4:1 And in that day a seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only b let us be called by thy name, to take away our c reproach.
(a) When God will executes this vengeance there
will not be one man found to be the head to many women, and they contrary to
womanly shamefacedness will seek men, and offer themselves under any
(b) He our husband and let us be called your
(c) For so they thought it to be without a head
4:2 In that day shall the d
branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth [shall
be] the pride and glory of them that have escaped of Israel.
(d) He comforts the Church in this desolation
which will spring up like a bud signifying that God's graces should be as
plentiful toward the faithful as though they sprang out of the earth, as in (Isaiah
45:8). Some by the bud of the Lord mean Christ.
4:3 And it shall come to pass, [that he that is]
left in Zion, and [he that] remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, [even]
every one that is e written among the
living in Jerusalem:
(e) He alludes to the book of life, of which read
32:32) meaning God's secret counsel, in which his elect are
predestinated to life everlasting.
4:4 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth
of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the f
blood of Jerusalem from the midst of it by the spirit of g
judgment, and by the spirit of burning.
(f) That is, the cruelty, extortion, malice and
(g) When things will be addressed that were
4:5 And the LORD will create upon every dwelling
place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, h
a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon
all the i glory [shall be] a defence.
(h) He alludes to the pillar of the cloud, (Exodus
13:21), meaning that God's favour and protection should appear in every
(i) The faithful are called the glory of God
because his image and tokens of his grace shine in them.
4:6 And there shall be a tabernacle for a shade in
the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from
storm k and from rain.
(k) God promises to be the defence of his Church
against all troubles and dangers.