The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleIsaiah 65:23
They shall not labour in vain…
As they do, who build
houses, and enemies come and turn them out of them, and dwell in them
themselves; or who plant vineyards, and sow their fields, and strangers
come and devour them; or they are smitten with blasting and mildew:
nor bring forth for trouble;
for death, as the Targum; or for a curse,
as the Septuagint: the tense is, they shall not beget and bring forth
children, that shall immediately die by some distemper or another, or
be taken off by famine, sword, or pestilence, to the great grief and
trouble of their parents; but these shall live, and outlive their
parents, so that their death will never be a trouble to them:
for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring
or, "they are a seed, the blessed of the Lord" F9; or,
"they are the seed blessed of God", or "the Lord", as the Septuagint,
Syriac, and Arabic versions; or, as the Targum,
``a seed whom the Lord hath blessed;''
a spiritual seed of the church, a seed raised up to serve the Lord,
whom he blesses with temporal and spiritual blessings; and their
offspring also, being made a spiritual seed by the grace of God, and
succeeding them in the church, and treading in their steps.
F9 (hmh hwhy ykwrb erz yk) "quia [sunt] semens, benedicti Domini
ipsi"; which tension is most agreeable to the accents.