The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleIsaiah 9:5
For every battle of the warrior [is] with confused noise,
&c.] With the sound of the trumpet and as now with beating of drums,
and the huzzas and shoutings of the soldiers, the stamping and neighing
of horses, the rushing of chariots, and rumbling of wheels, and the
clashing of swords, spears, and shields, and these sometimes striking
one against another F11:
and garments rolled in blood;
of them that were slain in battle:
but [this] shall be with burning [and] fuel of fire;
either to the sudden destruction of the Midianites, or rather to the
quick and easy conquest that Christ obtained over sin, Satan, the
world, and death; which was as soon over as any combustible matter is
burnt with fire. Some interpret this of the destruction of the devil,
his angels, of antichrist, and all wicked men by fire, at the last day;
and others think that this last clause is to be read in connection
with the preceding: "and garments rolled in blood, which shall be for
burning, the fuel of fire" F12; that is, which garments rolled in blood
shall be burnt with fire, and utterly consumed; and so there be no more
war, but perpetual peace. It was usual after victory to burn the armour
and spoils of the enemy F13; or rather it may intend the burning love
and flaming zeal and affection of Christ the Saviour, next described
(Isaiah 9:5) .
F11 Vid. Lydium de re militari, l. 4. c. 3. p. 159.
F12 So Cocceius, De Dieu.
F13 Vid. Lydium de re militari, l. 6. e. 4. p. 229.