5:2 The a virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise:
she is forsaken upon her land; [there is] none to raise her
(a) He so calls them, because they so boasted of themselves,
or because they were given to lustfulness and
5:3 For thus saith the Lord GOD; The city that went out [by] a
thousand shall leave b an hundred, and that which went
forth [by] an hundred shall leave ten, to the house of
(b) Meaning, that the tenth part would hardly be saved.
5:5 But seek not Bethel, nor enter into c Gilgal, and pass not
to Beersheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and
Bethel shall come to nought.
(c) In those places they worshipped new idols, which before
served for the true honour of God: therefore he says
that these will not save them.
5:7 Ye who turn d judgment to wormwood, and leave off
righteousness in the earth,
(d) Instead of judgment and fairness they execute cruelty
5:8 [Seek him] that e maketh the seven stars and Orion, and
turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the
day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea,
and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD
[is] his name:
5:10 They hate him f that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor
him that speaketh uprightly.
(f) They hate the Prophets, who reprove them in the open
5:11 Forasmuch therefore as your treading [is] upon the poor,
and g ye take from him burdens of wheat: ye have built
houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye
have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink
wine of them.
(g) You take both his money and also his food, with which
he should live.
5:13 Therefore h the prudent shall keep silence in that time;
for it [is] an evil time.
(h) God will so plague them that they will not allow the
godly to open their mouths once to admonish them of
5:16 Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus;
Wailing [shall be] in all streets; and they shall say in
all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the i
husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of
lamentation to wailing.
(i) So that people of all types will have reason to lament
because of the great plagues.
5:18 Woe unto you that k desire the day of the LORD! to what
end [is] it for you? the day of the LORD [is] darkness, and
(k) He speaks in this way because the wicked and hypocrites
said they were content to endure God's judgments,
whereas the godly tremble and fear; (Jer 30:7, Joe 2:2,11),
5:22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings,
l I will not accept [them]: neither will I regard the
peace offerings of your fat beasts.
(l) Because you have corrupted my true service, and remain
obstinate in your vices; (Isa 1:11, Jer 6:10).
5:24 But let judgment run down as m waters, and righteousness
as a mighty stream.
(m) Do your duty to God, and to your neighbour, and so you
will plentifully feel his grace, if you show your
abundant affections according to God's word.
5:26 But ye have borne the tabernacle of your n Moloch and
Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to
(n) That idol which you esteemed as your king, and carried
about as you did Chiun, in which images you thought
that there was a certain divinity.