Isaiah 62:6 [study!]
American Standard Version (ASV 1901) 
I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that are Jehovah's remembrancers, take ye no rest,
King James Version (KJV 1769)
I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, [which] shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen; All day and all night they will never keep silent. You who remind the LORD, take no rest for yourselves;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, [which] shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
I have set watchmen upon thy walls, Jerusalem; all the day and all the night they shall never hold their peace: ye that put Jehovah in remembrance, keep not silence,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
Upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, have I appointed watchmen, All the day and all the night through, let them not hold their peace,O ye that put Yahweh in mind, Do not take rest, to yourselves,
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
'On thy walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen, All the day, and all the night, Continually, they are not silent.' O ye remembrancers of Jehovah, Keep not silence for yourselves,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
Upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen all the day, and all the night, they shall never hold their peace. You that are mindful of the Lord, hold not your peace,
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) 
I haue set watchmen vpon thy walles, O Ierusalem, which shall neuer hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keepe not silence:
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
And on thy walls, O Jerusalem, have I set watchmen all day and all night, who shall never cease making mention of the Lord.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008)  
I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Yerushalaim, [which] shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of Yahweh, keep not silence,
I have set
A primitive root; to visit
(with friendly or hostile intent); by analogy to oversee
, care for
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818
Mood - Perfect (See H8816
Count - 2675
A primitive root; properly to hedge
about (as with thorns), that is, guard
; generally to protect
, attend to
Stem - Qal (See H8851
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814
Count - 5386
Properly the same as H5920
used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above
, or against
(yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
Feminine active participle of an unused root apparently meaning to join
; a wall
A dual (in allusion to its two main hills (the true pointing, at least of the former reading, seems to be that of H3390
)); probably from (the passive participle of) H3384
; founded peaceful
, the capital city of Palestine.
] shall never
From an unused root meaning to stretch
; properly continuance
(as indefinite extension
); but used only (attributively as adjective) constant
(or adverbially constantly
); elliptically the regular
; a primitive particle; not
(the simple or abstract negation); by implication no
; often used with other particles.
hold their peace
A primitive root; to hush
or keep quiet.
Stem - Qal (See H8851
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811
Count - 19885
From an unused root meaning to be hot
; a day
(as the warm
hours), whether literally (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figuratively (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverbially).
From the same as H3883
; properly a twist
(away of the light), that is, night
; figuratively adversity
ye that make mention
A primitive root; properly to mark
(so as to be recognized), that is, to remember
; by implication to mention
; also (as denominative from H2145
) to be male
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818
Mood - Participle (See H8813
Count - 857
Apparently contracted from H0226
in the demonstrative sense of entity
; properly self
(but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even
; (the) self Existent
or eternal; Jehovah
, Jewish national name of God.
keep not silence,
A negative particle (akin to H3808
(the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing
_ _ I Isaiah speaking in the person of the Messiah.
_ _ watchmen upon ... walls image from the watches set upon a city’s wall to look out for the approach of a messenger with good tidings (Isaiah 52:7, Isaiah 52:8); the good tidings of the return of the Jewish exiles from Babylon, prefiguring the return from the present dispersion (compare Isaiah 21:6-11; Isaiah 56:10; Ezekiel 3:17; Ezekiel 33:7). The watches in the East are announced by a loud cry to mark the vigilance of the watchmen.
_ _ ye that ... mention ... Lord Hebrew, “ye that are the Lord’s remembrancers”; God’s servants who by their prayers “put God in remembrance” of His promises (Isaiah 43:26); we are required to remind God, as if God could, which He cannot, forget His promises (Psalms 119:49; Jeremiah 14:21).
_ _ Two things are here promised to Jerusalem:
_ _ I. Plenty of the means of grace abundance of good preaching and good praying (Isaiah 62:6, Isaiah 62:7), and this shows the method God takes when he designs mercy for a people; he first brings them to their duty and pours out a spirit of prayer upon them, and then brings salvation to them. Provision is made,
_ _ 1. That ministers may do their duty as watchmen. It is here spoken of as a token for good, as a step towards further mercy and an earnest of it, that, in order to what he designed for them, he would set watchmen on their walls who should never hold their peace. Note, (1.) Ministers are watchmen on the church's walls, for it is as a city besieged, whose concern it is to have sentinels on the walls, to take notice and give notice of the motions of the enemy. It is necessary that, as watchmen, they be wakeful, and faithful, and willing to endure hardness. (2.) They are concerned to stand upon their guard day and night; they must never be off their watch as long as those for whose souls they watch are not out of danger. (3.) They must never hold their peace; they must take all opportunities to give warning to sinners, in season, out of season, and must never betray the cause of Christ by a treacherous or cowardly silence. They must never hold their peace at the throne of grace; they must pray, and not faint, as Moses lifted up his hands and kept them steady, till Israel had obtained the victory over Amalek, Exodus 17:10, Exodus 17:12.
_ _ 2. That people may do their duty. As those that make mention of the Lord, let not them keep silence neither, let not them think it enough that their watchmen pray for them, but let them pray for themselves; all will be little enough to meet the approaching mercy with due solemnity. Note, (1.) It is the character of God's professing people that they make mention of the Lord, and continue to do so even in bad times, when the land is termed forsaken and desolate. They are the Lord's remembrancers (so the margin reads it); they remember the Lord themselves and put one another in mind of him. (2.) God's professing people must be a praying people, must be public-spirited in prayer, must wrestle with God in prayer, and continue to do so: “Keep not silence; never grow remiss in the duty nor weary of it.” Give him no rest alluding to an importunate beggar, to the widow that with her continual coming wearied the judge into a compliance. God said to Moses, Let me alone (Exodus 32:10), and Jacob to Christ, I will not let thee go except thou bless me, Genesis 32:26. (3.) God is so far from being displeased with our pressing importunity, as men commonly are, that he invites and encourages it; he bids us to cry after him; he is not like those disciples who discouraged a petitioner, Matthew 15:23. He bids us make pressing applications at the throne of grace, and give him no rest, Luke 11:5, Luke 11:8. He suffers himself not only to be reasoned with, but to be wrestled with. (4.) The public welfare or prosperity of God's Jerusalem is that which we should be most importunate for at the throne of grace; we should pray for the good of the church. [1.] That it may be safe, that he would establish it, that the interests of the church may be firm, may be settled for the present and secured to posterity. [2.] That it may be great, may be a praise in the earth, that it may be praised, and God may be praised for it. When gospel truths are cleared and vindicated, when gospel ordinances are duly administered in their purity and power, when the church becomes eminent for holiness and love, then Jerusalem is a praise in the earth, then it is in reputation. (5.) We must persevere in our prayers for mercy to the church till the mercy come; we must do as the prophet's servant did, go yet seven times, till the promising cloud appear, 1 Kings 18:44. (6.) It is a good sign that God is coming towards a people in ways of mercy when he pours out a spirit of prayer upon them and stirs them up to be fervent and constant in their intercessions.
_ _ II. Plenty of all other good things, Isaiah 62:8. This follows upon the former; when the people praise God, when all the people praise him, then shall the earth yield her increase (Psalms 67:5, Psalms 67:6), and outward prosperity, crowning its piety, shall help to make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. Observe,
_ _ 1. The great distress they had been in, and the losses they had sustained. Their corn had been meat for their enemies, which they hoped would be meat for themselves and their families. Here was a double grievance, that they themselves wanted that which was necessary to the support of life and were in danger of perishing for want of it, and that their enemies were strengthened by it, had their camp victualled with it, and so were the better able to do them a mischief. God is said to give their corn to their enemies, because he not only permitted it, but ordered it, to be the just punishment both of their abuse of plenty and of their symbolizing with strangers, Isaiah 1:7. The wine which they had laboured for, and which in their affliction they needed for the relief of those among them that were of a heavy heart, strangers drank it, to gratify their lusts with; this sore judgment was threatened for their sins, Leviticus 26:16; Deuteronomy 28:33. See how uncertain our creature-comforts are, and how much it is our wisdom to labour for that meat which we can never be robbed of.
_ _ 2. The great fulness and satisfaction they should now be restored to (Isaiah 62:9): Those that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the Lord. See here, (1.) God's mercy in giving plenty, and peace to enjoy it, that the earth yields her increase, that there are hands to be employed in gathering it in, and that they are not taken off by plague and sickness, or otherwise employed in war, that strangers and enemies do not come and gather it for themselves, or take it from us when we have gathered it, that we eat the labour of our hands and the bread is not eaten out of our mouths, and especially that we have opportunity and a heart to honour God with it, and that his courts are open to us and we are not restrained from attending on him in them. (2.) Our duty in the enjoyment of this mercy. We must gather what God gives, with care and industry; we must eat it freely and cheerfully, not bury the gifts of God's bounty, but make use of them. We must, when we have eaten and are full, bless the Lord, and give him thanks for his bounty to us; and we must serve him with our abundance, use it in works of piety and charity, eat it and drink it in the courts of his holiness, where the altar, the priest, and the poor must all have their share. The greatest comfort that a good man has in his meat and drink is that it furnishes him with a meat-offering and a drink-offering for the Lord his God (Joel 2:14); the greatest comfort that he has in an estate is that it gives him an opportunity of honouring God and doing good. This wine is to be drunk in the courts of God's holiness, and therefore moderately and with sobriety, as before the Lord.
_ _ 3. The solemn ratification of this promise: The Lord has sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, that he will do this for his people. God confirms it by an oath, that his people, who trust in him and his word, may have strong consolation, Hebrews 6:17, Hebrews 6:18. And, since he can swear by no greater, he swears by himself, sometimes by his being (As I live, Ezekiel 33:11), sometimes by his holiness (Psalms 89:35), here by his power, his right hand (which was lifted up in swearing, Deuteronomy 32:40), and his arm of power; for it is a great satisfaction to those who build their hopes on God's promise to be sure that what he has promised he is able to perform, Romans 4:21. To assure us of this he has sworn by his strength, pawning the reputation of his omnipotence upon it; if he do not do it, let it be said, It was because he could not, which the Egyptians shall never say (Numbers 14:16) nor any other. It is the comfort of God's people that his power is engaged for them, his right hand, where the Mediator sits.
Day nor night There shall be a vigilant and industrious ministry. Ye That is, are his servants. And here especially are meant his servants in ordinary, his remembrancers, such as put God in mind of his promise, and such as make the Lord to be remembered, putting his people in mind of him.
I have set (h) watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, [which] shall never hold their peace day nor night: (i) ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,
(h) Prophets, pastors and ministers.
(i) He exhorts the ministers never to cease to call on God by prayer for the deliverance of his Church and to teach others to do the same.
- set watchmen:
Isaiah 52:8 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion.
Isaiah 56:10 His watchmen [are] blind: they are all ignorant, they [are] all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.
2 Chronicles 8:14 And he appointed, according to the order of David his father, the courses of the priests to their service, and the Levites to their charges, to praise and minister before the priests, as the duty of every day required: the porters also by their courses at every gate: for so had David the man of God commanded.
Song of Songs 3:3 The watchmen that go about the city found me: [to whom I said], Saw ye him whom my soul loveth?
Song of Songs 5:7 The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.
Jeremiah 6:17 Also I set watchmen over you, [saying], Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.
Ezekiel 3:17-21 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. ... Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous [man], that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.
Ezekiel 33:2-9 Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: ... Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
1 Corinthians 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
Ephesians 4:11-12 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; ... For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that [is] unprofitable for you.
Isaiah 62:1 For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp [that] burneth.
Psalms 134:1-2 [[A Song of degrees.]] Behold, bless ye the LORD, all [ye] servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD. ... Lift up your hands [in] the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.
Revelation 4:6-8 And before the throne [there was] a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, [were] four beasts full of eyes before and behind. ... And the four beasts had each of them six wings about [him]; and [they were] full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
- make mention of the LORD[YHWH]:
- or, are the Lord's remembrancers,
Isaiah 43:26 Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.
Genesis 32:12 And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.
Numbers 14:17-19 And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my Lord be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying, ... Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.
Psalms 74:2 Remember thy congregation, [which] thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, [which] thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.
Psalms 74:18 Remember this, [that] the enemy hath reproached, O LORD, and [that] the foolish people have blasphemed thy name.
Acts 10:4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.
Acts 10:31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.
Genesis 32:26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
Matthew 15:22-27 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, [thou] Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. ... And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.
Luke 11:5-13 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; ... If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall [your] heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
Luke 18:1-8 And he spake a parable unto them [to this end], that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; ... I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
Luke 18:39 And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, [Thou] Son of David, have mercy on me.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.
Revelation 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
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