.

They never have enough.

The shepherds also have no understanding.

They have all turned to their own way.

They have turned to their own gain,

One and all.

‘Come!’

They say.

‘Let us get wine!

Let us fill ourselves with strong drink!

Tomorrow will be like today!

It will be great beyond measure.’”

Third Isaiah has a diatribe against the Israelite corrupt leaders. They are like wild animals that have come to devour the people. The sentinels or watchmen of Israel are the blind prophets who seem to have no knowledge of anything. These so-called prophets are like silent dogs that do not bark. All they do is lay around dreaming in their sleep, but they have a mighty appetite. The shepherds are the rulers who have no understanding of anything. All they care about is their own gains. All they want to do is sit around and drink strong wine. Their motto is that things will be greater tomorrow, so do not worry about today. These are the corrupt leaders of Israel.

The missing lover (Song 5:6-5:7)

Female lover

“I opened to my beloved.

But my beloved had turned away.

He was gone.

My soul failed me

When he spoke.

I sought him.

But I did not find him.

I called him.

But he gave no answer.

Making their rounds in the city,

The sentinels found me.

They beat me.

They wounded me.

They took away my mantle.

These were the sentinels of the walls.”

This is a lot like chapter 3, where this female lover went searching in the streets to find her lover. Instead of her lover being at the door, he had left. Her soul was faint. Once again, like in chapter 3, she called for him, but her lover gave no answer. However, when she searched the city, the result here was more brutal. The sentinels or watchmen guards of the town, instead of helping her, beat her up, wounded her, and took her coat or mantle.