Dave Burnette's Commentary

Isaiah Chapter 19

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Isaiah
Date Penned: (700-681 BC)
Overview: To Tell of God's Salvation through the Messiah (c 1-66)
Theme: Words of Judgment (c 1-39)
Message: Prophecy Against Egypt (v 1-25)

Isaiah 19 Commentary 

(19:1) God's Timing - Egypt, the nation where God's people had been enslaved for about 400 years (Exodus 1), was hated by the people of Israel. Yet Judah was considering an alliance with Egypt against Assyria (2 Kings 18:17-37). Isaiah warned against this alliance because God would destroy Assyria in his time. We find waiting for God's timing to be difficult, especially when we see so much evil around us. But God sees it, too, and he has perfect reasons for the timing of his judgment and justice. 

(19:11-15) True Wisdom - Zoan (Tanis) was the capital of Egypt at this time. Israel was drawn to Egypt as a place to get help against their enemies because Egypt seemed superior to them. Egypt was noted for its wisdom, but this time its wise men and princes were deceived and foolish. True wisdom can come only from God. We must ask him for wisdom to guide our decisions, or we will also be uncertain and misdirected. Are you confused about something right now? Ask God for wisdom to deal with it. 

(19:19,23) Isiah's Prophecy - After Egypt's chastening, its people would turn from idols and worship the one true God. Even more amazing is Isaiah's prophecy that the two chief oppressors of Israel, Egypt and Assyria, would one day unite in worship. We do not know the future or God's timing to fulfill this prophecy. We may look at nations whose people largely reject God and conclude they will never come to believe in Jesus. We must pray, hope, believe, and continue to speak the Good News, whether we think people are listening or not. Although Egypt today has a core of believing Christians witnessing for Christ, and some believers and leaders in the early church were Egyptian, this prophecy has not yet fully been fulfilled. But it will come true "in that day," the future day of the Messiah's reign. 

(19:20) A Savior -  When Egypt calls to God for help, he will send a savior to deliver them. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, is available to all who call upon him. We, too, can pray and receive his saving power (John 1:12). (See Romans 10:5-13, where Paul declares that salvation is for everyone.) 

(19:23-25) Barriers - In Jesus Christ, former enemies may unite in love. In Christ, people and nations that are poles apart politically will bow at his feet as brothers and sisters. Christ breaks down every barrier that threatens relationships (see Ephesians 2:13-19).

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Call Upon the Name of Jesus

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Isaiah with Chapter 19. In our text today, we see Prophesy against Egypt as a nation that enslaved Israel and is now seeking the Lord in repentance. In making an application, we see that those who are enemies of God in their sin can repent and receive the free pardon of sin that is Provided through Jesus Christ. How about you? Do you see the open arms of our Lord for us to be saved? Let us learn from our text today and the prophecy of Egypt to see that even if we are enemies of God, we can receive His forgiveness and Salvation if we turn to Him and call upon His Name.


Isaiah 19

Isaiah 19

 1The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it.

 2And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbour; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom.

 3And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof; and I will destroy the counsel thereof: and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards.

 4And the Egyptians will I give over into the hand of a cruel lord; and a fierce king shall rule over them, saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts.

 5And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and dried up.

 6And they shall turn the rivers far away; and the brooks of defence shall be emptied and dried up: the reeds and flags shall wither.

 7The paper reeds by the brooks, by the mouth of the brooks, and every thing sown by the brooks, shall wither, be driven away, and be no more.

 8The fishers also shall mourn, and all they that cast angle into the brooks shall lament, and they that spread nets upon the waters shall languish.

 9Moreover they that work in fine flax, and they that weave networks, shall be confounded.

 10And they shall be broken in the purposes thereof, all that make sluices and ponds for fish.

 11Surely the princes of Zoan are fools, the counsel of the wise counsellors of Pharaoh is become brutish: how say ye unto Pharaoh, I am the son of the wise, the son of ancient kings?

 12Where are they? where are thy wise men? and let them tell thee now, and let them know what the LORD of hosts hath purposed upon Egypt.

 13The princes of Zoan are become fools, the princes of Noph are deceived; they have also seduced Egypt, even they that are the stay of the tribes thereof.

 14The LORD hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof: and they have caused Egypt to err in every work thereof, as a drunken man staggereth in his vomit.

 15Neither shall there be any work for Egypt, which the head or tail, branch or rush, may do.

 16In that day shall Egypt be like unto women: and it shall be afraid and fear because of the shaking of the hand of the LORD of hosts, which he shaketh over it.

 17And the land of Judah shall be a terror unto Egypt, every one that maketh mention thereof shall be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the LORD of hosts, which he hath determined against it.

 18In that day shall five cities in the land of Egypt speak the language of Canaan, and swear to the LORD of hosts; one shall be called, The city of destruction.

 19In that day shall there be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the LORD.

 20And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the LORD because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a saviour, and a great one, and he shall deliver them.

 21And the LORD shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the LORD in that day, and shall do sacrifice and oblation; yea, they shall vow a vow unto the LORD, and perform it.

 22And the LORD shall smite Egypt: he shall smite and heal it: and they shall return even to the LORD, and he shall be intreated of them, and shall heal them.

 23In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians.

 24In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land:

 25Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance.