2:1 a He that dasheth in pieces is come up before thy face: keep the munition, watch the way, make [thy] loins strong, fortify [thy] power mightily.
(a) That is, Nebuchadnezzar is in readiness to
destroy the Assyrians: and the Prophet derides the undertakings of the
Assyrians who prepared to resist him.
2:2 For the LORD hath b
turned away the excellency of Jacob, as the excellency of Israel: for the
emptiers have emptied them out, and c
marred their vine branches.
(b) Seeing God has punished his own people Judah
and Israel, he will now punish the enemies by whom he scourged them; read (Isaiah
(c) Signifying that the Israelites were utterly
2:3 The shield of his mighty men is made red, d
the valiant men [are] in scarlet: the chariots [shall be] with flaming torches
in the day of his preparation, and e the
fir trees shall be terribly shaken.
(d) Both to put fear into the enemy, and also
that they themselves should not so soon detect blood among one another, to
(e) Meaning their spears would shake and crash
He shall recount his worthies: they shall stumble in their walk; they shall make
haste to the wall thereof, and the defence shall be prepared.
(f) Then the Assyrians will seek by all means to
gather their power, but all things will fail them.
Nineveh [is] of g old like a pool of
water: yet they shall flee away. Stand, stand, [shall they cry]; but none shall
(g) The Assyrians will flatter themselves and say
that Nineveh is so ancient that it can never perish, and is as a fishpool,
whose waters cannot be touched by those that walk on the banks. But they will
be scattered, and will not look back, even if men call them.
2:9 h Take ye
the spoil of silver, take the spoil of gold: for [there is] none end of the
store [and] glory out of all the pleasant furniture.
(h) God commands the enemies to spoil Nineveh,
and promises them infinite riches and treasures.
2:10 i She
is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melteth, and the knees smite
together, and much pain [is] in all loins, and the faces k
of them all gather blackness.
(i) That is, Nineveh, and the men of it will be
after this manner.
(k) See Geneva
2:11 Where [is] the l
dwelling of the lions, and the feedingplace of the young lions, where the lion,
[even] the old lion, walked, [and] the lion's whelp, and none made [them]
(l) Meaning, Nineveh, whose inhabitants were
cruel like the lions, and given to all oppression, and spared no violence or
tyranny to provide for their wives and children.
2:13 Behold, I [am] against
thee, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the m
smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions: and I will cut off thy prey
from the earth, and the voice of thy n
messengers shall no more be heard.
(m) That is, as soon as my wrath begins to burn.
(n) Signifying the heralds, who were accustomed
to proclaim war. Some read, "of you gum teeth", with which Nineveh
was accustomed to bruise the bones of the poor.