Sing, O barren, you that did not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, you that did not travail with child…
Isaiah 53and 54.: — From Calvin to Ewald and Dillman, critics have all felt a close connection between Isaiah 52:13-53. and chap. 54. "After having spoken of the death of Christ," says Calvin, "the prophet passed on with good reason to the Church: that we may feel more deeply in ourselves what is the value and efficiency of His death." Similar in substance, if not in language, is the opinion of the latest critics, who understand that in chap. 54. the prophet intends to picture that full redemption which the Servant's work, culminating in chap. 53., could alone effect. Two keywords of chap. 53. had been "a seed" and "many." It is "the seed" and the "many" whom chap. 54. reveals.
(Prof. G.A. Smith, D.D.)The two chapters deal with the same subject from two distinct standpoints. Whatever view be held as to the Servant's personality, there is no doubt that His exaltation implies the restoration of Israel, and that His work is the indispensable condition of that restoration being accomplished. Thus while chap. 53. describes the inward process of conversion by which the nation is made righteous, chap. 54. describes the outward deliverance which is the result; and the impression is probably correct that the glowing hopes here uttered are sustained in the last resort by the contemplation of the Servant s mission as described in chap. 53.
(Prof. J. Skinner, D.D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.
WEB: "Sing, barren, you who didn't bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, you who did not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife," says Yahweh.