4:2 And he spake before his a brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these b feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned?
(a) Of his companions who dwelt in Samaria.
(b) Thus the wicked who do not consider that
God's power is always ready to defend his, mock them as thought they were
weak and feeble.
Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach upon their own
head, and give them for a prey d in the
land of captivity:
(c) This is the remedy that the children of God
have against the derision and threatenings of their enemies, to flee to God by
(d) Let them be spoiled and led away captive.
4:5 And cover not their e
iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thee: for they have
provoked [thee] to anger before the builders.
(e) Let the plagues declare to the world that
they set themselves against you and your Church: that he prays only having
respect for God's glory and not for any private affection, or grudge.
And it came to pass, that when the Jews which dwelt by them came, they said unto
us f ten times, g
From all places whence ye shall return unto us [they will be upon you].
(f) That is, often.
(g) They who brought the tidings said this, when
you leave your work, and go either to eat or to rest, your enemies will assail
4:14 And I looked, and rose up,
and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be
not ye afraid of them: h remember the
Lord, [which is] great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and
your daughters, your wives, and your houses.
(h) Who is always on hand to deliver his out of
danger: and therefore seeing they should fight for the maintenance of God's
glory, and for the preservation of their own lives and of theirs, he
encourages them to play the valiant men.
4:16 And it came to pass from
that time forth, [that] the half of my servants wrought in the work, and the
other half of them held both the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the
habergeons; and the rulers [were] i
behind all the house of Judah.
(i) To overcome them and encourage them in their
In what place [therefore] ye hear the sound of the trumpet, k
resort ye thither unto us: our God shall fight for us.
(k) Meaning, to resist their enemies, if need be.
neither I, nor my brethren, nor my servants, nor the men of the guard which
followed me, none of us put off our clothes, [saving that] every one put them
off l for washing.
(l) That is, when they purified themselves or
else when they washed their clothes.