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AGAINST the children of Ammon. Thus saith the Lord: Hath Israel no sons? or hath he no heir? Why then hath Melchom inherited Gad: and his people dwelt in his cities?

Ver. 1.  Melchom, the idol of the Ammonites.  Ch.

 

--- Gad, to whom a part of their country was assigned.  After the captivity this tribe, the Ammonites seized the country, regardless of God's appointment.  They joined the Chaldees afterwards; but the latter could not depend upon them, and sent them into captivity, to revenge the death of Godolias.  C. xli. 2.  Soph. ii. 8.  Ezec. xxv. 3.  C.

 

--- They had taken the country as their right, as if all Israel had perished; which God resents.  W.



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2 Therefore behold the days come, saith the Lord, and I will cause the noise of war to be heard in Rabbath of the children of Ammon, and it shall be destroyed into a heap, and her daughters shall be burnt with fire, and Israel shall possess them that have possessed him, saith the Lord.

Ver. 2.  Rabbath; called Amana, Astarte, and Philadelphia, by Stephanus.

 

--- Possess; returning first from captivity, and subduing the cities of Ammon, under Hyrcan.  1 Mac. v. 6.




3 Howl, O Hesebon, for Hai is wasted. Cry, ye daughters of Rabbath, gird yourselves with haircloth: mourn and go about by the hedges: for Melchom shall be carried into captivity, his priests, and his princes together.

Ver. 3.  Hai, or Je-abarim.  Both these cities pertained also to Moab.

 

--- Hedges.  Heb. Gederoth, may be the city Gadara.

 

--- Melchom, or Moloc, who claimed dominion over this people.  If they had used their reason, they must have seen that he was no god, since the Lord disposed of him as he pleased so long before.




4 Why gloriest thou in the valleys? thy valley hath flowed away, O delicate daughter, that hast trusted in thy treasures, and hast said: Who shall come to me?

Ver. 4.  Delicate.  Heb. "rebel or dissolute."  Sept. "impudent."


5 Behold I will bring a fear upon thee, saith the Lord God of hosts, from all that are round about thee: and you shall be scattered every one out of one another's sight, neither shall there be any to gather together them that flee. 6 And afterwards I will cause the captives of the children of Ammon to return, saith the Lord.


7 Against Edom. Thus saith the Lord of hosts: Is wisdom no more in Theman? counsel is perished from her children: their wisdom is become unprofitable.

Ver. 7.  Edom.  This nation was involved in the common ruin, for its barbarity towards God's people.  Abd. x.  Ps. cxxxvi. 7.  Ezec. xxv. 12.

 

--- Theman, renowned formerly for wisdom.  Job ii. 11.  Yet at the approach of danger, all were confounded.  C.

 

--- They were only worldly wise.  W.



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8 Flee and turn your backs, go down into the deep hole, ye inhabitants of Dedan: for I have brought the destruction of Esau upon him, the time of his visitation.

Ver. 8.  Hole.  The territory of Edom, from Eleutheropolis to Elath, is full of such.  S. Jer. in Abd.

 

--- Dedan lies south of the Dead Sea.  C.




9 If grapegatherers had come to thee, would they not have left a bunch? if thieves in the night, they would have taken what was enough for them. 10 But I have made Esau bare, I have revealed his secrets, and he cannot be hid: his seed is laid waste, and his brethren, and his neighbours, and he shall not be.

Ver. 10.  Secrets, or lurking holes.  v. 8.  H.

 

--- God permits the Chaldees to plunder all.

 

--- Brethren; Israelites.

 

--- Neighbours; Moab, &c.




11 Leave thy fatherless children: I will make them live: and thy widows shall hope in me. 12 For thus saith the Lord: Behold they whose judgment was not to drink of the cup, shall certainly drink: and shalt thou come off as innocent? thou shalt not come off as innocent, but drinking thou shalt drink.

Ver. 12.  Was not so much.  There were some faithful Jews.  C. xxv. 28.  C.


13 For I have sworn by myself, saith the Lord, that Bosra shall become a desolation, and a reproach, and a desert, and a curse: and all her cities shall be everlasting wastes.

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Bosra

Bosra, 1 (Isa 63:1; Edom): Buseireh, S. of the Dead Sea. — 2 (Josh 21:27), mistranslation for Astaroth. — 3 (Jer 48:24): Bosor, 1. --- Bosra, or Bezer, was the capital of Idumea, in the tribe of Ruben. C.

14 I have heard a rumour from the Lord, and an ambassador is sent to the nations: Gather yourselves together, and come against her, and let us rise up to battle.

Ver. 14.  Ambassador; Jeremias: or rather this is a personification of the passions, which would  sufficiently prompt the Chaldees.  C.

 

--- A good angel might urge them to execute the divine decrees.  Theodoret.

 

--- The greatest armies are thus made use of by Providence, without approving of their malicious designs.



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15 For behold I have made thee a little one among the nations, despicable among men.

Ver. 15.  Little.  Edom was scarcely known, except in sacred history; and it was forced to receive circumcision by the Machabees.


16 Thy arrogancy hath deceived thee, and the pride of thy heart: O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, and endeavourest to lay hold on the height of the hill: but though thou shouldst make thy nest as high as an eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the Lord.

Ver. 16.  Hill. The mountains were numerous, and full of caverns.  v. 8.



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17 And Edom shall be desolate: every one that shall pass by it, shall be astonished, and shall hiss at all its plagues.

Ver. 17.  Desolate.  The few who survived left their ancient territories, which are now a desert, like most of Stony Arabia. C.

 

--- Hiss, out of contempt.  The punishment was so great as to excite surprise.  W.




18 As Sodom was overthrown and Gomorrha, and the neighbours thereof, saith the Lord: there shall not a man dwell there, and there shall no son of man inhabit it.

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19 Behold one shall come up as a lion from the swelling of the Jordan, against the strong and beautiful: for I will make him run suddenly upon her: and who shall be the chosen one whom I may appoint over her? for who is like to me? and who shall abide me? and who is that shepherd that can withstand my countenance?

Ver. 19.  Swelling.  Lit. "pride;" (H.) or those banks which the Jordan reaches, when it overflows.  They are lined with woods, from which lions rush to devour the sheep.  C.

 

--- Strong "one's dwelling."  Heb.  H.  Zac. xi. 3.

 

--- Over her.  What sort of men come to the attack? or, who shall dare resist them?  C.



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20 Therefore hear ye the counsel of the Lord, which he hath taken concerning Edom: and his thoughts which he hath thought concerning the inhabitants of Theman: surely the little ones of the flock shall cast them down, of a truth they shall destroy them with their habitation.

Ver. 20.  Little.  Chal. "chiefs of the people."  Tsair (H.) is supposed to have this sense.  Mic. v. 2.  C.

 

--- But the weakest of the Chaldees will be an overmatch for Edom.  H.




21 The earth is moved at the noise of their fall: the cry of their voice is heard in the Red Sea.


22 Behold he shall come up as an eagle, and fly: and he shall spread his wings over Bosra: and in that day the heart of the valiant ones of Edom shall be as the heart of a woman in labour.

Bosra

Bosra, 1 (Isa 63:1; Edom): Buseireh, S. of the Dead Sea. — 2 (Josh 21:27), mistranslation for Astaroth. — 3 (Jer 48:24): Bosor, 1. --- Bosra, or Bezer, was the capital of Idumea, in the tribe of Ruben. C.

23 Against Damascus. Emath is confounded and Arphad: for they have heard very bad tidings, they are troubled as in the sea: through care they could not rest.

Ver. 23.  Damascus, the capital of Syria.  Is. vii. 8.  W.

 

--- It was punished at the same time as the rest.  Jos.

 

--- Arphad; Arad, an island near Tyre, or Raphanæ.  Theod.

 

--- Syr. "Rephad...they are troubled from the sea."  Nabuchodonosor left Tyre to invade them.  C.

 

--- As in.  The islands of the Mediterranean tremble for themselves, and all Syria is afraid, hearing of the fall of so many cities and nations.



Arphad

Arphad (2Ki 18:34, etc.), Assyr.: Arpaddu: Tell 'Erfâd, 12 m. N. of Aleppo. --- Arphad, or Arad, an island and city on the continent, (C.) near Tyre.

24 Damascus is undone, she is put to flight, trembling hath seized on her: anguish and sorrows have taken her as a woman in labour.


25 How have they forsaken the city of renown, the city of joy!

Ver. 25.  They.  Heb. Sept. and Chal. add, "not."  Why have they not spared this beautiful city? or, why have not its citizens given it up, to prevent its entire demolition?


26 Therefore her young men shall fall in her streets: and all the men of war shall be silent in that day, saith the Lord of hosts. 27 And I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus, rind it shall devour the strong holds of Benadad.

Ver. 27.  Benadad.  So the kings were usually styled.  3 K. xv. 8.  Sept. "the son of Ader."




28 Against Cedar and against the kingdoms of Asor, which Nabuchodonouor king of Babylon destroyed. Thus saith the Lord: Arise, and go ye up to Cedar, and waste the children of the east.

Ver. 28.  Cedar and Asor were parts of Arabia; which, with Moab, Ammon, Edom, &c. were all brought under the yoke of Nabuchodonosor.  Ch.

 

--- We know nothing of the situation of Asor, which means "a court."  C.

 

--- It might be the flying camp (Theod.) of the Saracens, (S. Jer. in Is. xxi. 16.) who dwelt under tents like the hordes of Tartars, the Ethiopian emperor, and the mogul.  Yet this seems to have been a fixed habitation.  v. 30. 33.

 

--- East; the Desert Arabia.  v. 32.  C.

 

--- Cedar was the son of Ismael, and Asor the chief city of the Agarens.  W.



Cedar

Cedar: Arabia, (Ch.) near to Edom. C. --- Cedar and Nabaioth sprung from Ismael, and dwelt in desert Arabia, under tents, feeding flocks. S. Jer. Ezec. xxvii. 21.

Asor

Asor 1- (Josh 11:1, etc.; Nephtali), also Hasor, Heser. Egyptian: Huzar: the site seems to have been in the neighbourhood of L. Hûleh, but its exact location is the object of great discussions. 2- (Josh 15:23; S. Juda). perhaps connected with Jebel Hâdhîreh, N.E. of Cades. 3- (Josh 15:25; S. Juda). 4- (Neh 11:33, Benjamin), poss. Kh. Hazzûr, N. of Jerusalem. --- Asor, the capital of Jabin. C. xi. 1. --- Asor, near lake Semechon. Jos. xi. 1. Gr. "Nasor," erroneously. C.

29 They shall take their tents, and their flocks: and shall carry off for themselves their curtains, and all their vessels, and their camels: and they shall call fear upon them round about.

Ver. 29.  About.  The enemy shall terrify them, and plunder all their riches.


30 Flee ye, get away speedily, sit in deep holes, you that inhabit Asur, saith the Lord: for Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon hath taken counsel against you, and hath conceived designs against you.


31 Arise, and so up to a nation that is at ease, and that dwelleth securely, saith the Lord: they have neither gates, nor bars: they dwell alone.

Ver. 31.  Alone.  We need not fear any resistance.  They have no allies.  C.

 

--- The ancient Suevi, of Germany, laid waste the surrounding countries, that they might appear more terrible.  Cesar iv. and vi.


32 And their camels shall be for a spoil, and the multitude of their cattle for a booty, and I will scatter into every wind them that have their hair cut round, and I will bring destruction upon them from I all their confines, saith the Lord.

Ver. 32.  Wind; throughout the world.

 

--- Round.  C. ix. 26.  C.

 

--- This the Arabs did, in imitation of Bacchus.  Herod. iii. 8.


33 And Asor shall be a habitation for dragons, desolate for ever: no man shall abide there, nor son of man inhabit it.

Asor

Asor 1- (Josh 11:1, etc.; Nephtali), also Hasor, Heser. Egyptian: Huzar: the site seems to have been in the neighbourhood of L. Hûleh, but its exact location is the object of great discussions. 2- (Josh 15:23; S. Juda). perhaps connected with Jebel Hâdhîreh, N.E. of Cades. 3- (Josh 15:25; S. Juda). 4- (Neh 11:33, Benjamin), poss. Kh. Hazzûr, N. of Jerusalem. --- Asor, the capital of Jabin. C. xi. 1. --- Asor, near lake Semechon. Jos. xi. 1. Gr. "Nasor," erroneously. C.

34 The word of the Lord that came to Jeremias the prophet against Elam, in the beginning of the reign of Sedecias king of Juda, saying:

Ver. 34.  Elam.  A part of Persia.  Ch.

 

--- The Elamites had besieged Jerusalem, under Manasses, (C.) and are therefore punished.  W.

 

--- They were subject to Aseradon: Nabuchodonosor subdued them after the other nations.  v. 36.  Cyrus set  his countrymen at liberty, (C.) and thus began his conquests.  H.

 

--- Pagan historians assert, at random, that they were before subject to the Medes.




35 Thus saith the Lord of hosts: Behold I will break the bow of Elam, and their chief strength.


36 And I will bring upon Elam the four winds from the fear quarters of heaven: and I will scatter them into all these winds: and there shall be no nation, to which the fugitives of Elam shall not come.


37 And I will cause Elam to be afraid before their enemies, and in the sight of them that seek their life: and I will bring evil upon them, my fierce wrath, saith the Lord: and will send the sword after them, till I consume them.


38 And I will set my throne in Elam, and destroy kings and princes from thence, saith the Lord.

Ver. 38.  Thence.  Daniel (viii. 2.) governed at Susa, the capital of Elam, for Baltassar.




39 But in the latter days I will cause the captives of Elam, to return, saith the Lord.

Ver. 39.  Return.  They joined the standards of Cyrus, and became masters of the East.  C.

 

--- This and similar texts are understood of the conversion of the Gentiles.  Acts ii. 7.  W.




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