In that day -- an affirmation of Jehovah of Hosts, Moved is the nail that is fixed In a stedfast place, Yea, it hath been cut down, and hath fallen, And cut off hath been the burden that is on it, For Jehovah hath spoken!'
Isaiah 22:25 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The nail that is fastened - This must be understood of Shebna, as a repetition and confirmation of the sentence above denounced against him.
What is said of Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, Isaiah 22:20-24, is very remarkable; and the literal meaning is not easy to be understood. From Isaiah 9:6, and from Revelation 3:7, it seems to belong to our Lord alone. The removal of Shebna from being over the treasure of the Lord's house, Isaiah 22:19, and the investiture of Eliakim with his robe, girdle, office, and government, Isaiah 22:20, etc., probably point out the change of the Jewish priesthood, and the proclaiming of the unchangeable priesthood of Christ. See Psalm 110:4. Eliakim signifies The resurrection of the Lord; or, My God, he shall arise. Hilkiah signifies The Lord my portion or lot. The key of David, shutting and opening, etc., may intend the way of salvation through Christ alone. For the hope of salvation and eternal life comes only through Eliakim, the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
It is said, Isaiah 22:24, "They shall hang upon him all the glory of his father's house" - for, in Jesus Christ dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and the offspring and the issue, הצאצאים hatstseetsaim from יצא yatsa, to go out, - the suckers from the root; the sideshoots, the apostles and primitive ministers of his word. The issue, הצפיעות hatstsephioth, probably means the issue's issue; so the Targum. The grandchildren, all those who believe on the Lord Jesus through their word.
"The nail that is fastened in the sure place shall be removed," Isaiah 22:25, Kimchi refers not to Eliakim, but to Shebna, Isaiah 22:17-19. By, "They shall hang upon him all vessels of small quantity and large quantity," has been understood the dependence of all souls, of all capacities, from the lowest in intellect to the most exalted on the Lord Jesus, as the only Savior of all lost human spirits.
As the literal interpretation of this prophecy has not been found out, we are justified from parallel texts to consider the whole as referring to Jesus Christ, and the government of the Church, and the redemption of the world by him. Nor are there many prophecies which relate to him more clearly than this, taken in the above sense.
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Isaiah 22:15,16 Thus said the Lord GOD of hosts, Go, get you to this treasurer, even to Shebna, which is over the house, and say...
Esther 9:5-14,24,25 Thus the Jews smote all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, and slaughter, and destruction...
Psalm 52:5 God shall likewise destroy you for ever, he shall take you away, and pluck you out of your dwelling place...
Psalm 146:3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
Jeremiah 17:5,6 Thus said the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusts in man, and makes flesh his arm, and whose heart departs from the LORD...
Isaiah 46:11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executes my counsel from a far country: yes, I have spoken it...
Isaiah 48:15 I, even I, have spoken; yes, I have called him: I have brought him, and he shall make his way prosperous.
Jeremiah 4:28 For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black; because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent...
Ezekiel 5:13,15,17 Thus shall my anger be accomplished, and I will cause my fury to rest on them, and I will be comforted...
Micah 4:4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid...
Isaiah 22:25 Parallel CommentariesAlmighty Armies Break Burden Cut Declares Driven Fall Fastened Firm Fixed Hanging Hewn Hosts Load Nail Peg Removed Sure Way WeightAlmighty Armies Break Burden Cut Declares Driven Fall Fastened Firm Fixed Hanging Hewn Hosts Load Nail Peg Removed Sure Way WeightTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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