5:2 The a virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise: she is forsaken upon her land; [there is] none to raise her up.
(a) He so calls them, because they so boasted of
themselves, or because they were given to lustfulness and daintiness.
5:3 For thus saith the Lord GOD; The city that went
out [by] a thousand shall leave b an
hundred, and that which went forth [by] an hundred shall leave ten, to the house
(b) Meaning, that the tenth part would hardly be
5:5 But seek not Bethel, nor
enter into c Gilgal, and pass not to
Beersheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel shall come to
(c) In those places they worshipped new idols,
which before served for the true honour of God: therefore he says that these
will not save them.
5:7 Ye who turn d
judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth,
(d) Instead of judgment and fairness they execute
cruelty and oppression.
5:8 [Seek him] that e
maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the
morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the
sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD [is] his name:
(e) He describes the power of God; (Job
5:10 They hate him f
that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly.
(f) They hate the Prophets, who reprove them in
the open assemblies.
5:11 Forasmuch therefore as your treading [is] upon
the poor, and g ye take from him burdens
of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye
have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them.
(g) You take both his money and also his food,
with which he should live.
5:13 Therefore h
the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it [is] an evil time.
(h) God will so plague them that they will not
allow the godly to open their mouths once to admonish them of their faults.
Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing [shall be]
in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they
shall call the i husbandman to mourning,
and such as are skilful of lamentation to wailing.
(i) So that people of all types will have reason
to lament because of the great plagues.
5:18 Woe unto you that k
desire the day of the LORD! to what end [is] it for you? the day of the LORD
[is] darkness, and not light.
(k) He speaks in this way because the wicked and
hypocrites said they were content to endure God's judgments, whereas the
godly tremble and fear; (Jeremiah
Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, l
I will not accept [them]: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat
(l) Because you have corrupted my true service,
and remain obstinate in your vices; (Isaiah
5:24 But let judgment run down
as m waters, and righteousness as a
(m) Do your duty to God, and to your neighbour,
and so you will plentifully feel his grace, if you show your abundant
affections according to God's word.
5:26 But ye have borne the
tabernacle of your n Moloch and Chiun
your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.
(n) That idol which you esteemed as your king,
and carried about as you did Chiun, in which images you thought that there was
a certain divinity.