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wilderness of their captivity, into the midst of thy fruitful pastures of Carmel let them feed in the rich fields of Bashan and Gilead, as in former times.
VII. 15 According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvellous things.
Thy praver is heard, saith the Lord: I will do thus for thee, O my people; and, as I did in the days of thy coming out of Egypt do marvellous things for thee, so will I do again in thy coming out of Babylon.
VII. 17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: &c.
The nations shall be humbled under the hand of my Church: they shall give way to them, to take possession of their former inheritance; and shall therefore move out of their places, as worms move out of the holes of the earth.
I. 1 The burden of Nineveh.
The heavy tidings, that God sent to Nineveh, and to the whole kingdom of Assyria.
I. 3 God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD rezengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.
The Lord comes to revenge, in fury and terror, as in a whirlwind and tempest; and, as the march of a great host raises dust in their passage, so, in this motion of the Lord to his vengeance, the clouds are as the dust of his feet.
I. 4 Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.
The fruitfullest regions of Bashan, and Carmel, and Lebanon, at his command grow sere and barren.
I. 7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
He takes gracious notice of them, that trust in him; and will deliver them.
I. 9 Affliction shall not rise up the second time.
God will make so full dispatch of his enemies the Assyrians at once, that there be no place for a second onset.
I. 10 For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.
For, while they combine themselves, and plot together in wickedness, as thorns are folded up together in a hedge; and, while they are consorting together in their drunkenness and excess; then, even then, shall the judgment of God fall upon them, and devour them as the fire consumes the dry stubble.
I. 11 There is one come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the LORD, a wicked counseller.
There is one come out of thee, even Rabshakeh, that both imagineth and dareth to utter evil, against the Lord; a man, that speaketh blasphemous words, and gives wicked counsels to my people.
I. 12 Thus saith the LORD; Though they be quiet, and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more. Thus saith the Lord; Though the Assyrians be secure, and many, and strong, yet they shall be cut down, when the destroying angel shall pass through their camp; and for thee, O Jerusalem, if I have afflicted thee by his siege, yet I will afflict thee no more. I. 13 For now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder.
For now I will confound his power, and disappoint that yoke of servitude which he had intended to thee, and free thee from the bonds of his subjection.
I. 14 And the LORD hath given a commandment concerning thee, that no more of thy name be sown out of the house of thy gods will I cut off the graven image and the molten image: I will make thy grave; for thou art vile.
And the Lord hath decreed concerning thee, O Sennacherib, that thou shalt be slain of thine own sons, and shalt have no more of thy posterity to succeed in the following generations; and out of the house of Nisroch thy god, and other of thine idol temples, will I cut the graven and molten images: I will prepare for thee a speedy and miserable death, for thou art vile.
I. 15 Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off.
Behold, upon the mountain of Sion, and the other mountains of Judah and Israel, there shall be a joyful gratulation of thy deliverance and peace, O Judah; and do thou rejoice accordingly, in thy God: keep thou thy solemn feasts, and perform thy vows cheerfully to the Lord thy deliverer: for this wicked tyrant shall no more pass through thy borders; he is utterly cut off.
H. 1 He that dasheth in pieces is come up before thy face: keep the munition, watch the way, make thy loins strong, fortify thy power mightily.
The king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, who subducth all before him, is come up before thy gates; look well to thyself therefore : stand upon thy guard; fortify thy bulwarks; and rouse up thy courage to defend thyself.
II. 2 For the LORD hath turned away the excellency of Jacob, as the excellency of Israel: for the emptiers have emptied them out, and marred their vine branches.
But, notwithstanding all thy preparation and warlike forces, he shall prevail against thee, O Nineveh: for, if the Lord have turned away the excellency of Jacob and Israel, and hath given it over to the spoil of the Assyrians who have destroyed their vineyards, how much more will he deface the glory of Nineveh!
II. 3 The shield of his mighty men is made red, the valiant men are in scarlet: the chariots shall be with flaming torches in the day of his preparation, and the fir trees shall be terribly shaken. Thine enemy of Babylon shall come fiercely upon thee, and with great pomp of terror: the shield of his mighty warriors shall glit ter with brightness; his valiant men shall be decked with scarlet; his chariots shall whirl with such fury, that the fire shall sparkle out of their wheels, and the earth and woods adjoining shall shake with the noise. So also verse 4.
II. 5 He shall recount his worthies: they shall stumble in their walk; they shall make haste to the wall thereof, and the defence shall be prepared.
Then shall the Assyrian muster up his forces, and call together his choice commanders: they shall so hasten towards Nineveh's defence, that they shall stumble in the way: they shall make speed to the wall thereof, and prepare their best fortifications.
II. 6 The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be dissolved.
But all in vain; for those ports, which lead to the river, shall be broken open, and the palace of the king, and temple of Jupiter Belus, shall be demolished.
II. 7 And Huzzab shall be led away captive, she shall be brought up, and her maids shall lead her as with the voice of doves, tabering upon their breasts.
And the queen shall be led away captive: she shall be led away with her maids following her, in a sad mourning and lamentation like to the doleful voice of doves, and beating their breasts for the anguish of her deportation.
II. 8 But Nineveh is of old like a pool of water: yet they shall flee away. Stand, stand, shall they cry; but none shall look back. Though Nineveh be noted of old for rich and strong, and furnished with multitudes of inhabitants as a pond with spawn of fishes, yet all this shall not avail her; for all her inhabitants shall betake themselves to flight: they shall call up to each other to stand, but all shall run away; no one shall dare so much as to look back.
II. 9 Take ye the spoil of silver, take the spoil of gold: for there is none end of the store and glory out of all the pleasant furniture. Go to then, ye Babylonians, take ye the spoil of the silver and gold, which the fearful citizens have left behind them; neither can ye be able to carry away that store of glorious and rich furni ture, wherewith that city aboundeth.
II. 10 She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melteth, and the knees smite together, and much pain is in all loins, and the faces of them all gather blackness.
Now is that great city empty, and void, and utterly despoiled: the hearts of the Ninevites melt with grief; their knees knock together with fear; they lay their hands on their loins, as if those were pained, in the vehement gesture of their lamentation; and the faces of them all are deformed with passion and astonishment. II. 11 Where is the dwelling of the lions, and the feeding place of the young lions, where the lion, even the old lion, walked, and the lion's whelp, and none made them afraid?
Where now is the place, that was the feared dwelling of the lionlike Assyrians? What is become of the place, where the old lion, even the tyrants of Assyria walked, and where his princes made themselves so secure that nothing could affright them?
II. 12 The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin.
These Assyrian tyrants did not only take that prey from other nations, which might suffice themselves; but they purveyed for their children, for their followers, for their wives; and filled their storehouses with abundance of the rich booties of the world.
II. 13 And the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard. There shall be no more regard had to thine ambassadors, nor to those commanding officers of thine which lately held the world
III. 1 Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery ; the prey departeth not.
Woe to the bloody city of Nineveh! &c. thou canst not make an end of fraud and rapine.
III. 2 The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, &c.
Vengeance is near thee: I do already hear the noise of the Babylonian whips, in the hands of the charioteers, driving them furiously against thee, &c.
III. 4 Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the well favoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts. Because of the multitudes of those spiritual fornications, whereinto, like some fair and tempting harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, thou hast drawn other nations; having so besotted them, that thou hast made them the slaves of thy lust.
III. 3 And I will discover &c. See Ezekiel xvi. verse 37.
III. 8 Art thou better than populous No, that was situate among the rivers, that had the waters round about it, whose rampart was the sea, and her wall was from the sea?
Art thou better than the famous and populous city Alexandria, in Egypt, which is situated upon the river Nilus, and had the waters to environ it, and is defenced with that great and sea-like lake of Mareotis?
III. 9 Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was infinite; Put and Lubim were thy helpers.
O Alexandria, beside thine own strength, Ethiopia and Egypt were thy sure stay: thine assistants were without number: all the Africans, and, above all, the Libyans, were thy helpers.
III. 11 Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt be hid.
Even so thou also, O Nineveh, shalt drink deep of the cup of God's vengeance: thou, that wast once renowned over the world, shalt be glad to be wrapped up in obscurity and forgetfulness. III. 13 Behold, thy people in the midst of thee are women. Thy people in the midst of thee are faint hearted as women. III. 14 Draw thee waters for the siege, fortify thy strong holds : go into clay, and tread the morter, make strong the brickkiln. Go to then, furnish thyself with provision for a siege; fill thy cisterns with water; fortify thy strong holds; make ready store of bricks, to repair thy battered walls:
III. 15 There shall the fire devour thee; the sword shall cut thee off, it shall eat thee up, like the cankerworm: make thyself many as the cankervorm, make thyself many as the locusts.
But, all this shall avail thee nothing; notwithstanding all thy preparation, the fire and the sword shall devour thee; it shall eat thee up, as the cankerworm doth the green leaf: were thy troops as many as there are caterpillars upon the boughs, this number shall do thee no good for thy defence.
III. 16 Thou hast multiplied thy merchants above the stars of heaven: the cankerworm spoileth, and fleeth away.
Neither art thou any better for those multitudes of merchants, that pertain unto thee; as thou hast many, like the stars in the heaven for number: for they, like to those cankerworms, when they have spoiled what they may in their deceitful trade, fly away from thee, and leave thee destitute. So also verse 17.
III. 17 Thy crowned are as the locust, &c. Thy rulers also are like unto locusts, &c.
III. 18 Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria: thy nobles shall dwell in the dust.
Thy princes, O king of Assyria, shall be dull and dead-hearted; and they, together with thy nobles, shall be laid in the dust, mangled and slain.
III. 19 There is no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?
There is no hope of healing this deadly wound, which thou shalt receive from the Chaldees: no; rather all nations round about shall applaud thy ruin, and clap their hands for joy of thy destruction; for whom hast not thou provoked by thy wickedness continually?
I. 3 Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention.
It is but a vexation to me, O Lord, to see that iniquity, which I