The following commentary covers Chapters 15, 16, 17, and 18.
judgment of Moab: the last invasion of Israel predicted
In chapters 15 and 16 Moab
is judged. They are warned that the throne of David shall
be established, and the oppressor consumed out of the
land. In chapter 17 we have the invasion of armies from
the north, the assembled nations. Damascus is overthrown.
Israel shall be but as a few berries on the outmost
branches. Nevertheless they shall look to their Maker,
and the gathered nations shall perish before the
manifested power of God. The outline of this last
invasion of Israel gives rise to a brief but very clear
prophecy of their condition in the last days, and which
is contained in chapter 18. They shall be restored by
means of some powerful nation, outside the limits  of their then national
relationships; but Jehovah stands apart from His own
relationship with them, though ordering all things. Then,
when Israel shall begin to bud as a vine in the land,
they shall be given up as a prey to the nations.
Nevertheless in that time they shall be brought as an
offering to Jehovah, and shall themselves bring an
 The rivers of Cush, Nile and