2:1 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their
beds! a when the morning is light, they practise it,
because it is in the power of their hand.
(a) As soon as they rise, they execute their wicked devices
of the night, and according to their ability hurt
2:4 In that day shall [one] take up a parable against you, and
lament with a doleful lamentation, [and] say, b We be
utterly spoiled: he hath changed the portion of my people:
how hath he removed [it] from me! turning away he hath
divided our fields.
(b) Thus the Jews lament and say that there is no hope of
restitution, seeing their possessions are divided among
2:5 Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast a cord by lot
in c the congregation of the LORD.
(c) You will have no more lands to divide as you had in
times past, and as you used to measure them in the
2:6d Prophesy ye not, [say they to them that] prophesy: e
they shall not prophesy to them, [that] they shall not take
(d) Thus the people warn the prophets that they speak to
them no more, for they cannot endure their threatenings.
(e) God says that they will not prophesy, nor receive any
more of their rebukes or taunts.
2:7 O [thou that art] named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of
the LORD straitened? f [are] these his doings? do not my
words do good to him g that walketh uprightly?
(f) Are these your works according to his Law?
(g) Do not the godly find my words comfortable?
2:8 Even h of late my people is risen up as an enemy: ye pull
off the i robe with the garment from them that pass by
securely as men averse from war.
(h) That is, in past times.
(i) The poor can have no benefit from them, but they rob
them, as though they were enemies.
2:9 The women of my people have ye cast out from their pleasant
houses; from their children have ye taken away k my glory
(k) That is, their substance and living, which is God's
blessing, and as it were part of his glory.
2:10 Arise ye, and depart; for this [is] not [your] l rest:
because it is polluted, it shall destroy [you], even with a
(l) Jerusalem will not be your safeguard, but rather the
cause of your destruction.
2:11 If a man m walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie,
[saying], n I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of
strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.
(m) That is, show himself to be a prophet.
(n) He shows what prophets they delight in, that is, in
flatterers, who tell them pleasant tales, and speak of
2:12 I will surely assemble, O Jacob, o all of thee; I will
surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them
together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst
of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of
[the multitude of] men.
(o) To destroy you.
2:13 The p breaker is come up before them: they have broken
up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by
it: and their king shall pass before them, and the LORD q
on the head of them.
(p) The enemy will break their gates and walls, and lead
them into Chaldea.
(q) To drive them forward, and to help their enemies.