Isaiah 12

1 AND in that day thou shalt say, I will give thanks un to Thee, O Jehovah: for though Thou hast been angry with me, Thine anger is turned away, and Thou hast comforted me.

Verse 1-6. And in that day thou shalt say, I will give thanks [or confess] to Thee, O Jehovah, God of my salvation, &c.-Thus is described “confession” [or thanksgIving] from joy of heart, on account of the advent of the Lord, and His divine po\ver of saving the human race; that “confession” is denoted is evident, for it is first said, “I will confess to Jehovah,” and also afterwards, “confess ye to Jehovah.” The confession that the Lord, from His divine power, would save mankind, is described by these words:-“O God of my salvation; I will trust, I will not fear, because Jah is my Strength; He is become :my Salvation ! Then shall ye draw waters from the fountains of salvation; and great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.”, “In that day” denotes when the Lord shall come; the “Holy One of Israel” is the Lord. The joy in consequence thereof, which is the JOY, of confession, is described by these words:-“Sing to Jehovah; cry out and shout, O inhabitress of Zion!” The ” inhabitress and daughter of Zion” denote the church, where the Lord is worshipped; the “song Jah” signifies the celebration and glorification of the Lord. A. E. 326.

2 Behold, O God of my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid: for my strength and my song is Jah Jehovah; and He is become unto me salvation.

Verse, 2. Jah Jehovah is rny Strength, &c.-The reason why “Jah” denotes the Divine Truth proceeding from the Divine Human of the Lord, is, because Jah is from Jehovah, and is called “Jah,” because it is not the esse, but the existere from the esse, for Divine Truth is the existere,”but the Divine Good is the esse, see n. 6880. By “Jah” is also signified Divine Truth in David-” Sing unto God, praise His name; extol Him that rideth upon the clouds by His name JAH, and exult before Him;” (Psalm lxviii. 4.) where to “praise and extol God by His name Jah,” denotes by Divine Truth. Again-“In straitness I called upon Jah, Jah answered me in the breadth; Jehovah helped me, my strength and song is Jah; I shall not die, but live, and announce the works of Jah; I will enter through the gates of justice, and will confess Jah:” (Psalm. cxviii. 5, 13, 14, 17, 20.) In this Psalm “Jah” denotes the Lord as to Divine Truth; in like manner” Jah” in Hallelu-Jah. (Psalm cv. 45; cvi, 1, 48; cxi, 1; cxii. 1;. cxiii. 1, 9; cxv. 17, 18; cxvi. 19.) A. C. 8267.
My song is Jehovah.-That hereby is signified the glorification of the Lord by those who are of the spiritual church, on account of deliverance [from those who are signified by Assyria], is evident from what is meant by “singing a song,” as denoting glorification. The reason why it denotes the glorification of the Lord, is, because by “Jehovah” in the Word is meant the Lord. The reason why to “sing a song” denotes to glorify, and thus a “song” denotes glorification, is, because songs in the ancient church, and afterwards in the Jewish were prophetic, and treated of the Lord, especially of His coming into the world, and destroying the diabolical crew at that time more raging than ever, and liberating the faithful from their assaults; and inasmuch as the prophetic of “songs” contained such things in the internal sense, hence by them is signified the glorification of the Lord, that is, the celebration of Him from gladness of heart; for gladness of heart is especially expressed by a song, inasmuch as gladness in a song breaks forth, as it were, of itself into sound. Hence it is that Jehovah, that is, the Lord, in songs is called a Hero, a Man of war, the God of armies, the Conqueror, Strength, Defence, the Only Shield; and the diabolical crew, which was destroyed, is called the enemy, which was smitten, swallowed up, overwhelmed, cast into hell. A.C. 8261.

3 And then ye shall draw waters from the fountains of salvation.

Verse 3. With joy shall ye draw waters, &c.-That “waters” signify the truths of faith, see above, Ohap. xi. 9, Exposition; thus to “draw waters” signifies nothing else than to be instructed in the truths of faith, and thereby to be enlightened, as in Isa. xii. 3, 4; xxi. 14. There is a difference of signification, in the internal sense, between “fountain” and “well,” namely, the term “fountain” is applied when the subject treated of is concerning purer and superior truth; but the term “well” is used in treating of truth not so pure, and of inferior truth. Natural truth is inferior truth, and the affection of natural truth is an inferior affection of truth. A. C. 3096, 3424.

4 And in that day ye shall say, Give ye thanks to Jehovah; call upon His name; make known among the peoples His mighty deeds: make mention that His name is exalted.

5 Sing ye to Jehovah; for He hath done glorious things: this is made known in all the earth.

Verse 4. Confess [or praise] the Lord, &c.-Real confession of heart, inasmuch as it is grounded in celestial love, is, in a general sense, “confession” [or thanksgiving and praise]. The man whois in this confession acknowledges that all good is from the Lord, and that all evil is from himself; and when he is in this acknowledgment, he is in a state of humiliation, for he acknowledges in such case that the Lord is everything appertaining to him, and that he himself irrespectively nothing; and when confession is made from this state, it is then grounded in celestial love. Genuine confession, or that which is from the heart, can only be made from Good; the confession which is from Truth is: called “the voice of singing, the voice of them who sport, and who play on instruments,” as might be shewn from many passages, especially from the Psalms. A. C. 3880.

6 Cry aloud, and shout for joy, O inhabitress of Zion; for great in the midst of thee is the Holy One of Israel.

Verse 6. Cry aloud, and shout, O inhabitress of Zion !-As to the signification of “crying out,” see above, Chap. v. 7, Exposition. That the “inhabitress or daughter of Zion” is the affection of celestial Truth, see above, Chap. i. 8, Exposition.

Author: Emanuel Swedenborg [Compiled by J. H. Smithson 1860]