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* Heb. cover.
there was a stand made.
Il Or, from the
their walk; they shall make haste to the wall thereof, and A.C. 720. the defence shall be prepared.
6 The gates of the river shall be opened, and the palace ing, or, coshall be + dissolved.
7 And Huzzab shall be led away captive, she shall be Or, that brought up, and her maids shall lead her as with the voice tablished, or, of doves, tabering upon their breasts.
8 But Nineveh is || of old like a pool of water : yet they vered.
9 Take ye the spoil of silver, take the spoil of gold: + for them to turn
10 She is empty, and void, and waste : and the heart of desire melteth, and the knees smite together, and much pain is in all loins, and the faces of them all gather blackness.
11 Where is the dwelling of the lions, and the feedingplace of the young lions, where the lion, even the old lion, walked, and the lion's whelp, and none made them afraid ?
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,
13 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions : and I will cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard.
u Is. xiii, 7, 8.
city of bloods. x Ezek. xxiv.
The miserable ruin of Nineveh.
3 The horseman lifteth up both | the bright sword and | Heb. the
4 Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the well-
5 Behold, I am against thee, saith the Lord of hosts ; and 'I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will gis xlvii. s. shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy
Ezek. xvi, 57.
z Jer. xxv. 17.
6 And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazing-stock,
7 And it shall came to pass, that all they that look upon thee shall flee from thee, and say, Nineveh is laid waste : who will bemoan her ? whence shall I seek comforters for
thee? * Or, nourish 8 Art thou better than populous * + No, that was situate + Heb. No among the rivers, that had the waters round about it, whose
rampart was the sea, and her wall was from the sea ?
9 Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was inHeb. in thy finite; Put and Lubim were thy helpers.
10'42 Yet was she carried away, she went into captivity: her young children also were dashed in pieces at the top of all the streets: and they cast lots for her honourable men, and all her great men were bound in chains.
11 Thou also shall be a drunken : thou shalt be hid, thou also shalt seek strength because of the enemy.
12 All thy strong holds shall be like fig trees with the firstripe figs : if they be shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater.
13 Behold, thy people in the midst of thee are women : the gates of thy land shall be set wide open unto thine enemies: the fire shall devour thy bars.
14 Draw thee waters for the siege, fortify thy strong holds : go into clay, and tread the morter, make strong the brickkiln.
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 cankerworm, make thyself many as the locusts.
16 Thou hast multiplied thy merchants above the stars Or, spread- of heaven: the cankerworm & spoileth, and fleeth eth himself
17 Thy crowned are as the locusts, and thy captains as the great grasshoppers, which camp in the hedges in the cold day, but when the sun ariseth they flee away, and their place is not known where they are.
18 Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria : thy | Or, valiane || nobles shall dwell in the dust : thy people is scattered upon
the mountains, and no man gathereth them.
grievous : all that hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands
42 This verse has been supposed to refer to the capture of Nineveh by Senna-
1 The miserable overthrow of Tyre. 17 Their unhappy return;
2 Be * still, ye inhabitants of the isle; thou whom the Heb, silent.
3 And by great waters the seed of Sihor, the harvest of
4 Be thou ashamed, o Zidon : for the sea hath spoken, even the strength of the sea, saying, I travail not, nor bring forth children, neither do I nourish up young men, nor bring up virgins.
5 As at the report concerning Egypt, so shall they be
6 Pass ye over to "Tarshish: howl, ye inhabitants of the
7 Is this your joyous city, whose antiquity is of ancient
ở Who hath taken this counsel against Tyre, the crown-
9 The Lord of hosts hath purposed it, I to stain the Heb. to pol-
10 Pass through thy land as a river, O daughter of Tar-
12 And he said, Thou shalt no more rejoice, O thou op-naan.
ing a ner. chantman. * Heb. Ca.
* After the captivity of the ten tribes, the city of Tyre was besieged by
phecies against T 're.
A.C. 715. 13 Behold the land of the Chaldeans; this people was
not, till the Assyrian founded it for them that dwell in the
14 Howl, ye ships of Tarshish : for your strength is laid
15 And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall
be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one *Heb. it shall king: after the end of seventy years * shall Tyre sing as an as the song of harlot.
16 Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.
17 And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that the Lord will visit Tyre, and she shall turn to her hire, and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth.
18 And her merchandise and her hire shall be holiness to the Lord: it shall not be treasured nor laid up;
for her merchandise shall be for them that dwell before the LORD, + Heb. old.
to eat sufficiently, and for † durable clothing.
Prophecy of Isaiah on the Invasion of Palestine by the Assyrian
ISAIAH X. VER. 5, TO THE END 44. Or, Woe to
5 TI O Ş Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, ||and the staff the Assyrian, in their hand is mine indignation. li Or, though.
44 Bishop Horsley supposes that the prophecy beginning at Isaiah x. 5. was uttered on the occasion of Sennacherib's invasion. It is equally probable that it was spoken for the purpose of encouraging Hezekiah, when Sennacherib, immediately upon his father Shalmaneser's death, renewed the demand for the tributemoney which had been paid to him and to Tiglath-pileser by that king and Ahaz. When Hezekiah refused to comply with this demand, the king of Assyria declared war against Judah. Bishop Horsley supposes that the prophecy extends only to the thirty-second verse of this chapter ; its immediate subject, he observes, is Sennacherib's invasion of Judea ; but in speaking of the miraculous deliverance of the Jews from that calamity, the prophet's views are sometimes carried forward to the greater and more general deliverance of the elect of God. And in the end he passes from this subject of Sennacherib into an explicit prophecy of the final redemption, which is contained in the eleventh and twelfth chapters. The transition is so artificial, that the two last verses of this chapter may be considered either as the conclusion of this prophecy, or the beginning of the next.
them a tread. ing
a 2 Kings
: 6 I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and A.C.715.
, and to take the prey, and to tread them * Heb, to lay down like the mire of the streets.
7 Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart
xviii. 24, 33,
10 As my hand hath found the kingdoms of the idols, and whose graven images did excel them of Jerusalem and of Samaria ;
11 Shall I not, as I have done unto Samaria and her idols, so do to Jerusalem and her idols ?
It is interesting to observe the beautiful manner in which the prophecy of our
Chapters xiii. and xiv. to ver. 28, are added to this prophecy, as well on the