Isaiah 11:5
Righteousness will be the belt around His hips, and faithfulness the sash around His waist.
Sermons
Christ's GirdleR. Macculloch.Isaiah 11:5
GirdlesR. Macculloch.Isaiah 11:5
Righteousness and FaithfulnessR. Macculloch.Isaiah 11:5
The Right GirdleJames Wells.Isaiah 11:5
The Trilogy of the Prophetic Figures of the MessiahF. Delitzsch, D. D.Isaiah 11:5
Characteristics of Jesus ChristW. Clarkson Isaiah 11:1-5
The Coming of the MessiahE. Johnson Isaiah 11:1-9
A Prophecy Concerning Messiah the PrinceIsaiah 11:1-16
Assyria and Israel: a ContrastJ. Parker, D. D.Isaiah 11:1-16
Christ the Fruitful BranchF. Delitzsch.Isaiah 11:1-16
Eternal YouthfulnessJ. Parker, D. D.Isaiah 11:1-16
Messiah's ReignD. Brown, D. D.Isaiah 11:1-16
Prophecy: a Very Good TransitionIsaiah 11:1-16
The BranchExpository TimesIsaiah 11:1-16
The Kingdom of ChristE. N. Packard.Isaiah 11:1-16
The Kingdom of Christ in the World is Only the Presence of Christ in the WorldE. N. Packard.Isaiah 11:1-16
The Picture of the FutureProf. G. A. Smith, D. D.Isaiah 11:1-16
The Qualifications of Christ for His Mediatorial OfficeJ. Hambleton, M. A.Isaiah 11:1-16
The Rod Out of the Stem of JesseJ. Parker, D. D.Isaiah 11:1-16
The Stem from the Rod of JesseAnon.Isaiah 11:1-16
Three Great IdealsProf. G. A. Smith, D. D.Isaiah 11:1-16
Christ is Full of LightH. W. Beecher.Isaiah 11:2-5
Coronation GiftsF. Platt, B. D.Isaiah 11:2-5
Gifts of the Spirit from Christ to His ChurchJ. Ayre, M. A.Isaiah 11:2-5
Spiritual Endowments for Earthly RulersF. Platt, B. D.Isaiah 11:2-5
The Great PreacherE. P. Marvin.Isaiah 11:2-5
The Hallowing of the Secular LifeF. Platt, B. D.Isaiah 11:2-5
The Spirit of GodF. Delitzsch.Isaiah 11:2-5
The Spirit of God in Patriotism and Judicial AdministratiF. Platt, B. D.Isaiah 11:2-5
The Spirit of the LordF. Delitzsch.Isaiah 11:2-5
The Spirit of the Lord has Always Been in Human HistoryJ. Parker, D. D.Isaiah 11:2-5
The Spirit of WhitsuntideC. Kingsley, M. A.Isaiah 11:2-5
The Principles of Messianic RuleR. Tuck Isaiah 11:3-5


These are exemplified in the actual administration of the head of the Messianic kingdom. The picture presented here is designed to be in sharp contrast with that of the unjust judges referred to in Isaiah 1:23; Isaiah 2:14, 15; Isaiah 10:1, 2. The figure of clothing one's self, or being clothed, with moral attributes is not infrequent in the Scriptures. The girdle is mentioned as an essential part of Oriental dress, and that which keeps the other garments in their proper place and qualifies the wearer for exertion. The rules, or characteristics, of the Messianic or spiritual kingdom may be illustrated under the following headings.

I. RIGHTEOUSNESS AS BEFORE GOD. The absolutely right is to be sought; and it will be found in what

(1) God is;

(2) what God commands;

(3) what God approves.

Matthew Henry says, "He shall be righteous in the administration of his government, and his righteousness shall be his girdle; it shall constantly compass him and cleave to him, shall be his ornament and honor; he shall gird himself for every action, shall gird on his sword for war in righteousness; his righteousness shall be his strength, and shall make him expeditious in his undertakings, as a man with his loins girt." Compare the kingdom ruled by considerations of righteousness with the kingdoms ruled by considerations of expediency.

II. EQUITY BETWEEN MAN AND MAN. The determination that every man shall get his due, and bear his due. Many cases arise in which strict justice must be toned by consideration of circumstances. In view of human infirmity, the equitable must sometimes be put instead of the right.

III. EFFICIENT PUNISHMENT OF THE WICKED. The strong hand on the wrong-doer is ever an essential of good government.

IV. FAITHFULNESS TO DUTY. Duty being distinguished from right in this, that it is something we are bound to do, upon the authority of some one who has the right to command us. "Faithfulness" is closely kin with "loyalty." And Messiah is a theocratic King, a Vicegerent of Jehovah.

V. PEACE EVERYWHERE. Because, if righteousness prevails, nobody will wrong others, and nobody will have wrongs to avenge. Jealousies, envyings, violence, covetings, all fade before advancing righteousness; and when Jesus, the righteous King, reigns over mind and heart and life, then the glory-day will have come, and "no war or battle-sound" will then be "heard the world around." - R.T.









And righteousness shall be the girdle of His loins and faithfulness the girdle of His reins.
I. We have the Saviour here represented in His RIGHTEOUSNESS. The Saviour was abstractedly, in and of and from Himself, righteous. But the righteousness here means the actual accomplishment of His mission. He saith of Himself. "Ought not Christ to suffer these things?" But He was not only righteous in His work, He was righteous on all sides. "Righteousness shall be the girdle of His loins"; go all round Him. That cannot be said of us except by faith. By faith we put on the girdle of righteousness. But personally we are compassed with infirmity. Not so the Saviour. He was tempted or tried, but never showed a weak part anywhere. Not only was He righteous, He was also strong.

II. We have the Saviour here represented in His FAITHFULNESS. By the "reins," as Cruden well observes, the vital affections of the soul are meant. Did Christ's vital affections ever give way? No! How faithful He was in love!

(James Wells.)

of various kinds, made of valuable materials, were anciently worn by persons of high rank, which distinguished them from those of inferior station, by whom girdles of some sort were likewise worn. The girdles which the priests put on were made of gold, of blue, of purple, scarlet, and fine-twined linen. The military girdle was sometimes of considerable excellence and value, as is plainly intimated in what Joab said to the young man who informed him he had seen Absalom hanging in a tree (2 Samuel 18:11).

(R. Macculloch.)

agreeably blended together, compose the girdle of the Messiah. These two amiable qualities cannot be separated, and serve mutually to illustrate each other; faithfulness is necessary to fulfil the promises of God, and righteousness is no less requisite to discern the characters of those to whom they ought to be fulfilled, in what measure, and in what time they should be accomplished.

(R. Macculloch.)

1. As a girdle surrounds a man's whole body, and is seen to advantage whithersoever he turn himself, so, in like manner, these two Divine excellences should every way appear most conspicuous in the Messiah's administration of the affairs of His kingdom.

2. As the girdles which were anciently worn, served to fasten the loose and flowing garments that were then used and to strengthen the loins of those who were girt with them, so these glorious perfections complete the character of the King of Israel and give vigour to the honourable and successful exercise of regal authority.

3. As girdles served in ancient times for ornaments to the illustrious persons who put them on, so righteousness and faithfulness were eminently to adorn the personal conduct and public character of the Prince of Peace, the King of kings, and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:11).

(R. Macculloch.)

as about to be born, as born, and as ruling — is now complete.

(F. Delitzsch, D. D.)

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