2:1 Gather a yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired;
(a) He exhorts them to repentance, and wills them
to descend into themselves and gather themselves, lest they be scattered like
2:3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye
meek of the earth, which b have wrought
his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in
the day of the LORD'S anger.
(b) That is, who have lived uprightly and godly
according as he prescribes by his word.
2:4 For c
Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod
at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up.
(c) He comforts the faithful in that God would
change his punishments from them to the Philistines their enemies, and other
2:5 Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea d
coast, the nation of the Cherethites! the word of the LORD [is] against you; O
Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall
be no inhabitant.
(d) That is, Galilee: by these nations he means
the people that dwelt near to the Jews, and instead of friendship were their
enemies: therefore he calls them Canaanites, whom the Lord appointed to be
2:7 And the coast shall be for
the e remnant of the house of Judah;
they shall feed thereupon: in the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down in the
evening: for the LORD their God shall visit them, and turn away their captivity.
(e) He shows why God would destroy their enemies,
because their country would be a resting place for his Church.
2:8 I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the
revilings of the children of Ammon, whereby they have reproached my people, and f
magnified [themselves] against their border.
(f) These nations presumed to take from the Jews
that country which the Lord had given them.
LORD [will be] terrible unto them: g for
he will famish all the gods of the earth; and [men] shall worship him, every one
from his place, [even] all the isles of the heathen.
(g) When he will deliver his people and destroy
their enemies and idols, his glory will shine throughout all the world.
And flocks shall lie down in the midst of her, all the beasts of the nations:
both the h cormorant and the bittern
shall lodge in the upper lintels of it; [their] voice shall sing in the windows;
desolation [shall be] in the thresholds: for he shall uncover the cedar work.
(h) Read (Isaiah
2:15 This [is] the i
rejoicing city that dwelt carelessly, that said in her heart, I [am], and [there
is] none beside me: how is she become a desolation, a place for beasts to lie
down in! every one that passeth by her shall hiss, [and] wag his hand.
(i) Meaning, Nineveh, which rejoicing so much of
her strength and prosperity, should be thus made waste, and God's people