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God charges Israel with many sins, and threatens them with
punishment, ver. 1 - 11.
Exhorts them to repent, ver. 12 - 15.
1: An empty vine - That hath lost its strength to bring forth fruit.
Unto himself - Whatever fruit was brought forth by its remaining strength,
was not brought forth to God. His fruit - When the land yielded more
plentiful increase, this plenty was employed on multiplying idols.
The altars - Of his idols. The goodness - Imagining that the goodness of
their land was a blessing from their idols.
2: Is divided - From God and his worship. Faulty - As this was
their sin, so the effects hereof should manifestly prove them faulty.
He - God.
3: Say - See and feel. No king - Either no king at all, or no such
king as we expected. What then - For kings are not able to save without
the God of kings.
4: Words - Vain words. Swearing falsely - By perjury deceiving
those they treated with. A covenant - With the Assyrian king.
Judgment - Divine vengeance. As hemlock - A proverbial speech,
expressing the greatness of this evil.
5: Because of the calves - Because they had sinned by these calves,
therefore did this fear seize them. The people - They who dwelt at
Beth - aven. That rejoiced on it - These priests formerly were fed,
clothed, and enriched by this idol, this made them right glad.
The glory thereof - All its credit is vanished.
Is departed - The Assyrians have either broken it, or carried it
in derision into Assyria.
6: It - The golden calf.
7: Is cut off - Shortly will be cut off: this prophecy probably was
delivered when Samaria was besieged.
8: The high places - The temples and altars of Baal.
Of Aven - Or Beth - aven. They shall say - When this shall be brought
to pass, the idolatrous Israelites shall be in such perplexity, that
they shall wish the mountains and hills might fall on them.
9: They - Probably the six hundred men who fled to the rock
Rimmon. Overtake them - That fatal battle did not reach them;
but now Israel shall be more severely punished.
10: The people - The Assyrians.
For their two transgressions - Perhaps, their revolt from David's
house, and their idolatry.
11: Taught - Used to, and so skilled in. Passed over - I laid some
lighter yoke upon her, brought some gentle afflictions upon that
people to tame them, but this hath not prevailed. Ride - I will ride
on Ephraim and tame him. Shall plow - Judah tho' less sinful hath
been used to harder labour; hath plowed when Ephraim hath reaped.
Break his clods - The same in another proverbial speech, their work
at present is harder, but there is an harvest follows. Tho' they sow
in tears when going to Babylon, they shall reap in joy at their return.
12: Reap - And ye shall reap in mercy. Fallow ground - Your hearts
are as ground over - run with weeds, which need to be plowed and broken
up, that good seed may be sowed in them. And rain - Plentifully pour
out the fruits of his goodness and mercy.
13: Ye have plowed - You, O Israelites. Ye have reaped - Ye have
lived in wickedness, and propagated it, and ye have met with a
recompense worthy of your labour. Eaten - Fed yourselves with vain
hopes. In thy way - Their way was their idolatry. Mighty men - The next
lie on which they lived was the wisdom and valour of their great men.
14: As Shalman - Probably Salmaneser. Beth - arbel - It was a
city of Assyria, and gave name to a country or region in part
15: Beth - el - The idolatry committed there. Do - Procure all this
evil against you. In a morning - Possibly the Assyrians might assault
the city towards morning and master it.