Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen: Thus saith the Lord that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee;

Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen. (Isaiah 44:1-2)

Yet now hear. Hear a word of comfort after so terrible a thunder crack. {#Isa 43:28, see footnote 1}

But there it is bare “Jacob” and “Israel” who are threatened;

here it is “Jacob my servant,” and

“Israel whom I have chosen“; it is

“Jeshurun,” or the “righteous nation“, who are comforted.

And because we forget nothing so soon as the consolations of God, as is to be seen in Christ’s disciples, and those believing Hebrews; {#Isa 12:5, see footnote 2} therefore doth the prophet so oft repeat and inculcate them, like as men use to rub and chafe in ointments into the flesh, that they may enter and give ease.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaia 43:28: “Therefore I have profaned the princes of the sanctuary, and have given Jacob to the curse, and Israel to reproaches.
  2. Isaia 12:5: “Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.

Painting: John Constable – The Quarters behind Alresford Hall, 1816

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