Isaiah 28: 14-16. “Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.”
God continues to rebuke the scornful men of Judah who ruled Jerusalem, warning them that their covenant with death and hell would not make them secure when the overflowing scourge passed through the land.
The thought here is that Judah felt so secure concerning judgment it was as if they had made a covenant with death not to destroy them and with hell not to swallow or devour them.
The overflowing scourge could refer to the Babylonians (2 Kings 25: 2 Chron. 36: Jer. 25), or to the Romans in 70 a.d., after the rejection of the Stone of v. 16 (Luke 21:20-24). Or, it could refer to both these destructions, for both did completely destroy Jerusalem and make the land empty, as predicted here.
They trusted in lies and falsehoods and believed the opposite of what the prophets had told them; and therefore, they thought they were secure..
The precious cornerstone, a sure foundation, are prophecies of Messiah. Zion is always Jerusalem, never the church or a spiritual kingdom of God on earth.
He that confides and trusts in the sure foundation is secure and will not “make haste,” or be ashamed (Rom. 9:33; I Pet. 2:6).