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Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!
A NOBLER FUTURE FOR THE NATION
Isaiah continues to denounce the contemplated alliance with Egypt. His compatriots put their trust in horses and chariots, and refused the help of their fathers’ God. Yet was He not so wise as the Egyptians, and equally as strong! And were they not running a fearful risk in rejecting One who would not recall His words of threatened punishment to those who refused His help? At best, the Egyptians were men, and not God, and their cavalry, flesh. If only they would trust Him, God would defy their foes, as a lion defies a company of unarmed shepherds, Isa_31:4. The mother-bird hovers over her brood to protect it from the kestrel; so would He spread His covering wing over Jerusalem, Isa_31:5. We may have deeply revolted, yet we may turn back to God with the certainty that He will receive and rescue us, Isa_31:6.
Sennacherib fell by the sword of his sons. Compare Isa_32:8 with 2Ki_19:36-37. How different is our glorious King, whose many-sided nature meets all our needs! Isa_32:2. Before Him all men are unveiled in their true characters. Only those who are royal in heart shall stand before Him, Isa_31:8.