The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleIsaiah 52:8
The watchmen shall lift up the voice…
Not the Levites in
the temple, nor the prophets of the Old Testament; rather the
evangelists and apostles of Christ; best of all Gospel ministers in the
latter day, so called in allusion to watch men on the walls of cities
looking out, and giving notice of approaching danger; see
(Isaiah 62:6,7) . The words may be rendered, "the voice of the watchmen;
they shall lift up the voice; together shall they sing"; that is, this
is the voice of the watchmen, namely, the voice of peace and salvation,
which the bringer of good tidings, the same with these watchmen, publish.
"Lifting up" their "voice" denotes the publicness of their
ministrations, the vehemency of them, and their importance; "singing
together", their joy and cheerfulness, their harmony and unity.
For they shall see eye to eye;
most clearly, Zion's King reigning
before his ancients gloriously; the great doctrines of peace and
salvation published by them; and the great and wonderful things God
will do for his church, in fulfilling prophecies relating thereunto. So
``for with their eyes they shall see the great things which the
Lord will do;''
and as their light and discerning will be most clear, like the light of
seven days, so it will be alike in them; their sentiments and doctrines
will exactly agree; there will be no difference nor dissension among
when the Lord shall bring again Zion:
return his church and people to
their former state, from whence they were declined; restore them as at
the beginning; revive his work among them; cause his Gospel and
ordinances to be professed and observed in their purity; call in his
ancient people the Jews, and bring in the fulness of the Gentiles; pour
out his spirit in a plentiful manner on them, and grant his gracious
presence to them; so the Targum,
``when he shall return his Shechinah or divine Majesty to Zion.''
This text is by the Jews F14 applied to the times of the Messiah, and
to the resurrection of the dead F15.
F14 Pesikta in Kettoreth Hassammim in Targ. in Numb. fol. 25. 4.
F15 T. Bab. Sanhedrhin. fol. 91. 2.