4:1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD a hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because [there is] no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
(a) Because the people would not obey the
admonitions of the Prophets, he accuses them before the judgment seat of God,
against whom they chiefly offended; (Isaiah
4:2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and
stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and b
blood toucheth blood.
(b) In every place appears a liberality to most
wicked vices, so that one follows right after another.
4:4 Yet c
let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people [are] as they that strive
with the priest.
(c) As though he would say that it was in vain to
rebuke them, for no man can endure it: indeed, they will speak against the
prophets and priests whose office it is chiefly to rebuke them.
4:5 Therefore shalt thou fall in the d
day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy
thy e mother.
(d) You will both perish together as one, because
the former would not obey, and the other, because he would not admonish.
(e) That is, the synagogue in which you boast.
4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:
because f thou hast rejected knowledge,
I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing g
thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
(f) That is, the priests will be cast off,
because for lack of knowledge they are not able to execute their charge, and
instruct others; (Deuteronomy
(g) Meaning the whole body of the people, who
were weary with hearing the word of God.
4:7 As they were h
increased, so they sinned against me: [therefore] will I change their glory into
(h) The more I was beneficial to them.
4:8 i They
eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.
(i) That is, the priests seek to eat the
people's offerings, and flatter them in their sins.
4:9 And there shall be, like people, like k
priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.
(k) Signifying that as they have sinned together,
so will they be punished together.
4:10 For they shall eat, and not have enough: they
shall l commit whoredom, and shall not
increase: because they have left off to take heed to the LORD.
(l) Showing that their wickedness will be
punished in all ways: for even though they think by the multitude of wives to
have many children, yet they will be deceived of their hope.
Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.
(m) In giving themselves to pleasures, they
become like brute beasts.
4:12 My n
people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the
o spirit of whoredoms hath caused [them]
to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God.
(n) Thus he speaks by derision in calling them
his people, who now because of their sins they were not his people: for they
sought help from stocks or wooden images and sticks or idols.
(o) They are carried away with madness.
4:13 They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains,
and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms, because the
shadow thereof [is] good: therefore your daughters shall p
commit whoredom, and your spouses shall commit adultery.
(p) Because they take away God's honour, and
give it to idols: therefore he will give them up to their lusts, so that they
will dishonour their own bodies; (Romans
4:14 I will not q
punish your daughters when they commit whoredom, nor your spouses when they
commit adultery: for themselves are separated with whores, and they sacrifice
with harlots: therefore the people [that] doth not understand shall fall.
(q) I will not correct your shame to bring you to
proper living, but will let you run headlong to your own damnation.
4:15 Though thou, Israel, play the harlot, [yet] r
let not Judah offend; and come not ye unto s
Gilgal, neither go ye up to t Bethaven,
nor swear, The LORD liveth.
(r) God complains that Judah is infected, and
wants them to learn to return in time.
(s) For even though the Lord had honoured this
place by his presence, yet because it was abused by their idolatry, he did not
want his people to resort there.
(t) He calls Bethel, that is, the house of God,
Bethaven, that is, the house of iniquity, because of their abominations set up
there, signifying that no place is holy, where God is not purely worshipped.
4:16 For Israel slideth back as a backsliding
heifer: now the LORD will feed them as a u
lamb in a large place.
(u) God will so disperse them, that they will not
remain in any certain place.
4:18 Their drink is sour: they
have committed whoredom continually: her rulers [with] shame do love, x
(x) They are so shameless in receiving bribes,
that they command men to bring them to them.
4:19 The wind hath y
bound her up in her wings, and they shall be ashamed because of their
(y) To carry them suddenly away.