Ver. 3. Uncleanness. That is, their filthy idols, upon which they have set their hearts: and which are a stumbling-block to their souls. Ch.
--- They came, it seems, to tempt the prophet, (C.) as God shewed him. Thus worldlings consult Catholic priests; yet are resolved to join with heretics. W.
Ver. 4. According. Heb. "in (C.) the multitude of his idols." H.
--- I will still disclose the truth; (Chal.) or a false prophet is here spoken of, whom God will suffer to deceive those who wish to be deluded. He will not have his own prophets speak an untruth. See 3 K. xxii. 10. Christ evaded the insidious questions of his enemies. Mat. xxi. 23. C.
Ver. 5. The. Sept. "he may ensnare the house," (H.) or "to bring" unto repentance. Chal. C.
Ver. 6. Turn. Such people must first be admonished to relinquish idols, heresy, &c. that they may come to God. W.
Ver. 7. By myself, or on my own account. God does not encourage falsehood. C.
Ver. 9. Err. He speaks of false prophets, answering out of their own heads, and according to their own corrupt inclinations.
--- Deceived, &c. God Almighty deceives false prophets, partly by withdrawing his light from them; and abandoning them to their own corrupt inclinations, which push them on to prophesy such things as are agreeable to those that consult them: and partly by disappointing them, and causing all things to happen contrary to what they have said. Ch.
--- God permits the deception, to punish both the impostor and his hearers. W.
--- Thus was Balaam treated. C. Num. xxii. H.
--- He could do nothing of himself. S. Jer. 2 K. xxii. 22. C.
--- Here also an interrogation might be used (H.) in Heb. "have I?" &c. Feiffer dub. cent. 4. b. lviii.
--- I have manifested the deceit. C. xiii. 18.
Ver. 10. Be. They shall be punished alike. C.
Ver. 14. Job. He and Noe were dead, yet undoubtedly interceded for the people, or their names would not here be mentioned. Jer. xv. 1. W.
--- When God is resolved to treat all with rigour, he will save only the just. They shall not be able to protect even their children. But Jerusalem shall not experience such severity. v. 21. C.
--- Noe could not avert the deluge, nor Job the death of his children, neither could Daniel rescue his people from captivity. S. Jer.
--- The first denotes pastors, the second fathers of families, and Daniel such as live continent. S. Aug.
--- All three had been very merciful. S. Chrys. hom. xliii. 1. in Gen.
--- Job is placed for holy laymen, and Daniel for people of religious orders. S. Greg. Mor. i. 13. W.
--- Hence perhaps Job is placed last, though cotemporary with Moses, as most people suppose. He is not therefore a fabulous personage. H.
Ver. 19. Pestilence. Sept. "death," as v. 12. (C.) denoting the plague. C. v. 2. H.
Ver. 22. Left. Pastors will always remain to instruct God's children. W.
--- Doings. Their words (C.) and conduct even in captivity, will evince that they have not been punished unjustly. S. Jer.
--- From them you may judge what sort of men their fathers were; or, as they have been spared for their virtue, you may conclude that the rest would not have perished, if they had been innocent. H.