Isaiah 01:08

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Isaiah 1:8


What are the three comparisons and their meaning?



8 And the
[bath] of Zion [Tsiyown] is left [yathar] as a cottage [cukkah] in a
[kerem] as a lodge [maluwnah] in a garden of cucumbers, [miqshah] as a besieged [natsar]
[`iyr] KJV-Interlinear


8 And the
daughter of Zion is left like a shelter in a vineyard, Like a watchman’s hut in
a cucumber field, like a besieged city.  NASB


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Zion is typically used as a synonym for Jerusalem.

In Abraham’s day, Salem was the city from which the king-priest, Melchisedec ruled. Centuries later it came under the control of the Jebusites, of whom David defeated and made the city his capital city.

Jerusalem, has several meanings, one of which is the ‘City of God,’ (Salem), the ‘City of Peace’ (Jerusalem), and also carries the connotation of the ‘City of Possession,’ the ‘Possession of Pease,’ the ‘Foundation of Peace.

Other names include, ‘Jebus’ (Joshua, or Jesus), also ‘Hearth of God,’ Isa. 29:1, ‘City of Righteousness,’ Psa. 72:16, Jer. 32:24, the ‘Holy City,’ Isa. 48:2, 52:1, Neh. 11:1.

The word Zion means to be dry (well kept), to set up, to protect and came to mean a fortress. Zion was the high point in the southern portion of the city of Jerusalem.

The City of David, Jerusalem, and Zion have all been used interchangeably throughout history. Zion coming to mean the foundation of doctrine, Jerusalem coming to represent the peace of spiritual maturity built on that fortress foundation of doctrine, and City of David representing the Eternal Dynasty of the Savior who will come in the line of David and ruler and source of it all (Son of David, Savior, Messiah, Jesus Christ, etc).

Daughter is a feminine term typically used to describe a beautiful city. Ps 45:13, the phrase daughter of Tyre, means Tyre; Ps 137:8, daughter of Babylon, means Babylon; Isa 37:22, ‘The virgin, the daughter of Zion;’ Jere 46:2; Isa 23:12; Jer 14:17; Num 21:23,32, Judg 11:26, means Jerusalem, and so forth.

Therefore the daughter of Zion is the city of Jerusalem, or the beautiful offspring or production of doctrine which is manifested in spiritual maturity and inner peace, represented by the city.

But, when negative volition enters into the life of people, then their inner fortress and peace become dismantled, desolate, and in ruin just as cottage or a lodge in the middle of a vast vineyard or garden.

These structures were generally erected as weather breaks to be used by those who would guard the vineyard or garden, from thieves who would come in and steal and destroy.

But the cottage or the lodge was not a formal house or structure, but more of a wind break and a very temporary shelter, that is not well kept and easily dismantled or ruined over the course of time.

A city under siege paints a picture of the city as the last stronghold, about to fall itself, with its surrounding area already unproductive and in ruins due to the enemy forces controlling the area outside of the city.

In short the city ceases to function and is there only until it, itself is destroyed. The situation is dismal and the outcome is only a matter of time. The negative believer is like this city, and like the bruises and sores we studied in the previous verses. When the inner self is not cared for, then the outer self, and all of your production become moot. Your spiritual life crumbles around you from lack of upkeep, due to failure in the spiritual life.





Study [by instruction],

to show thyself approved [spiritually mature]

unto God,

a workman [student]

that need not be ashamed [ignorant],

rightly dividing [learning, understanding, discerning]

the word of truth [Bible doctrine].

If you can dream and not make dreams your master,

If you can think and not let thoughts narrow your views,

If you can meet triumph with disaster equally,

If you can learn and see your full meaning and purpose in life,

Then you can believe in Christ, learn Bible doctrine, and grow far beyond the potential that God has prepared for you.

These studies are a part of the massive daily study web site at DailyBibeStudy.Org, and are written, so that you can come to Christ if you have not done so already, and therefore not be lost forever.

And if you have already believed in Christ, then these studies are written so you can learn and understand and grow in your spiritual life, so that you can come to the full knowledge of Christ, so that you can fulfill your meaning and purpose in life as God intended for you, and so you can qualify for a phenomenal eternal reward which you will have forever.

To ignore this opportunity to pursue a daily study means you will be incomplete, unfulfilled and you will lose out, big time.

The Daily Bible Study is online, making it possible as never before in all of human history, to advance in ones relationship with God, through Christ, and to complete yourself beyond your imagination.

But each person has to decide to make that commitment. No one else can study for you. You have to do that yourself.

Keep in the Word, Isa. 41:10.

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