9:1 I saw the Lord standing upon the a altar: and he said, Smite the lintel of the door, that the posts may shake: and cut them in the b head, all of them; and I will slay the last of them with the sword: he that fleeth of them shall not flee away, and he that escapeth of them shall not be delivered.
(a) Which was at Jerusalem: for he did not appear
in the idolatrous places of Israel.
(b) Both the most important of them, and also the
9:3 And though they hide
themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence; and
though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command
the c serpent, and he shall bite them:
(c) He shows that God will declare himself as an
enemy to them in all places, and that his elements and all his creatures will
be enemies to destroy them.
9:6 [It is]
he that buildeth his d stories in the
heaven, and hath founded his troop in the earth; he that calleth for the waters
of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD [is] his
(d) He declares by the wonderful power of God, by
the making of the heavens and the elements, that it is not possible for man to
escape his judgments when he punishes.
9:7 [Are] ye not as children of the Ethiopians e
unto me, O children of Israel? saith the LORD. Have not I brought up Israel out
of the land of Egypt? and the Philistines from f
Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir?
(e) Am I more bound to you than to the
Ethiopians, or other people? Yet I have bestowed upon you greater benefits.
(f) Read (Jeremiah
9:8 Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD [are] upon the
sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving
that I will not utterly g destroy the
house of Jacob, saith the LORD.
(g) Though he destroys the rebellious multitude,
yet he will always reserve the remnant of his Church to call upon his name.
9:9 For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the
house of Israel among all nations, like as [corn] is sifted in a sieve, yet
shall not the h least grain fall upon
(h) Meaning that none of his own would perish in
9:11 In that day will I raise
up the i tabernacle of David that is
fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I
will build it as in the days of old:
(i) I will send the promised Messiah, and restore
by him the spiritual Israel; (Acts
9:12 That they may possess the remnant of k
Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that
(k) Meaning, the very enemies (as were the
Edomites) and others would be united with the Jews in one society and body, of
which Christ would be the head.
9:13 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the
plowman shall l overtake the reaper, and
the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall m
drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.
(l) Signifying, that there will be great
abundance of all things, so that when one type of fruit is ripe, another would
follow, and every one in order; (Leviticus
(m) Read (Joel
9:14 n And I
will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the
waste cities, and inhabit [them]; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the
wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
(n) The accomplishment of this is under Christ,
when they are planted in this Church, out of which they can never be pulled,
after they have once been grafted into it.