O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD. The glorious prospect of Christ’s kingdom moves Isaiah to call the people of Judah to repentance immediately. Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers. Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots: Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not.
Addressing God directly, Isaiah rehearsed the sins which led to the nation’s calamity. Instead of looking to the Lord, the people consulted diviners from the East and became soothsayers like the Philistines. They made forbidden alliances with the heathen. In disobedience to the Law of God, they heaped up financial treasures and horses and chariots, trusting in those for security. They worshiped idols which they themselves had made. Those are the reasons God has humbled them, and does not forgive them. The expression “filled with eastern ways” aptly describes the current popularity of eastern religion in Western countries.