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The sins of Nineveh, and judgments pursuing them, ver. 1 - 7.
Instances of like judgments for like sins, ver. 18 - 11.
The overthrow of all wherein they trusted, ver. 12 - 19.
1: The prey - Extortion and rapine.
3: The horsemen - The Chaldeans and their confederates.
4: The whoredom - The idolatries, which were multiplied by the
many people that served the Assyrian idols. And whoredoms literally
understood, did undoubtedly abound, where wealth, luxury, ease, and
long continuance of these were to be found. Well - favoured - Glorious
in their state and government, and in the splendor of their idols,
temples, and sacrifices. Of witchcrafts - Bewitching policies; or it
may be taken for witchcrafts or necromances, which abounded among the
Assyrians. That selleth - That dispose of them as imperiously, and
absolutely as men do slaves. And families - This may intimate the
seducing of some particular and eminent families to an hereditary
service of the Assyrian idols, or to witchcrafts, in which the devil
imitated God's institution, in taking a family to his service.
5: Discover - l will strip thee naked, and deal with thee as inhuman
soldiers deal with captive women.
7: Shall flee - With loathing and abhorrence. Will bemoan - Whose
bowels will be moved for her that had no bowels for any one.
8: Thou - O Nineveh. No - It is supposed this was what we
now called Alexandria. Art thou greater, stronger, and wiser?
Yet all her power was broken, her riches spoiled, and her glory
buried in ruins. Rampart - The defence of its walls on one side.
Her wall - A mighty, strong wall, built from the sea landward.
9: Her strength - Furnishing soldiers and warlike assistance.
It was infinite - There was no end to their confidence and warlike
provisions. Put - Or the Moors, who lie westward of Alexandria.
Lubim - The people that inhabited that which is now called Cyrene.
11: Thou also - Thou shalt drink deep of the bitter cup of God's
displeasure. Hid - Thou shalt hide thyself. O Nineveh, as well as
Alexandria. Shalt seek - Shalt sue for, and intreat assistance.
12: Ripe figs - Whose weight and ripeness will bring them quickly to
the ground. Shaken - If but lightly touched.
13: Are women - Were very cowards.
The gates - The strong frontiers. Wide open - Either through fear or
treachery. Thy bars - With which the gates were shut and strengthened.
14: Draw thee waters - Fill all thy cisterns, and draw the waters
into the ditches. Tread the mortar - Set thy brick - makers on work to
prepare store of materials for thy fortifications.
15: There - In the very fortresses. Eat thee - As easily as the
canker - worm eats the green herb. Many - They are innumerable; be
thou so if thou canst; all will be to no purpose.
16: The canker - worm spoileth - So these are like the canker - worms,
which spoil wherever they come, and when no more is to be gotten, flee away.
17: Thy crowned - Thy confederate kings and princes.
Captains - Commanders and officers are for number, like locusts
and grasshoppers; but 'tis all for shew, not for help.
In the cool day - While the season suits them. The sun - When
trouble, war, and danger, like the parching sun, scald them.
Is not known - Thou shalt never know where to find them.
18: Thy shepherds - Thy rulers and counsellors. Slumber - Are
remiss, heartless, or dead. No man gathereth - No one will concern
himself to preserve thy dispersed ones.
19: Shall clap the hands - Insulting and rejoicing.
Thy wickedness - Thy tyranny, pride, oppression and cruelty;
treading down and trampling upon them.