10:1 Woe to them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that a write grievousness [which] they have prescribed;
(a) Who write and pronounce a wicked sentence to
oppress the people: meaning, that the wicked magistrate, who were the chief
cause of mischief, would be first punished.
10:3 And what will ye do in
the day of visitation, and in the desolation [which] shall come from b
far? to whom will ye flee for help? and where will ye leave your c
(b) That is, from Assyria.
(c) Your riches and authority, that they may be
safe and that you may receive them again.
Without me they shall bow down under the prisoners, and they shall fall under
the slain. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand [is]
stretched out still.
(d) Because they have forsaken me, some will go
into captivity and the rest will be slain.
10:5 O e
Assyrian, the rod of my anger, and the staff in their hand is my indignation.
(e) God calls for the Assyrians to be the
executioners of his vengeance.
10:6 I will send f
him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I
command him, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down
like the mire of the streets.
(f) That is, the Assyrians against the Jews who
are hypocrites. In the sixth and seventh verse is declared the difference of
the work of God and of the wicked in one very thing and act: for God's
intention is to chastise them for their amendment, and the Assyrians purpose
is to destroy them to enrich themselves. Thus in respect to God's justice,
it is God's work, but in respect to their own malice, it is the work of the
[Is] not Calno as g Carchemish? [is] not
Hamath as Arpad? [is] not Samaria as Damascus?
(g) Seeing that I have overcome one city as well
as another, so that none could resist, shall Jerusalem be able to escape my
Wherefore it shall come to pass, [that] when the Lord hath performed h
his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the
stout heart i of the king of Assyria,
and the glory of his high looks.
(h) When he has sufficiently chastised his people
(for he begins at his own house) then will he burn the rods.
(i) Meaning of Sennacherib.
Shall the k axe boast itself against him
that heweth with it? [or] shall the saw magnify itself against him that moveth
it? as if the rod should shake [itself] against them that lift it, [or] as if
the staff should lift [itself, as if it were] no wood.
(k) Here we see that no creature is able to do
anything, but as God appoints him, and that they are all his instruments to do
his work though the intentions are diverse, as in (Isaiah
10:17 And the light of
Israel shall be for a l fire, and his
Holy One for a flame: and it shall burn and devour m
his thorns and his briers in one day;
(l) Meaning that God is a light to comfort his
people and a fire to burn his enemies.
(m) That is, the Assyrians.
10:18 And shall consume the glory of his forest,
and of his fruitful field, both soul n
and body: and they shall be as when a standardbearer o
(n) That is, body and soul utterly.
(o) When the battle is lost and the standard
10:20 And it shall come to
pass in that day, [that] the remnant of Israel, and such as have escaped of the
house of Jacob, shall no more again lean upon him that smote them; but shall p
lean upon the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.
(p) This is the end of God's plagues toward
his, to bring them to him, and to forsake all trust in others.
10:22 For though thy people
Israel be as the sand of the sea, [yet] a remnant of them shall return: the full
end q decreed shall overflow with
(q) This small number which seemed to be consumed
and yet according to God's decree is saved, will be sufficient to fill all
the world with righteousness.
10:23 For the Lord GOD of hosts shall make a full
end, even r determined, in the midst of
all the land.
(r) God will destroy this land as he has
determined and later save a small portion.
10:24 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts,
O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite
thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of s
(s) As the Egyptians punished you.
10:26 And the LORD of hosts
shall raise up a scourge for him according to the slaughter of t
Midian at the rock of Oreb: and [as] his rod [was] upon the u
sea, so shall he lift it up after the manner of Egypt.
(t) Read (Isaiah
(u) When the Israelites passed through by the
lifting up of Moses' rod, and the enemies were drowned, (Exodus
10:27 And it shall come to pass in that day,
[that] his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from
off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of x
(x) Because of the promise made to that kingdom,
by which Christ's kingdom was prefigured.
10:28 He is come to y
Aiath, he is passed to Migron; at Michmash he hath attended to his carriages:
(y) He describes by what way the Assyrians would
come against Jerusalem, to confirm the faithful, when it would come to pass,
that as their plague was come, so should they be delivered.
Behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, shall lop the z
bough with terror: and the high ones of stature [shall be] hewn down, and the
haughty shall be humbled.
(z) Fear and destruction will come on Judah for
the princes and the people will all be led away captive.