How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him that brings good tidings, that publishes peace; that brings good tidings of good…
1. The tidings of the deliverance from Babylon were joyful. But the prophet sees more joyful tidings than these, and a mightier deliverance from a more terrible bondage than even that of Babylon.
2. It is not said, "How lovely are the messengers! but "How beautiful are their feet!" Not what they are in themselves, but what they bring, as sent from God, and running in obedience to Him, is here presented to the view.
3. Observe how the message is dwelt upon! as if it was so full of everything joyful and good that words fail to express it. It is "good tidings," "peace," "good tidings-of good," "salvation." What a mine is there here for him who has eyes to see, a mind to understand, a soul to love, and a heart to overflow with gratitude!
4. Observe how the message ends. It is a glorious note of jubilee. It is a veritable shout of joy. It is a summing up in very deed of the glorious news. It is a pledge of peace and of salvation with which the good news is concluded: "Thy God reigneth."
(R. W. Close, M.A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!