Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory: where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me? are they restrained? Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.
The recital of past mercies leads Isaiah to look ahead to the Babylonian captivity and to intercede for the exiles. It seems that God’s zeal, strength, and mercies are being withheld from the remnant. Isaiah pleaded that God is still their Father, even though Abraham and Israel were to disown them.